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Bilimungwe Bush Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Highlights

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

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Overview

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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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • 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

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