- Stylish property with just 4 rooms
- Game viewing from camp
- Superb guiding
- Bushcamp Company Portfolio
Chindeni Bush Camp is a modern and upmarket lagoon-side camp occupying a remote position in the southern sector of South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. One of the park’s most luxurious properties, this serene retreat offers excellent hosting, good food, elegant accommodation, and a good provision of creature comforts in an authentic safari setting. The camp overlooks the Chaymba Lagoon, a pretty side-water off the main Luangwa River. Home to prolific birdlife, and often frequented by elephant and zebra, Chindendi boasts some of the best game viewing to be experienced directly from a lodge in the South Luangwa National park.
Nestled within a shady grove of ebony trees, the camp sits on stilts above an oxbow lake, with stunning views across the lagoon and beyond to the Chindeni escarpment. The open-air main spaces are set over a split-level deck beneath canvas, with the upper deck featuring a dining table for communal meals, and the lower deck housing a stylish lounge area and bar. Refurbished in 2010, the décor has an understated elegance, with comfortable soft furnishings and some delightful touches.
The accommodation consists of four incredibly spacious tented chalets on raised wooden platforms. Each chalet houses a large sitting room with wicker chairs, and a private deck complete with bean bags and hammocks in which to relax and take in the tranquil lagoon and its resident wildlife. Mosquito-netted beds are set out in king-size double or twin formation, and a wardrobe and writing desk complete each room. All chalets have ensuite bathrooms with a shower, toilet, and double vanity basin. Laundry is included.
Activities at Chindeni Bush Camp place firm emphasis on top quality guiding, and include day and night game drives and walking safaris, with wildlife at its most prolific during the dry June to October months when animals flock to the river. Whilst the southern sector of the park might on first glance appear less rich in wildlife than other areas, expert guides will ensure fantastic encounters and memorable tracking experiences, and the almost non-existent vehicle traffic is a real bonus. A morning’s walk might provide thrilling up-close encounters with lion, hyena, and elephant, and afternoon game drives often continue on into the evening darkness, with the promise of potential sightings of elusive species such as leopard, aardvark, and porcupine.
Children over 12 years of age are welcome, although the lack of swimming pool and designated children’s activities means a stay would best suit older children with a keen interest in wildlife. That said, it is possible for children below 12 to stay if the whole camp is booked out exclusively to one group, although note that children of this age are not permitted on walking safaris in the park. With no specific family rooms or triple rooms available, families are obliged to book at least two suites, and parents are reminded that due to the camp’s lagoon-side position and the presence of nearby game, adult supervision is essential at all times.
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
Catherine 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!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019