Reviews of Chamilandu Bushcamp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Return to Chamilandu!
Our last 3 nights on this safari were spent at Chamilandu. Sue and I had stayed here before, 9 years ago, and we were hoping that our 3 friends would like it as much as we did. We needn't have worried - it was as good as ever.
Akim and his staff gave us a warm welcome and it says something about the camp that at least two of the staff (Doc and George the chef) were here last time we came. Indeed, I believe they have been at Chamilandu for over 20 years!
James guided us on some lovely walks each morning, accompanied by rangers xxxxx or xxxxx and Mulenga carrying the supplies. James deserves special mention as arguably being the most knowledgeable guide we have ever spent time with. This, together with his good humour and sympathetic approach to the wildlife made the walks and drives an absolute pleasure. The only flaw that James has is that he supports the wrong rugby playing nation!!
The food was delicious, the accommodation fantastic and the water hole at the camp is well worth spending siesta time at - too much going on to waste time napping!
However, it may not be a bad idea to try to provide some sort of cover for the bathroom area of the 'chalet' we stayed in, as a night time visit to the loo risked being spattered by baboons also 'visiting the loo'!
Our highlight was probably our last evening drive, where we watched a pride of 9 lions, including a large male, at the start of a hunt. We didn't stay to watch the almost inevitable kill (unlike lots of people, this is not our top priority) but it was a really special time. Add to that the fact that we had seen 5 other lions earlier in the day, including two small cubs, and it wasn't a bad last day at all.
Will we be back for a 3rd time? Well we certainly would not hesitate to visit again if the finances support it!
This was our first time in the South of the Park and with the Bushcamp company. During our transfer from Mwamba to Chamilandu we stopped in for brunch at Mfuwe Lodge. Here we were made very welcome especially by Ollie, Shelley and Ian (whom we knew from previous visits to Mwamba) and enjoyed a delicious lunch.
The transfer to Chamilandu was rather hectic and uncomfortable, partly due to the speed at which we travelled and partly the tsetses which seemed suddenly to have emerged. The driver Byron seemed unable to gauge the level of bush experience of his passengers which was bit irritating at times. However, he was very cheery and delivered us safely to Chamilandu where we were warmly welcomed by Zilla.
This was another very comfortable, small bush camp with the luxury of constant hot water, friendly, helpful staff and delicious food. The situation on the river bank is beautiful and makes for interesting wildlife viewing on both banks. A special mention goes to Doc who served our meals, including a private dinner on our deck one night. Our guide Gilbert was again very experienced and knowledgeable and went out of his way to provide extra information. He was also good company. David, our scout was a valuable addition to our excursions.
On balance the abundance of wildlife was not as good as around Mwamba, but we did have an excellent leopard sightling - two females up a tree with an impala kill. We had a great walk over to Chindeni, another bushcamp, with two other guests whe were transferring there. Again we were made very welcome, given use of a room to refresh ourselves and served an excellent brunch.
Chamilandu has a nearby hide overlooking a lagoon where we sent a fruitful siesta photographing a very playful troop of baboons including an albino baby. The downside in this area was the huge number of tstese flies. The weather warmed up as we arrived in this part of the park and they were out in force. Despite this we very much enjoyed our time here.
A fantastic camp to finish our holiday
A great , very well run camp. It was a great location and things were well organised by Wayne and his team. Particularly appreciated him putting an extra sunbed in our room for our siesta. I also enjoyed using the hide to watch at the water hole in the afternoon.
Fannuel was a great guide and took time to explain things. Plenty of animals and birds to enjoy.
Coming back the last night with a brei down at the hide was very special