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Zambia Safari

Chichele Presidential Lodge

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A lone giraffe is silhouetted against the falling sun at Chichele Lodge in South Luangwa
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View images of Chichele Presidential Lodge: Chichele Images



Sanctuary Lodges & Camps have acquired the following camps and lodges in Zambia:

Sussi & Chuma on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park above the world-famous Victoria Falls
Lechwe Plains Tented Camp in the Lochinvar National Park north of Lusaka
Kulefu Tented Camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in the Lower Zambezi National Park
Puku Ridge Tented Camp in the South Luangwa National Park
Chichele Presidential Lodge in the South Luangwa National Park, the world-famous lodge which was originally built by President Kaunda

The South Luangwa National Park is a place of primeval forest and lush savanna, stretching for hundreds of miles and encompassing the Luangwa River basin, its adjacent highlands and a mosaic of different habitats extending outwards from the central river.

Formerly a private Presidential retreat for the former President of Zambia – Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Chichele (pronounce to rhyme with belly) occupies one of the most breathtaking sites in the entire park. Since the original structures, built circa 1960, became very dilapidated, Star of Africa has undertaken a complete transformation of the building to create a spectacular new central lodge of stone and thatch, designed to complement its natural surroundings.

In order to exploit the wonderful floodplain vistas offered by the site, 10 elegant Victorian style lodges are built along the edge of the hillside, each giving guests a private panoramic view. Quality furnishings and discreet service provide the necessary level of comfort expected by the upmarket visitor.

Accommodation            For images of Chichele Presidential Lodge, click Chichele Images
The Lodge has 10 elegant Victorian style suites, each air-conditioned and with its own private terrace from which to view the game strewn river valley and flood plain below. Four-poster beds with crisp period linen, needlepoint cushions and a comforter for those rare cool evenings, set an ambience of elegance. A sumptuous bathroom with twin basins and ball & claw bathtup would have been a charming surprise for those early colonial visitors but a must for those of us who travel today.

The main hall and dining room bring a high level of sophistication to the Lodge. A grand piano and antique gramophone grace the room along with carefully collected furniture and eclectic bric a brac. Zebra skin rugs, exotically carved lamps and touches of leather remind the visitor that Africa is at hand. Outside immaculately manicured lawns dotted with umbrellas surround the formal pool and occasional fountains. Whilst deep shady verandas provide a welcome retreat during the heat of the day.

All accommodation has air conditioning, en-suite toilet, basin, shower & bath, mini bar, mosquito nets over all the beds, and hair dryer.

Accommodation includes the following:
• 3 meals a day
• 2 game viewing activities per day
• Night drive
• Park entry fees
• Soft drinks, local beers and house wines
• Laundry service
• Service charge
• VAT for Zambian Residents

Additional Facilities include:
• swimming pool
• curio shop
• conference facilities

Meal are served at the usually accepted times but can be dependent on game drives and will vary seasonally. All meals are table d’hôte with a wide selection of dishes, and will be served outdoors whenever possible - often around a campfire in the evening.

Activities & Wildlife
South Luangwa National Park offers very good game viewing which is complemented by its dramatic scenery. The Park is home to a significant population of elephant and the Luangwa River is home to more NIle crocodiles than any other river in Africa. Four hundred bird species are found in the Park, which is also famous for its lion and leopard populations.

• Full range of game drives in the South Luangwa National Park using open 4 x 4 vehicles. Each vehicle is driven by a qualified, knowledgeable guide.
• Wildlife to be seen includes Elephant, Lions, Wild Dog, Buffalo, Giraffe and a wide variety of antelope in addition to many other endemic species.
• Night drives using spotlights enable guests to see such nocturnal animals as leopard, bush baby and spotted hyena.
• Game walks conducted by a professional guide and an armed national parks scout.

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