We stayed here on the second leg of our Honeymoon in Zambia. It proved the perfect end to our all too brief holiday. I would not have wanted to venture onwards to any other lodge after Chichele - it could only have disappointed.
The Lodge has a wonderfully informal yet highly attentive feel to it from the moment you arrive. Game drives were undertaken in the company of other guests. Our guide and driver was superb; good humoured and patient as well as sensitive to the needs and wishes of different guests on each drive.
Could not fault the F&B - always an interesting choice amongst the 3 courses and the signature breakfasts were a fine start to the day. We were approached on our first night and asked if we wished to dine separately from the other guests as we were on our honeymoon - an offer we declined but made us feel very well looked after. Garth & Lindsay made for fabulous hosts.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge Zambia/South Luangwa National Park