The right place for adventurous self drivers in search of their personal and secluded quality accommodation.
Where the road seems to end and wildlife surrounds you, you find us !
Malama Umoyo Cottages is situated in one of the most beautiful remote areas in the South Luangwa Valley. This is paradise for the adventurous tourist, especially for those who appreciate an abundance of wildlife and adore fishing. From your cottage you can enjoy stunning views of the rocky banks overlooking the Luangwa River and of a lowland flood plain (Chikwawa), both full of wildlife.
Selfdrive Luxury in the Bush
This place is one of a kind for those who like to be more self-supporting. “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” so at Malama Umoyo Cottages we avoid over exaggerated wording. Anyway: Wildlife just roams through our camp and our guests and friends typified our place “the garden of Eden”. Appropriately we have named the secluded cottages and kitchen respectfully: Adam, Eve and Apple. There are not many places left like this in Africa: Exclusive, private, virgin.
You have to see and feel these extraordinary surroundings! We truly believe, you will not be disappointed. Without exception, all our guests to this very day were delighted!
Malama Umoyo offers quality accommodation plus supporting facilities. We offer you, your family and friends to have full control and freedom to relax.
The two bush style cottages are built with high quality local materials and offer accommodation for two to four people with comfortable beds and chairs, clean luxury bedding, mosquito nets, hammocks, western toilet, shower and good solar lights. You can describe the cottages as: cosy, romantic, practical and luxurious. Adjacent to the cottages you find the thatched bush kitchen with freezer (optional) and ‘braai-stand’ (BBQ). Right at the edge of the raised river bank there is a thatched summer hut with hammock and deck chairs overlooking the National Park and the nearby river bed constantly inhabited with hippo’s and crocodiles.
Plan your trip and arrive with your own transport to fill in your days as you wish. All you need to bring is your own food, drinks and personal belongings. Enjoy your private secluded stay from the very first minute to the very last!
We discovered that many people cherish the experience of a secluded bushcamp. Not only tourists but also local and expat Zambians and Malawians, love to spend their time in the bush in their own way not being restricted by any organised itinerary. Also the adventurous 4×4 self drivers appreciate a ‘luxury’ break to enjoy a good hot shower, a good bed and nature directly at the door step.
On the internet you can find an amazing nice series from 4xoverland by Andrew St Pierre White about 4×4 safari. Recommendable to watch when you plan your self drive trip. This is just a little footage from episode 10 (of 16) which was filmed by Andrew just a footstep away from Malama Umoyo Cottages.
There is a surprising abundance of wild life in and around Malama Umoyo. It could almost be called crowded. It is heaven for birdwatchers too. You will always have amazingly diverse private safaris here, not just seeing the usual species of which there are plenty. You could be lucky to encounter a honey badger or a porcupine. Incredibly rewarding is driving at night which opens a whole new world under the sensitive glare of your spotlight (do not forget!). Equally as wonderful is sitting on your cottage veranda, have your sundowner in the summerhut and enjoy the peaceful Luangwa River. Here waterbucks come to drink, baboons play around, magnificent birds fluttering in, and Luangwa’s renowned hippo’s and crocs right in front, doing even less than you.
These Videos take a few minutes and were taken from our premises (also available on Youtube). If you like to see them faster, you can run them simultaneously. Watch the fear for the fishermen (elephants) and the lions (buffalo’s) !
Languages spoken: Of course the main language we use is English. However, we can also help you in Deutsch, Francais, Nederlands, Italiano and even in Bahasa Indonesia.
From 4×4 forum: “We stayed in the two cottages of Malama Umoyo. We were warmly welcomed by Menno Witteveen and his team. We all loved it, a perfect African experience. We especially loved the thoughtful, comfortable and luxurious chalets called Adam and Eve; the unbeatable amazing view over the Luangwa River, our conversation constantly being interrupted by the sounds of the hippos, the elephants passing in front of the cottages during the night and the personal care and attention that we received from Menno and his team. Malama is only a short game-drive to Mfuwe, which puts you at the gate of the South-Luangwa national park. Definitely recommendable.”
“We are still talking about our favorite place that we visited. Ah, it looks like absolute paradise, Malama was a place right out of heaven”. (D. Roux, RSA)
“We have seen numerous campsites and cottages throughout Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. This was definitely one in our top 3.” (Allan Parker, CA, USA)
“Away from the busy and touristic area of the South Luangwa National Park, Malama is a real nest in the African bush. Stunning views of the river, wildlife, brand new beautiful chalet and facilities. Everything there is genuine and real. No one else in this area offers this. You feel like there is only you……and there is! A safari should be about Africa only. This is what Malama is about.” (Jerome Hugonot, Australia)
“Paradise in the African bush
My parents and I stayed at Malama Umoyo for three nights in September 2017. Before our arrival the owners had sent us numerous messages with information about the area, activities we could partake in, what we could expect and what we needed to bring. All our questions were answered and they helped us with everything we needed/requested. On arrival the set up was better than we could have imagined! Quiet, private, relaxed, clean, stunning views, surrounded by wildlife, friendly staff and free to do and to go where we wanted, when we wanted. Very nice cottages with a true African design, a lovely kitchen, braai area, and a wonderful lounge area with an amazing view on the river. We were seeking a place away from the busy tourism area, where we would not come across any other vehicles and where we could plan our days without any obligations. We found exactly that and more at Malama Umoyo. I would recommend this to all who are keen for a true African self-catering bush experience. Our private guide Nicholas, whom we had booked for a full day safari in the national park, showed the unspoiled wilderness of South Luangwa where we came across lion, elephant, giraffe and plenty of other game. We did not come across any other vehicles on our 10 hour trip, fantastic!!” (Annekim, Hoedspruit, SA)
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