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Sanctuary Chichele Presidential

Adventure, enchantment and ‘Luxury, naturally’ - all delivered with a quiet, understated charm and understanding of place – is the guiding philosophy of Sanctuary Retreats and one of their historic luxury safari lodges, Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge. Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge was built for Kenneth Kaunda, the first Zambian president, in the 1970's and the property’s original colonial style has been retained in the furnishings. The lodge is located in the South Luangwa National Park, a place of primeval forest and lush savanna, stretching for hundreds of miles and encompassing the Luangwa River basin. The lodge’s unique hilltop position in the South Luangwa affords incredible views over the lush valley below, stretching as far as the Luangwa River.

Why Sanctuary Chichele Lodge:

• Historic property built as a presidential retreat in the 1970's
• Children of all ages welcome, with dedicated children’s program – perfect for families
• South Luangwa is well known for its game viewing and endemic species: Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Crawshay’s Zebra
• Open year round due to all weather access roads
• South Luangwa rated as one of the best places in Africa to see leopard
• Complimentary Wi-Fi in the main areas

South Luangwa National Park, Zimbabwe


Property Includes

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • In-Room Dining
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Services
  • On-Site Activities
  • On-Site Restaurants
  • Safe
  • Swimming Facilities
  • Room Information

    There are ten air-conditioned, elegant Victorian style suites built on top of a hill, each giving guests a private panoramic view and the opportunity to savor the wonderful floodplain vistas offered by the site. All suites boast air conditioning, mini bar, mosquito nets, hairdryer, in room safe, a private terrace. In keeping with the rest of the lodge, the suites are decorated in an understated colonial style with a fully appointed en suite bathroom with a bath and indoor shower.

    Things To Do

    The South Luangwa is home to 60 types of mammals - including elephant, lion, zebra, giraffe, wild dog, buffalo, hippo and antelope and has a reputation of being one of the best places in Africa to spot leopard. The park is a haven for birders with just over 400 bird species; these include 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species. There are also a variety of endemic species such as Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, and Cookson’s wildebeest. Key wildlife include: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, wild dog, giraffe, impala, puku, kudu, zebra, hippo, hyena and endemic species.

    The following activities are included in your stay:

    Game Drives
    Game viewing in the South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. It is a notably good place to see leopards, particularly in the dry season when they have less cover in which to hide. From Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge, guests have the particular privilege of being able to go on night game drives when it is possible to see all sorts of animals that are seldom seen by day - like leopard, hyena and bush baby. Plains game, such as antelope and zebra, are not scared by the lights so you are able to get very close to animals for fabulous photographs. The early evening is the best possible time to see diurnal animals and a little later is the best time for nocturnal wildlife, so a game drive combined with sundowners gives you the best of both worlds.

    Walking Safaris
    There are wonderful opportunities in the area for walking. The South Luangwa is home of the walking safari and it remains the best way to experience the sights and sounds of the bush. Guided walks are conducted by a professional guide and an armed parks scout. It is on foot that Sanctuary’s guides can show you some of the most fascinating signs of the bush, many of which are hard to spot from a vehicle. It’s not just the big animals that are fascinating - termites, dung beetles and chameleons all have their stories to tell too. The park hosts many herds of the endemic Thornicroft giraffe which can always be found in the prolific Mopane woodland on the valley floor.

    Sample Itineraries

    Sanctuary Chichele Presidential can be included in any of our itineraries. Call a Swain Destinations Specialist today at 1-800-227-9246.