Welcome to Malama Umoyo Cottages

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Self Drive Safari 4×4 4WD south Luangwa Zambia Carhire adventure cottage chalet rent privat privacy luxury wildlife  self catering, professional filming

Malama Umoyo Cottages, South Luangwa

Zambia at her very best !

Pristine for 4×4, self catering!

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 !

Quote from one of our guests:

…..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!!


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. 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.

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 on the footstep of Malama Umoyo Cottages. Note: The tarmac road from Lusaka to Chipata has been upgraded and now is one of the best roads in southern Africa. The road from Petauke to Malama Umoyo remains an unrivaled and rewarding experience!

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. 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.

Malama Umoyo Cottages is very suitable for professional film crews. Please ask!

(Selected by WWF documentary crew as one of the most impressive wildlife sites)

What our guests say:

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)

“Real Africa experience in a awesome luxury bush camp” (Mark Sarosi, CA, USA)

“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, RSA)

And more reviews and photos of our guests on Tripadvisor

One of our enthusiastic guests with their children and always smiling and helpful Chris

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