BILIMUNGWE BUSHCAMP - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Bilimungwe Bushcamp has just 3 beautiful and spacious rooms and is set in the remote and quiet south of the south Luangwa National Park overloking a series of waterholes.
The heart of camp is the rustic lounge area set beneath a huge winterthorn tree and looking out over a shady waterhole – favoured by local warthogs, elephant and other thirsty game.
When it comes to wildlife-watching at Bilimungwe you are spoilt for choice - choose from the tangle of mahogany trees surrounding camp, the nearby plains, the popular waterhole with comfortable hide or the open waters or dry riverbed of the Luangwa River.
Bilimungwe Bushcamp is located in the southern part of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Access is via a flight from Lusaka which takes around an hour and 10 minutes. You are then driven 45 minutes to Mfuwe Lodge and then it is around 2 to 2.5 hours’ drive south to camp
Bilimungwe’s four raised thatched rooms have been carefully designed to ensure the height of comfort whilst still retaining a bushcamp feel, each with magnificent views of one or two of the three watering holes. The tangle of mature mahogany trees that surround camp are echoed in the rich wood interiors and wooden furniture, handmade by local artisans and bright African textiles bring splashes of colour to the elegant rooms.
After an early morning game drive, head back to your room for a refreshing, open-air waterfall shower or continue to watch wildlife from your private deck. Two of the chalets have twin beds (queen-sized beds) and two have doubles (king-sized bed).
The lounge and dining area is built on stilts around a large old termite mound under an ancient mahogany tree which provides ample shade from the hot sunshine and there is a breakfast area next to the river where a camp fire burns in the evening.
Bilimungwe has a secret breakfast spot on the edge of Luangwa Valley perfect to watch the sun rise over the Chindeni hills.
WILDLIFE AND ACTIVITIES
The South Luangwa is renowned for its wide diversity of habitats and high game density. With more than 60 different mammal species in the park, there is an abundance and diversity of wildlife and the survival of these animals depends on the meandering Luangwa River - crowded with hippos, crocodiles and wading waterfowl.
Elephants, baboons and vervet monkeys seem to be everywhere from the moment you enter the park. Antelopes, zebra and other plains game congregate on the open floodplains and grasslands along the River and its numerous tributaries. Large herds of buffalo roam the park, impala and puku are common and there are plenty of waterbucks and bushbucks. The endemic Thornicroft's giraffe is indigenous to the park, as are Crawshay's zebra and Cookson's Wildebeest. The South Luangwa is a superb area to see wild dogs with numerous resident packs.
Night drives are renowned for sighting lion and leopard (the density of leopards is among the highest in the world). And nocturnal animals like the honey badger, porcupine and civet are often seen by spotlight.
Birdwatching - is superb and with over 400 species of birds recorded you could easily see over 100 different species in a three day visit. Some particularly attractive ones include: Carmine Bee-eaters, Malachite Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Rollers, Bateleur Eagles, Saddle-billed Storks, Crowned Cranes, Pel's Fishing Owls and Fish Eagles.
Walking Safaris – the South Luangwa is the home of the walking safari and this is where it was first pioneered by Norman Carr back in the 1960s. To stride out on your own two feet is the only way to understand the wilderness and the guides will explain the secrets of the bush from teaching you how to track a leopard by identifying spoor and listening for tell-tale alarm calls, to explaining how to soothe insect bites with the juice of a sausage tree. If you have a particular interest in a specific area such as birding or local bushcraft then just let your safari guide know and he will tailor the walk accordingly. With every step there is something new to learn, a new bird or animal to spot and a new unforgettable experience.
Game Drives - take advantage of the exceptional knowledge of the camp guide and head out on a morning and afternoon game drive to really get to see the amazing wildlife around the camp. The afternoon game drive will take you to a stunning sun-downer spot before a short night drive back to camp.
BILIMUNGWE IS CLOSED JANUARY TO APRIL
THE CAMP WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND OLDER. IF BOOKING THE WHOLE CAMP THEN UNDER 12’S ARE WELCOME. PLEASE NOTE THAT CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 YEARS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON WALKING SAFARIS.