Stay in a president’s lodge

Stay in a president’s lodge

This week will see the Chichele Presidential Lodge, built in the 1970s for Kenneth Kaunda, the first president of Zambia, open to the public for the very first time.

Perched on a hilltop in South Luangwa, the lodge run by Sanctuary offers breathtaking views of the surrounding game park, home to some of Africa’s largest mammals, including hippo, zebra, elephant, giraffe and crocodile.

Consisting of 10 suites, the lodge sleeps 22, making it best suited to groups of friends or family on safari. Decorated in colonial-style, the suites have four-poster beds, en-suite bathrooms and French windows opening on to a private terrace.

In June, Sanctuary will launch the Zebra Plains Walking Safari. Ideal for guests at Chichele, the itinerary takes explorers through the wilderness of South Luangwa, retracing the steps of David Attenborough’s nature documentary, Life.

Without the noise of jeep engines to disturb animals, guests are guided across the African plains by wildlife experts, where they are likely to encounter wild buffalo, antelope and puku among Africa’s big beasts and an abundance of bird species. The dry season also offers the opportunity to spot leopard.

To celebrate the opening of Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, Sanctuary is offering three nights for the price of two. Rates start from US $320 per person per night all inclusive. Valid for travel from 1 February-15 June 2011. To book visit

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