Shenton Safaris’ Mwamba

South Luangwa

Mwamba, Shenton Safaris’ exclusive bush camp, is the epitome of Derek’s ethos. He created the camp on a poachers campsite in 1995 to push poaching out of the surrounding area. Mwamba has strong roots in Derek’s belief of conservation through tourism.

Mwamba means heaven in the local Nyanja language, and once you set foot in this incredible camp, you’ll see why. From initially hiding poachers until Derek pushed them out of the area, to being the location of Shenton Safaris’ most famous hide, Mwamba is truly Africa’s Best Place to Hide. Here, four chalets sit idyllically along the Mwamba River that dries out as the season progresses.

The relaxed and rustic designs of Mwamba with hidden luxury items make you at home in the bush, every aspect of camp life is finely tuned to the Shenton’s family rhythm. A truly unique safari experience.

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Shenton Safaris’ Mwamba

Mwamba is located in the northern territory of South Luangwa National Park that borders to the Nsefu Sector. It’s a two and a half hour drive from Mfuwe International Airport to Mwamba for all daytime transfers. If your flight arrives in the evening, you’ll be transferred in a closed vehicle as a transfer, rather than a game drive.

The area surrounding Shenton's camps have been Derek Shenton’s domain for more than 26 years, his intricate network of roads are all graded with the Shenton Safaris tractor every year which means that when you are at Mwamba, you will get to explore into all the hidden wildlife hotspots this incredible area has to offer. The beautiful loops of roads travel from up north at Kapanda Lagoon, to the Baobab Forest and down to the Luangwa River passing Lion Plains, with ample changes in vegetation on the way.


There are 4 thatch and reid chalets made with interwoven bamboo walls and thatched roofing

Room features include:
A viewing deck over the dry Mwamba River
En-suite completely outdoor bathroom with shower, basin and toilet
Large fly-wired skylights provide incredible views of the night sky

Mwamba’s exclusive in-camp hide is a short walk from all of the chalets

Chalet Exterior Chalet Interior Bathroom Mwamba Anthill Hide

Bar/Dining options – communal dining and private dining available, special dining options include bush breakfast and anthill lockout dinners.

Hides- Exclusive access to the Mwamba/Last Waterhole Hide. Shared access with Kaingo to the Wild Dog Lagoon Hide, Carmine Hide and Mobile Hide.

Guests of Mwamba have the exclusive opportunity to sleep out on the Numbu Star Bed. This incredible viewing platform in the centre of Numbu Plains is your private stargazing treehouse for the night.

Relaxation during the Day Main area and Bar at night Mwamba Hide Bar and Dining Area

Inclusive activities – game drives (max 4 guests per vehicle), walking safaris, and photographic hide sessions.

Available at an extra cost – private game drives either standard or with our photographic vehicle setup.

Game Drive Lion Game Drive Elephant Walking Safari Giraffe Walking Safari Elephant Carmine Bee Eater Hide Last Waterhole Hide Buffalo Last Waterhole Hide Elephant Walking Safari Wildebeest

Children aged 12 years and older are welcome
There are no family chalets

Open from 1st June until 31st October each year

Shenton Safaris supports Project Luangwa and Conservation South Luangwa

A Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund( LCCF) Levy is included in rates and this is donated directly to these two projects. The lodge is happy to arrange meetings in camp in Kaingo’s Show Room with Conservation and Community representatives for interested guests to learn more, as well as arrange joint activities with Zambia Carnivore Program.

Project Luangwa - Education Project Luangwa - Teaching Skills Project Luangwa teaching Skills South Luangwa Conservation Society

The Camp is run on Solar Power
All water is pumped from their own underground springwater source and is extremely safe to drink
All chalets have a lockbox
There is no Wi-Fi in camp - The Shenton's prefer to maintain the camp as a wifi-free location where guests stay with them to disconnect

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