South Luangwa National Park | Zambia

Mchenja

Set in a grove of magnificent ebony trees, Mchenja (meaning ebony) is a luxurious, elegant and stylish tented camp overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the Luangwa.

Mchenja has been described as one of the most luxurious and romantic bush camps in Zambia. Five specially designed octagonal tents with roll-top baths and outdoor showers string along the Luangwa River affording spectacular views from all rooms.

The beautiful central chitenje (lounge) is built around one of the old fallen Mchenja trees and lunch is taken in the shady lounge but dinner is more often served on the river bank under the stars.

Elephants are known to drink from the plunge pool in the main area and lions and leopard are frequently seen wandering around the nearby ebony grove and permanent lagoon. Mchenja is situated in a superb game-viewing area where walking safaris, game drives and night drives are always productive and exciting.

Time your visit with Zambia's seasons

Zambia follows the typical season pattern of Southern Africa with lovely long dry weather over the winter months between June and October. The rains in Zambia are often quite substantial and mean that many camps do close between mid-November and March.

Just before and just after the rains there are wonderful shoulder seasons which offer great game viewing at discounted prices.

While many camps do close in November there are a number of areas that actually come into their own over the summer months, including the Liuwa Plain which witnesses a fascinating wildebeest migration.

For guests wishing to spend time in Livingstone and Victoria Falls, the climate is the same as the majority of the country. However, to see the falls at their peak, you would want to visit between May and August. In March and April the waterfall can be flowing with so much power that you might not be able to actually see a huge amount! While in October the falls tend to only flow at a trickle.

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