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!
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 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.
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!
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.
LOW Season: 15 Jun – 31 Jul
HIGH Season: 1 Aug – 31 Oct
CLOSED: 1 Jan – 14 Jun & 1 Nov – 31 Dec
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.
I recently stayed at Mwaleshi with my brother and his Family and my partner and son.Suffice to say this is an incredible place.The 2 guides Alex and Moffat are the best I have experienced after many trips in Africa-their knowledge of flora, fauna and even geology is unsurpassed.The food and accommodation is very high standard-especially when you consider the remoteness of the area.All the staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful and a trip to the Chef’s kitchen is a must-the food he produces superb.The lodge itself is set in a beautiful location at the confluence of the Mwaleshi and Luangwa rivers.
North Luangwa is remote and very uncrowded, there is plenty of game, though not as accustomed to people as in South Luangwa.This is real old Africa and in my opinion there are few places (except perhaps the southern Selous) which are so pristine and untouched.For those who enjoy wilderness this is a must
Mwaleshi is top in terms of bush atmosphere, accomodation, food, game and walks. It is run by a small but very experienced team and you feel at home from the very beginning. It was one of our best safari experiences as we never had such tremendous walks so far. Many thanks to Brent Harris, Tatty, Kennedy, Jack, Cisomo and the whole staff. You made our stay unforgettable!
This is the most remote camp we have been to, and is quite different from the several (excellent) camps in South Luangwa, where the emphasis is on driving safaris. Here, you mainly walk, morning and evening. As a result, you may not see quite as much game, but the experience when you do see animals is much more exciting. We were about 25 m from a male lion, eyeballing each other before it decided to amble off; and even closer to a single male elephant which really didn’t seem to like us. But the guide (Brent) is first class, and between him and the armed guard, we never felt unsafe.
The camp has 4 very comfortable chalets, and a central area with bar and dining area – and the food was superb! We would love to go back