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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at 5 Sanctuary camps during a recent vacation in Botswana and Zambia. This was probably the best and it was an exceptional experience. The wildlife is awesome. The resort is not responsible for life that is, well, wild, but we saw all the main animals and quite a lot more we did not anticipate, including wild dogs and... More 

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Lusaka, Zambia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We’ve stayed at this lodge a couple times and I just can’t get enough, it’s beautiful, its perfect, its everything we want when we go on safari. It’s all about location location, location and the amazing staff. The lodge is located inside the park away from the busy Mfuwe main area with spectacular views of the Chindeni Hills in the... More 

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zambia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

We had a great room with lovely view from the top of the hill. The lodge itself is a solid structure, brick and concrete and not normally what I would choose (prefer tents) but it was the rainy season so I wanted to be dry. The rooms also have air conditioning which can be wonderful in October in the valley!... More 

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Lusaka, Zambia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Beautiful lodge, clean and spacious rooms, and super friendly and efficient service. Not a combination you usually find in Zambia! Amazing game encounters and an exceptional staff that went out of their way to make our holiday special.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for this lovely review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your time with us and appreciate you taking the time to leave your feedback. We hope to welcome you back to one of our properties one day, but until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Chichele Presidential Lodge - Zambia The memories of this, my first Saga holiday, will stay with me forever. The light aircraft flight into Mfuwe International airport was great, if a little cramped! Our party of eight was met by John and Ernest, our guides and drivers for our 7 day stay in South Luangwa National Park. Everyone at the lodge,... More 

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

Dear Guest, We are delighted you enjoyed your Saga holiday at Chichele Presidential Lodge and are thrilled you achieved your goal of photographing leopards! Our team loved hosting you and hope to welcome you back one day soon. It would be great if you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on... More 

Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

What a wonderful stay here! We were so well looked after by Killian and his staff and nothing was too much trouble! Our rooms were very comfortable with air-con for the 42o temps. The food was superb, with so much choice. We had efficient free laundry service. To top it all we had 2 game drives each day with our... More 

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

Dear Jennifer, Thank you for sharing your experience on TripAdvisor, it sounds as though you had a great stay! We're delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and loved hosting you. We hope to welcome you back one day but until then you can keep up to date with the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats by liking us on... More 

Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is the second time this year we have stayed at a Sanctuary retreat. although we didnt feel the standard of accommodation was as good here as it was at Cheobe in Botswana the actual safaris were much much better. The service, food and amenities were great apart from the wifi only working in the main lodge and not in... More 

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

Dear Guest We were pleased to welcome you again at Sanctuary Retreats in Africa. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge and thank you for all you lovely comments. We hope to see you again soon at one of... More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Although we have been on safari before, this was the best of all. Killian and his staff made our stay very enjoyable. Nothing was too much trouble. The guides John and Ernest were first class. The restaurant staff were very attentive and the meals served each day were wonderful. A first class holiday.

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

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge and thank you for all you lovely comments. We hope to see you again soon at one of our properties, and until then you can keep up to date with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

The AC was most welcomed when we were having mid 30s Celsius. The staff was amazing and super friendly. Also appreciated having a proper wall between us and the animals when you hear animals being hunted by the ones higher in the food chain in the middle of the night. Seeing 4 leopards on the same day was amazing and... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge and thank you for all you lovely comments. We hope to see you again soon at one of our properties, and until then you can keep up to date with... More 

New Milton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had a wonderful 7 days here on safari. All the staff were so friendly and helpful. Food was delicious and plenty of it. The game drives with John were spectacular. We have been on 4 or 5 safaris and this visit was THE BEST. Peter did our laundry each day and returned it beautifully ironed and folded all ready... More 

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

Dear Guest Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge and thank you for all you lovely comments. We hope to see you again soon at one of our properties, and until then you can keep up to date with... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge was originally built for Kenneth Kaunda, the former Zambian president, in the 1970s. This historic property was recently carefully restored to maintain the original colonial style. A majestic arched entrance leads you into a huge colonial-style lounge and outside the grand dining room, a long veranda stretches with views down the valley to the Luangwa River. The main area features a comfortable lounge, intimate fireplace and bar area. In keeping with the grand colonial style of the lodge, the suites are decorated in the same understated elegance of years gone by. In the ten Victorian-style rooms, the large French windows offer a light, airy feel to the suites and open onto private terraces overlooking the valley - the ideal vantage point to relax and enjoy the wildlife. Air-conditioning, plush furnishings, a four-poster bed, and a luxurious bathroom can make you forget you're in the bush. The lodge also features an interconnecting room - perfect for families. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Address: South Luangwa National Park, South Luangwa National Park 10101, Zambia
Location: Zambia > South Luangwa National Park
Price Range: $953 - $1,396 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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