We spent four nights at Mwamba, following on from three at Kaingo.The two camps are very different from one another as Mwamba, with only three rooms, sits in the middle of the bush for the ultimate feeling of remoteness. It's marketed as a bushcamp but the level of accommodation and facilities make it more than that. Considering that this camp has to be rebuilt from scratch each year is testament to the commitment of Derek Shenton and his team.
The rooms have skylights which make it feel like you are sleeping under the stars and large outside bathrooms with bucket showers. The hot water supply has to be carried to the room on request but the process works well, you just need to plan ahead. The food was good, a bit more basic than at Kaingo but again this is a bushcamp, albeit a lot more luxurious than we had anticipated.
Our guide for the four days we stayed was Kennedy, who proved to be a fund of knowledge. The highlight of the stay had to be a group of some dozen hyenas fighting over the body of a young male lion which they had apparently killed during the night. What made this encounter the more amazing was the fact that the the dead lion's brothers and sisters were still in the vicinty and made repeated attempts to chase away the hyenas. To everyone's surprise, especially Kennedy's, one of the male lions even took to eating the remains of his brother, something that Kennedy had never witnessed before, nor had Derek Shenton when the story was relayed to him. Nature at its most cruel yet fascinating.
Overall a fantastic time spend at the Shenton's two camps, each camp complimenting the other perfectly for a true African bush experience.
- Also Known As:
- Mwamba Bushcamp (Shenton Safaris) Zambia/South Luangwa National Park
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mwamba Bush Camp is a privately owned and run small safari camp located deep in the South Luangwa National Park. It has 3 thatched and reed chalets, with al-fresco en-suite facilities. Rates include 3 game viewing activities per day, as well as all meals and beverages. Mwamba Bush Camp and its bigger sister Kaingo Camp also have a unique network of observation hides, perfect to watch and photograph wildlife without interfering.Kaingo and Mwamba are seasonal camps, and are opened from May 26th to October 31st. ... more less