I have wanted to see African Painted Dogs for twenty years and this superb lodge ended the wait.The rooms are well furnished and superbly air-conditioned. The guides, in our case Ernest are the best. The food is beautifully cooked and varied.But you go on safari to see animals and so,you could like us see the following,
A pack of dogs at a kill, fascinating to watch but then an elephant took exception to the dogs and charged through the middle of them scattering dogs in all directions.
Later the same week another pack of dogs with pups.
A leopard dragging its kill up into a tree then coming down to the ground to bury the traces of blood by covering them with leaves.
Another leopard with a kill up a tree with two hyenas circling to see what they could scavenge.
A very close viewing of three lions in the tall grass.
All of this plus the usual animals and birds that you see daily .
Thank you Chichele and Ernest for possibly the best safari trip we have ever had.
- 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