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South Luangwa National Park
Along the Luangwa River Between Kakumbi village and the park entrance, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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Thornicroft is an intimate bush-style lodge set on the banks of the Luangwa River with spectacular views over the Park. At Thornicroft you can explore South Luangwa National Park on unforgettable game drives with our expert guides. On our drives you will explore one of the best parks in Africa to see lion and leopard, not to mention all the other birds and animals that make this valley so unique.Our nine charming bush-style chalets are spread out along the banks of the Luangwa River. Each of our intimate en-suite chalets has fabulous views of the South Luangwa National Park. The chalets are designed for 2 people, but on request we can add a third bed. However if you are looking for a more affordable way to safari we have eight permanent safari dome two-person tents with shared bathroom facilities near the lagoon. The tented camp is closed from January – March.Thornicroft can also arrange transfers from Lilongwe to Thornicroft Lodge.
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Along the Luangwa River Between Kakumbi village and the park entrance, South Luangwa National Park Zambia
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The adorable Nadja and her husband Dylan made all it was possible to help and manage our stay in Thornicroft . The park gate is only 5 mn drive from the lodge and it is the only handicap for those who would prefer within the park . By the way , we saw dogs or lions just 15 mn away from the gate ! But in Thornicroft, you can hear Lions roarings or hyenas just on the other side of the Luangwa river as well . The swimming Pool is just perfect with sometimes bushbucks and monkeys coming to drink . I saw also a brown hooded king fisher just above the pool ! Godfrey was also a very nice guide with good comprehension of animal behaviors . As a photographer , he understood very quickly what kind of pictures I intended to do .
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Response from nadjapilz, General Manager at Thornicroft Lodge
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Pierre, thank you so much for your great review! It was a pleasure hosting your group. We hope you managed to take some amazing pictures. Best greetings from our Team
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My husband and I had such a special time with my brother visiting South Luangwa National Park based at Thornicroft Lodge. The team all became like family over the 5 nights and the managers were so friendly and professional, looking after details and anticipating every need or desire. Chalets were comfortable, clean and located on the steep banks of Luangwa River so don’t have to go anywhere to see some great wildlife! One night we had an elephant come eat the marula fruits from the tree just behind our dinner table- that was surreal! The grounds on the property allow for restful experience during safari break time and the shape of the pool is even designed like the borders of Zambia- very creative! We loved the food and friendly service, and as a result probably drank more than we normally do on safari vacations. Thanks for the delicious coffee to make those early morning easier, and to our guides Boyd and Godfrey who were attentive and shared their passion and knowledge with us at some phenomenal wildlife sightings together. We will never forget this special place and already dream of making it a bigger family trip back in 2021 or 2022!
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Response from nadjapilz, General Manager at Thornicroft Lodge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear DreamOcean, thank you so much for writing such a lovely review! We feel delighted to hear that you had such a memorable stay with us and are looking forward to meeting your family next time :) I will forward all your compliments to the staff. Best wishes from our Team!
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I generally do not write reviews. However, in this case I felt I must. An excellent stay, Dylan, Nadia and their team were outstanding, the food was very tasty, the rooms by the river were very good. Everyone were arrive oriented and very helpful. Godfrey was an excellent safari guide and very knowledgeable. A lovely small intimate place and I would give my highest recommendation. Bala
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Response from nadjapilz, General Manager at Thornicroft Lodge
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Bala, thank you so much for being such a wonderful guest! It was a pleasure hosting you and we are happy to hear about your great experience at our Lodge. We wish you all the best for your future travels! Hope to see you again! Nadja and the Thornicroft Team
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This was our final experience of a safari holiday and the first in Zambia.This venue did not disappoint,the tent/chalets were large and airy, tea and coffee facilities,etc. Our veranda looked out onto the river, meals were excellent. A continental breakfast was waiting at 0500 prior to setting out on safari and whilst out we supped on flask tea/coffee and snacks for morning tea. Our guide was knowledgeable and a great tracker and we saw many wild animals, lions, leopards, elephants etc. The highlight was a herd of elephants wandering alongside our chalet and taking a drink from the swimming pool!
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Response from nadjapilz, General Manager at Thornicroft Lodge
Responded Sep 22, 2019
Thank you very much for your great review! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in South Luangwa. It's always amazing to see the elephants moving through our garden. We hope you will be back! All the best from the Thornicroft Team
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What a great place. Wonderful rooms, comfortable beds, good food, beautiful views and the friendliest staff. Nadia and Dylan who run it are so pleasant and helpful. We had to rework our itinerary for anticipated civil unrest in Malawi and both of them spent hours helping us rework flights, find alternate accommodations, transportation etc. because our tour company ( Land and Lakes Safari) did absolutely nothing. Upon returning home we learned Land and Lakes and Thornicroft are owned by the same person which was never communicated to us. Our driver, Godfrey, who is hilarious was super knowledgeable. We saw more animals and birds than we have seen on our previous 8 safaris. We stayed at Marula lodge as well but I preferred to small quaint atmosphere of Thornicroft.
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Response from nadjapilz, General Manager at Thornicroft Lodge
Responded Sep 20, 2019
Dear ceg51, thank you very much for your review! We appreciate your positive comments about our lodge and we are always happy to help out! Best regards from our Team
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Frequently Asked Questions about Thornicroft Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Thornicroft Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Mulberry Mongoose (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Thornicroft Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Thornicroft Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Thornicroft Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Thornicroft Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Thornicroft Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Thornicroft Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Thornicroft Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.