South Luangwa National Park

Bilimungwe Lodge


Overlooking Luangwa River

Here, the traditions of an African bushcamp meet elegance and style and create a stunning camp that feels as if it has grown organically from the surroundings.

At the heart is the lounge area, shaded by a huge mahogany tree and overlooking a waterhole.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.

After an early morning game drive, head back to your room for a refreshing, open-air waterfall shower. In between your outings, you can find a chair and enjoy the wildlife magnets that are Bilimungwe’s three permanent waterholes.


At a glance

  • Four raised thatched cottages

  • Three permanent wateringholes for viewing

  • Breakfast boma with views of the Luangwa River

  • Star deck to enjoy evening sundowners

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  • South Luangwa Game Drive

    Game drives

    Explore the rich diversity and incredible wildlife of the South Luangwa on a game drive. On four wheels, you’ll cover as much of the region as possible and maximise your game-viewing.

  • Group trekking through South Luangwa, a key spot for African walking safaris

    Walking safaris

    The walking safari was born in the South Luangwa, so it’s only fitting that many of your outings will be on foot with the very finest guides.

  • Sundowners


    As the sun sinks below the horizon, there is nothing better than finding a spectacular spot in the heart of the bush for an ice-cold drink and something to nibble on.

Community & Culture

Starting in 1999, The Bushcamp Company started providing much-needed help to two local schools: Chiwawatala Primary School in Mfuwe Village, and Chilongozi Primary School. Since then, they have embarked on 25 years of conservation & community involvement and donated over 6 million US dollars to various projects.

Since its inception, the Bushcamp Company, through Charity Begins at Home, has been committed to ensuring that the community around the South Luangwa has a reason to conserve it. Education is the key to a successful future and with generous donations, teachers’ salaries have been paid and classrooms and staff houses built at three local schools. Access to clean water is also provided, and there is an educational programme that takes school children into the Park on game drives. Through Charity Begins at Home, and with the support of guests and other charities, The Bushcamp Company currently sponsor over 350 school children.


In a time of pressing environmental and social problems, The Bushcamp Company, through Charity Begins at Home, is a proud supporter of three local wildlife organisations – Conservation South Luangwa (CSL), the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife- that work together on various conservation efforts to address these issues and conserve the Valley’s wildlife. Conservation activities include anti-poaching and anti-snaring activities, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and training, wildlife research and surveys, and tree planting initiatives.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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