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Chichele Presidential Lodge

Chichele Presidential Lodge

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This historic property, once the personal bush retreat of President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, has a magnificent hilltop location in Zambia's premier game viewing area, the South Luangwa National Park. Carefully restored to preserve its turn-of-thecentury elegance, Chichele Presidential Lodge is approached through a majestic arched entrance leading to a huge colonial style lounge. The lodge is accessible year-round and is an ideal base for exploring the prolific wildlife that populates the different habitats that surround the Luangwa River.

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

Rooms & Suites:

At this Luangwa Family Friendly Lodge, ten air-conditioned, elegant Victorian style suites are built on top of a hill, each giving guests a private panoramic view and the opportunity to savour the wonderful floodplain vistas offered by the site. Quality furnishings and discreet service provide the necessary level of comfort expected by the discerning traveller.

All suites boast air conditioning, en-suite facilities, mini bar, mosquito nets and hairdryer.

Food & Wine:

Meal times at Chichele Presidential Lodge are 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. Meal venues are varied from the luxurious in-door dining room to the scenic verandahs and boma area outside.


Wildlife that can be seen here includes elephant, hippo, lion, wild dog, buffalo and a wide variety of antelope in addition to endemic species such as the Thornicroft's giraffe .This is also an excellent area for spotting predators including the leopard.

Game Drives; Sanctuary Chichele offers a full range of game drives in the South Luangwa National Park using open 4 x 4 vehicles. Each vehicle is driven by a qualified and knowledgeable guide. Night drives using spotlights allow guests to view nocturnal animals such as leopard, bush babies and spotted hyena. On night game drives, guests return to camp by 8pm.

Walking Safaris; There is an emphasis in the area on the wonderful opportunities for walking safaris. Guided walks are conducted by a professional guide and an armed parks scout.

  • Lodge Information

  • - Lodge type; Premier Bush lodge
  • - Location; South Luangwa
  • - Lodge size; 10 Luxury rooms
  • - Recommended stay; 3-7 nights
  • Lodge Highlights

  • - Walking safaris
  • - Birding
  • - Photography
  • - Game viewing
  • - Morning and afternoon game drives
  • - Short night drives

  • Rates from: US$ 320.00
  • Per person per night sharing
  • Rates are in US Dollars
  • *Rates may vary according to season
  • Flights (return);
  • UK - ZAM; from £ 724
  • USA - ZAM; from $ 1567
  • EUR - ZAM; from € 871
  • Subject to availability & T&C's

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  • Luangwa Information;

  • Experts have dubbed South and North Luangwa as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of game around the Luangwa river and it's ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa.
  • - 9050 square kilometres
  • - Main safari season April to October
  • - 60 different animal species
  • - 400 different bird species
  • - At least 50 hippos per kilometre of the Luangwa River
  • - Thornicroft's Giraffe
  • - 14 different antelope species
  • - 47 migrating bird species from Europe and Russia
  • - Lions
  • - Leopards
  • - Buffalo