Shenton Safaris: African Glamping and Wildlife Experiences

One thing is certain about Shenton Safaris’ camps, they provide a unique opportunity to view the exotic wildlife of Africa that feels like it should be once in a lifetime, and it keeps guests coming back time and again. Shenton Safaris’ camps are located in South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia, which is a world-renowned wildlife haven, supporting large populations of elephants, hippopotamuses, giraffes, wildebeests, leopards, lions, and more. In fact, 95% of guests at Shenton Safaris’ camps have the privilege of seeing a leopard.

Shenton Safaris has two camps that house guests deep within the national park. At the Kaingo Camp, glamping chalets are situated right on the banks of the Luanwa River. Each chalet features a large, comfy bed and en suite bathroom, as well as an outdoor bathtub, perfect for relaxing under the stars. The chalets feature huge, fly-wired windows to ensure that even when guests are indoors, they will still be able to view the beautiful landscape and possibly even wildlife. Each Kaingo chalet also has a unique, individual deck built over the river, which serves as the perfect vantage point to view the daily elephant crossings. At Mwamba Safari Camp, which is the more rustic of the two camps, situated on the banks of the Mwamba River, guests can still enjoy many of the creature comforts of home. Each reed and thatch chalet has an open-air skylight with mosquito nets and a bed. The Mwamba chalets have their own open-air bathroom, with hot water bucket showers and flush toilets. Both of Shenton Safaris’ eco-friendly camps utilize solar power.


Each camp at Shenton has a communal area, known as a chitenge, which includes a bar and dining area for guests. Kaingo camp is renowned for its thousand year old, lead-wood bar. At Mwamba camp, the bar and dining area are in the shade of huge ebony trees. Mwamba camp also featured a beautiful sundowner spot perched upon the top of a large termite mound. The chitenges are where guests can convene for morning tea and for the three-course dinner prepared by local chefs nightly. Produce is grown on site or outsourced locally.

Each day at Shenton Safaris is packed full of wildlife-viewing activities. Shenton Safaris is well-known for their hides – man-made enclosures for viewing wildlife which serve to conceal the presence of humans. Shenton Safaris has four hides – the hippo hide, the elephant hide, the carmine bee-eater hide, and Mwamba’s last waterhole hide. These hides have been visited several times by National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Africa Geographic. BBC even used the hippo hide in the filming of the “Wild Africa” series; from this vantage point, they captured on film an enormous crocodile taking a buffalo.

For guests who really want to experience everything the South Luangwa National Park has to offer, overnight camp-outs are available. A Shenton Safaris guide escorts the guests on a day-long walking safari to the remote area north of Mwamba, far away from any human development. Here they will set up camp near a secluded waterhole. These camp-outs offer guests the opportunity to fall asleep under the stars to the sounds of far-away hyena and lion calls. Additionally, guests can choose to sleep in the elephant hide during their stay. The elephant hide overlooks the elephant highway, an area where, for centuries, elephants have assembled to wash and socialize, and is especially stunning during a full moon.

Walking safaris are also available, which allow guests to completely immerse themselves in the beauty of South Luangwa National Park. Walking safaris are lead by an experienced Shenton Safaris guide, who will direct guests through ebony forests and along various waterholes. Guides will also help to track the big cats that are native to this region, including ten individual leopards and the Mwamba pride which consists of thirty-six lions. Don’t worry, though! To ensure the safety of guests, an armed Zambia Wildlife Authority scout accompanies the party.


Another great option for wildlife viewing is on a game drive in one of Shenton Safari’s open-top, four-wheel drive vehicles. These custom vehicles are outfitted with comfortable, tall seats that have been modified to aid photographers in getting the perfect shot. Shenton Safaris maintains their own road system, which provides easy access to areas of the national park where wildlife is nearby.

8 Chillest Glamping Locations in the World

By Sarah Esterman

Glamping (that’s glamorous camping if you haven’t heard of it) is becoming more and more popular. Combining a camping trip with a little extra luxury can make for a relaxing vacation—especially when you find the perfect spot to hang your hammock.

So when you start planning your glamping trip, be sure to look into these locales.

Treehouse Lodge Deep in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil
Each of the treehouse units includes a comfy room with a veranda, fan, private bath, and yes, you guessed it: a hammock. They sit along the edge of the water, deep in jungle, high above the ground supported by stilts (necessary thanks to the flood season). There are plenty of activities to participate in too, including picnics in the jungle, canoeing, tree climbing, alligator spotting and more.


Cabaña Suites, Costa Rica

Unless you stay in the Canopy Honeymoon Suite or one of the Jungle View Rooms, be sure to pack your own hammock—and you’ll definitely want to considering the incredible views here. Be sure to treat yourself to a massage or go on one of the excursions, like a horseback ride or the tropical canyon tour.


Safari Tents at the Turquoise Mediterranean, Southern Turkey

On the hillside of the Baba mountains, when you stay here you’ll have amazing views of the Mediterranean Sea no matter where you stand in your glam tent. Each tent is complete with a bedroom, bathroom, veranda, hot tub, air conditioning, and yes, a hammock, so you can kick back and enjoy the view.


Safari Tents in the Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa

In the middle of the mountains on the Limpopo Province of South Africa, this glamping location has the option to spend the night in their hammock camps. Hammock camping, stargazing, bird watching—it all adds up to make a great getaway.


Dancing With Trees, Georgia

Treetop camping is awesome. Treetop camping in a suspended canvas hammock? Incredible. And there’s even a continental breakfast up in the trees.


Baja Camp, Mexico

Located on the Island of Espiritu Santo off the coast of Baja California, this glampsite is reachable by a 2=hour boat ride and each visit only includes up to 10 people at a time. Besides the beach, kayaking, fresh fish and spacious tents, you’ll get ultimate relaxation by kicking back in your beachside hammock.


Safari Tents Atop the Ridge, Texas

An outdoor shower, a Japanese-style Ofuru soaking tub and outdoor veranda complete with a fire pit, and, yes, hammocks—this is a gorgeous retreat atop a 300-foot ridge overlooking Lone Man Creek.


Corcovado Lodge, Costa Rica

The largest building in the Corcovado Lodge is the Hammock House. Yes, you read that right: a hammock house. Complete with a bar, a roomy deck and several lounging hammocks you can enjoy your drink and great view in.