The more rustic, remote and intimate of Shenton Safaris’ two excellent camps, Mwamba is set in a wonderfully peaceful location around three hours’ walk or twenty minutes’ drive from Kaingo Camp. A true bushcamp on the banks of the usually dry Mwamba river bed, a tributary of the Luangwa, this is a spectacular area for wildlife, attracted by the permanent water holes that are visible from camp. There are just three reed and thatch chalets, relatively simple but extremely comfortable, with local textiles and large open air bathrooms with hot bucket showers. Inside there are skylights in the high thatched roof that create a real sense of sleeping under the stars.
The central chitenje hosts a bar and dining area under the shade of ebony trees, and there is a large termite mound where sundowners can be enjoyed next to a roaring camp fire. Walking safaris from Mwamba are exceptional, while there are some excellent routes for game drives and two photographic hides overlooking the permanent water holes for languid afternoon game viewing. Very different in style, Mwamba combines perfectly with Kaingo for a week-long Luangwa adventure.