Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Warm and welcoming, this beautiful camp blends seamlessly with its surroundings and offers unrivalled wildlife viewings.

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It's hard not to be seduced by the charm of Bilimungwe.

Here, the traditions of the African bushcamp meet elegance and style to create a stunning camp that feels like it has grown organically out of the surrounding landscape. Set beneath a huge mahogany tree, the heart of Bilimungwe is the cool, shady lounge area that looks out over one of the camps three waterholes. Settle down in a cosy armchair with a sundowner and relax as you watch an enviable display of spectacular birds and animals that clearly feel as comfortable here as you do. With the open waters of the Luangwa River also on your doorstep and a nearby plain where leopard prowl, its clear that this is a nature-lovers paradise, and with Manda Chisanga - Bilimungwes award-winning resident guide - to lead you, you could not be in better hands. (In the event that Manda is not available, another guide from The Bushcamp Companys excellent and experienced team will be on hand).

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Award-winning, resident safari guide Manda Chisanga (© Oli Dreike)
Walking safaris from Bilimungwe Bushcamp  (© Dana Allan)
Breakfast overlooking the Luangwa river at  Bilimungwe (© Dana Allan)
Breakfast overlooking the Luangwa river at  Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)
The boma at  Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)
Gameviewing from the privacy of your own deck at Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)
Stylish new bedrooms at  Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)
Stylish new bedrooms at  Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)
Raised chalets overlooking one of the waterholes at Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)
Dining on the deck overlooking one of the wahttp://www.bushcampcompany.com/photos/cms/gallery/1258527367/thumbs/new_1321308588.jpgterholes at Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)
The Dining Room & Bar overlooking ohttp://www.bushcampcompany.com/photos/cms/gallery/1258527367/thumbs/new_1321308588.jpgne of the waterholes at Bilimungwe (© Patrick Bentley)

Rooms

Bliimungwe's four raised thatched rooms have been carefully designed to ensure the height of comfort whilst still retaining that authentic bushcamp feel. The tangle of mature mahogany trees that surround camp are echoed in the rich, wood interiors and the beautiful wooden furniture, handmade by local artisans. Bright African textiles bring splashes of colour to the elegant rooms. After an early morning game drive, head back to your room for a refreshing, open-air waterfall shower, or continue the wildlife spectacle from your private deck. Two of the chalets have twin beds (queen-sized beds), while the other two each have a king bed. Bilimungwe sleeps up to eight guests and is open from May to December.

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Activities

Take advantage of the exceptional knowledge and charm of resident guide Manda Chisanga, and head out with him on a combination of walking safaris, day and night game drives, and sundowners on the river's edge. In between outings, find a chair and enjoy the wildlife magnets that are Bilimungwes three permanent waterholes. Who needs satellite television when you have your very own 'Bush TV' to entertain you?

(In the event that Manda is not available, another guide from The Bushcamp Companys excellent and experienced team will be on hand).

"WOW! We weren't in camp 5 minutes before we saw elephants having their afternoon mud baths in close view of the pillowed porch....we were living with the beasts...a leopard gave up his urge to attack after warning calls were sounded and we watched him amble half-heartedly away...one experience after another...AND THE BEDS WERE FABULOUS...great sleeping made us ready to get up and GO!!...great food and guides...."
- Barnwell/Thomas Family, USA

Summary

Location:
Overlooking a series of shady waterholes, South Luangwa, Zambia (3 hours from Mfuwe Lodge)
Season:
Open from May to December
Activities:
Guided walking safaris; game drives (day and night); birdwatching
Children:
Children over 12 are welcome (under 12s welcome if a private camp is booked)
Electricity:
Solar power for lighting, battery charging facilities and hot water
Accommodation:
4 spacious thatched chalets on raised decks
- 2 doubles (king-sized)
- 2 twins (queen-sized)
Co-ordinates:
S 13°23.295' - E031°34.198'

Guest Comments

After 7 camps and 21 days in the bush, clearly the Bushcamp Company stands out as superb and focused on a stellar experience for the guests. Every camp we stayed at over the course of our trip had something very special to offer, but the overall ambience of Bushcamp was extremely intimate – there was a real sense of personal pride, as if each camp was individually owned and operated in the finest sense, while still feeling a strong pride and connection to a greater team and mission. That’s pretty special.
In the meantime, thank you for your incredible warmth and hospitality!

- Kathleen L

Once more the Tregoning family had a most enjoyable stay at the Bushcamp Company, South Luangwa - the new experience of Bilimungwe and Chindeni Bushcamps as well as Mfuwe Lodge which always has the added advantage of a great variety of game viewing. Our children were most impressed. The guides Manda, Peter and Kelvin were excellent. Kelvin became part of our family in a very short time. The bush spa experience was very relaxing for all of us. Once more your company lived up its name of good hospitality, excellent food, friendly staff and very professional guides who educated us all along. Definitely an unforgettable experience overall.

- Trevor and Anni Tregoning

The rest of our trip was great but the Bushcamp experience was the highlight.

- Ruth G

Our first Bushcamp and we are amazed. We never dreamt that it would all be so fantastic.

- Ivan & Lesley Holmes, UK

We came out on holiday last year and stayed at the lodge and camps. We had an amazing time and decided to rebook and come again this year. We have never repeated a holiday destination before, so we were hoping that we would have as good an experience as we did last year, but we didnt. It was better!!
We stayed at the lodge, Bilimungwe, Kapamba and Zungulila and we couldnt fault anything (not that we would anyway). All the staff are fanstastic. They literally cant do enough for you and are very friendly and poilte. All the wonderful managers and staff seem to have the places they work at running very smoothly indeed. It is clear that they are all very happy in their work. Not that there was anything wrong last year, but the food has improved and we were having restaurant quality meals in the bush (and im a chef).
Thank you so so much for everything the bushcamp company has done for us and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.

- Kevin W and Charlotte H