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Bilimungwe Camp

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Bilimungwe Camp overview

Bilimungwe is a cool and comfortable trails camp set beneath magnificent mahogany trees on the edge of a small plain in a riverine forest close to the watercourse of the main Luangwa River. The camp re-opened in July 2011 following an extensive refurbishment.

The camp consists of four reed and thatch chalets with en-suite waterfall shower, toilet and double vanities. Two of the chalets have two queen sized double beds and the other two chalets have one jing size bed each. All have large mosquito nets and an individual rechargeable lighting system. The chalets are set on raised platforms and each has its own viewing deck.

The cool and airy lounge, dining area and fully stocked bar are constructed on raised decking with views of Bilimungwe's permanent water hole and abundant game. The waterhole constantly attracts all sorts of wildlife including leopard and the small and personal nature of the camp with the optimum guest number of 8 means the wildlife is not disturbed. There is a vehicle available for drives but walks are the main activity here, it is also possible to walk to some of the other Bush Camp Company camps from here. Day and night drives are possible and a favourite evening activity is to have sundowners on Kapamba River before enjoying a night drive back to camp for dinner.

The main guide here is usually Manda Chisanga who won the Wanderlust guide of the year gold award in 2006. Born in 1972 he spent most of his younger years following his construction worker grandfather round Zambia which gave him an interest in exploring his own country and after starting as a veterinary assistant became a guide and has spent most of his guiding career in the southern area of Luangwa with Bush Camp Company.


Open:  June to December (Specific dates change yearly - pls ask for details).

Location:   Overlooking a series of shady waterholes, remote southern South Luangwa.

Rooms:  4 spacious thathed chalets raised on wooden decks.

Activities:   Day and night game drives, guided walking safaris and birdwatching.

Facilities:  There is a shady central dining, lounge and bar area that overlooks a waterhole, offering wonderful game viewing opportunities.

Dining:  Meals are served communally on the main deck or in the dining room, sitting at one long table.  

Children:  The camp accepts children 12 years of age and over.  As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.

Health: This is a malarial area. 

Communication: There is no mobile reception, no direct phone or fax and no internet. Communication is maintained with the main Mfuwe Lodge by radio.


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client reviews

Lucie McKenzie

"Another great camp, with excellent on-site wildlife watching from the terraces of the lovely rooms and comfortable seating area. Really enthusiastic manager, and excellent guide, great walking safaris and up-close encounters"

Doctor Caroline Russell
"Relaxing after lunch watching many animals gradually coming down to the water hole to drink, was a special treat. We had a lovely massage in the best situation ever on the banks of the Luangwa River listening to the hippos chatting to each other. Tom was a very good host."
Julie Croucher, Tribes
"Bilimungwe (or 'Billy' as it's affectionately known in Luangwa!), is a really lovely small camp suited to the kind of people who just want to hide in the bush!  The wildlife sightings around here - and in all of the Bush Camp Company area - are really spectacular.  Take the time to sit at camp and watch things happen as well as go out and explore."
Tracy Edwards, Tribes
"The camp has been completely renovated and is gorgeous. Even though I didn’t stay here I certainly wanted to, mainly to experience to awesome outdoor showers which is the highlight of each room. I also loved the furniture here which is almost all made from local trees and materials. Each room has great views over different waterholes so very private – fantastic for honeymooners"

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