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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

4.0 of 5 South Luangwa National Park, South Luangwa National Park 10101, Zambia
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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Greater London
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have just returned from Chichele and wanted to add my praise and appreciation for my stay there. The location is wonderful, the rooms had everything I wanted and were very spacious, the food was very good and the service was of a standard I have never before experienced. Not only were they attentive and efficient, but courteous and friendly too.... More

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Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chichele is a beautiful colonial style lodge with excellent service and food and best of all excellent guides. We went at the end of the dry season, early October, when vegetation was thinned out and most rivers were dry. It was hot, in the 90s, but our rooms had a/c so we could cool off in the hottest part of... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By far the best safari lodge in South Luangwa. The staff were the best! And the rooms and views were stunning. Everything about Chicele was perfect and made my first safari experience so amazing. Our guide was Elijah- and his knowledge of all the wildlife was impeccable. We saw every animal in the park up very close- lion, leopard, hippo,... More

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Sanctuary R, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Tess, Thank you so much for this great review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us at Chichele Presidential Lodge and thank you for all the lovely comments. We shared your review with the team and they were very happy with your feedback. We’re glad to hear you will definitely be back! Until then, please keep... More

Lusaka, Zambia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

When people speak of the warmth that Zambians show to visitors, this is probably what they have in mind. Smiles all over from Malemia and Killian's team. Everyone from the managers to the cleaning lady were genuinely happy to have us, keep us happy while there, and genuinely wishing us to come back when we were leaving. The rooms were... More

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this awesome review, much appreciated. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us at Chichele Presidential Lodge and thank you for all your lovely comments, Nicholas was especially pleased with your feedback. It was indeed a pleasure hosting you and we do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back again one... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

During our safari holiday in Zambia we stayed for three nights with our kids in this great lodge. Very elegant and beautiful setting on a hill overlooking the Luangwa Valley and River. Spacious rooms and nice bathroom. Room terrace with beautiful view. The lounge area (with bar) is very nice with a lot of character. Beautiful pool in the garden.... More

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Marijn. Thank you for sharing your experience of Chichele Preseidential Lodge on Tripadvisor! We are very happy to hear you had such a wonderful time and thank you for your kind comments. John and the rest of the team hope to welcome you and you family back one day soon.. In the meantime you can keep up to date... More

Lusaka, Zambia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

From the first step to the last felt pampered.Got to see everything in 2 days, starting from leopard to wild dogs.Three cheers for Killian,Misili, Roy, John, Batwell, Moses and everyone else. Will be coming back soon. Chatterjees.

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Chatterjees, Awesome review, thank you so much!! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us, it was indeed a pleasure hosting you!. Killian,Misili, Roy, John, Batwell, Moses and the rest of the team cannot wait to welcome you back. In the meantime you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Chichele... More

Boerne, Texas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Killian and his staff are providing a five star service to all their guests. The lodge is above and beyond all other facilities in south luangwa. From fine dinning to room accommodations, you are treated very well. The safari guides in particular Nicholas showed us everything south luangwa has to offer. Leopards, lions, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, name it and he... More

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for this wonderful review!! We are pleased you enjoyed your time with us at Chichele Presidential Lodge and thank you for the lovely review Killian and Nicholas were especially pleased. We hope to welcome you back one day soon.. In the meantime you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and... More

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Retreat is set in an absolutely stunning location overlooking the South Luangwa Valley. Our room was spacious with a fab terrace where we could sit in the sun and relax watching the wildlife and looking at the scenery. The bathroom had twin sinks, a shower and a separate freestanding bath. Our room had air conditioning, a hairdyer... More

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience on Tripadvisor. We shared your kind comments with the rest of the team and they were delighted that your enjoyed your time with us, Ernest was especially pleased to hear that you appreciated his efforts. Thank you for the recommendation, much appreciated. We would love you... More

Big Rapids, Michigan, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We have been to Africa many times...but this was our first trip to Zambia....and what a trip it was....staying at the Chichele Presidental Lodge on a hill overlooking the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park...built in 1972 for Presidnt Kaunda and his late wife Mama Betty. The one word "Incredible" says it all. Fantastic knowledgable and caring staff,... More

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Jack, Thank you for this incredible review, we loved all your comments!! First time to Zambia you just have to come back again, we hope that day is soon... Thank you once again and please keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Chichele Presidential Lodge by liking us on Facebook, just search for ‘Sanctuary... More

San Dimas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The service was fantastic. Ernest our guide and game tracker was phenomenal. Loved every minute. Great meals. The rooms were well equipped with netting and comfortable beds. Overall, staff was exceptional, warm and friendly.

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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this review

Dear Terry, What a lovely review thank you, much appreciated. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us, we shared your comments with the rest of the team, they loved your feedback - especially Ernest! It was an absolute pleasure hosting you and we do hope to welcome you back again soon... Would be great if you... More

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Address: South Luangwa National Park, South Luangwa National Park 10101, Zambia
Location: Zambia > South Luangwa National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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