The Lower Zambezi Lodge is located in Zambia, approximately 75km downstream from the Chirundu bridge in the GMA, and approximately 10 km from the Lower Zambezi National Park.
GPS Coordinates : –15.751774, 29.268420 Altitude: 366 meters
The Lower Zambezi Lodge is owned and operated by Lower Zambezi Safaris. The lodge has seven individually designed chalets on the banks of the Zambezi, with unparalleled views of the majestic river.
The chalets are built from locally sourced materials. The stones are from the Msaku and Nyamangwe rivers, and the timber and grass from nearby villages. They are tastefully furnished in a simple but comfortable, rustic style, each with its own bathroom and a solar-heated shower.
Utmost care has been taken to ensure the lodge is in harmony with its surroundings, and that nothing distracts from the sights and sounds of the river and the bush.
Amenities include a “boma” (common area), with kitchen and spacious dining facilities, as well as 2 fireplaces. Concerted efforts are also being made to ensure the lodge is as eco-friendly as possible.
We have seven chalets available on a self-catering basis, of which five can accommodate 2 pax and two, 3 pax (16 in total). Fully-catered accommodation will commence in early 2019, TBC. With our self-catering option, you bring your own food/beverages and our cook can prepare your meals for you. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Prices: Both self-catering & full-catering options are season dependent and can be confirmed by contacting us.
Current self-catering rates: $60 (Zambian Nationals), $65 (non-nationals). This excludes park entrance & boat/vehicle hire.
* Please note that a 1.5% Tourism Levy & 10% Service Fee is added to all quoted accommodation rates.
What are the directions to the Lodge, when driving from Lusaka?
Travel towards Chirundu, approximately 110 kilometers from Lusaka. As you approach the bridge, look out for a dirt road on the left. There are signs to various lodges on the corner. The road is uneven and deeply corrugated due to the number of trucks passing over it. Proceed along the laterite road for about ten kilometers when you will arrive at a bridge spanning the Kafue River. Continue along the road for approximately another 30 kilometers towards the Chieftain’s ‘Castle’ which sits atop a small hill on the right hand side. Continue to bear right, travelling along the laterite road that runs parallel to the Zambezi River. After the ‘Castle’ and Chieftain’s ‘shop’ selling a variety of produce, continue towards the entrance to the ‘Game Management Area’ (GMA). Continue to follow signs that lead towards the Lower Zambezi National Park, passing a school on your right hand side. During the journey you will also pass entrances to a number of lodges. After approximately 30 kilometers, look for entrances to Munyameshi and Mvuu lodges, the latter indicating you are close to Lower Zambezi Lodge. Continue for approximately 2 kilometers after the Mvuu entrance and you will find the Lower Zambezi Lodge sign clearly marked in stone and wood on your right hand side. It is approximately 1.2 kilometers from the sign at the entrance to the lodge.
How long does this take?
3-5 Hours, depending on the season and road conditions. We highly recommend leaving Lusaka as early as possible to ensure making it to the Lodge before dark.
Can I fly to the Lodge?
Yes, Proflight offers a flight from Lusaka to the Royal airstrip, roughly 8 km from the Lodge. See proflight-zambia.com for further details. We can arrange collection form the landing strip when arranged in advance.
Do you offer transfers to the Lodge from Lusaka/Livingstone?
No, not at this stage.
Can I bring my children to the Lodge?
We strictly operate a ‘no kids under 12 years’ policy, in the best interest of the safety of young children in the bush.
Which activities do you offer?
Currently boat hire can be arranged through us for a sunrise/sunset boat cruise or fishing trip. Expect to see crocodile and hippo, as well as elephant, buffalo and other animals and birds that come to the river to drink. Price is $30 p/person for a 2 hour trip (minimum 2 guests). Boat capacity is 8 -10 people. When arriving in your own vehicle we can also arrange a guide to accompany you for a game drive into the park or local GMA. This will be an additional cost. All services must be requested in advance.
Do you have electricity in camp?
We make use of solar lighting in our chalets and between the chalets and dining room/tea room. Water is also solar heated and there are solar power outlets in chalets for charging cameras/phones. We also make use of gas lanterns at night outside and have torches for guest use. Our fridges and freezers are powered by a generator.
Do you have wifi?
There is complimentary wifi in camp, available to guests from our dining room area between 9-11am & 5-7pm only. When weather is poor/cloudy connection is less reliable. Please ask manager on arrival for access.
What are the Lower Zambezi National Park entry fees?
$25 for Zambian Nationals & $35 for non-nationals
Is there a grocery store near to the Lodge?
Yes, a Shoprite has recently opened in Chirundu which is about 78 km from the Lodge.