(6 twin- and 2 double-bed tents) Lion Roars Safaris, House 1, Water Wells, Kafue Rd, Makeni, PO Box 33111, Lusaka; tel/fax: 01 274901; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.royalzambezi.com
Now owned by Lion Roars, and a sister camp to Royal Zambezi, Mwambashi occupies a well-shaded site with large albida trees, typical of this riverine environment. Most visitors arrive by plane at Jeki airstrip, with transfers costing US$190 from Lusaka; alternatively a boat trip from Gwabi Lodge costs US$120.
Its large, walk-in tents are all built on wooden platforms overlooking the river. Each has a double or twin beds with mosquito-netted walls and large en-suite toilet, shower and washbasin at the back under a canvas roof. The central living/dining area is on a raised platform, with a thatched roof and an open balcony, and a bar (and toilet) on the ground level underneath. Dominated by a large wooden table, this feels rather grand, although the effect is softened by batik wall hangings and a small area with reference books and games. Close to the river, there's a plunge pool with its own deck.
Activities involve day and night game drives, walking safaris, canoeing and boat trips. Fishing is possible, but the lodge doesn't have any equipment so you must bring your own. Fishing trips cost US$350, which covers exclusive use of the boat, with guide.