South Luangwa National Park camps - Mchenja Bushcamp

Mchenja Bushcamp

Mchenja is named for the grove of towering ebony trees under which it resides, perched high on the banks of the Luangwa River.  The term "bushcamp" in Zambia has come to cover everything from reed huts with sand floors to canopied tents and roll-top baths and Mchenja definitely falls at the latter end of this scale.  It's quite nice to be "camping" but still enjoy a little pampering and Mchenja definitely suits those weary from a long walking safari or travellers who like to prelude their game-watching with tea in bed and a plunge pool at midday.

It's good to see that Mchenja hasn't done away with all the bushcamp simplicity, though, and has kept the important things.  The outdoor showers, brekkie around the camp-fire and dinner beneath the stars are all central to the experience.

Mchenja lies at the outer reaches of the Mfuwe area of the Park which teams with wildlife.  The banks of the Luangwa River can be explored on foot or on day and night drives.  The sightings book records regular encounters with lion, leopard and elephant, not to mention a multitude of plains game.  For birders, this is quite a good place to look for the Pel's fishing owl and Lillian's lovebird to name just a couple.

Mchenja makes a good start and end to a trip where you can either get your wildlife fix before heading off to the walking bushcamps or return to enjoy some r&r at the end of safari.  The guides here are excellent and the overall impression of the camp is one of an authentic safari experience with a few very special twists.

If you are thinking about a walking safari in this area, you might want to look at the Luwi Bushcamp, Nsolo Bushcamp and Kakuli Bushcamp and also at the Luwi Riverbed Sleepout if you are feeling particularly adventurous.

Includes full board accommodation, scheduled activities, soft drinks, beer, house wines and local spirits, park fees where applicable.  Does not include special activities, premium wines, champagne and spirits, gratuities, items of a personal nature.

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