Mwaleshi Camp (North Luangwa
National Park) Zambia
Mwaleshi Camp is situated on a scenic bend of the
Mwaleshi River, a clear water perennial stream feeding the
Luangwa river in North Luangwa National Park, a remote area
of Zambia renowned for its large population of lion, huge
herds of buffalo and endemic Cookson's Wildebeest. The
remoteness of the North Park is enhanced by the lack of
roads. Miles from anywhere, the outside world melts away as
nature surprises, delights and soothes the senses. This
remote and rustic camp is for the safari enthusiast who
wants to feel the earth beneath their feet. Game viewing at
Mwaleshi is only on foot, led by a highly skilled and armed
ranger, but bring a bathing suit for the occasional
refreshing dip in the Mwaleshi at the Mwaleshi Falls.
North Luangwa and Mwaleshi are not for everyone, but for
those seeking a true wilderness experience in a remote and
intimate safari camp, under the guidance of some of Zambia's
most experienced 'bush folk', it's hard to imagine a camp
more perfect than Mwaleshi. The North Luangwa National Park
is a 35 minute flight from Tafika or 45 from Mfuwe. Notable
differences to South Luangwa are the remoteness (very
unlikely to encounter other visitors), large population of
lions and hyenas, and the beautiful clear Mwaleshi river in
which you can safely bathe. Mwaleshi Camp is seasonally
operated from 15 June to 31 October.
Mwaleshi is a grass pole bush camp which accommodates up
to eight guests in four thatched reed chalets. The four
chalets are hand built and finished with local reeds in hues
of orange and gold in harmony with their surroundings. The walls at Mwaleshi Camp are built only half way up and
are then open to the ceiling, giving that inside/outside
feel. The chalets contain large comfortable beds and
en-suite flush toilets but no running water, which is
provided in jugs for use in hand basins. There are two
shared use showers with views across the river and if you
have never tried an outdoor shower, you will love the
feeling. There is no electricity in camp and lighting is provided
by solar storm lanterns but the sun does provide power for
All the chalets at Mwaleshi Camp look towards the
Mwaleshi River where the presence of hippos is announced by
charismatic grunting. The nights in the Luangwa are pure
magic - secure beneath cool cotton sheets and a mosquito
net, you are lulled into deep sleep by distant lion grunts
and hyena whoops fading into the night.
Activities / Wildlife
Activities Game Walks All safaris at Mwaleshi Camp are
conducted on foot, which is the traditional way of exploring
the area. Excellent guides lead the way through this scenic
area bisected by the Mwaleshi River and one travel writer
rated a swimming trip to the Mwaleshi Falls as one of the
'Top highlights in Zambia'.
With virtually no roads in the entire North Luangwa
National Park, almost all game-viewing is done on foot,
accompanied by a highly skilled guide and an armed game
scout. Guests should not expect to see as much game as they
would at camps offering game-drives, but the encounters are
more intimate, and the sense of wilderness unrivalled. The
birding here is also fantastic.
All safaris are led by very experienced guides -
dedicated conservationists with a special talent for sharing
their love of the bush with others.
Bangweulu Swamps Trips to the Bangweulu Swamps, famous
for the Shoebill Stork and thousands of Black Lechwe can be
organized from Mwaleshi Camp.
From $520 per person per night sharing. Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.