the camp 


A small and intimate camp set in the shade of some tall African ebony trees, perched on the bank of a winding section of the Luangwa River!

At the centre of camp, just yardsaway from the riverbank and enclosed on three sides by a waist-high reed wall, is the main area. Here you will find contemporary furniture, such as hanging wicker chairs, moulded wooden stools and low-slung sofas, is set on sandy floors, reinforcing the camp's rustic feel. A dining table is surrounded by directors' chairs, and there's a well-stocked bar and small library, too. The high thatched ceiling provides a convenient roosting place for epauletted fruit bats, which you'll often spot hanging from the rafters.

Overlooking the river, the campfire is lit in the mornings to cook porridge and toast at breakfast, and in the evening as a gathering place for pre-dinner drinks. Away from the river, a thatched building on stilts serves both as a hide, with a vantage point overlooking a small lagoon where animals often come to drink in the heat of the day, and as a shady lunch spot. .

There are just three spacious chalets, each set well apart, with uninterrupted views of the river and to the Nchindeni Hills beyond.

Each is thatched, and raised about 2 yards off the ground on a timber platform. There are reed walls on three sides but the front of the bedroom is completely open, leading to a private viewing deck where comfortable chairs face the river. Although still very African in style the interiors are both contemporary and chic. Black mosquito netting works well with the neutral color scheme and high-quality but simple furniture. Each room has a king-size bed, or two small double four-posters.

A curtained doorway leads through to an open-air, en-suite bathroom, where a low front wall ensures a great view over the Luangwa River. Each bathroom has double basins, a flush toilet and a large open 'his and hers' shower. Discreet solar panels behind each chalet provide lighting and hot water.

Activities in camp consist of walking safaris, day and night game drives in a variety of environments, including riverine forest, mopane woodland and open floodplains. These attract a diversity of wildlife, from plains game such as Crawshay's zebra and impala, to wetland animals like puku and waterbuck, as well as the shyer species that prefer the riverine thickets, like kudu and leopard.