Chindeni is terrific for travellers seeking a stylish lodge with all the creature comforts, in addition to a remote location and great game viewing!
Chindeni Bushcamp is owned and run by The Bushcamp Company. This company operates six superb bushcamps in the remote southern region of the South Luangwa, among them YZ favourites Chamilandu and Bilimungwe. It also runs the excellent Mfuwe Lodge! Accommodation at Chindeni is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, toiletries, and a laundry service. The camp is open from May to December every year.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via road transfer from Mfuwe Lodge, which is sister property to Chindeni and only 45 minutes from Mfuwe Airport. At the lodge, guests can stop for a short while and freshen up a little before carrying on to Chindeni, via a game drive transfer lasting approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Chindeni is situated in the remote south of the South Luangwa National Park, on the edge of a stunning and often game-filled oxbow lagoon.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT CHINDENI BUSHCAMP:
Guest accommodation consists of just four tents, all raised on wooden decking to maximise views over the lagoon. Two tents have a king-size bed apiece, and the remaining two have twin beds. All are very spacious and comfortable. Additional features include mosquito nets, floor fans, bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a wardrobe, and an inviting seating area. The en-suite facilities are positioned to one side of the bedroom, and they comprise flush toilet, twin washbasins, and walk-in shower with lagoon views. Soap, shampoo, conditioner, and moisturiser are supplied. From the bedroom, doors lead out onto a private veranda, which offers a couple of sunloungers and breathtaking vistas over the water as far as the Chindeni Hills! You could spend hours just enjoying sightings of wildlife from the comfort of your tent.
The communal area at Chindeni Bushcamp also overlooks the lagoon. It’s made up of a spacious split-level deck. Here, you’ll find the pleasant lounge and dining spaces, shaded by ebony trees. The lounge is set up on a lower level. It features comfy wicker armchairs and other seating around coffee and occasional tables, a selection of reading material, and a few interesting artefacts for an authentic vibe. On the uppermost level, there’s the dining area, under a suspended canvas roof. Here, guests usually dine together, and there are some al fresco dining spaces too. The lodge also offers a viewing hide and, adjacent to the lounge, a fireplace, which is the perfect place to get to know your fellow travellers and share safari stories!
ACTIVITIES AT CHINDENI BUSHCAMP:
Chindeni Bushcamp offers classic safari activities. When the camp is full – i.e., with eight travellers – two guides and two scouts are available. And the presence of extra guides in camp makes for a flexible approach to walks and drives overall.
- Expertly guided walks – If you can tear yourself away from your private deck and head out on safari, you’ll enjoy sightings of a real wealth of wildlife! The South Luangwa covers 9,050 square kilometres, and its geography includes a broad valley, wide river, open plains, low hills, and, in the southern region, a dramatic rift valley escarpment. Walks from camp focus on the park’s remote south, with a knowledgeable and experienced guide helping guests get to know the local plants, insects, and bird species. And you can even walk from Chindeni to sister camps Chamilandu and Bilimungwe.
- Game drives – Also enjoyed in the presence of expert guides, drives provide opportunities to see a lot of the park and to enjoy countless wildlife sightings. Among the highlights here are four of the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo! You can also look out for cheetah, hyena, jackal, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, various antelopes, and hippo.
- Night drives – Head out on the safari vehicle come nightfall, and you’ll have chances to see the South Luangwa’s night life. This features civet, genet, porcupine, and honey badger!
*This property is unfenced and located in a wildlife area, so large and potentially dangerous animals do pass through. If you opt to stay here, always be alert when walking around the camp and request for a member of staff to escort you if you have any concerns. Any guest is escorted after dark as a matter of course.