Chamilandu Bush Camp
South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia
At a Glance
Overlooking the stunning Nchindeni escarpment
Intimate with just three spacious treehouses set on the riverbank
Superb guiding both on foot and by vehicle
Delicious dinners served under the stars on the banks of the river
View game at the lagoon from the camp's very own hide
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Chamilandu is open from June to the end of October.
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.
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In the wild south of the South Luangwa National Park, the intimate little Chamilandu Bush Camp occupies a prime position on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the Nchindeni hills on the far side - a perfect base from which to explore the area.
Chamilandu is a lovely and small safari camp with just three chalets spaced out along the river bank, all enjoying commanding views of the river and the escarpment beyond. It is in a beautiful shady spot, under towering ebony trees which provide shade and wildlife.
The chalets at Chamilandu are set up on high stilts, each of them open-fronted and facing the river, with a private viewing deck and comfortable chairs. The beds are four-poster, and each has a black mosquito net which contrasts superbly with the rest of the room, decorated in an African chic style. The open air bathrooms are spacious and the shower has an amazing view!
The camp has its own thatched hide nearby which overlooks a perennial lagoon - animals often come down to drink here, including family groups of elephant and large herds of buffalo. It's well worth spending some time here after your delicious brunch - superb photographs guaranteed to those who sit and watch patiently!
As Chamilandu is so intimate, guests will generally go on activities as a small group. There is the option to drive or walk - the environments near the camp are extremely varied, from mopane woodland and shady combretum thickets (perfect to find leopard) to the open floodplains and riverine forest that elephant love so much.
Chamilandu works perfectly in combination with one or more of its sister-camps - Kuyenda, Mfuwe Lodge, Bilimungwe, Chindeni, Kapamba and Zungulila. Ask us how to put together the perfect trip to explore this wild and remote area of the South Luangwa.
Chamilandu has three wonderful tree houses perched on the banks of the Luangwa River. Each tree house has a private veranda which have magnificent views of the peaceful river and they are a perfect place to relax and take in the surrounding area. The en-suite bathrooms are open fronted and very much keep you in touch with nature. Two of the tree houses have twin queen beds and one has a double bed.
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 Chamilandu Bush Camp but children are bound to have a fun and educational time during their stay.
During your stay you can participate in walking safaris and game drives around Chamilandu to explore the impressive range of habitats in the area. With the 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.
Anna Devereux Baker (Staff)
Chamilandu is a beautiful little camp in a stunning setting. It works wonderfully well in combination with one of its sister-camps, Kuyenda, Bilimungwe, Chindeni, Kapamba or Zungulila - and is perfectly placed to explore the wilder southern part of South Luangwa National Park.
On our drive down to Chamilandu we were lucky enough to find a leopard - a shy little female who walked down the track in front of us before turning and regarding us for a few moments with her beautiful green eyes, before melting away into the undergrowth. Walks from Chamilandu were particularly rewarding, with lovely groups of elephant in the sunlit mahogany glades and a fantastic sighting of a Pel's fishing owl swooping through the tree canopy.
Game Drives in the South Luangwa
Game drives are the most common way of exploring the African bush. A vehicle allows you to cover distance quickly and comfortably and offers visitors the best opportunity of getting very close to wildlife in a safe and controlled way.
Green Season Game Drives
The Green Season, Rainy Season, Emerald Season, Secret Season - what ever you decide to call it, this is a beautiful time of year to be on safari. Activities are rarely disrupted by weather and the bush is full of life.
If you get the opportunity to head out after sunset you should take it. The bush transforms under the cover of darkness as the nocturnal wildlife gets going. Using a spotlight your guide will scan the bush for eye-shine picking out some great action.
Location & directions
South Luangwa National Park, Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Set above the Luangwa's banks and with sweeping views of the river to the Nchindeni Hills, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
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.