As with so many of the Luangwa camps, Chamilandu is a wonderfully authentic bush camp; a style of property more uncommon in Africa, and the only bushcamp with just 3 chalets in the area. It gets our vote for having the most mind-blowing views from everywhere in camp. Chamilandu makes a good starting point before heading further south in the park to the other Bushcamp Company walking camps. By designing the trips this way, Chamilandu is viewed as a less adventurous option. But be under no misconception, this is a rustic, adventurous camp.
Chamilandu Camp - The Details
Chamilandu Camp sits on the banks overlooking the Luangwa River and Chindeni Hills. The camp is a game drive south from the entrance to the park and therefore enjoys a quiet, remote location on the edge of the Luangwa.
Raised 10ft high on stilts, the three en-suite rooms means guest capacity is limited to six. Each chalet has their own veranda from which to view the resident game and enjoy the tranquillity of the waters below. The open-fronted bedrooms boast arguably the best view of the Luangwa to wake up to through stylish black mosquito nets - these views are matched from the open-air bathrooms too.
Meals are enjoyed together under the spacious and thatched central area, with the team setting up fine dining under the stars on occasion. The camp offers both morning and evening walks, as well combinations of day and night game drives exploring the surrounding oxbow lagoons.
You are unlikely to bump into other safari-goers while at Chamilandu, giving the feeling of being miles away from anywhere. There is also the option to spend your siesta time in the camp’s own ‘hide’ – it’s a great spot to spend the afternoon relaxing where you can wait for the action to come to you.
Chamilandu is one of the more popular of The Bushcamp Company’s camps; it has a wonderfully adventurous air about it while you walk around this lovely open camp with sand beneath your feet.