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Chamilandu Bushcamp - The Bushcamp Company
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

DH and I stayed three nights at Chamilandu and absolutely loved it. The views of the Chindeni hills are just fantastic. We loved the open-air rooms -- although you do need to hide the soap from the baboons so they don't eat it, and on windy days the sand may blow into the room. We had a beautiful spotted bush snake patrolling around our room, plus four small toads, a lizard, and a gecko. Insects were not much of a problem. The food at Chamilandu was the best of any of the camps we stayed in -- the chef, George, is brilliant. And the camp manager, Georgie, sets a laid back and welcoming mood for all guests. The best thing about Chamilandu, other than its small size, is the hide -- elephants visit it every afternoon and you can get wonderful photos of them at close range. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

My fiance and I spent two incredible nights at Chamilandu. Two nights was definitely not enough! I'd recommend at least three so you can have two full days to soak in the ambiance and hospitality of this amazing camp. All the Bushcamp Company's properties are first class and Chamilandu is no exception. It's located deep in the southern part of the park right on the river and far from any other camps. You feel like you're in the true wilds of Africa. Georgi, the camp manager, was a perfect hostess. The entire camp staff was friendly and welcoming. The food was plentiful and delicious. Gilbert was a fantastic guide. His knowledge after 20+ years in the bush was 2nd to none! My only wish or critique was that he would share more of his years of knowledge! I learned after the first day that by asking a few more questions, he would give incredibly informative answers and/or dive into a story about his years in the bush.

Other highlights:

-Encountering a leopard on the road just outside camp on our very first game drive! He calmly sat in the middle of the road for a good five minutes before moving on. Later that evening, we saw a second leopard in a tree by chance when we startled a giant eagle owl (a fairly rare sight as well I think and also very cool!) coming around a corner and he flew in the direction of the leopard.

-Watching from camp a large herd of elephants cross the Luangwa River led by a young juvenile. They were stopped in the middle of the river on a large sandbar by a crocodile and a stand-off ensued, the young one still at the head. Eventually Mom took the lead and led the herd safely through the large channel and into the park.

-Our first walking safari with Gilbert, Peter (scout) and Molanga (spotter/assistant guide). It was just the five of us and it felt amazing to be walking through the bush. We had our break and tea in this beautiful clearing and watched a large male kudu saunter by.

-Watching three giraffes, two males (one was so old his spots were nearly black) compete for the attention of a female for close to an hour.

-Sundowners were always a special experience in particular watching the hills across the river turn to deep red.

Thanks Bushcamp Company!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank tadbrad
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

My best friend and I arrived at Chamilandu in the evening, and were left breathless at the view in the morning! The camp, and Georgie, are so warm and welcoming, and Gilbert is a terrific guide. Having lunch at the hide was a real treat, as we could watch the baboons playing while we ate. There was absolutely nothing we could have wanted that the staff didn't think of!

Room Tip: Since there are only three chalets, all with a river view, all are great.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank LaurieOvadia
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

I stayed two nights here and had a wonderful time. It has to be one of the best laid out camps and as it is built out of traditional materials it fits very sympathetically in with its surroundings. The guiding and hosting were outstanding. Gilbert had a vast knowledge of game, birds, plants and just about eVerything else! Finding a Leopard kill during a morning walk and going back in the evening to watch a mother leopard and her two cubs was the highlight of my visit. Georgie was very attentive without being intrusive and looked after all the guests very well indeed.

The bed was very comfortable and sleeping with nothing but a mozzie net between me and the bush was a great experience - especially when the wind blew!

The view from the terrace was spectacular and the hide is an equally good place to spend a quiet couple of hours.

Room Tip: All the chalets are the same and any would be comfortable and a great place to stay.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Had a wonderful stay in the open-to-the-elements lodges. Food really good and on the first brunch we had a 'make your own pizza' session under the guidance of the chef. Great fun!

The safaris were great and used the old Land Rover Defenders. I was impressed with what excellent off-road vehicles they are. The guided bush walk in the morning was a much-needed bit of exercise and you get to know all you ever wanted to know about different types of animal droppings.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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