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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Luxury Safari Lodge - 10 Suites
Sanctuary Retreats

This historic property, once the personal bush retreat of President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, has a magnificent hilltop location in Zambia’s premier game viewing area, the South Luangwa National Park. Carefully restored by Sanctuary to preserve its turn-of-the-century elegance, Chichele is approached through a majestic arched entrance leading to a huge colonial style lounge. The lodge is accessible year-round and is an ideal base for exploring the prolific wildlife that populates the mosaic of different habitats surrounding the Luangwa River.

Chichele Presidential Lodge is located in the South Luangwa National Park. The South Luangwa is a place of primeval forest and lush savannah, stretching for hundreds of miles and encompassing the Luangwa River basin. Its adjacent highlands and a mosaic of different habitats extend outwards from the river which forms the eastern boundary.


Accommodation and Facilities: 

Ten air-conditioned, elegant Victorian style suites are built on top of a hill, each giving guests a private panoramic view and the opportunity to savour the wonderful floodplain vistas offered by the site. Quality furnishings and discreet service provide the necessary level of comfort expected by the discerning traveller. All suites boast air conditioning, en-suite facilities, mini bar, mosquito nets and hairdryer.

Chichele Bedroom


Wildlife to be seen here includes elephant, hippo, lion, wild dog, buffalo and a wide variety of antelope in addition to endemic species such as the Thornicroft’s giraffe. This is also an excellent area for spotting predators including the leopard.

Offering full range of game drives in the South Luangwa National Park using open 4 x 4 vehicles. Each vehicle is driven by a qualified, knowledgeable guide. Night drives using spotlights allow guests to view nocturnal animals such as leopard, bush babies and spotted hyena. On night game drives, guests return to camp by 8pm.

The emphasis in the area is the wonderful opportunities for walking safaris. Guided walks are conducted by a professional guide and an armed parks scout.

Want to stay here?

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