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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Chichele Lodge demonstrates hospitality at a very high standard and we greatly enjoyed our stay in June 2013. Out Game drives were expertly guided by John and Ernest whose depth of knowledge was so impressive and spoken in clear, distinct english.Your welcome was warm, friendly and genuine from the moment we arrived. We especially thank you for the Sundowner surprise on the nearby Kopje as we watched the sun go down. How magical. As we were marking our Golden Wedding anniversary on this Safari holiday, it was especially appreciated that you gave us such a delightful surprise of a private dinner on our own verandah. How very touching especially as room 1 was the furthest walk from the kitchen! Whilst staying at Chichele Lodge it was as if we were staying as a guest in the home of a friend. Very unpretentious luxury - very understated which allowed us to relax in a beautiful setting and with truly lovely meals and such interesting staff to chat with before and after dinner. Jenny and Alan Forbes, Beaconsfield, England

Room Tip: we had room 1 - it was brilliant and the laundry service was excellent.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Dear Jenny and Alan,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this lovely review!!

We are delighted that you felt as if you were staying with family and would like to thank you for your kind comments. We have shared this feedback with the rest of the team who were glad to hear your remarks, especially John and Ernest, they loved being your guides and are very happy that you appreciated their efforts.

It was an honour hosting you for your Golden Wedding Anniversary and we do hope to have the chance of welcoming you back one day soon.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

If you are going to South Luanga then Chichele Lodge is a brilliant place to stay. Great staff, great food and wonderful position. Being in the centre of the reserve means that you see the wildlife at different times to many lodges. The guides are so knowledgeable and professional and make the most of every minute of the drive. Loved every minute.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dan G
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for this great review!

We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed every minute of your stay with us. Thank you for your kind comments, we shared your feedback with the rest of the team and they were delighted with your remarks.

We do hope to welcome you back in the not too distant future..

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

From the moment we were met at Mufwe we knew we were in for something special, to see hippo, giraffes, elephants and zebras on the way to the lodge was amazing. The staff at the lodge were exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about the park, not only the guides but all staff, they all were interested in hearing our experiences on the game drives. Our guide was Philemon who had a wonderful gift in the way he shared his knowledge. The lodge itself was lovely with spectacular views over the valley. Memories of sundowners over the river listening to the hippos will stay with us forever.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
Thank siobhan w
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 21, 2013

Dear Siobhan,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review.

We are very happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time during your stay with us. Thank you for your kind comments about the lodge and the staff especially Philemon he was thrilled with your comments.

Glad to hear that the memories of sundowners over the river listening to the hippos will forever stay with you!

We hope to welcome you back one day soon...

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Reviewed May 18, 2013

Excellent visit. Management, catering, housekeeping were ever smiling and ever attentive. Little surprises added to enjoyment. (not disclosing what they were or they will not be surprises for future visitors). Guides Ernest and John were outstanding and I add thanks to night drive spotters. Extra drives came at a very reasonable cost compared to other places I have visited. Walking Safari entertaining, informative and a real must-do. Animals and birds in abundance, varied habitats throughout park. Even a little wildlife in lodge to add to atmosphere (nothing nasty, just friendly visitors, mantis, frogs, small lizards). Guests in grounds included Impala, Elephant, Buffalo.

Room Tip: All rooms have great views. I had Room 2 overlooking Luangwa River, superb panoramic views. (see pic...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank John T
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2013

Dear John,

Thank you taking the time to post this fantastic review on Tripadvisor.

Your positive feedback is greatly appreciated and I will be sure to pass your comments onto Management, Ernest, John and the rest of the Chichele team. Glad you enjoyed the "little suprises" and thank you for not disclosing them to our future guests..

Thank you once again and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

You can follow all the latest news from Sanctuary Retreats and Chichele Presidential Lodge by liking us on Facebook. Just search for ‘Sanctuary Retreats’

Best wishes
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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Best lodge I have been to in a while! The kind of place that makes you feel extra special with their attention to detail! One of my top getaway destinations. Great to see a lodge in Zambia run by an all Zambian team!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nomsa M
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2013

Dear Nomsa,

Thank you so much for this lovely review.

We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your time with us and absolutely thrilled that our lodge is the "Best lodge you have been to in a while!"

Would be great if you could share your feedback on our Facebook page, just search for Sanctuary Retreats..

Thank you once again, we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best wishes
Sanctuary Retreats

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

A well deserved break away from the hustle and bustle of Lusaka town. Took advantage of their special on during the off peak period. Last time I had been to this lodge was when it belong to National Hotels and was the private retreat for the then President of Zambia, affectionately known as KK. I now know why he was always in Mfuwe...what a beautiful setting. Sanctuary have really added those special touches to the Lodge. The food is out of this world....what a chef! My husband fell ill (unrelated to the trip) and the staff were amazing and could not do enough. Elephants, Buffalo, Impala, Zebra on your doorstep...literally! Book your trip now you will not be disappointed!

Room Tip: I stayed in room 8 which was away from the main lodge...so if you want that privacy, rooms 7,8 and 9...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Louisa C
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review.

We have to agree with you, it is a beautiful setting and we’re glad you enjoyed your break with us, we loved having you!

We hope your husband is doing well and we hope to see you in the near future.

Why not share your experience on our Facebook page, just search for Sanctuary Retreats.

Best wishes
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Fabulous location in the park, remote and beautiful. Incredibly comfortable lodge, amazing views and with wonderful staff who make you feel special every moment of your stay. I will never forget the candlelit dinner table for two outside, with the distant roar of lions in the background and the starry sky overhead. The food is fantastic, the safari guides are outstanding. Altogether an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank VancouverOtter
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SanctuaryRetreats_2, Manager at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear VancouverOtter,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience on Tripadvisor. We are thrilled that you had such an excellent stay with us and will be sure to pass your comments onto our camp managers and the rest of the team at Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge.

We hope to welcome you back one day soon

Warm regards
Sanctuary Retreats

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Address: South Luangwa National Park, South Luangwa National Park 10101, Zambia
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Location: Zambia > South Luangwa National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 43 Specialty Lodging in South Luangwa National Park
Price Range: $635 - $1,223 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 10
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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