All in all, this is a great little camp for travellers who like the authentic safari experience, with an emphasis on wildlife photography. Like Kaingo, Mwamba is both owned and operated by the Shentons, with Derek’s passion for authenticity on safari in evidence all through the camp.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
It is positioned among enormous ebony trees a short distance from River Mwamba, a tributary of the Luangwa.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
The main area of camp consists of a dining space and bar in the shade of trees and amid sprawling python vines. There are great views out to waterholes, which are particularly popular with elephant! Not far from camp, an immense termite mound forms a spectacular natural setting for sundowners, with its vistas of wildlife roaming the park. Guests also enjoy sitting around the campfire, swapping stories.
There are just four chalets at Mwamba, accommodating a maximum number of eight people. All are situated in the shade of sausage trees and constructed from reed and thatch, with two skylights each for guests to observe the stars and to feel part of the nightlife that includes owls, bats, hyenas and cicadas. As the camp uses solar power, there is no interruption to the sounds of the bush all night long and during the dawn chorus. Each chalet boasts an outdoors en-suite bathroom, featuring flush toilet, basin and hot bucket shower.
Mwamba’s activities are all about the animals, appropriate for the camp’s location in one of the best parks in Africa! Lion, buffalo, eland and Cookson’s wildebeest are especially prevalent here. Game drives take place three times daily – early morning, mid-day, and afternoon/evening.
Walking safari is popular too, focussing on Lion Plain and Eland Plain in addition to the mopane woods along the river. And, as at Kaingo, Derek Shenton’s hideaways provide fantastic opportunities to get up close to wildlife and to take some impressive photos. Guests are truly spoilt for choice here, enjoying Hippo Hide, Elephant Hide, Carmine Bee-eater Hide and Last Waterhole Hide – and occasional mobile hides too!