On the banks of the Hippo-laden Luangwa River lies Mchenja, this heavenly slice of ebony-clad, off-grid chic. No matter how frantically you wave your phone around, there’s not a single bar of signal to be found. (Waving for a single malt is an entirely different story.) Lather up in the privacy of your open-air, reed-wrapped bathroom, hit the bush on foot*, or hold onto your wide-brimmed hat as you zoom off in search of big cats looking to picnic on puku. Come armed and loaded to Mchenja: There’s not a single turn you’ll take when you won’t be reaching for your camera. 


*You don’t quite realise just how tall a giraffe really is until you’re standing below one.

Stuff we love

Wet & wild South Luangwa

  • Carmine clouds of nesting bee-eaters –  every wildlife photographer’s dream.
  • Architecture that celebrates the surroundings, like the fallen old ebony tree slap-bang centre of the lounge.
  • Putting on your big person pants and opting for a thrilling sleepout under the stars.

Mchenja in pictures

Lodge activities

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Bush Walk
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Camp pool
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Cultural excursion
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Game Drive
Night Drive
Night Drive
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Sleep under the stars

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