Immerse yourself in wilderness and luxurious comfort at this intimate riverside retreat
Hear baboons bark and monkeys chat as you follow the flick of a leopard’s tail across the river. Feel your insides vibrate to the roar of a male lion passing through camp in the middle of the night. Sit within reach of an elephant as it feeds on the seed pods just outside your room.

Mchenja is the local name for ebony, and the camp is tucked into a shady ebony grove beside the Luangwa River in the heart of South Luangwa National Park.

Its five rooms (including a two-bedroom, two-bathroom family suite) are pure, natural elegance with grass walls, soft cushions and light-as-air curtains. Each has a feather-top bed, large picture windows and open air en-suite bathroom with a bath looking out onto the river.

Built around a bent ebony trunk, the main lounge has the feel of a spacious treehouse. At breakfast, listen to a chorus of birdsong and laughing hippos. Between safari activities, relax in the refreshing pool overlooking the river.

Pull yourself away from camp to track big cats through the bush with hushed voices and beating hearts. Night drives are always rewarding, with the bush revealing a different nocturnal surprise every time. At the right time of year, this is one of the best camps in the park for seeing carmine bee-eaters.

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Rates from $730 per person*
5 Rooms
Open 20 May – 07 Nov
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Insider Tips
  • Gorgeous riverside setting in a lush ebony grove
  • Luxury meets adventure
  • Pool overlooking the river
  • Park/conservation fees US$100 pppn

Need to know

Need to know

  • Open 20 May to 7 November
  • 5 Rooms
  • Solar power + no wifi
  • 2.5 hour game drive transfer from Mfuwe Airport
  • Minimum age 8

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Activities

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