Due to open on 1st June 2020, Shawa Luangwa Camp will offer exclusive experiences of the South Luangwa! Guests will enjoy game drives in the camp’s impressive fleet of quiet electric vehicles – a major draw.
We are really looking forward to visiting this new camp following its opening in June 2020. Shawa Luangwa will be the fourth property in the Green Safaris portfolio, joining Ila Safari Lodge, Kaya Mawa, and Chisa Busanga Camp. It’s named after Jacob Shawa, a famous safari guide who has featured in Wanderlust’s World Guide Awards. A favourite at YZ, Green Safaris prides itself on sustainable design, as well as care of local wildlife and communities. Accommodation will be booked on a full-board basis and the camp will be open from June to November every year.
Access & location:
The camp will be most easily accessed via 1 hour’s road transfer from Mfuwe Airport. The site is close to the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park, overlooking the beautiful Luangwa river.
Accommodation & facilities at Shawa Luangwa Camp:
There will be just five guest tents, two with the option of interconnecting to form a double tent for family use. Looking at an image of one standard tent, we note that the design of this tent is A-frame. It appears to be positioned on a wooden platform and accessed via steps at the back of the structure. A few trees surround the tent, to provide some pleasant shade during the daytime. Peering inside, we can make out a double bed and furnishings such as bedside stands and seating. It’s likely that the washroom will occupy one side of the tent, and perhaps this will contain a flush toilet, washbasin, and shower. The platform will function as a private deck, offering a nice little spot for relaxing and enjoying your views over the Luangwa river! We’ll update these details as soon as we’ve received further information.
Presently we know very little about Shawa Luangwa Camp’s communal structure. The one image available shows another A-frame building, this time with two upper storeys. Each storey seems to have mainly lounge furniture, but as Green Safaris have termed it the ‘central boma’ we can assume there’ll be spaces for dining too. In common with the guest tents, the boma will boast lovely views over the river. And, excitingly, there’s a possibility that there will be a pool – again, we’ll update asap.
Activities at Shawa Luangwa Camp:
Shawa Luangwa Camp will offer just one activity, expertly guided game drives. These will take place in two locations – a minute’s drive from camp across the river, and within the Nsefu sector, which is only 15 minutes away. Green Safaris has termed these drives ‘silent safaris’, due to the very small amount of noise generated by the camp’s electric vehicles (EVs). The first ‘eLandy’ was developed and used at Ila Safari Lodge seven years ago. Today the company owns a fleet of five solar-powered EVs!
Once aboard an EV and travelling through the South Luangwa, guests will enjoy viewing a wide range of wildlife. This national park is home to four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! Smaller predators in residence include cheetah, hyena, and occasional wild dog, while the herbivore count features giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, a fine assortment of antelopes, and numerous hippo. Additionally, over 400 bird species have been recorded, not least specials such as western banded snake eagle, black-throated wattle-eye, woodland kingfisher, and the mysterious Pel’s fishing owl.
If you’re interested in staying at this camp, please get in touch with a member of our team.