Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge


Built in the 1970s for Zambia's first democratically elected president, Dr Kenneth Kuanda, Chichele holds a unique place in the history of Zambia and is a stunning base for your South Luangwa safari. The relaxed colonial style blends in with the surrounding wilderness and you can enjoy some impromptu game viewing from the deck of your room. The large main lodge houses the dining room and spacious lounge where the staff will look after your every need. The guiding here is superb, whether it is from the game viewing vehicles or on foot. The South Luangwa is renowned for its leopard sightings and your guides will lead you to them as well as the endemic Crawshay's Zebra, Cookson's Wildebeest and Thornicroft's Giraffe.


Our Thoughts

Chichele rightly holds its place as one of the best lodges in the stunning South Luangwa National Park. The colonial style makes it one of the most traditional lodges in the area and is a superb place from which to enjoy the world famous game viewing of the South Luangwa.

  • Swimming Pool
  • Laundry
  • Curio shop
  • Air conditioning in rooms

The food is a real highlight of a stay at Chichele, with meals taken in a variety of locations, including the colonial style dining room and out in the bush. Private dining on the decks of the rooms can be arranged on request.

With just 11 suites, Chichele retains a lovely intimate feel. The rooms are lovely and spacious, with private decking areas and large bathrooms. Africology toiletries are provided and the air conditioning is a welcome relief in the heat of summer. There is 1 dedicated single room that can be taken with no single supplement. 

  • Day and night drives
  • Walking safaris

All ages are welcome, babysitting, cots and children's activities available on request.

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