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Dusty little town - Yes, there are some reviews and description of Mpika. Just brows the web and you’ll find information, facts and figures. But all this reviews cannot describe the simple fact that this little dusty town, fare away from any civilisation is home to the most friendly, helpful and charming people along Great North Road in Zambia. The filling station attendant, who will recommend the best mechanic. Or the taxi driver, who brings you to the guesthouse of your choice. And please don’t forget all the marketers, competing with their fresh products. Yes, Mpika is called a town, but the mentality of the inhabitants is much more village like. You just have to find the right people and your stay could remind you of the village, your parents grew up nearby. There are some recommendable guesthouses and lodges (e.g. Bayama’s, Mazingo, Mango Grove, Fresh Air), but the restaurants are rather few (e.g. Bayama’s, CIMS). Three filling stations usually provide adequate supply of fuel and you’ll find common spare parts and a mechanic in case of a breakdown (…just ask the friendly fuel attendant). Mpika is the last real stopover before Nakonde (Tanzania) and Lake Tanganyka. What you can’t find here, you wont find it the next 400km or so. The Boma market, Fortune Supermarket and G.M.Shopping Complex offer a good variety of foodstuffs, toiletries and hardware. And if it was a too dusty drive, a nearby waterfall can splash you from the outside and watering hole (bar) from the inside. Mpika will be the gateway to three national parks (North- and South Luangwa, Lavushi Manda). Kasanka National Park and Bangweulu Wetlands (comparable only to Okawango Delta) are only few hours away. Mpika will be…? Yes, as soon as the roads are not so dusty anymore. But one thing for sure, also better roads won’t take away the unique character of this little dusty town and its friendly people…

Andreas Prufer

Mpika as a Destination - Mpika is situated in northern Zambia of the muchinga province; it is 660km from Lusaka the capital city of Zambia. As from the provincial name (MUCHINGA) Mpika has the best unique scenic view of the muchinga escarpment which stretches and passes through mpika. Mpika is also surrounded by three big national parks, North and south Luangwa national parks, and the lavush manda national park in the west of mpika.Together this destination offers what is arguably one of the finest tourist destination in Zambia. The north Luangwa national pack is home to the only Black rhino in Zambia, and the south and lavush manda packs are the home to the only black lechwe in Africa. This makes mpika to have a competitive advantage over other destinations. Among the other animals found in the national pack are ; lions, buffalo, elephants, giraffe, zebras, hippos, black rhino, kudu, warthog, hyena, wildebeest, velvet monkeys, etc. In the bird family you will be able to see the eagle, shoebill, lilian’s love bird, black checked love bird etc. In Africa it is the only safe place you will be able to watch the shoebill apart from Sudan. Mpika also has a very interesting historical background. The Bushmen are believed to have been the earliest settlers in mpika, this is derived from the remains of their rock art paintings. These rock art paintings can still be seen at the nachikufu cave heritage site in mpika. Nachikufu curve houses a small field museum exhibiting art fact from the stone age to the early iron age. Other Iron Age caves and huts grooves are found at chibwe malima rock shelter on the muchinga escarpment. Mpika boasts of a rich culture, the bisa people who form a majority have an annual festival called ‘chinamanongo ‘which happens every September in senior chief kopa’s palace near the bangweulu wetlands. The ceremony is centred on the chief feasting with his subjects from one tradition large pot. This is a special occasion because the chief normally does not eat with his subjects. In the south Luangwa national pack hosts another chiefdom called nabwalya of the bisa people of the valley. These also celebrate an annual ceremony called malaila, this happens in October. The ceremony takes place near a big baobab tree pieced with spears and arrows; It is a thanks giving to thank the ancestors for a successful hunt. In November their is a big fall and harvest for ground- horn bill (caterpillars) it is a must not miss occasion when you are visiting mpika around October. Three seasons based on temperature and rains are categorised for the area; 1. September to November (Hot and Dry) 2. December to March (Hot and Wet) 3. April and August (cool and Dry) Mpika has an ecosystem characterised with miombo and mopane woodlands with unique scenic views in different landscapes. Mpika is also dotted with river water falls and hot springs. The national packs around Mpika can suitably be reached with a 4*4 motor vehicle.Mpika has a number or commercial banks with visa automatic teller machines,hospitals,police station, post office, air strip to accommodate only small planes. Mpika also has for major mobile phone operators with good internet links to keep you up-to-date with the rest of the world. Thank you and hope to see you soon.

MAXWELL MUBI
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Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp

Sleeps 14 Mpika Tented Camp in Mpika

Sanctuary Puku Ridge Camp is the perfect place to enjoy a safari getaway, while its private setting ...

from R231
1 night, 2 adults

Bayama's Lodge, Pub & Grill

Sleeps 15 Mpika Lodge in Mpika

Bayama’s Lodge, Pub & Grill targets the market niche of personalized, high-quality accommodation and...

from R346
1 night, 2 adults

Mazingo Motel

Sleeps 108 Mpika Hotel in Mpika

Mazingo Hotel is located just two minutes away from Mpika's Central Business District and overlooks ...

from R2,310
1 night, 2 adults

Shiwa Ngandu Estate

Sleeps 18 Mpika Self-catering, Mpika Boutique Hotel in Mpika

Shiwa Ngundu Estate offers comfortable fully catered accommodation in the heart of northern Zambia. ...

Accommodation near Mpika

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R11,179
1 night, 2 adults

Luwi Bush Camp

Sleeps 8 Mfuwe Safari, Mfuwe Tented Camp in Mfuwe
121.82km from Mpika

Luwi Bush Camp is a seasonal bush camp that is open from 20 May to 31 October. It is nestled under ...

from R15,961
1 night, 2 adults

Mwamba Bush Camp

Sleeps 7 South Luangwa Nat Park Safari in South Luangwa Nat Park
124.35km from Mpika

Wonderfully remote and peaceful, the site is a relaxed 3-hour bushwalk from Kaingo. Set on the banks...

Lion Camp

Sleeps 18 South Luangwa Nat Park Safari, South Luangwa Nat Park Camping and Caravanning in South Luangwa Nat Park
127.73km from Mpika

Located 40 km upstream from the main Mfuwe Gate and on the banks of an oxbow lagoon which retains a ...

from R11,179
1 night, 2 adults

Nsolo Bush Camp

Sleeps 8 Mfuwe Safari in Mfuwe
127.74km from Mpika

Nsolo Bush Camp is situated on a bend in the Luwi River that runs through the heart of Zambia's sout...

from R17,023
1 night, 2 adults

Kaingo Bush Camp

Sleeps 12 South Luangwa Nat Park Safari in South Luangwa Nat Park
129.66km from Mpika

**Season of operation 20May to 01Nov** Accommodation comprises of four twin bedded chalets and one h...

from R12,288
1 night, 2 adults

Mchenja Luxury Bush Camp

Sleeps 10 Mfuwe Tented Camp in Mfuwe
130.69km from Mpika

Mchenja Luxury Bush Camp occupies a stunning setting beneath a magnificent grove of beautiful trees ...

from R6,076
1 night, 2 adults

Nsefu Camp

Sleeps 12 Luangwa Parks Region Safari in Luangwa Parks Region
131.38km from Mpika

Nsefu Camp can accommodate up to 12 guests in traditional rondavels with en-suite semi-open air bath...

from R7,840
1 night, 2 adults

Tena Tena Camp

Sleeps 10 Luangwa Parks Region Tented Camp in Luangwa Parks Region
136.02km from Mpika

Tena Tena Camp must be one of the best safari camps in the whole of Africa, as stated by The Times i...

from R11,179
1 night, 2 adults

Kakuli Bush Camp

Sleeps 8 Mfuwe Tented Camp in Mfuwe
136.51km from Mpika

Kakuli is a seasonal bush camp on the confluence of the Luwi and Luangwa rivers. For many it marks ...

from R462
1 night, 2 adults

Zikomo Safari

Sleeps 31 South Luangwa Nat Park Safari, South Luangwa Nat Park Camping and Caravanning in South Luangwa Nat Park
139.20km from Mpika

Zikomo Safari is a remote, affordable camp in a game-rich area in South Luangwa National Park on Sou...