Chichele Presidential Lodge nestles in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park which is renowned for its walking safaris. Chichele Presidential Lodge, the personal retreat of Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda in the 1970s, is a superlative historic game lodge set on a hilltop. The lodge is set in primeval forest with expansive views across the game-rich valleys of South Luangwa. Chichele Presidential Lodge offers sumptuous luxury and discreet personalised service, assuring the discerning traveller of all the comforts necessary for a splendid African safari.
Chichele Presidential Lodge boasts ten elegant Victorian style Suites with four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms with double vanities, bathtub and shower; bathrobes, mosquito netting, minibar, air conditioning, and private patios offering panoramic views over the vast South Luangwa valley.
The lodge facilities include a lounge with a fireplace, bar, dining room, swimming pool, Wi-Fi, and a large wrap-around verandah.
Game viewing in the South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species in South Luangwa National Park. The only notable exception to the Big Five is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction. The park is renowned for its large elephant herds and huge pods of hippo. Guests at Chichele Presidential Lodge frequently spot lion, buffalo and the endangered wild dog. On night drives, guests may spot nocturnal creatures such night apes, leopard, hyena and bush babies. Endemic species such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe and Cookson’s wildebeest are frequently sighted.
The region is a bird watcher’s paradise, with about 400 of Zambia’s 732 species of birds, including 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species. Of special note for birders are the plains and marshes of the northern Nsefu Sector, with its huge breeding colony of yellow-billed storks. Another birding highlight is migrant carmine bee-eater, which nest in holes in the side of sandy riverbanks.
Game drives are led by qualified knowledgeable guides in open 4 x 4 vehicles. Night game drives using spotlights enable guests to see nocturnal animals such as leopard, bush babies and spotted hyena. This is the home of the walking safari, which is led by a professional guide and an armed national parks scout. On foot, guests not only get up close to big game, but also the fascinating often-overlooked smaller creatures.
Chichele Presidential Lodge is ideal for solo explorers, couples and families looking for a luxury safari getaway.
Includes: Accommodation, all meals, beverages, all game viewing activities, laundry services, return transfers from Mfuwe to the lodge, emergency
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