Mwamba Camp

Mwamba Camp is the sister camp to Kaingo owned by Shenton Safaris and is a proper “bush camp”. The four thatched chalets have open (but private) bathrooms so you can see the wild bush around you as you wash off the dust from your activities. It has all the comforts you would need along with an almost untraceable eco-footprint.

The camp was originally set up to help combat poaching in the area, which is evident by the now abundant wildlife. The food is brilliant, the guides are incredible, the activities are perfect for great sightings and better pictures! All in all, we highly recommend you visit.

Why we love Mwamba!

The real highlight of Mwamba, for me, is the three-story hide, from a low level to eye level to a bird’s eye view. They have every angle of a shot you could possibly want. It is in a fantastic location, next to a waterhole. A true photographer’s paradise.

– Last visited August 2017 by Chloe McCormack –

Fast Facts


South Luangwa National Park


Four Thatched Chalets

Great for

Photographers and those looking for luxury bushcamps

Children welcome

Yes over 12


May to October

Ideal length of stay

2-3 Nights


Yes – a standing fan


No. No cell phone signal either

(Rates 'from' pppn)

Pricing Category


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$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

Lodge Key Features

The Hide

The Shenton properties are a firm favourite of photographers and one of the reasons for this (aside from the incredible wildlife) is the hides. At Mwamba, they have a three-level hide around the back of the camp next to a waterhole. This means you can get some incredible, and different, angles of the animals – from above, eye level and below at water level which really gives the wow factor for up close and personal photos. Even if you have an iPhone at hand it’s the perfect place to get that WOW shot.

Walking safaris

As with Kaingo, the guides at Shenton are some of the best. Mwamba is set up for some incredible walking safaris in an area that is completely untouched by other camps. If you want to leave the hide and take the thrill of seeing animals on foot, here is the place to do it.

All the guides are trained to the highest standard. Let them supervise you through the sightings as well as explaining, what I think, are arguably the more interesting smaller creatures, plants, insects and birds of the valley.


With only four chalets, there will only ever be a maximum of eight people at the camp, so it is entirely possible you will have, not only your guide to yourself but an incredibly personal experience.

You can enjoy candlelit dinners under the stars, private walks, drives and time in the hide. With lots of places to spot the wildlife at camp you may even choose to spend a day just watching what goes by. The attention to detail and high level of service makes you feel as special as you should when in the romance of the bush.

Client Reviews

  • A stunning stay

    The four of us had a 4 night stay here just recently. Craig and Lindy are great hosts. It is very rustic but the accommodation has all the comforts of home including bucket showers, which has incredibly hot water, The food is excellent and the bar is very well stocked, but the wildlife is the real star. Hendrix our guide showed us lion, leopard, wild dogs, etc etc etc. The hide at the waterhole is brilliant and affords incredibly photo opportunities. The staff is very efficient and very friendly. This camp is another jewel in the Shenton crown. Gotta come back.

  • Superlative Wildlife Viewing!

    Set on the banks of the Mwamba River, the Mwamba Bush Camp has four beautiful reed and thatch bungalows are designed with skylights allowing you to experience sleeping under the stars. They also have solar fans and lighting, outdoor flush toilets, plumbed cold water and hot water bucket showers and a new addition for this season was electrical plugs in the room so we could charge our camera batteries, etc. I can’t say enough good things about this camp! The camp managers, Craig and Lindy as well as the camp staff and our fantastic guide, Sly were so welcoming. They shared their enthusiasm for the wildlife with us.

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  • Great Start to a Great Holiday in South Luangwa

    My first bush camp for three days in a 12 days stay in the South and North National Park.
    Found it very comfortable with great food and exceptional staff.
    The drives showcased a range of animals in natural conditions that blew my mind as being so far above my expectations.
    The hide also gave you a chance to get up close to various animals in a relaxing setting.
    Transfers between camps was seamless for such isolation and could teach the big cities a lot about how to look after their guests.

  • One of the best yet

    We have stayed at a number of camps throughout the region but this camp along with its sister camp Kaingo certainly rates among the best. We felt that this was in no small part due to the genuinely friendly atmosphere that the camp exuded. The accommodation was as good as, no better than you could expect in a bush camp and the food excellent.The location was such that you had game around most of the time with the highlight being the waterhole hides.


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