A vast expanse of wilderness with few vehicle tracks, North Luangwa is best explored on foot. The perfect base is Mwaleshi, a remote seasonal camp dedicated to walking safaris.
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North Luangwa National Park is vast area of 4636km2 protecting the western bank of the upper Luangwa river valley in northern Zambia. Known for its high density of lions, it is home to black rhino and the endemic Cooksons wildebeest as well as the full range of iconic African big game animals including elephant and buffalo. There are over 450 species of birds recorded.
Operated by Remote Africa Safaris, Mwaleshi Camp is located within a scenic bend of the Mwaleshi River 10km upstream of the confluence with the Luangwa River. Mwaleshi welcomes walkers from mid-June, as the dry season begins. At this time, the landscape is green and the lagoons provide great bird watching. As the season goes on, vegetation becomes more sparse and animals are easier to spot. It gets hotter, and the camp closes in October when the first thunderstorms of the green season build.
The minimum age for Mwaleshi is 12, and there is no single supplement for guests at this camp. Mwaleshi can be combined with the newer Takwela camp, located at the confluence of the Mwaleshi and Luangwa rivers, the transfer taking place as a morning game drive.
A complimentary meet & greet service at the international airports in Lusaka or Mfume may be booked for Remote Africa guests staying 3 nights or more.
Mwaleshi camp is accessed via its own airstrip, which is a 40min flight (Remote Africa Safaris charter plane) from Mfume International Airport. From the airstrip to the camp it is a 15min drive in 4×4 open vehicle or 4hr walk.
At camp, a typical day starts at dawn with an early call for breakfast around the fire. Then it's time to set out for the morning walk, usually around 4 hours in duration and at a gentle pace. It includes a stop for morning tea.
Back at camp, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with freshly grown greens, and then there is time to rest until afternoon tea is served. There is a shorter walk in the late afternoon, returning before sunset. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and snacks while you watch the sun disappear over the Mwaleshi river.
Later in the evening a three course meal is served by candle light. At night, cotton sheets and expansive mosquito nets keep you comfortable while the Luangwa lullabies of lion roars and hyena whoops carry you to sleep.
- Full board accommodation
- Local road transfers (shared basis)
- Camps, bar (inclusive of house wine)
- All game viewing activities including guided walking safaris, limited driving, camp-outs
- Conservation, National Park and fixed fees (tourism levy and service charge) $110 pppn
- Superior wines (available upon request)