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Chichele Lodge

Luangwa Valley

Rating: Deluxe    

Chichele Lodge overview

Chichele Presidential Lodge enjoys a stunning elevated location on Chichele Hill in the South Luangwa National Park.

The recently renovated lodge was originally built for ex-President Kenneth Kaunda as a luxury retreat and offers accommodation in individual suites. Ten air- conditioned spacious suites are stylishly furnished and all have ensuite bathrooms. Each suite has a private terrace where guests can enjoy views across the river and extensive floodplain.

The Chichele food and beverage team have raised Zambia''s safari cuisine and service standards. Memorable meals are part of the experience and can be enjoyed from the shaded verandah or taken al fresco, under the Africa star-canopy. The lodge has a cool, wrap-around verandah where guests can escape from the heat of the day and its well-maintained grounds include a swimming pool with relaxation area.

The original walking safari was pioneered by early conservationists in the South Luangwa National Park. Well-known for the variety of its game including large herds of elephant, buffalo, antelope, lion, leopard and wild dog the lodge offers day and night game drives and also guided walking safaris. Children of all ages are welcome here.

Chichele Presidentail Lodge is now owned by Chchele Safaris and is under refurbishment, due to re-open in late 2020.


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Tracy Edwards, Tribes

"Great location, staff, rooms and food! It’s a luxury bushcamp with gorgeous rooms and a relaxing atmosphere. Sipping sundowners on the deck over the waterhole was wonderful and I only wish I could have stayed longer. "

Amanda Marks, Tribes
"This grand old dam of South Luangwa National Park is a different cup of tea from all the other lodges and camps in the valley. It's an old colonial style building in an elevated position. It might indeed look rather out of place from the outside, but there is no denying the incredible views from the inside.
It's not right for everyone (but which lodge is?), especially if you want to get that close to nature feeling. Chichele will suit you if you want a lodge with a more hotel-like feel and perhaps also if you want to be sure of aircon (which could well be a consideration if you're here in late Sept-October). Another consideration is that managers Garth and Lindsay, and general manager Obert have made this place more child-friendly too, plus there is disabled access to a few rooms.
Of the course the wildlife viewing based from here will be just as good as from any other lodge within the park - South Luangwa is hardto beat."
Julie Croucher, Tribes
"I visited this place many times when I worked in Luangwa though I've not been there since Sanctuary Lodges took it over and re-branded it.  The views from Chichele hill are stunning, and it's a game rich area.  However, to have such a modern style of hotel inside the park with glass windows and chandeliers is to me out of place!  It was originally the presidential lodge and has its own airstrip. The president always stayed there, so I know that they cannot change the actual buildings.  But I would only recommend it to people who want a 'manicured' safari, totally protected from the bush as you cannot immerse yourself into the noises of the night and watch the stars with all that light and sound going on!  It's fine for families and people who want a high quality 'hotel'."



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