Designed with just four chalets, and in muted, restful tones, Chindeni Bush Camp is a lovely place to relax and recharge your batteries while enjoying some superb gameviewing.
The four tents overlook the permanent lagoon in front of camp, giving some spectacular gameviewing right from your deck! Expect to see good numbers of hippo, crocodiles, a huge variety of waterbirds and of course the animals which come down to drink every day.
The camp is thoughtfully designed with a splendid split-level deck - the top for dining, with a large dining table and underneath for relaxing with comfortable chairs and a great view. Or relax on the deck of your room, in the hammocks!
Chindeni works perfectly in combination with one or more of its sister-camps - Kuyenda, Mfuwe Lodge, Chamilandu, Bilimungwe, Kapamba and Zungulila. Ask us how to put together the perfect trip to explore this wild and remote area of the South Luangwa.
Chindeni Bush Camp features four luxury and spacious en-suite tents. Two of the tents have a king size bed and two have twin queen size beds. The rooms have stripped wooden floor, comfortable four poster beds, a cosy sitting room and vaulted canvas ceilings. The private verandas offer wonderful views of the wildlife on the lagoon whilst you sway in your hammock.
Children over the age of 12 years are welcome to come and stay at the camp. Children under 12 years are only permitted if a private camp is booked. There are no specific child friendly facilities available at Chindeni Bush Camp, but children are bound to have a fun and educational time during their stay.
Activities from Chindeni follow a slightly different format - after an early morning wake up and light breakfast around the camp fire, head out on foot in the company of your expert guide to explore the surrounding area, before returning to camp in the late morning for a delicious brunch, served on the top deck. Walks in the mornings, when the temperature is cooler, are very rewarding!
Your afternoons are then yours to relax, before meeting again on the top deck for tea and cake before heading out in the open 4X4 game drive vehicles for an afternoon drive. After sundowners on the banks of the river or in a suitably scenic spot, the spotlights are turned on so the drive can find leopard, lion and other predators. These night drives can be extremely exciting with occasional hunts and kills being seen!
When to travel
Chindeni is open from April to the end of November.
Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.
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Location and directions
Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Chindeni Camp sits above a permanent oxbow lagoon, with striking views of the nearby Nchendeni Hills, South Luangwa.
How to get there
10-hour international flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lusaka. After a 70-minute flight from Lusaka, you arrive at Mfuwe Airport where you are met for a game drive transfer to camp, through South Luangwa National Park which takes approximately three hours.