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.
- 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