Kalwelwa Camp - Birders delight and source of the Zambezi
2021 RATES - Kalwelwa in Mwinilunga has only been known to ornithologists since 2015 but is already one of Zambia's prime birding destinations. This depression system combines one of Zambia's largest wet evergreen forests with endless Kalahari sands grasslands and marshes, Marquesia dry evergeen forest and miombo woodlands. Most of Mwinilunga's specials have healthy populations here, including the sought-after Grimwood's Longclaw. Kalwelwa Bushcamp consists of 5 en-suite tented units. It is situated within Chief Kanyama's private wildlife area. Many of the bird specials occur around camp while the main plains complex is a few minutes driving from camp.
Mwinilunga town, Chitunta Plain and the Source of the Zambezi are just over an hour's drive from here.
Prior booking is essential. The camp is open from 1 June to 30 November.
Full board - Twin sharing per person $ 135 $ / Single $ 150
self catering - twin USD55 pps/ single -$ 75
-These rates are inclusive of a $15 pppn conservation levy for the community.
- Children under 8 are free of charge, between 8 and 16 50% discount. - Long stay discount: 30% from 4th night onwards.
- For groups we can accommodate your guide and/or driver for free on self-catering or for $50 per night on full board basis.
Other information: - Electricity: There is no power at the camp other than a small solar battery to charge your phone and camera. The tents and dining room have solar lights. - Kitchen: Coffee and tea are available at the dining room from 6.00 AM. Breakfast is served at 7.00, lunch at 13.00 and dinner at 19.00 but we are flexible to adjust these times to your program (including packed meals). We ask you to advise all dietary requirements during your booking confirmation. Self-catering guests can use our bush kitchen but please provide your own gas stove (currently no fridge/freezer). - Bar: We stock a limited selection of drinks. You are welcome to bring your own. - Drinking water: There is a water filter in the dining room, this water is safe to drink. - Wifi & cell phone network: There’s no internet in the camp but there is limited Airtel cell phone reception including mobile data. - Safety: The camp is within the chief’s fenced game farm which means it is very safe. Although our staff take the very best care of your safety and belongings, you are visiting at own risk. Wild animals such as Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Reedbuck and Puku occur in and around camp but don’t pose a safety risk. We advise you to carry a light with you at night and wear shoes in case you come across ants, snakes or scorpions. - Staff gratuities: We suggest a tip between $5 and $10 per guest per day when you feel you have received outstanding service. Tips are shared between the staff team members. - Trails: a birding trail runs from the camp into the fishponds complex, which you are free to visit. Another trail runs for 1.3 km upstream through the dambo-woodland transition up to the fence. It connects to the road along the game fence, creating a 3 km loop. - Payment terms and conditions: A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking. We ask you to confirm 30 days prior to the arrival date. On cancellation by the client, the following cancellation fee will be charged:>45 days: 25%, 31-45 days: 50%, 15-30 days: 75%, 14 days or less: 100% - How to get there: We will send you a detailed route description and coordinates when making a booking. - Birdwatching & other “What to see”: We will send you a guide with information on Kalwelwa and Kakoma separately.
Our tents are twin shared with en-suite bathroom (hot bucket shower, handwash basin and toilet) and a veranda with comfortable chairs to enjoy the birdlife. They are equipped with two single camp beds, bedding, towels, mosquito nets and spray and solar lights.
Guiding: Frank Willems, Zambia’s leading ornithologist and guide, is owner of the camp but not based there permanently. Please contact us in advance if you request his expert guiding. Charges are $300/day for 1-3 pax, $400/day for 4+ pax.
Mobile camp: We have a mobile camp providing you the opportunity to visit other places of interest in Mwinilunga such as Kakoma and Jimbe. Please enquiry for options and costs.