From shady groupings of ancient mahogany trees to open plains and the ever-present Luangwa River, the southern section of the South Luangwa is starkly beautiful and hard to beat. The wildlife is as varied as the habitats and there’s a surprise around every corner. And in the middle of it all, in a secluded patch of riverine forest, is Bilimungwe Bush Camp. Rustic, warm and entirely charming the camp is set around a small lagoon attracting a bevy of animals. And with only 4 rooms at the camp, the remote wilderness is all yours to explore in privacy.
At the lodge
Spread out over 2 levels and hidden in the shade of the trees, the main area at Bilimungwe is an excellent vantage point over the group of waterholes below. Open sides keep the thatched structure cool and breezy and scatter cushions and cane furniture make it an inviting place to unwind. Meals are usually served al fresco, with breakfast at the traditional fire pit and lunch and dinner next to the lively open-air kitchen.
There are 4 enormous thatched rooms at Bilimungwe and all are elevated off the ground on wooden platforms. En-suite bathrooms with double basins are set to one side. Half-height grass walls are topped by mosquito-netting and allow for uninterrupted viewing of the landscape straight from the king size bed. Or if you prefer, step outside onto the wrap-around deck and settle into an armchair with a pair of binoculars and wait for the action to unfold below.
Bilimungwe is traditionally a walking camp and it would be a shame not to take advantage of the excellent terrain. Game drives are however excellent and offer a chance to go further afield in search of more elusive creatures and of course, the larger ones that you might not want to bump into on a walking safari. The night drives also shouldn’t be missed. Transfers to the sister camps can include a mixture of walking and driving.