Mwaleshi Camp

Mwaleshi Camp is one of only two camps in North Luangwa, it is about as remote as you can get. North Luangwa has a heavily protected rhino program and this is one of only two places you can spot them in Zambia. The rhino program is heavily guarded and funded by the Frankfurt Zoological society, we are told it is successful and could be used to start stocking South Luangwa!

Here the focus is on walking safaris and the guides are excellent. Make Mwaleshi and North Luangwa your next adventure before the crowds do!

Why we love Mwaleshi!

I loved the scenic flight over the Luangwa Valley and the wild remoteness of Mwaleshi. Mwaleshi is an old school basic bush camp focusing on exceptional food, incredible guiding and set in a wild location overlooking the Mwaleshi River. A very cool walk from Mwaleshi to Takwela with a lot of interesting wildlife.

Last visited by Mike Varndell, Managing Founder – July 2019

North Luangwa is a completely different landscape to South Luangwa, with the possibility of seeing rhino and some fantastic walking, it is a great compliment to any safari in the south. Not to mention the lodge is fantastically rustic with great guides, food and hosts.

Chloe McCormack – Sales & Marketing – Oct 2018

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts

Location

North Luangwa (45-minute flight from Mfuwe Airport)

Rooms

4 chalets

Rooms starting from

$735 (pppn)

Great for

Walking, rhino spotting

Children welcome

Yes. Minimum age 12

Open

15 June – 31 Oct

Ideal length of stay

3 Nights. Fly here from their sister camps (Tafika & Chikoko Trails) in South Luangwa for a real treat and some aerial views of the wildlife

Fans

Yes

Wi-fi

No

Lodge Key Features

Rhinos

North Luangwa is one of the few places you can see rhino in Zambia. Heavily protected and looked after, away from the bustle of the south, the animals are said to be thriving. It’s been a tough time for rhinos with ivory poaching so it is amazing to see a success here. It is not just rhinos up here – the wildlife is thriving. Walking safaris are a little slower however, sightings were excellent last time we visited.

Walking

When you tell someone, they are going for a walking safari they can often be a bit nervous that they aren’t fit enough but I would urge you that this is not the case. Of course, if you want to you can cover larger distances but often you don’t get that far from camp or your starting point. We spent one afternoon (met by the car later for sundowners) by the river-watching hippos fighting and probably walked no more than a few meters. If you have a good guide you can find something interesting to talk about almost anywhere and these guides are the best!

Rivers

Mwaleshi is based on a shallow river (it is only open when river levels are low), which means you have your very own paddling pool! Is there anything better than dipping your hot sweaty feet into a cool flowing river after a walk? Probably, if you could have your favourite drink in hand, which is exactly what you can do here.

With shallow water levels, it is away from hippos and crocs (although please do check and ask the guides) so you can bathe in the mid-day sun, dip your feet in and read a book or simply watch the wild world at work.

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