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Bilimungwe Bush Camp

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- Intimate, upmarket camp
- Award-winning guiding
- Abundant wildlife in camp
- High volume of return guests

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Bilimungwe is an intimate, high-quality safari camp offering exceptional, award-winning guiding and top class service in a game rich, secluded corner of eastern Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Situated in a shady mahogany grove near the Luangwa River, the camp overlooks three waterholes brimming with wildlife, and boasts spectacular game viewing even from the comfort of one’s bed. At the higher end of the price bracket, Bilimungwe offers four select and spacious chalets, with extremely comfortable facilities.

Approximately 3 hours’ transfer from Mfuwe Airport, the camp operates seasonally from May to December, with the peak wildlife viewing period being June to October. Travellers should note that temperatures in this region rise significantly from October onwards, coinciding with prolific wildlife density including large numbers of lion, leopard, elephant, warthog, hippo, impala, and baboon.

The camp’s main area is an open-sided thatched construction built on raised decking, with great views of the action around the waterholes. Guest spaces comprise a comfortable, stylish lounge, and well-stocked bar, plus a dining area with a communal table for traditional bush-camp dining. An outdoor lounge and fire pit area are ideal for post dinner drinks and stargazing. The camp runs on solar power, with charging facilities available in each unit; however due to its remote location, Wi-Fi, internet and mobile reception are not available.

Activities in camp focus on day and night game drives and guided walks, with extremely knowledgeable guides. This exceptionally high quality guiding is, no doubt, a key reason why Bilimungwe enjoys a high volume of return visitors.

The accommodation in camp comprises four very generous and comfortable thatched chalets, built on raised decking and shaded by pretty trees. Each chalet has a comfortable lounge area, decorated with hand carved wooden furniture and colourful African textiles, and either one king size or two twin beds, draped with mosquito nets. There is an ensuite bathroom with twin washbasins, shower and, and WC, plus a wonderfully indulgent, outdoor rainfall shower. Each unit has a private veranda, perfect for relaxing.

Families with children aged 12 and over are most welcome in camp. Under 12s can be accommodated when the camp is booked exclusively by a private group, subject to hiring a private guide and vehicle for the duration of the stay. Note that there is a minimum age restriction of 12 years for guided walks in the National Park. As the camp does not provide a designated family unit and offers no child-specific activity programme, Bilimungwe may be more appropriate for families with older children, or for adventurous families looking for a smaller, more intimate base. Parents should note that the camp is unfenced and wildlife does roam through, and while it’s unlikely that animals will approach humans or chalets, children must be supervised at all times.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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