Chichele Presidential Lodge

Another one of Luangwa’s historic camps that has had a refurb. Chichele was originally built for the then President Kenneth Kaunda who declined to take it over suggesting that such an asset should be set aside for tourism, it was then run by the Government owned National Hotels until they ceased to exist in the mid 90’s. It was re-furbished in the late 90’s and remains similar today, it has a uniquely colonial feel to it but it’s most notable feature is it’s position. Set atop Chichele hill it commands spectacular views to the south, there are grazing lawns in the near distance with the Luangwa snaking off through the trees and the Chindeni Hills behind.

The rooms are air-conditioned which is almost unheard of even in the Luangwa of today, so the camp is ideal for the type of guest that is looking for more creature comforts than are offered by most other Zambian safari camps.

Chichele is certainly a lodge rather than a camp but carries with it a certain authentic charm that just seems to work in my eyes. There are 10 rooms and by virtue of the fact that it is located at the southern most extent of the all-weather road network Chichele is open year round.

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