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#1 of 151 Specialty lodging in Lusaka
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4.6
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Lilayi is an exquisite game lodge 30minutes from the centre of Lusaka. Set in 650hectares of game rich grounds boasting classic elegance and fine dining. Lilayi offers our guests the luxury of a safari lodge only 30 minutes from the centre of Lusaka. 12 Chalets are designed with a modern elegance and each provide a verandah view of the game that pass throughout the day. Relax and enjoy the wildebeest, giraffe, zebra and more than 20 species of antelope. The restaurant offers an African fusion cuisine that, coupled with our extensive wine collection, will delight any palate. Take an early morning guided nature walk, relax on a sunset game drive, make use of our running and walking trails, take a village tour or enjoy the elephant orphanage project at feeding time. Whatever your preference Lilayi makes a great venue for events, executive meetings or as an unforgettable holiday destination. New exclusive package now available that includes a walk in the bush with our orphaned baby elephants.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Hiking
Horseback riding
Babysitting
Children's playground
Parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Adult pool
Outdoor pool
Plunge pool
Shallow end in pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Children's television networks
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids pool
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Conference facilities
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
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Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / closet
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Tile / marble floor
Refrigerator
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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honeymooners508 wrote a review Jul 2022
Lusaka, Zambia1 contribution
Lilayi lodge is a beautiful place. We had a warm welcome from the staff and nice romantic set up in our room as my husband and I just got married. We enjoyed the food and wind tasting and had fun walking the trails where we got to see wildlife.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Cindy D wrote a review Mar 2022
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What a beautiful, comfortable, exotic get away! The grounds are gorgeous in every direction that you look. The individual chalets are spacious, with comfortable beds and furnishings and a fabulous bathroom with wonderful local toiletries. We enjoyed sitting on our private patio viewing animals from time to time and listening to the lovely bird sounds. There are various hiking paths throughout the property. We took the 3 mile hike and along the way saw zebras and giraffes in the woods! The meals were delicious. We highly recommend the wine tasting with food pairings---delicious. And the staff is welcoming and friendly.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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ngwk2022 wrote a review Jul 2022
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We knew Lilayi as a wonderful setting for lunches and chilling with friends, and had really looked forward to a special couple of nights here with our kids at the end of a very special holiday back in Zambia. The setting remains wonderful, and the staff are friendly and helpful, but we were sadly underwhelmed (given the prices) by our chalet, which was in serious need of repair and refurbishment. The food choices too are geared towards a certain type of dining and are not really appropriate for families staying more than one night (lack of healthy light options). So - overall still a special place for a night particularly when travelling without kids but maybe look elsewhere if you want or need to stay longer.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Rebecca R wrote a review Jun 2022
Raleigh, North Carolina73 contributions31 helpful votes
In order to have our COVID-19 test, we had to stay in Lusaka for two days before our departure to the U.S.A. The lodge was wonderful at making all the arrangements necessary, even though by our departure the requirement was dropped. After searching the Internet, it also looked like a place where we could walk and be in a bush like setting as a transition to going back to the hustle and bustle of the U.S.A. We are so grateful that we chose Lilayi Lodge as our stay was absolutely perfect! The chalets are stunning, lovely large room with a fridge, coffee and tea service and a bathroom that can only be described as sumptuous. There was a great shower and a soaking tub decorated with elephant towels. Leading out from the room was a covered veranda, where we spent two hours one afternoon watching monkeys play and bush bucks graze, while we played cribbage. Birds flew about, adding dashes of color to a blue sky. This was certainly the most amazing cribbage game of our twenty-five years together. The staff is professional and warm and were able to assist us with any request. From check-in to dining at the wonderful restaurant, our experiences were delightful. We chose Lilayi because we wanted to walk, and we did that on the walking trails by ourselves each day. We walked the 5k trail the first and last day, and the 10k trail on the second day. It was a wonderful way to still be in the bush safely, as there are no carnivores there, and start inching our way back into a more urban life that awaited us in Raleigh. For those who want, there are safari drives available as well as guided walks. It was much too cold to use the stunning pool, but the pool would fabulous in warmer weather. The grounds are a plant-lovers delight, with flowers and foliage to engage the senses at every turn. Just walking the immediate grounds was a pleasurable experience. As for the restaurant, the food was extraordinary. Every meal was a feast and all the food was sourced locally from a nearby farm and ranch. The waitstaff was knowledgeable and seamless in their service. We had the pleasure of having Peter twice as our server, and he is keen to present the best of his culture. We had a running joke about Puku that made us smile. Presentation was an art, an equal in every way to the actual flavor of the food. I would strongly recommend to anyone who needs to stay in Lusaka for any amount of time to select Lilayi Lodge as your place of residence. While we were there, many locals came for celebrations or weekend getaways. It will certainly be our go-to place every time we travel through Lusaka.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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19marieclaire49 wrote a review Jun 2022
London, United Kingdom23 contributions2 helpful votes
I have just spent 2 days at Lilayi Lodge and can highly recommend it. It is set in a private park with several antelopes, giraffes, zebras, etc. roaming freely in the park. The lodge is surrounded by trees in a very relaxing environment with a swimming pool. The staff are friendly, professional and helpful and the food was very good. Accommodation is very comfortable with a small heater for cold nights.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Rudaina H wrote a review May 2022
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We went to the lodge as we had a day to spare in Lusaka before catching our connecting flight. Very friendly. Lodges clean and nice. The grounds are breathtaking, lovely play area kids loved. The food was amazing delicious, they have transfer to the elephant nursery, scenic tracks for walking or running. Great place for a day trip as well.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Drshami wrote a review Apr 2022
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For a family of 5 with children aged 12 8 8 . S nice space to spend time and relax. The children no absolutely loved it. There is a small pool , obstacle course which they loved . There is also the elephant orphanage . The sleeping lodges are soo comfortable .the food is really good quality snd tasty compared to a moderate experience from food prospective in Zambia. I fully recommend it for a family as well as couples since we met a couple who also liked the experience. I did my 10k run around the park. Loved it. For Muslims there is halal chicken
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Marian M wrote a review Apr 2022
Germany351 contributions74 helpful votes
We came here after visiting the elephant orphanage and the ambient is very nice. After enjoying that incl. the pool we had some bites to eat which were also quite good. Afterwards we went for one of the walks in the park around were you be able to find giraffes as well as impalas and other wildlife. So all in all a good place to visit while in Lusaka.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Naresh N wrote a review Apr 2022
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Great people, great service! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I hope that as COVID restrictions are lifted globally more tourists will visit. Despite the lack of guests every effort was made to maintain a high level of service.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Philippa wrote a review Feb 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa367 contributions197 helpful votes
The chalets are very spacious and tastefully furnished with a wonderful deck out the front overlooking the garden and into the bush. the bathroom is large with a bath as well as a decent spacious shower. Buck & other animals roam freely around the chalets which gives the lodge a really nice "wild" feel. The food at the restaurant was outstanding - the crayfish tagliatelle was delicious.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded Feb 22, 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, and hope you will visit us again.- Will be sure to pass your compliments to our Lilayi Chefs!
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PRICE RANGE
$175 - $209 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
ZambiaLusaka ProvinceLusaka
NUMBER OF ROOMS
12
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lilayi Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Lilayi Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Lilayi Elephant Nursery (2.8 miles), Lusaka National Park (4.3 miles), and Munda Wanga Environmental Park (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Lilayi Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Lilayi Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Lilayi Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Lilayi Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lilayi Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lilayi Lodge, Dar Lalla, and Busisiwe Cake & Bakeshop.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Lilayi Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Lilayi Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Lilayi Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Lilayi Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and conference facilities during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Lilayi Lodge?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Chilenje House (7.1 miles).