Chibembe Bush Camp
The charming, simple and traditional tented safari camp is the gateway to one of the finest walking safari areas in the South Luangwa National Park and is a stepping stone away from Chibembe Island with its diverse woodland and grassland ecology, a gentle morning’s walk will take you through ebony groves with water courses running through and open ‘Munga woodland’ as well as evergreen riverine forest, a healthy variety of wildlife is found in this peaceful landscape with dramatic visuals of the new Luangwa river course meandering around the perimeter.
Chibembe Bush Camp comprises four tents under thatch with en suite bush showers and flush loos, providing double and twin sleeping arrangements. Set on the banks of the Luangwa River, whilst it is not a luxurious safari experience, Chibembe Bush Camp provides amazing views into the South Luangwa National Park. Ice-cold drinks, wholesome bush cooking, hot bush showers and flush loos meet most people’s needs on safari. The only sounds are the calls of the wildlife and grunts of resident hippos.
Unlike a safari lodge, where the main game-viewing activities are vehicle-based, Chibembe provides walking trails safari experience pioneered by Norman Carr in the original operating area. Exploring the wilderness on foot, away from vehicles, is increasingly difficult in many parts of Zambia; Chibembe is a rare gem in an increasingly cluttered wilderness.
An added bonus is that all Chibembe safari experiences, ex Mfuwe, include at least one half-day game drive in the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park en route into, or back from, Chibembe. Little visited, this part of the park, gazetted in 1966 as a game reserve before the national park had been created, is a fantastic entree to Chibembe with nit’s lagoons and springs attracting huge herds of buffalo and incredible flocks of egrets as well as wild-dog, wildebeests, elephants, giraffes, lions and leopards, along with their main prey, puku and impala.
We are happy to help your tailor your Chibembe safari experience to suit your requirements. The camp can be booked by groups of 4 to 8 people who wish to use the camp and Chibembe Wildlife Reserve exclusively. 4 x 4 vehicles can be hired from Mfuwe, with licenced driver-guides, providing complete independence for more intrepid travellers. Independent travellers can pre-order their food and drink requirements and chefs and catering support can be arranged if required. All independent groups visiting Chibembe are required to collect and pay a game scout at Mfuwe which can be pre-arranged. We are unable to provide ‘walk-in’ bookings for Chibembe Bush Camp.
For the less international travellers arranging their own safaris we recommend one of our Chibembe safari experiences with one of our partner safari operators.
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