The Bushcamp Company

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

6 Bushcamps oozing wild authentic luxury & 1 Lodge where elephants check-in as day guests.

Discover an unrivalled safari experience in a Park that is widely recognised as the holy grail of wildlife destinations in Africa.

DID YOU KNOW?

Due to a shorter safari season, Zambia does not attract the larger corporate safari brands who seek year round operations. Instead, this is a destination driven by passionate individuals.

WILD AUTHENTIC LUXURY

In Zambia’s iconic South Luangwa National Park, The Bushcamp Company operates 6 exclusive Bushcamps in the remote south of the park, as well as the award-winning Mfuwe Lodge with the new 2-bedroom Director’s House, just inside the main park gate. Set out from any of these secluded, intimate camps for a guaranteed an unrivalled wildlife experience in one of the last unspoilt wilderness regions of Africa – the very place where the African walking safari was pioneered.

While the name “Bushcamps” may be misleading, these are super chic camps, each with an individual style. As the safari industry becomes increasingly commoditised, it is refreshing to find a balanced safari style that combines the cocooning of luxury and safety with wild, connected safaris. With The Bushcamp Company’s expert guides you not only see Africa from a vehicle, but step off and feel, hear and smell Africa on foot.

Founded by Andy Hogg, the company continues to be run from its headquarters at Mfuwe Lodge. It also remains the only safari operator in the southern section of the park, guaranteeing intimacy, seclusion, and an unrivalled wildlife experience.

FAST FACTS

RATES

Mfuwe Lodge:
US$ 440 – US$ 630 
per person per night

Director’s House:
US$ 2 200 – US$ 2 880 
per villa per night

Bushcamps:
US$ 550 – US$ 800
per person per night

CHILDREN

All Camps:
All ages

Mfuwe Lodge is a kids safari paradise; the Bushcamps are better suited to 12+ years.

ACCESS

Fly:
Fly from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe Airport, then road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge and the Bushcamps. The Kapamaba Airstrip offers direct private charter access. 

Drive:
45 min from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge. Between 1 hr 15 min and 3 hr 30 min drive between Mfuwe Lodge and Bushcamps.

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What we love

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6x6 plus one

6 stylish Bushcamps in 6 unique locations plus award-winning Mfuwe Lodge.

don't be fooled

If you think a bush camp is basic, think again. These camps ooze wild luxury.

EXPERIENTIAL safaris

Authentic adventures by vehicle or on foot, in the very place where walking safaris were pioneered.

elephants in the lobby

Coming to find the wild mangoes fruiting in November and December.

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The impact of your stay

For many years, the safari operators in the Luangwa Valley have been working with the Conservation South Luangwa (CSL) to ensure continued conservation. The Bushcamp Company also runs individual educational and conservation programs in the community with great success through their fund “Charity Begins At Home”

Every stay contributes through:

  • Paying US$ 110 (Bushcamps) or US$ 80 (Mfuwe) per person per day for Park Fees, Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund (LCCF), and Zambian Carnivore Program (ZCP).
  • Supporting LCCF where fees are equally allocated to conservation and community development projects in the valley. 
  • Paying to stay at the camps where a portion of bednight revenue is allocated to The Bushcamp Company’s Charity Begins at Home initiatives:
  1.  Commit to Clean Water: it is estimated that in Africa alone, over 345 million people are without access to clean water. Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water. Through The Bushcamp Company, 155 boreholes have been drilled giving over 300 people per borehole per day access to clean water. This impacts over 46 500 people per day. 
  2. Education Fund: has supported over 1 000 children in completing their education and built 34 classrooms, 4 ablution blocks, 4 dormitories, 4 teachers’ houses, 2 halls, 2 kitchens and a library.
  3. Through the Meal-A-Day programme, over 3 150 meals are provided per day to school children. Some students have to get up at 5am to walk 15 km to school, do a full day of lessons, and then walk home with nothing to eat.
  4. Education Through Art: SEKA (Sensitisation and Education through Kunda Arts) is a Zambian NGO, initiated and based in Mfuwe. It uses participatory theatre to sensitise and educate communities on various important social and environmental issues. The SEKA theatre group often performs to guests in the evenings at Mfuwe Lodge.
  5. Conservation: The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) is a non-profit Zambian trust dedicated to conserving large carnivore species and their habitat in Zambia. The Bushcamp Company helps fund-raise for ZCP, and guides report carnivore sightings as part of their Luangwa Valley Carnivore Monitoring Programme.
  6. Cultivating for the Community: During the COVID travel crisis with very few guests to keep the teams busy, The Bushcamp Company started a cultivation project to keep their staff busy and engaged as well as healthily fed. From 5 000 mango and 300 paw paw trees to radishes, cabbage and 2 000 citrus trees, The Bushcamp Company is cultivating crops, together with delicious honey from 35 beehives and their busy bees. As the farm, just outside Mfuwe village, continues to grow and develop, so does the training and employment opportunity for the local community. At the same time, they are able to greatly reduce their carbon footprint as they no longer have the need for food transport coming from hundreds of miles away.  

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Lodge & Bushcamps

Remote and intimate

SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK

Mfuwe Lodge

Also known as the lodge where ‘the elephants walk through the lobby,’ Mfuwe Lodge is the perfect start and end to a safari in the Luangwa Valley. And yes, in November and December, the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by the fruit of a nearby wild mango tree. 

With 18 air-conditioned chalets (2 suites, 3 family rooms and 13 double & twin rooms), all set underneath a canopy of ebony and mahogany and arranged around two lagoons, Mfuwe Lodge is perfect for families.  Whether you’re staying at Mfuwe Lodge before or after an adventure to the Bushcamps or enjoying some time as a family, its laidback charm with enviable surroundings is the ideal setting for a relaxed and prolific safari. 

All chalets are en-suite and have their own private decks for watching wildlife around the camp. Suites have a bedroom downstairs and upstairs there is a sitting area with a daybed and a small bathroom. Family chalets have a king size bed upstairs with a daybed downstairs in the sitting area. 

SEASONALITY: Open all year.

CHILDREN: All ages.

Mfuwe Lodge

18 Chalets

from US$ 440 per person per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport
All meals, tea & coffee
Morning and evening game drives.
SEKA theatre group performances (when available).
Visiting the school and seeing how your stay makes an impact on the community.
Laundry service
WiFi
All alcoholic drinks (excluded)

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Director's House @ Mfuwe Lodge

The Director’s House is ideal for families, small groups or travellers looking for space and privacy. The 2-bedroom 2-bathroom, exclusive-use villa is elegant, modern and tastefully decorated, making it the perfect place to unwind and relax after a day of exploring South Luangwa.

Spend your days lounging poolside as the chefs prepares a tasty meal on the BBQ, and spend your nights around the warm flames in the fire pit as the pizza oven is fired up.

The Director’s House is an exclusive-use villa and comes with a private guide and 4×4. 

SEASONALITY: Open all year.

CHILDREN: All ages.

Director's House

Exclusive use
2 bedrooms

from US$ 2 200 per villa per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport
All meals, tea & coffee
Morning and evening game drives.
SEKA theatre group performances (when available).
Visiting the school and seeing how your stay makes an impact on the community.
Laundry service
WiFi
All alcoholic drinks (excluded).

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Chindeni Bushcamp

Set on the banks of an oxbow lagoon, with the rolling Chindeni Hills in the background, Chindeni has one of the most enviable locations in the South Luangwa. The lagoon is frequented by game all year round, and attracts large herds of animals including exceptional birdlife.

Chindeni has four spacious canvas tents raised on wooden decks and a central dining area, deck and bar, with stunning views. This is safari chic with a beautiful, crisp, clean colour palate, and the spacious main deck offers private, shaded terraces for relaxing between safari activities. In October, the area is a wildlife extravaganza as water sources dry up and the oxbow pumps with activity. Sit back and watch the real life documentary unfold.

Walking time from Chamilandu is ± 4 hours and Bilimungwe ± 3½ hours. 

SEASONALITY: Open from early May – end November.

CHILDREN: All ages. Children 11 and younger and not permitted on walking safaris. Private vehicles or exclusive use of the camp needs to be booked for families with young children.

Chindeni

4 Tents

from US$ 590 per person per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport.
All meals and drinks.
Morning and evening game drives.
Walking safaris.
WiFi (not available)

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Chamilandu Bushcamp

This super stylish camp has a prime, riverfront location under a soaring ebony tree and has been designed for perfect outdoor living. The floors in the main area are all sand and the camp is lit by lanterns at night. You are totally disconnected with no wifi or mobile phone reception. 

Chamilandu is the most intimate of the Bushcamps, with only 3, super-sexy, open-fronted suites, all raised on decks for additional safety from the wildlife that walks through the camp. In this wilderness area, you never know what you will see from your room: if not passing animals, you are guaranteed vast views from your bed over the Luangwa River.

With a photo hide overlooking a waterhole and a lower deck for lay-flat, ground level photography, the camp is ideal for photographers – but the romance and exclusivity make it perfect for honeymoon couples too.

Walking distance from Chindeni only, and the longest direct walk (± 4 hours). 

SEASONALITY: Open from early June – end October.

CHILDREN: All ages. Children 11 and younger and not permitted on walking safaris. Private vehicles or exclusive use of the camp needs to be booked for families with young children.

Chamilandu

3 Raised chalets

from US$ 590 per person per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport.
All meals and drinks.
Photographers hide at waterhole.
Morning and evening game drives.
Walking safaris.
WiFi (not available)

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Bilimungwe Bushcamp

Bilimungwe offers a the perfect armchair safari – and if you love elephants, you will love it here! Overlooking 3 waterholes with many herds of resident elephants, the camp is a hidden gem under huge mahogany trees. These trees provide deep shade in the hot summer months and the area also attracts the very rare African pitta (that is a rarely seen bird, in case you are confused).

There are four open-fronted thatched chalets on wooden decks and the camp has the best breakfast spot in the South Luangwa, watching the sun come up over the hills. As with all the Bushcamps, expert guides lead all the safari experiences.

Walking time from Chindeni is ± 3½ hours and Kapamba ± 3 hours. 

SEASONALITY: Open from early May – end December.

CHILDREN: All ages. Children 11 and younger and not permitted on walking safaris. Private vehicles or exclusive use of the camp needs to be booked for families with young children.

Bilimungwe

4 chalets

from US$ 590 per person per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport.
All meals and drinks.
Morning and evening game drives.
Walking safaris.
WiFi (not available)

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Kapamba Bushcamp

The Kapamba River, a shallow sand river that flows all year but is free of crocodiles and hippos, is only metres in front of camp, and guests can bathe, walk or enjoy sundowners in the river. The Kapamba flows into the Luangwa and this area of rivers, floodplains and riverine vegetation attracts excellent wildlife.  

Set away from the Luangwa floodplain, Kapamba operates for a slightly longer season as the roads remains passable for longer. With an exotic Mediterranean touch, the four chalets are open-fronted with wrought iron gates that close for nocturnal security, and 2 of the rooms have a sala ideal for midday siestas or sleep-outs under the stars. 

From here you can take your shoes off, feel the sand between your toes and walk in the river, or take a refreshing dip in the pool. 

Walking time from Bilimungwe is ± 3 hours and Zungulila (also on the Kapamba River) ± 2½ hours. 

SEASONALITY: Open from April – early January

CHILDREN: All ages. Children 11 and younger and not permitted on walking safaris. Private vehicles or exclusive use of the camp needs to be booked for families with young children.

Kapamba

4 stone chalets

from US$ 590 per person per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport.
All meals and drinks.
Morning and evening game drives.
Walking safaris.
Swimming pool
WiFi (not available)

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Kuyenda Bushcamp

Kuyenda oozes with traditional Luangwa safari style & charm. Here, guests explore varied habitats rich in wildlife, and enjoy a back-to-nature lifestyle in the simplest in design of all the Bushcamps, yet arguably the richest in experience.

Kuyenda Bushcamp is surrounded by diverse landscapes including salt pans, dry river beds, mopane woodland, the Luangwa River and open plains. The Bushcamp comprises 6 rondavels, all of which have twin beds that can be converted to an imperial king-sized bed. Each rondavel is made of thatch and grass and has an en-suite with a shower (with hot and cold running water), double vanity, toilet, and bathroom amenities.

SEASONALITY: Open from mid May – early November.

CHILDREN: All ages. Children 11 and younger and not permitted on walking safaris. Private vehicles or exclusive use of the camp needs to be booked for families with young children.

Kuyenda

6 grass chalets

from US$ 550 per person per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport.
All meals and drinks.
Morning and evening game drives.
Walking safaris.
Signature sundowners.
WiFi (not available)

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Zungulila Bushcamp

Zungulila Bushcamp offers breathtaking views onto the Kapamba River and an expansive plain where natural springs attract huge herds of game. The camp style is the perfect balance of ultra safari chic, while still offering a connected wilderness experience. 

The camp comprises 4 classic Meru tents with thatched roof structures, all featuring outdoor showers with cold and solar-heated water, and their own private deck with a spectacular outdoor bathtubs. In the central area there is a beautiful fire boma, which overlooks the floodplain.

Walking time from Kapamba is ± 2½ hours. 

SEASONALITY: Open from late April – early January

CHILDREN: All ages. Children 11 and younger and not permitted on walking safaris. Private vehicles or exclusive use of the camp needs to be booked for families with young children.

Zungulila

4 tents

from US$ 590 per person per night
Road transfers to/from Mfuwe Airport.
All meals and drinks.
Morning and evening game drives.
Walking safaris.
Safari bathtubs in each room.
WiFi (not available)

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Featured Offer

Last-minute stay

Receive 50% (2021) and 30% (2022) off accommodation for any stay booked within 2 months of travel.

VALID: All year

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Featured Journey

The Legends of Zambia

Visit the last remaining owner-run camps - the Legends of Zambia.

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Location

Getting there

FLY

Fly from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe International Airport, then road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge and the bush camps. The Bushcamp Company also has a private airstrip close to Kapamba, which services private charters only.

DRIVE

45-minute drive from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge. If travelling to the Bushcamps, guests stop at the lodge for refreshments before continuing the drive to the camps through the National Park, which takes between 2-4 hours, depending on which camp. 

COVID TRAVEL

The Bushcamp Company complies with well-considered SOPs to provide the safest possible environment for guests and staff while ensuring a truly authentic experience.

PCR testing can be done at Mfuwe or Lusaka Airport for guests requiring this for international return flights.

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Getting to Mfuwe Lodge

FLY

Fly from Lusaka Airport to Mfuwe Airport, then road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge and the bushcamps. There is also a private airstrip available for private charters.

Drive

The drive from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge is 45 minutes.

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Getting to Kuyenda Bushcamp

FLY

Fly from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport. Road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge (about 45 minutes) for check-in and refreshments.

Drive

Kuyenda is a 75-minute game drive from Mfuwe Lodge and a 45 to 60-minute game drive from Chamilandu. 

Walk

Walking to another camp is not possible from Kuyenda.

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Getting to Chamilandu Bushcamp

FLY

Fly from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport. Road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge (about 45 minutes) for check-in and refreshments.

Drive

Chamilandu is an approximate 45-minute game drive from either Kuyenda or Chindeni, and ±2 hours from Mfuwe Lodge.

Walk

It is ± 4 hours’ walk to Chindeni.

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Getting to Chindeni Bushcamp

FLY

Fly from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport. Road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge (about 45 minutes) for check-in and refreshments.

Drive

Chindeni is an approximate 45-minute game drive from Chamilandu and 30 minutes from Bilimungwe. It is ±2½ hours from Mfuwe Lodge.

Walk

It is ±4 hours’ walk to Chamilandu and ±3½ hours’ walk to Bilimungwe.

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Getting to Bilimungwe Bushcamp

FLY

Fly from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport. Road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge (about 45 minutes) for check-in and refreshments.

Drive

Bilimungwe is an approximate 30-minute game drive from either Chindeni or Kapamba, and ±2½ to 3 hours from Mfuwe Lodge

Walk

It is ± hours’ walk to Chindeni and ±3 hours’ walk to Kapamba.

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Getting to Kapamba Bushcamp

FLY

Fly from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport. Road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge (about 45 minutes) for check-in and refreshments.

Drive

Kapamba is an approximate 30-minute game drive from either Bilimungwe or Zungulila, and ±3½ to 4 hours from Mfuwe Lodge

Walk

It is ±3 hours’ walk to Bilimungwe and ±2½ hours’ walk to Zungulila

location

Getting to Zungulila Bushcamp

FLY

Fly from Lusaka International Airport to Mfuwe Airport. Road transfer to Mfuwe Lodge (about 45 minutes) for check-in and refreshments.

Drive

Zungulila is an approximate 30-minute game drive from Kapamba and 3½ hours from Mfuwe Lodge.

Walk

It is ±2½ hours’ walk to Kapamba.

Availability

Contact

Email:
info@bushcampcompany.com

Tel:
+260 978 77 00 55

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm. Based in Zambia.