As part of our Zambian holiday experience and after three SUPERB nights at Mfuwe Lodge, we (my 24year old daughter, husband and I) stayed here at Chindeni for two nights. It was exceptional! We thought our safari experience couldn't get better but were happy to try something a little different - Chindeni certainly offered that!
Firstly, our journey from Mfuwe Lodge across to Chindeni was treated as a safari drive and so it was less of a journey and more of a safari experience as we were able to spot animals and birds along the route and stop for photographs and explanations from the guide/driver. The three hour drive was a delight and passed quickly and enjoyably.
On arrival at Chindeni, we were greeted by James the Manager and his team of staff lined up to greet us - made me feel really special and warmly welcomed. We were offered cooling flannels and ice cold drinks as soon as we alighted from the vehicle which I thought this was a lovely touch and is indeed a trend we experienced in both Bushcamps and Mfuwe Lodge! - Such a thoughtful detail! Our luggage was quickly attended to and we were escorted to our rooms.
We found the setting of this Bushcamp to be idyllic - especially the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets overlooking the lagoon teaming with wildlife by day and night. it was tranquil, romantic, fascinating. We loved the accommodation which went beyond the notion of glamourous camping! The elevated 'tents', set amongst the bush were so tastefully fashioned and equipped. They were welcoming and most comfortable, offering wonderful views across the water. The peaceful setting allowed us to fully appreciate the sounds of Africa - leaving with us a lasting memory of our stay.
The decking around the bar and dining area which surveyed the lagoon and the landscape beyond, created a social focus to get to know our Host and other guests as well as providing a platform for appreciating the surrounding views. As for the food: breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea as well as dinner were all delightful. The food could not be faulted - and I can be quite hard to impress! As much as anything, the candlelit setting and attentive waiters and the good company of our host James, all added to the ambience.
Our host and Bushcamp Manager James, is a delight. He entertained us with funny stories, he educated us with his knowledge, and he was faultless as a courteous and welcoming host, always seeming to be at ease with his guests and nothing seemed too much trouble for him. Most of all, I shall remember all the laughter!
I need to mention Peter our AMAZING guide!!! He is such a fabulous man - charming, educated, easy to be with and we learned such a lot from him yet never once felt 'lectured'!! He has a way of making you feel you are the only person he has ever explained things to and he patiently allows for all the questions he must have heard a thousand times. His sense of humour and warmth of personality made our walking safaris and night drives sooo memorable!
For as long as James and Peter are at Chindeni - I shall want to return!!
- Also Known As:
- Chindeni Bushcamp - The Bushcamp Company Zambia/South Luangwa National Park