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Mwamba Camp-out
Mwamba Camp-out
Mwamba Camp-out
Mwamba Camp-out
Mwamba Camp-out

Mwamba Camp-out: Our full report

Walking out in the afternoon, after your afternoon tea at the main camp, you will head through the bush to ...

... the camping area, where you will spend the night. Accompanied by a senior guide and armed scout, you will head north of Mwamba, into a totally remote area. With a maximum of four guests, this is an exclusive experience.

Although none of the Expert Africa team have been on a Mwamba Sleepout, we have been able to put together a good description of this exciting option in the bush.

You’ll arrive at camp, which is situated next to a waterhole, deep into the park. Fires will be lit and lanterns set around the camp. Your bed is a bedroll with sheets and blankets, and a round mosquito net above.

In the evening, you’ll sit round the camp fire with your scout and guide and enjoy a simply cooked braai (barbeque) as the night sounds start. As the camp is close to a waterhole, you can expect some nocturnal visitors – perhaps a family of elephant, a herd of impala or zebra, or maybe even a cat or two! The guide and the scout keep watch at night to make sure that nothing gets too close to camp.

The camp does have a simple “bush-loo" – a long drop with a throne, separated from camp by a sheet of canvas. You’ll be escorted to and from this.

After a night spent under the stars, there will be tea, coffee and toast round the camp fire before you set off back to camp with your guide and scout.


Our view

Camping out in the Luangwa Valley really is spending the night in the wilds. You may lie awake for a few hours at first, just listening to the night sounds of the bush, but you’re likely to remember the experience for much longer. We usually love raw, real experiences like this, but they’re not for those who require luxuries at night, or are of a nervous disposition.

Geographics

Location
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Ideal length of stay
These ‘sleepouts’ are just one night long – and would always be combine into a longer safari in South Luangwa. Typically this would last around a week, and include time at Kaingo Camp, and its small, satellite bushcamp, Mwamba.
Directions
These camp-outs are normally done within about an hour’s drive of Kaingo or Mwamba.
Accessible by
Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities

Children

Attitude towards children
Children under 12 are not allowed on the sleepouts, and aged 12 to 16 is at the discretion of the guide. Camping in the bush sometimes frightens adults who aren't familiar with the sounds and ways of the bush; children would need to be very mature to cope well.
Generally recommended for children
No.

Communications

Communications
The guide/scout has limited radio communication with the camp.
TV & radio
Only a radio for communications.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
The closest doctor is in Mfuwe (1 ½ hours fast drive away)

For emergencies clients will be evacuated by Medivac.
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Security measures
An armed game scout and guide will remain with you.
Fire safety

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Cultural excursion

    Cultural excursion

  • Fly-camping

    Fly-camping

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

    Night drive

Extras

Disabled access
Not Possible
Laundry facilities
Laundry would need to be done at the main camp; there are no laundry facilities here.
Money
No exchange facilities offered.
Accepted payment on location
None.

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