premier Camp | South Luangwa N.P., Zambia
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At Chindeni Camp you can combine the thrill of sleeping under canvas with style and comfort in one of its opulent tents. Gaze from your private veranda onto the permanent lagoon, which attracts birds and animals from miles around. Or settle back in the central lounge – a glorious expanse of decking, boasting, of course, the same spectacular view of the serene lagoon, its inhabitants and the rolling Chindeni Hills.
Our Expert Says
One of the most beautiful camps in South Luangwa, Chindeni is the perfect place to relax in a deck chair at the edge of the lagoon, or take advantage of walks and wildlife drives in the national park. Night drives and sunset cruises, known as sundowners, are another way to experience the wildlife that you can see while staying at Chindeni Camp.
– Wendy Klausner
Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Number of Tents: 4
Important Note: Though this is a Premier level property, it offers Distinctive level rates.
In a remote and peaceful setting, where hippo chortle and elephant congregate, stands Chindeni Camp – one of the most beautiful tented camps in the South Luangwa. The intimate size of Chindeni allows instant access to wildlife just by stepping onto the camp’s private deck jutting out over the lagoon, where giraffe, elephant and hippo frequently gather. Sleeping under canvas is an unforgettable adventure and Chindeni offers four opulent tents for an authentic and supremely comfortable safari experience. With stripped wooden floors, four-poster queen or king-sized beds, plush sitting rooms, en suite baths and vaulted canvas ceilings, Chindeni’s spacious tents provide an ideal sanctuary for unwinding after a full day of wildlife viewing. Each tented room includes a private veranda with a sun lounger and bean bag, ideal for an afternoon siesta or soaking in the vivid African sunsets. Relax in the central lounge, featuring a multi-level deck under shaded ebony trees, and dine under the stars to the melodies of nocturnal animals coming to life.
Facilities & Amenities
- En suite bathroom with shower
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap and lotion
- 220v charging outlets in main area
- Laundry included
- Local drinks included (house alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks)
- Credit cards accepted
- No air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone, Internet or cellular coverage
Wildlife Viewing & Activities
Chindeni Camp offers a variety of safari activities. Whether visitors are in the mood for intrepid exploration or perhaps more relaxed wildlife viewing, Chindeni Camp will deliver. Day and night wildlife drives in 4x4 safari vehicles reveal prides of lion, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, antelope, hippo, leopard and wild dog among the nearby forests and grassy plains of South Luangwa National Park. More active wildlife viewers and birdwatchers can set out on superb walking safaris and scenic sundowner trips in the surrounding wilderness. Others may choose to simply pull up a deckchair and watch the abundance of wildlife drawn to Chindeni’s private lagoon. Zebras, baboons, and hyenas roam nearby, joining the more than 60 wildlife species in this magnificent region. A profusion of 400 vibrant bird species thrive here as well, including saddle bill stork, marabou stork, great white egret, black-headed heron, and the stately goliath heron.
Each region has varying concentrations and species of wildlife, and the below chart helps to illustrate major wildlife sightings often experienced in the area. Other typical sightings may include Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, Cookson’s wildebeest, and a number of other mammals, birds and reptiles. Exact sightings will depend on seasonality and wildlife movements.
|Zambia||South Luangwa N.P.|
|Usually viewed||Frequently viewed||Occasionally viewed||Sporadically viewed||Rarely to never viewed|
|January||81° F||63° F||9.02 in|
|27° C||17° C||229 mm|
|February||81° F||63° F||9.49 in|
|27° C||17° C||241 mm|
|March||81° F||63° F||6.86 in|
|27° C||17° C||174 mm|
|April||79° F||59° F||1.3 in|
|26° C||15° C||33 mm|
|May||79° F||55° F||0.12 in|
|26° C||12° C||3 mm|
|June||75° F||52° F||0.0 in|
|23° C||11° C||0 mm|
|July||77° F||52° F||0.0 in|
|25° C||11° C||0 mm|
|August||79° F||54° F||0.12 in|
|26° C||12° C||3 mm|
|September||86° F||61° F||0.12 in|
|30° C||16° C||3 mm|
|October||90° F||64° F||0.59 in|
|32° C||17° C||15 mm|
|November||90° F||66° F||3.39 in|
|32° C||18° C||86 mm|
|December||82° F||63° F||8.39 in|
|27° C||17° C||213 mm|
Chindeni Camp assists the wildlife and people of the South Luangwa by working with the local community to develop projects that help conserve precious resources and generate sustainable sources of income. Back in the 1960s when Norman Carr first started operating walking safaris in Zambia, he realized 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 operators of Chindeni Camp started providing much-needed help to two local schools, Chiwawatala Basic School in Mfuwe and Chilongozi School in a remote area close to their bush camps and lodges. Since their support began, the progress of the schools has been remarkable. With generous donations they have been able to sponsor pupils, pay teachers’ salaries, build classrooms and staff houses and take the school children into the park on wildlife drives.