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Mwamba is a satellite of Kaingo Camp in South Luangwa National Park – with only six beds, it is a perfect contrast to the main camp with its own distinct character and location

Built and run by Derek Shenton, it shares the same level of service as Kaingo, and its hides have been used by the BBC, Discovery Channel and the National Geographic, as well as by some of the world's top wildlife photographers. Mwamba consists of three reed and thatch chalets, equipped with en suite bathroom with hot bucket shower and flushing toilet. Lighting is solar-powered, and each chalet has skylights in the roof, allowing guests to experience sleeping under the stars. 

The camp stands on the Mwamba River – the journey between the two camps is either a relaxed three hour walking safari, or a morning wildlife drive, filled with wildlife, such as the massive buffalo herds on Lion Plain. Here you can experience the ancient Luangwa Valley without human interference – the area’s wildlife is free to follow its natural patterns of behaviour undisturbed by mankind. Once at the camp, you can view elephants at Mwamba's waterholes, and leopards are also common in the thick bush along the river, attracted by the large numbers of puku and impala.

Deep in the park and far from the busy Mfuwe area, you will revel in the solitude, far away from other safari vehicles – there are no other camps in the immediate area. Like Kaingo, Mwamba Camp remains open from June to the end of October.

Key info

This accommodation is located in:

South Luangwa National Park

Comprising some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness, South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks and a magnet to outstanding wildlife, particularly leopard. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic oxbow lagoons.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation