Chamilandu Bushcamp

A breathtaking camp on one of the South Luangwa's prime river locations, perfect for a bird's-eye view of the wildlife that the river and its lagoons attract.

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There's nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu.

Early morning views don't get much better than the rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky - especially when you're lying in a four poster bed in a handsome stilted tree-house. You don't even need to leave your bed to see the wildlife - from your unique vantage point you can watch as animals roam across the landscape, or swing through the trees above your head.

There are just three stilted chalets at this exclusive camp, set on the riverbank beneath a soaring ebony grove. Enjoy a sundowner from the comfort of the thatched bar and dining area, as you watch the wildlife do the same at the river.

Exceptional game viewing and understated elegance make Chamilandu a place to remember.

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Rooms

Chamilandu's three exquisite tree-houses perch right on the edge of the Luangwa River. Each has its own raised veranda to loll on during the heat of the day, and an open-fronted en-suite bathroom with the same magnificent views over the tranquil waters. Two of the tree-houses have twin beds (queen-sized beds) and one has a double (king-sized bed). With capacity for just six guests, this is the perfect camp for small groups. Chamilandu is open from June to November.

Activities

Walking safaris and game drives around Chamilandu explore the impressive range of habitats in the area. With no fewer than seven oxbow lagoons behind camp, there are always thirsty animals around seeking refreshment. Our hide looks out over one of these lagoons and is the perfect place to take lunch, tea or to while away an afternoon in a hammock to the soundtrack of bathing elephant.

It was better than anything I could ever have imagined. Thanks to the entire staff. Great host, James is a fantastic guy. We will be back!
- Martha Parr - Santa Fe, USA

Summary

Location:
Overlooking the Luangwa River and the Chindeni Hills, South Luangwa, Zambia (2 ΒΌ hours from Mfuwe Lodge)
Season:
Open from June to November
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:
3 raised tree-houses, each with a standing fan:
- 1 double (king-sized)
- 2 twins (queen-sized)
Co-ordinates:
S 13°19.006' - E031°38.342'

Guest Comments

It was such a pleasure to meet you, & the rest of the Chamilandu team. We really loved our bushcamp experience; it was a much-needed break from work, and a great way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. :)

- Judith S

Another memorable experience. Beautiful setting with amazing views, especially loved the sunset on the mountains! A wonderful chef and lovely staff. Friendly in the hospital. Thank you all.

- Mary - UK

A great stay and lovely company. Very comfortable, meals were wonderful. Thank you all.

- Mary May - Australia

As for us we had an amazing time in South Luangwa. And you can tell James that we continue to think of him (and his potential point of view on certain nature related topics in our Lusaka life) on a regular basis.
...we saw lions and leopards several times, including a leopard eating a freshly killed bushbuck 3 meters from us. We even witnessed a lion chase that ended in the lions chasing an elephant and jumping on his back 10 meters from our car - for once even the guides were amazed and excited. But nonetheless we would not want to miss our quiet days with James for one second: they were not less intense as so much more rich with detail, knowledge and love for the bush!

- Jessica Schicks

"What a beautiful place. Small and personal with very high standards. Zillah manages her team very well and the food is excellent. Would love to go back!"

- Nilesh and Shirley Shah, UK