Highlights of Mchenja Camp
- Offers limited day and night drives & not too strenuous walking
- Luxurious and stylish, the ideal end to your walking safari
Mchenja Camp (meaning ‘ebony’) is a charming and romantic seasonal camp in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. It is beautifully situated beneath a magnificent grove of ebony trees overlooking a sweeping bend on the banks of the Luangwa River. Each of the five unique octagonal tents has their own en suite bathroom with free standing Victorian baths complete with river views as well as outside showers.
The elegant central chitenje (meaning lounge) is built around one of the old fallen Mchenja (ebony) trees and comprises a bar, lounge and dining area under thatch. Brunch is sometimes enjoyed under the canopy of magnificent trees. Dinner is usually served on the river bank under the African stars. Most unusually for a bush camp there’s a small plunge pool close to the bar for cooling off during the hot midday hours of Zambia.
Mchenja Camp Safari Activities
The game activities of Mchenja Camp are a mix of walking safaris and game drives. You can decide each day if you want to venture out on foot or with the vehicle. The game viewing in this area is superb and night drives are usually very worthwhile. Walking safaris are not strenuous and are conducted at a pace determined by you but usually last 3 to 4 hours. They are led by a fully qualified guide and armed game scout.
Each of the four Bush camps owned by Norman Carr Safaris are designed to be very different in style with different habitats so that the ideal thing is to combine the camps, perhaps walking from one camp to another. You leave early in the morning and arriving at the next camp for brunch to find your bags already waiting for you.
Mchenja TentThis luxury camp comprises five stylishly designed tents each with its own deck overlooking the water. The tents have baths with an outside shower room and large king sized beds. There is a small pool alongside the bar within the thatched main chitenje, allowing guests to seek cool refuge after their morning's safari activities.