Mwamba Bushcamp: Information from the owner
- Safari Lodge
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About this information
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own full report on Mwamba Bushcamp, which contains our own observations and views.
- Last updated by Owner
- 4 Mar 2021
Facilities at Mwamba Bushcamp
- Property facilities
- 24-hour Security, Bar, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining, Eco Friendly, Laundry Service (Available), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Library, Private Vehicle Available
- Room facilities
- Dressing Gowns, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Laundry Facilities, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Verandah
- Activities on site
- Bird Watching, Fine Dining, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Viewing Hide, Game Walks, Gourmet Picnic, High Tea, Night Drives, Safaris, Sleep Outs, Walks (Guided), Wildlife Tours
- Nearby activities
- Bird Watching, Cultural Tours, Game Drives, Game Viewing, Game Walks, General Sightseeing, Hiking, Walks (Guided), Wildlife Tours
Room types at Mwamba Bushcamp
Reed and Thatch Chalet
Chalets at Mwamba Bush Camp are made of reed and thatch with large skylights in the roof to enjoy looking up at the stars at night.
The en-suite bathroom is open-air and includes a sink, a bucket shower and a flushing toilet.
Activities at Mwamba Bushcamp
Game viewing from one of our custom built, open 4WD vehicles aren’t just exciting, it’s comfortable too. High seats allow excellent all-around vision and easy photography. The vehicles have been modified to assist photographers with camera rests, super-clamp stabilisers and bean bags. Our qualified and experienced guides will take you to game-rich areas deep within the park which is not commonly visited by other vehicles.
We maintain and modify our own game viewing loops with our own tractor and grader, so we’re confident that we can show you the best that this fantastic area has to offer without the discomfort caused by bumpy roads. We’ve developed an excellent network of ‘loops’ that make the most of the forests, lagoons, plains and “Wafwas” (old courses of the river). Our guides position the vehicle in just the right spot to catch the morning sun on the source of activity – perhaps a leopard or a pride of lions.
Game-viewing starts from camp as we are in the park and our guides are quick to react to the alarm calls of Baboons or impalas. They last approximately three and a half hours and are offered morning and afternoon. Morning game drives leave around sunrise, with a tea break on the route. While evening game drive departs after afternoon tea, with a stop for a sundowner around sunset time, the drive will continue into the night to observe the nocturnal animals.
While walking safaris are a thrilling experience – the wildlife is more at ease when viewed from a vehicle providing closer encounters and spectacular photographic opportunities.
TIP: We seat a maximum of four guests per vehicle unless a group/family requests to sit together.
TIP: If you have a beanbag/sandbag that you are very fond of let us know during the booking process and bring the bag empty for us to fill for you in camp!
TIP: Our super-clamps can be unscrewed if you have a clamp addition you want to bring with you, feel free!
Numbu Star Bed
Due to the popularity of the “ellie hide” sleep out at Kaingo we have added a similar set up for our guests based at Mwamba, The Numbu platform is set in a vast open savannah plain, about 15 minutes from Mwamba Bush Camp.
Two options are available:
After Dinner: The guide will bring guests to the platform after regular dinner at Mwamba, and will collect them in the morning at a pre-arranged time.
Before Sunset: The guide will bring the guests to the platform in time for sundowners and will prepare a simple braai for them around the fire place. He will pick them up in the morning at a pre-arranged time.
The sleeping platform is beautifully set with a queen size bed, warm duvet, large mosquito net, washing basin, lanterns and radio. A bush toilet (long drop) is available on the ground, under the platform.
The guide and an armed scout will spend the night in a nearby boma and will be equipped with a radio, in case of a change of heart.
Extra charge applies and prior reservation is recommended.
Our photographic hides are just one of the elements that make our two bush camps so special. These hides are used regularly by National Geographic, BBC and Discovery channel for numerous photographic shoots and the making of wildlife documentaries.
However, these hides are not just for photographers and film makers. They are for anyone who loves wildlife. They provide an up-close-and-personal view into the lives of the animals, enabling you to watch them undisturbed in their natural environment. That said, we are well equipped to take care of our photographers and we provide specialist bean bags, dust covers and charging facilities.
Our unique photographic hides of Derek’s own design are a special feature of Shenton Safaris. These hides are guaranteed to get you close enough to the wildlife to take a whole host of stunning photos – in complete safety. We offer the following photographic hides:
Carmine bee-eater hide
Mwamba’s last waterhole hide
and sometimes, additional mobile hides
South Luangwa National Park has to be one of the best places in the world for visitors who want an authentic African photo safari. Shenton Safaris’ two camps are located in the most game rich area of the South Luangwa, it is also the area with the fewest other camps in the vicinity.
We pay special attention to your photographic experience by providing all guests with bean bags, dust covers for their camera gear and of course there are our world renown photographic hides.
The game rich area combined with our expert guides, specially trained in lighting and photographic positioning, and the photographic hides means spectacular photos are guaranteed.
Shenton Safaris has always been the operation of choice for professional photographers and filmmakers. Many of the documentaries you’ll see today on National Geographic Channel have been filmed in our area and using our hides
If you love wildlife and adventure and you truly want to experience and photograph raw nature then a Shenton Safari is for you. You will witness beautiful sunrises and the most glorious sunsets; watching your first leopard or lion kill is an experience you will never forget. Seeing the elephants cross the river and walk right under you while you are sitting up in our unique elephant hide gives you an unmatched appreciation for these intelligent creatures.
Shenton Safaris' Camp Out
As a special activity we also offer over-night “camp-outs” (sleeping open under a net, close to the camp-fire) on request. These trips allow visitors (a maximum of 4) to get a sense of the absolute wildness of the South Luangwa National Park as there are no other camps or trails for miles around.
One of our experienced guides, along with the scout, will lead you deep within the park on a day walking safari away from any tracks or human development. The area north of Mwamba is totally remote and underdeveloped. It is excellent walking country – the heart of the valley. The group will camp out under the stars that night close to a secluded waterhole.
There is a certain thrill not easy to describe here in words, about sleeping under a mosquito net open to the stars close to a large campfire – listening to the distant call of a hyena or lion, or the grunt of a leopard as it marks its territory nearby. The cool dry nights from June to September are ideal for camp-outs and we are very fortunate to have special permission from National Parks to offer this highly unusual experience.
Get Closer on Foot
The South Luangwa National Park is famous for its guided walking safaris. This was initiated in the late 60s by National Parks and Wildlife Service. Derek’s father, Barry Shenton, was at the time a warden of Kafue National Park and introduced the same walking safaris there.
A Zambian walking safari is a unique way to experience the African bush and observe its wildlife. Setting out from camp, a group of no more than six guests are escorted by a professional walking guide and an armed ZAWA scout. This system of two people leading the walk has proved to be very safe over the years, and in Derek’s opinion as a guide, makes it possible to make sure our guests get the most out of the experience while maintaining the highest possible levels of safety.
A typical walking safari from Kaingo or Mwamba has a duration of approximately 3 hours, there are some beautiful walks around both of our camps that highlight the specialities of the area. Including a 3km long several hundred-year-old Ebony Grove, various waterholes, tributaries of the Luangwa River, and beautiful Mopane woodlands to name a few.
A large part of a walking safari revolves around tracking animals – from big cats to a multitude of wildlife such as Kudu, Eland, Elephants, Giraffe, and the endemic Cookson’s Wildebeest. Of course walks bring you closer to the smaller things, the incredible flora, bird life, and arthropods. You will see most of the big game, but not always necessarily as close as you will from the vehicle. The wonderful thing about being on walking safari is you get to touch, feel and smell the environment that the wildlife inhabits, including looking closely at tracks and droppings, nests, insects and particularly a good look at our native flora including the majestic old trees that are found in the riverine areas of the Luangwa.
TIP: The best opportunity for a walking safari is in your morning activity, this leaves camp at dawn with a tea break midway and is roughly three hours long at your own pace.
TIP: We also do afternoon walks which depart a little later after tea, where you will be collected at sundowners for your evening game drive.
TIP: From Kaingo the nearby Ebony Grove makes a beautiful shady spot for a midday visit, perfect for an alternative to a midday hide trip.
TIP: Walking activities allow a maximum of 6 guests with scout and walking guide.
TIP: Very little is required to enjoy a walking safari, the most important things are bush coloured clothes, suitable closed walking shoes, a hat, sunblock and binoculars.
TIP: Our guides are trained in first aid, and first aid kits and radios are carried on all walks.
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