Set in a magnificent grove of ebony trees on the banks of the Luangwa, Mchenja is one of the South Luangwa’s most opulent bushcamps. There are just five spacious, octagonal safari tents, elegantly furnished with polished wooden floors, private decks and colourful local fabrics. The open air en-suite bathrooms have bathtubs with a river view, but the design and positioning of the tents ensures complete privacy. Lunch is generally taken in the comfortable central lounge area, while dinner will be enjoyed under the stars and surrounded by the nocturnal sounds of the bush. Close to the chitenje there is also a small plunge pool that is perfect for cooling off in the heat of the prime game viewing months in September and October.
While excellent walking safaris are possible, including to other Norman Carr camps, this is a great location for game drives, with frequent leopard sightings close to camp. The setting on a bend in the river also means that there are constant sightings of hippo pods from camp, all set to the distinctive backdrop of grunts, snorts and gurgles.