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About Mchenja Bushcamp, South Luangwa

About Mchenja Bushcamp, South Luangwa

Mchenja means “ebony” which is fitting as this camp is set amongst a grove of these magnificent trees on the banks of the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa Valley National Park. In an area teeming with wildlife, Mchenja Bushcamp is one of the most luxurious camps you will find in Zambia; each of the five luxury tents is set under its own thatched roof with a deck with fantastic panoramic views of the river. 

Lodge Details


An exclusive and intimate luxury camp, smart but with a relaxed atmosphere.


The camp is an easy 2 hour drive from Mfuwe airport, shaded by a grove of tall ebony and sausage trees on a bend of the Luangwa River.

Accommodation & Facilities

The 4 light and airy tents all have wide canvas windows for spectacular views and natural air conditioning. Each tent is en-suite with an outdoor bathroom including basins and showers, there is also an indoor bath tub.

The main lounge/dining area cleverly incorporates a tree that looks like it has fallen into it. There is lots of comfortable seating and places to relax, as well as a small library and a well stocked bar. The plunge pool is ideally situated under the shade of thatch, the sitting area stretches beyond this out into the sun for those wanting to feel the direct warmth of the African sun.


The food at Mchenja Bushcamp is excellent with great wines served. Breakfast is usually served at sunrise overlooking the river; there will be a buffet for brunch, afternoon tea and sundowners served with nibbles. Dinners will usually consist of 3 courses. Meals can be served indoors or outside and are usually done so in a group, however private honeymoon meals can be organised and the romantic setting is more than ideal for this.


The walking in South Luangwa National Park is some of the best in Africa and it can easily be arranged for guests to combine them with other camps. There is also superb game viewing, with the option of day and night drives in an open vehicle. Due to the diversity in habitat, with arid land as well as nearby lagoons, the birding is great here and it is well worth keeping your eyes peeled.

Child Policy

Children under 12 are only allowed if the entire camp is exclusively booked out for the family group. For safety reasons under 12’s cannot join walking safaris but can partake in game drives. The camp is unfenced and potentially dangerous with crocs and hippos living in the river below. All children must be supervised at all times.

Want to stay here?

Contact one of our Destination Specialists to start planning your journey to include a stay here. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.

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