Although the whole idea of a bush camp is to be in the bush, away from all luxuries etc., there is a market that doesn’t want to lose the luxury! Mchenja caters for this market and does it damn well. This is a great camp in a great location – standards of guiding are up there with the best of the Norman Carr camps and this would be an ideal camp for a couple of nights after roughing it elsewhere.
Mchenja - The Details
Mchenja has a fabulous setting in South Luangwa and makes a great finish to the Norman Carr bushcamp walking trail, completing with some added comfort and style. It's only a couple of hours from Mfuwe Airport, but you still feel miles away from the hustle and bustle - there's plenty of wildlife to keep you occupied.
Overlooking a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, the central area is stunning, designed and focused around a fallen ebony tree and a large plunge pool. Massive ebony trees (Mchenja) surround the camp, offering respite from the sun and spacious areas where each of the octagonal tents enjoy total privacy. The five rooms themselves are beautifully designed and subtley luxurious, with free-standing baths and outdoor en-suite bathrooms. Each room leads on to a manicured lawn that stretches out before dropping off into the Luangwa River.
Brunch is taken in the shade of the chitenje (lounge) with dinner mostly being served on the river bank under the stars. You can even enjoy a private dinner on the deck of your chalet if you are in the mood for something more romantic.
Most activities are operated around a walking safari in the early morning and a combination of walking and driving in the afternoon/evening. Safaris will usually have no more than 4 - 6 guests on one activity, depending on the number of people in camp.