Bilimungwe Bush Camp
Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Set on a small hill with a wonderfully game-rich waterhole in front, Bilimungwe is a very intimate and beautifully designed little camp - refurbished in 2011, it is now one of the Luangwa's top camps and offers superb game-viewing by vehicle or on foot.
At a Glance
Guiding by Manda Chisanga, winner of Wanderlust's inaugural Guide of the Year award
Surrounded by three waterholes where game comes down to drink
Excellent walking in remote and pristine areas
Open in November for excellent birdwatching
Day and night game drives in open 4X4 vehicles
To start planning your vacation to Bilimungwe Bush Camp
Set in the shade of enormous mahogany trees, Bilimungwe Bush Camp was almost completely rebuilt in 2011 and is a superb little camp. Surrounded by flood-plains and three waterholes which attract a variety of game, Bilimungwe is a great place to see some of Luangwa's best game.
While here you will be guided by Manda Chisanga, one of Luangwa's top guides, and the winner of the coveted Wanderlust Guide of the Year title - a well deserved accolade, for his gentle approach to guiding, combined with his almost encyclopaedic knowledge of all of Zambia's flora and fauna make for a fascinating experience for his guests.
While the waterholes around camp provide some stunning game-viewing right from the decked main area, activities here focus on getting out into the bush to explore. Day and night game drives in open 4X4 vehicles are on offer as are walks through the shaded mahogany groves which are typical of this side of the park. Towering sausage trees, winterthorn and the natal mahogany grow in stands along the banks of the river, providing plenty of hiding places for the many animals found here. In the evenings, your game drive, after a stop for sundowners on the banks of the river, will become a spot-lit night drive - the Bilimungwe area is superb for predators and leopard and lion are often spotted, along with other predators such as the hyena, genet, civet and even the rare serval.
Bilimungwe works perfectly in combination with one or more of its sister-camps - Kuyenda, Mfuwe Lodge, Chamilandu, Chindeni, Kapamba and Zungulila. Ask us how to put together the perfect trip to explore this wild and remote area of the South Luangwa.
Bilimungwe Bush Camp features four raised thatched roof chalets. Two of the chalets have twin beds and two have double beds. The rooms are furnished with locally crafted rich mahogany furniture to blend in with the scenery that surround them. They are adorned with bright African textiles to add a splash of color. The rooms are all en-suite and have a lovely open-air waterfall shower.
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 Bilimungwe Bush Camp but children are bound to have a fun and educational time during their stay.
The award-wining resident guide Manda Chisanga will take you out on a combination of walking safaris, day and night game drives and sundowner's on the banks of the Luangwe River. In between outings, there are plenty of comfortable places to sit at the camp and enjoy the surroundings or to curl up with a good book.
Location & Directions
Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Bilimungwe Bushcamp is located on the Southern side of the Luangwa Valley in Zambia and is hidden amongst the riverside forest.
When to go
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 drier 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.