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Mchenja sits just meters away from the edge of the Luangwa River allowing one to carry on the game viewing from the comforts of your room

Cost Per Night
Perfect For

Families with children 8 and over, couples, honeymoons.

Mchenja brings a bit more luxury to the bush, compared with Time + Tides other seasonal camps within South Luangwa National Park. With a unique location the camp sits within a shady ebony forest, where you will often hear the barking of baboons alerting for local resident leopards. The tents are located just meters away from the edge of the meandering Luangwa River, creating a stunning panoramic view from the camp. 

The camp is made up of 5 large tents, which include a 2 bedroom family tent. The tents are stylish, made from grass walls with a large open front that will be closed in the evening. All of the tents have a large outdoor bathroom and beautiful free standing baths looking out onto the river. For those hot summer months, Mchenja has a small plunge pool, allowing you to spend your siesta time cooling off or reading your book in the sun.

Its great location makes it one of the best places for leopard spotting, with many guests managing to spot more than one of an evening. Enjoy bushwalks, lead by top of the class guides. Walking trails take you up the meandering river, through ebony forests and even up to vast expanses of open plains.

Mchenja is the perfect camp to stay at in collaboration with Time + Tides other camps within South Luangwa National Park. These include Kakuli, Luwi and Nsolo camps. To end your safari with a little more luxury, the stunning Time + Tide Chinzombo would be the best option here. 

Starting or ending in Lower Zambezi National Park, creates a wonderful safari itinerary staying at Time + Tides Chongwe River Lodge of Chongwe House.

Time + Tide also offers the unique experience of a Sleepout, at a small extra cost. Sit by the campfire after dinner and learn from experts about the different night sounds of the bush. Before tucking yourself into bed in a dry riverbed, looking out into the night sky.

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


The camp

The camp has 5 tents, including one family tent which is made up of 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with one of the bedrooms allowing space for three children. The pool also sits very close to the family tent allowing easy access to swim during the afternoon siesta periods. All tents have outdoor bathrooms, with a sink and shower, as well as an indoor freestanding bath. The chalets are made from local grasses with a netted front, that is easily opened or closed upon request.

Much like all Time + Tide camps, Mchenja offers the furthest, most private tent for honeymooners and couples upon request. On occasion, the camp manager may set up a private dinner under the stars.

Mchenja offers a huge array of sighting opportunities, being one of the most northern camps, it is a short drive to vast open plains, where you may see wild dog hunting to lions resting after a huge meal. Its not only out on a drive that will bring you the joys of wildlife, but the camp also often sees elephants crossing the river, as well as visiting in camp. If you are more into the smaller creatures, this camp is just a stone through away from where the Carmine beaters nest in the banks of the river.

Walking safaris are popular from all Time + Tide camps and they offer walking routes between camps, allowing for guests to arrive at their new camp by foot where your bags and lunch will be awaiting your arrival.


Most activities such as walking and drives are included in the rate at Mchenja. There is also a swimming pool and hide close to camp that can be used during siesta time.  The camp also offers an ultimate safari experience with its signature ‘sleeping under the stars,’ if you are looking for something a little more extraordinary.


Breakfast is served around the campfire on the edge of the river. Lunch is served buffet style with a selection of salads, hot dishes, and homemade bread. The afternoon tea is served on the banks of the river. Dinner is a 3-course meal served at the communal dining table.

Why Wayfairer

Mchenja is run by Time + Tide Africa, a company that has sustainability embedded within the core of its operations. They are one of the biggest employers in the valley and pride themselves on having an all Zambian front of house team, with all staff coming from within the surrounding communities. This has been possible due to their dedication in training, supporting staff to grow and work their way up the ladder. 

Wayfairer travel seek to find properties that not only help the environment but also assist with local social and economic empowerment. 

Safaris that can include Time + Tide Mchenja

Call us on +44 117 313 3300 to start planning your holiday, we’re looking forward to hearing from you


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