Chindeni Bushcamp: The Lowdown

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Chindeni is a small, chic bush camp in the southern part of the South Luangwa National Park.

What’s Chindeni really like?

The thing we love most about Chindeni is its location, overlooking a permanent lagoon. Up on stilts, Chindeni almost has the feel of a treehouse. Sitting up here on the deck is the perfect spot to try to enjoy the amazing birdlife, hippos and crocs in the water, and the odd ellie passing by. There’s a firepit for your evening drinks, a well-stocked bar, and both indoor and outdoor tables for communal meals. The four rooms are all tented, built up on decks amongst the trees. All have an ensuite bathroom and a fairly contemporary chic décor. Outside, each has a small verandah, which is a glorious place to perch with a pair of binos looking toward the water.

What can I do at Chindeni?

A big part of any safari in the South Luangwa is heading out on a walking safari, and a stay at Chindeni would be no exception. These generally take place in the cooler mornings. We’d flag up that you definitely don’t see as much big game on a walking safari as you do on a game drive, but it’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself more completely in the bush, noticing the sounds, smells and smaller creatures up close. In addition to this, Chindeni also offers game drives, shared with your fellow safari goers. Game drives are usually in the afternoon, and are often combined with your evening sundowner.

Giving back at Chindeni: Like any true bush-lovers, the owners of Chindeni are firmly committed to protecting the future of the animals, land and people in and around the South Luangwa. They’ve helped to sponsor local students, provide food for children who walk many miles to school, as well as helping to provide clean drinking water. They also provide support for several conservation projects in the South Luangwa- the list goes on!

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