The Bushcamp Company
The Bushcamp Company operates six intimate and exclusive bushcamps in the unspoilt wilderness of the South Luangwa National Park. Each of the Camps is small, and intimate, yet all have a unique style, and design. With a maximum of 8 guests in any of the camps, this accommodation is also suitable for small groups of friends and family as private getaways. Whilst the emphasis is very much on walking, most of the camps also offer game drives. The Camps are also designed for use as part of a walking trail, and can be combined into a longer, walking itinerary, where you walk between camps. Chamilandu and Bilimungwe Camps are a short, but fascinating walk, from Chindeni.
To walk amongst Africa’s big and small game in an untamed area, with the security of an expert naturalist and armed guard adds immeasurably to your appreciation of this dramatic and beautiful landscape.
Guiding and hospitality are of paramount importance at the Bushcamp’s properties, insuring that, whatever your programme, you have an highly enjoyable and memorable safari experience.
Kuyenda – open from June to October
Kuyenda is set amongst shady trees on the banks of the Manzi River, and offers exclusive personalized service and tranquillity.
Accommodation is in 4 authentic thatched Rondavels. Each is equipped with large spacious beds, mosquito netting and en-suite facilities (shower, toilet, and washbasin – all open to the stars), providing a comfortable, yet genuine, bush experience.
The central dining area, lounge and bar overlook a grassy plain with abundant wildlife.
Chamilandu – open from June to October
With the magnificent Chindeni Hills as the backdrop, and a series of 7 ox-bow lagoons yielding a diversity of habitats, Chamilandu is set in a truly unique area.
Accommodation is in 2-metre high tree house chalets, all with a tasteful blend of modern classic décor, and which provide a bird’s eye view over the waters of the Luangwa River and the Chindeni Hills. The tasteful blend of wrought iron and brass offsets the creams and pastels that welcome you to recline and relax. Open to a 180° vista, the front of each tree house provides the exciting frame from which to observe the day to day movement of wildlife.
Catering for all safari tastes the camp offers both morning and evening walks and combinations of day and night game drives.
After a dawn walk, enjoy a hearty brunch then relax before a late afternoon game drive.
Chamilandu walking safaris are a constant mix of information, excitement and inspiration.
Chindeni – open from June to October
Chindeni is situated on the edge of a permanent lagoon with the Chindeni Hills as a magnificent backdrop.
Raised on wooden decking, Chindeni’s 4 en-suite luxury tents are shaded by a grove of ebony trees, and each has a private deck from which to view the resident big game or simply enjoy the serenity of the lagoon. Each tent has 2 queen-sized beds, hot and cold running water, shower, toilet, double vanities and wooden flooring.
The lush and wide lagoon, which stretches out from just beneath your private balcony, ensures that you need make little effort as you watch the abundance of game that parades before you.
Bilimungwe – open April to December
Bilimungwe is a cool and comfortable trails camp set beneath magnificent Mahogany trees on the banks of the Luangwa River.
Accommodation is in 4 reed and thatch chalets with en-suite shower, toilet and double vanities. Each chalet has two queen sized double beds with large mosquito nets and an individual rechargeable lighting system. The chalets are situated on the edge of the bush and are regularly visited by wildlife.
The rustic dining area and fully stocked bar are constructed on raised decking with views of Bilimungwe’s permanent water hole and abundant game. The large open, but shaded-sided deck is shaded by a giant mahogany tree and offers fantastic game viewing opportunities at any time of the day or night.
The thatched dining canopy provides a cool and comfortable environment in which to enjoy watching the wild game that regularly frequent the well used waterhole.
Bilimungwe’s remoteness makes it very suitable for walking safaris.
Kapamba – open April to December
Situated in a prime location on the picturesque Kapamba River, Kapamba offers the chance to enjoy this untouched corner of the Park in luxurious surroundings, some six kilometres up the Kapamba River. From here it’s a short walk to the neighbouring camp of Bilimungwe.
Each of the camp’s four chalets offers excellent views of the River. The open-fronted style ensures that you can enjoy uninterrupted game viewing from the privacy of your own room. Bathrooms boast a double-sized sunken stone bath and spacious shower and are open-fronted – allowing you to unwind in a hot tub while watching the hippos in the river below. Paraffin lanterns and hot and cold running water ensure you won’t have to forgo any level of comfort despite being in a remote and unspoilt location.
The well-positioned half-moon deck is the focal point of the camp and serves as both the dining and bar area. Overlooking the Kapamba River, the deck offers an ideal viewing point for the abundant wildlife that comes to drink at the river.
Walking safaris from the Kapamba are exceptional with numerous trails following the course of the river.
Zungulila – open June to October
Zungulila is a spacious tented camp situated on a raised knoll overlooking an expansive plain. The plain contains a year round natural spring which cuts large pools through the landscape. To the left of the camp is a sweeping view of the Kapamba River.
Each of the 4 tents has its own large private veranda, perfect for viewing the abundance game that gathers to drink at at the spring. Accommodation is en suite, with hot and cold running water. Zungulila is also available for private use, for small groups, with a minimum of 4 guests (maximum 8).
Meals are based on the home-style of barbecue, potjie (small pot), and grills.
In keeping with the theme of walking only, there is no road access to the Camp, and guests are able to walk from either Kapamba or Bilimungwe to Zungulila, thus allowing for a truly authentic bush experience.
The exploratory route that you travel takes you along the Kapamba River through the some of the most untamed sections of the bush.