CHINDENI BUSHCAMP - SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Chendeni is a small and intimate luxury tented camp located on the edge of a lagoon in the south of the park with pods of hippo and views of wildlife coming down to the lagoon to drink.
With just four beautifully tents you can sit on your private veranda and look onto the lagoon which attracts birds and wildlife from miles around. Or settle back with a gin-and-tonic in the central lounge and dining area – a glorious expanse of varnished decking arranged on several levels around the surrounding ebony trees with the same spectacular view of the serene lagoon.
Enjoy 4 x 4 safaris and walking safaris in this wonderful and quiet part of the South Luangwa National Park whilst staying at a very comfortable camp with stunning views.
Chendeni 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 just over 2 hours’ drive south to camp
Chindeni’s 4 ensuite canvas tents are raised on a wooden decking and have private decks from where you can view wildlife in the lagoon or simply enjoy the extensive birdlife and serenity of the camp and lagoon. The tents are some of the most spacious in the Luangwa and have two queen-sized beds or one king bed, shower, toilet and double vanities.
The dining area is on stilts above the oxbow lagoon with an adjoining lounge area for relaxing in the open air. Guests have been known to stay in camp during hot October days and see more from the deck than on a drive!
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 plentiful 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 - are an ideal way to explore the different range of habitats in the area and there are game drives in the morning and evening – which normally return back to the camp after sundowners and a short night drive.
CHENDENI IS CLOSED JANUARY TO APRIL EVERY YEAR
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.