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Kiambi Safaris
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great Short Break”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We booked Kiambi through our local travel agent. I asked for an air conditioned room and with a view over the Zambezi River.

We arrived on the Friday afternoon and within the hour were out on the river watching the elephant and waiting for the sun to set. Over our 3 days we had sightings of bush buck, water buck, plenty of hippos, crocodiles and elephants.

We tried some fishing but did not see many fish! The service was very good and the boat captains very helpful and knowledgeable about the river.

We went for full board as I did not want to be concerned with meal preparation. I had requested in advance that I needed diabetic meals with no flour or sugar. The kitchen staff were very helpful and made me special dishes when it was say a lasange or other carb dish.

The food was good and plentiful but it was a set menu without any choice. Vegetarians need to be aware of this.

The room was very spacious and cool and in May we did not need the aircon but I am sure it would be invaluable later in the year. We had full DSTV and also a fridge in the room as well as a full bathroom with a bath and a shower. There were 2 small pools in the lodge. One at the camp site and one by the main bar.

Coming back we tried the dirt road up the escarpment via Leopards Hill road. Only try this if you have a reliable 4 wheel drive vehicle as the road is very washed away in some places and with very steep hills. From Kiambi to Kabulonga took about 3 hrs.

We will certainly make another visit to Kiambi. It will be easier in 2 mths time when the bridge over the Kafue is open. There is talk of tarring the Leopards Hill road to the Zambezi but having driven it I dont think this is going to happen any time soon. To make a good 2 lane highway down to the Zambezi is going to take major construction taking years.

Even over a long weekend holiday the camp was peaceful and relaxing. I would recommend Kiambi for short breaks.

Room Tip: Rooms 9 10 and 11 have views over the Zambezi.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed in the camping site and this has to one of the very best in Southern Africa. What a beautiful setting, excellent staff and we were kept busy every day. No other camp site can compare to what we got.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

This is paradise on earth! We stayed for 3 nights in the luxury tent(no.5) by the bar. The view was exceptional, particularly as we lay on our king size bed watching the sun go down over the magnificent river. Food and service were great. We did the canoe safari and paddled through pods of hippos, saw elephants, crocs and about 10 lions!!! Our guide was informative and kept us feeling safe even when it looked a bit hairy. All in all, a beautiful place to relax and rejuvenate and feel very close to nature.

Room Tip: We would highly recommend the luxury tent - number 5 with apt he exceptional view of the river
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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28 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

This was the sort of experience you pray for! Well equiped chalet with a view to die for, teamed up with good food, and a great atmosphere. We spent every one of our four days on the river, and alternated between cruising and fishing. Everything was geared to our enjoyment, and the boatmen looked after us very well. We had to hire the boat, but, at least, it was a good one and ideal for what we wanted. If only we had caught a few more fish!!
If paradise is going to be like this....bring it on!

Room Tip: Chalets 1 and 2 had wonderful views!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Kiambi Lodge organised a great 3 days for us. At short notice they were able to put together a 2 day canoing trip and went above and beyond to help us get from our bus station at Kafu to the lodge. I can not under-state how amazing it was to float down the Zambizi within meters of elephants, hippos and other wildlife. The conoing trip was with an experienced guide, who was a wealth of information on all that we saw, and was very good at making sure we all felt comfortable and safe at all times. Sleeping with the sounds of lions calling out across the river and the prospect of a elephant or hippo wandering up onto the bank was a bit unsettling. However the camp sites were carefully selected and set up with camp chairs for relaxing sunset viewing, a camp fire and an out-door shower. The food was always fresh and tasted great. I highly recommend the Kiambi Safari Lodge camping experience.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

We stayed in Kiambi lodge in November. We stayed in a luxury tent (nr 1) next to the bar. It has the most beautiful view on the river where the Zambesi meets the Kafue river. The staff is very friendly and the meals are very tasty. We recommend the rivercruise. We saw a lot of hippos and elefants crossing the river. Birdlife is awesome: kingfishers and the Carmine bee eaters are our favorites! The 3 hour Canoe safari was adventurous but our guide managed to get us safely along the hippos. Don't miss to visit the Cultural Village. It is a very scenery one hour drive in the direction of The Lower Zambesi National Park. You will be warmly welcomed by the villagers and they will learn you everything about daily life in the area. The pool area is a nice place to relax after coming back from the activities. Kiambi Lodge is certainly a place to come back!

Room Tip: Choose the Luxury tent next to the bar
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Skanderborg, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Brilliant stay! Janine and her team will make sure you feel welcome at this small, cosy lodge. Jimmy picked me up in Lusaka and drove me down the the lodge where a great dinner was waiting by the camp fire on the beautiful river bank with elephants looking on from the other bank. The river safaris / boat trips are an out-of-this-world experience and the rangers are true professionals in the best sense of the word. The bungalows are OK without being luxurious, and the aircon literally saves your life in the hot, humid evenings. I would certainly come back!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Kiambi Safaris
Address: Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Lusaka Province > Lower Zambezi National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Lower Zambezi National Park
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kiambi Safaris is situated in the Lower Zambezi within the Chiawa Game Management area, near the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue rivers. The closest town to the lodge is Chirundu, a mere 22 kms upriver, and the Lower Zambezi National park is situated 65 kms down river. Kiambi Safaris is strategically placed in a prime location high up on the very edge of the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. ... more   less 

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