There's nothing quite like waking up at Chamilandu.
Early morning views don't get much better than the rippling waters of the Luangwa River, the gentle rise of the Chindeni Hills and a vast African sky – especially when you're lying in a four poster bed in a handsome stilted tree-house. You don't even need to leave your bed to see the wildlife – from your unique vantage point you can watch as animals roam across the landscape, or swing through the trees above your head.
There are just three stilted chalets at this exclusive camp, set on the riverbank beneath a soaring ebony grove. Enjoy a sundowner from the comfort of the thatched bar and dining area, as you watch the wildlife do the same at the river.
Exceptional game viewing and understated elegance make Chamilandu a place to remember. Part of the Bush Camp Company's Portfolio. As part of The Bushcamp Company's commitment to the wildlife and people of the South Luangwa, we have been working with the local community to develop projects that help conserve precious resources and generate a sustainable source of income. Back in the 1960s, when Norman Carr first started to operate walking safaris in the Luangwa, he realised that conservation could not work without the local people truly benefiting from the wildlife around them. Today, this approach to responsible tourism is more pertinent than ever.
In 1999, The Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools; Chiwawatala Basic School in Mfuwe and Chilongozi School in a remote area close to our bushcamps. Since our support began, the progress of the schools has been remarkable. With generous donations we have been able to sponsor pupils, pay teachers' salaries, build classrooms and staff houses, and take the school children into the park on game drives.
We also support other community projects that focus on reducing deforestation and encourage tree planting; for example, one of our guides has set up a successful solar-cooker project and we are helping run food-security eco-initiative workshops in Mfuwe. We run programmes on HIV and AIDS awareness for our staff and we also support a local theatre group, which perform plays to our guests about human-wildlife conflict.
Current schemes that we hope to develop further with funds from the Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund (LCCF) include fruit-tree planting, vegetable market-gardens, solar cookers and 'rocket' stoves, bio-fuel briquettes and honey production. Several conservation and community development charities that work in the Luangwa and across Zambia also benefit from our support and fundraising.
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Overlooking the Luangwa River and the Chindeni Hills, South Luangwa, Zambia