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Chaminuka Game Reserve
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Lusaka
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Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Chaminuka Game Reserve is exactly that, a game reserve. Not a national park.
If you compare the two you'll be disappointed but if your expectations are to see many animals then you're in for a treat.
Lions, cheetahs, hyenas are some of the big mammals to see, but also includes many grazers including the duikers, sables and even an elephant.
Included in the package is a 15min boat ride and a well spread lunch.
The long drive to the reserve is well worth the wait,

Thank Rezeen D
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

Chaminuka is a very doable day trip, and worth it if you want to get the essence of a safari without the breathtaking OMG-is-this-really-real moments of the real thing. The drive from Lusaka takes about an hour and a half. Game drives seem to just begin once they have a decent size group, so there is no pressure to get there at a particular time.

Essentially the reserve is a large farm. Parts of the grounds are manicured, and the animals are tended. The predators are kept in respectably large enclosures but they know where to come for their food, so they are easily visible at their fences. For my friend who had never been on a proper safari it was a nice chance to see giraffe, antelope, warthogs, one elephant, monkeys and ostrich in the open (I can't say "wild") in addition to the enclosed lions, hyena, and cheetah.

We paid the equivalent of about $40 and spent about two hours on the guided game drive. No complaints about the front office, though. The bathrooms were clean and well-maintained and all the staff were very friendly.The complimentary boat ride was essentially zooming back and forth on a man-made pond in a speed boat. We skipped the $30/person lunch and headed back to town.

Overall disappointing for a game reserve, but a nice day outing.

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Reviewed June 30, 2014

I visited this park hoping to have a real safari experience. This is place a private wild life reserve and not a real national park. The whole safari is staged. No predatory animals. So the behavior of the prey animals is not natural. They have locked up the lions, hyenas, cheetahs in a pen. So I was disappointed that I am just getting to see a more or less staged zoo with no fences.

SO if you are going to this place, be very clear that it is nothing but a glorified zoo.

I booked all day activity for around 110 USD. The lunch buffet was great. Had several choices for a vegan and I was happy about that. I am also pleasantly surprised by the service here. I did not experience any of the troubles/poor attitude mentioned in the reviews below.

However my all day activity supposed to include horse back riding. But I was told that horses became too old to ride so no horse back riding. Another activity mentioned was wine and cheese tasting but I had to pay for the wine. There were several cheeses as part of the lunch buffet.

The boat ride and fishing is a joke. These are man made lakes with lots of fish in them. So within a few minutes, you would catch a fish.

Cheetah interaction was good but very limited time. You would be able to touch a cheetah and walk it for 2 minutes. But this is extra and not included in all day activity price.

This place is quite far from Lusaka. You would end up paying 150 USD for the taxi ride (round trip) .
After all done, I wished that I did not go to Chaminuka and instead went to Lower Zambizi National Park or Blue Lagoon NP.

Thank Solotravel101
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

I was met at Lusaka airport, guided through customs (using the shorter line reserved for Zambian residents), and soon on my way down red dirt roads at breakneck speed towards Chaminuka. Once there I signed up for various activities throughout the day. These included a boat ride around the lake, nature walk, game drive, and the fabulous cheetah encounter (extra fee applies for this, but well worth it). It's a 10,000 acre park, large enough to give you an authentic feel of seeing wildlife in their natural setting. The game drive encountered zebra, elephant, giraffe, all kinds of gazelle-related horned things, lions, hyenas, warthogs and so on. The buffet was plentiful and excellent and the lodging for one night was very satisfactory. I only wish they had a gift shop of some kind with Chaminuka-branded souvenirs- the only mementos for purchase are masks and other African carvings. Small but very personal safari experience away from the paved trails and crowds of Kruger.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

This gem is only an hours drive from central Lusaka, the first bit being on metalled roads but the last half on dirt track so 4 wheel drive is advisable but not a requirement and by the end of the year they say the road will be metalled all the way.
The reserve is well managed and there are many activities both for the day guest and those staying in the upmarket lodge. A day visit includes a game drive, boat ride and a fantastic lunch.
The animals we saw were varied and included many antelope of different types, elephant and water birds.
The predators are kept separate and you can see these though not without the fencing.
The highlight of the day was the cheetah experience which is well worth paying the extra. You get to take a cheetah for a walk and interact with it - there is nothing to describe being licked by one of the 'big cats'
The whole place is extremely well run and great for adults and children alike

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