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Chaminuka overview

This unusual hotel is located 30 minutes from Lusaka airport in the Chaminuka Nature Reserve and is the private residence of the Sardanis family. The main ex-private residence sits on top of a hill with fantastic views. This large building has many rooms where you can relax including three libraries, several sitting areas and an outside deck. You'll have a choice of recreational activities from snooker to tennis. There's an outdoor swimming pool and a jacuzzi. Throughout the house and gardens there are fine examples of contemporary African artworks.  

Meals are buffet style, with lots of dishes to choose from, and you can eat indoors or out on the deck by the pool. The cuisine reflects a broad range of influences including Mediterranean and Oriental. There are regular braais (barbecues) here, which are sociable affairs. The deck is also a great place to sit and enjoy a sundowner.   

There are 30 air-conditioned suites furnished in a fusion of traditional African and modern styles. They are equipped with TV, internet access, minibars and safes and have sliding glass doors leading into a private balcony. There are also four spacious villas with 15 rooms between them and each with its own lounge and dining area.

Activities such as game drives, guided walks, bird watching, village visits, horse riding and fishing on lake Chitoka (seasonal) are included in your stay. You can also take part in the Chaminuka cheetah experience, for close-up views of these beautiful animals, and to witness them running at full speed - an awe-inspiring sight. An extra charge applies for this that can be paid locally.    


Open:  Chaminuka is open all year.

Location:  Chaminuka is in the 10,000 acre Chaminuka Nature Reserve, on a hill above Lake Chitoka. It is just a 30 minute drive from the airport in Lusaka.  

Rooms:  Chaminuka has a total of 45 rooms. There are 30 suites, all air conditioned and with private bathrooms. They have TVs, telephones, safes and minibars. Some of the rooms are interconnecting, which makes good family accommodation. Chaminuka also has 4 villas with 15 bedrooms between them and each villa having a sitting room, dining room and small kitchen area.  

Activities:  On site activities include pool, table tennis, tennis and swimming. The following activities are al included in your stay: morning, afternoon and evening game drives, guided bush and bird watching walks, boat trips and fishing and visits to local schools, villages and churches. Offered at an extra charge: participation in the cheetah experience which includes walking with cheetahs, and excursions to Lusaka.   

Facilities:   There are lounges and libraries in the main house, plus a billiards room, restaurant, a private dining room and a gift shop. The main lounge is extremely spacious and has large windows all round offering panoramic views. Outside there’s a swimming pool with a large deck, a Jacuzzi, children’s pool, floodlit tennis court and attractive gardens. The Sardanis family who own Chaminuka also have a large collection of traditional and contemporary African art which you’ll see throughout the hotel and grounds. Health and beauty treatments can be arranged and there is a laundry service.

Dining:   Meals are eaten at individual tables.  

Children:  Children of all ages are welcome.  

Health:  This is a malarial area.

Communication:  There is high speed broadband internet access in all guest rooms and Wi-Fi in the main building.  

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