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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

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- Superb national park location
- Imposing colonial-style accommodation
- Excellent wildlife viewing

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The Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge is a stylish and welcoming high-end property offering superb comfort levels and excellent facilities in a beautiful bush setting within South Luangwa National Park, eastern Zambia. A two hour transfer from Mfuwe airport, the luxurious lodge sits proudly amidst woodland on the crest of a hill, with fantastic views across the National Park. Admittedly there’s a fairly high price tag, but the lodge provides a unique and historic base from which to explore the vibrant surroundings. The region is renowned for its excellent wildlife viewing, and is home to large numbers of hippo and elephant, along with leopard, lion, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, crocodile, and prolific birdlife.

Originally home to a Zambian president, the main building boasts imposing colonial-style architecture. The elegant guest areas comprise a spacious and airy lounge with a large fireplace and comfortable period furniture, a bar area, a formal dining room, and a small boutique. Wi-Fi is available throughout. Outside, sweeping veranda and lawn areas lead to a large, inviting swimming pool with outstanding views across the valley and the Luangwa River below. Delicious, three-course plated dinners are frequently served alfresco, at communal tables beside the campfire.

Activities focus on day and night game drives, and walking safaris with expert guides, plus birdwatching and bush dinners.

The accommodation comprises ten well-appointed Victorian style suites with double or twin four-poster beds fitted with mosquito nets, comfortable lounge areas, and ensuite bathrooms. All suites come with air conditioning, mini bar, and safe. The spacious bathrooms comprise a luxurious freestanding roll-top bath and separate shower, along with twin washbasins, and a flush toilet. French doors lead from the bedroom onto an attractive private terrace with breath-taking views.

The lodge welcomes children and demonstrates a high level of flexibility towards families. Two interconnecting suites are available, and one additional bed can be provided per suite, with any child under 16 required to share accommodation with parents. Child menus, flexible meal times, and a babysitting service are also available. There’s a dedicated children’s activity programme which includes animal tracking in the grounds, making camp fires, marshmallow toasting, and handicrafts. For safari activities, families with children under five years of age are required to book a private vehicle, whilst under 12s may participate in game drives at the discretion of the lodge manager. There is also a minimum age restriction of 12 years for walking safaris, but the lovely pool and engaging child-specific activities will ensure that younger family members are kept well entertained.

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  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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