Zambia is not very well known when it comes to Africa’s luxury safari lodges, something we are desperately trying to change. Our MD recently completed one of her many Zambia explorations and was once again blown away by the areas one can visit, and the luxury lodges one can stay in. There is so much wilderness at your fingertips in Zambia – it is even wilder than Botswana and the Zambia luxury safari lodges we use are all quirky, unique, welcoming and brilliantly placed to see some of the best game viewing in all of Africa – and all that for half the price of Botswana too. Here are some of the best Zambia luxury safari lodges there are:
Tongabezi – Victoria Falls
Tongabezi is literally heaven on earth; this amazing luxury safari lodge sits on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, which flows down into the majestic Victoria Falls. The lodge is owner run and as such has such a welcoming atmosphere about it that you will be sure to never want to leave. This luxury lodge has houses, which are enormous spoiling suites with river views, or cottages which also have river views and often have hippos grazing on the lawns outside.
Luangwa River Lodge – South Luangwa
This lodge is at its best between April and June when there are fewer people in this area of the South Luangwa – it is small, intimate and very luxurious and you will be eating gourmet food, and will probably end up with a leopard relaxing outside your room. The game viewing in this section is unreal and this intimate little lodge does it huge justice with excellent guides who know the area like the back of their hands.
Tena Tena – South Luangwa
Tena Tena is one of the jewels of the luxury safari industry and it is no surprise that it appears under this list of Zambia’s top luxury safari lodges and camps. This luxury camp is located in its own private conservancy which has prime South Luangwa wildlife viewing opportunities within it – so good is the game viewing from this luxury camp that the BBC come and film here. The camp has wonderful views of the Luangwa River which when dry attract all kinds of wildlife.
Chindeni Bush camp – South Luangwa
Chindeni is one of the most remote locations of all of the South Luangwa – here you will not see another soul but can enjoy lazy days in this luxury Zambia lodge, watching the lagoon from your hammock, with views of the purple Chindeni Mountains in the distance. Nothing can compare the feeling of remoteness one gets at this luxury lodge and it’s something one can never take for granted.
Zungulila – South Luangwa
Again Zungulila is even more remote than Chindeni – taken on exclusive use this is certainly one of Zambia’s most luxurious and exclusive lodges, with a feeling of space that is virtually unrivalled in all of Africa. It is one of Africa’s top private safari camps and certainly one of Zambia’s most luxurious and sought after lodges.
Sausage tree camp – Lower Zambezi
This luxury safari camp in Zambia’s wild Lower Zambezi will give you one of the best luxury lodge or camp experiences one could hope to have. The vast tents have white roofs to keep the heat out or in and wonderful views of the Zambezi with its elephant grass islands. Elephants will often use the path by your luxury tent to get down into the river. Hippos paddle happily in front of the lodge and the swimming pool is the perfect place to relax. Here you can while away the hours in between extremely exciting game drives.
Anabezi – Lower Zambezi
Anabezi is wonderfully luxurious and this lodge comes with suites all complete with private plunge pools and views of a small plain below, which is often covered with wildlife. The wooden walkways which connect each suite keep you safe from the big game which is often seen around the property. Here game drives from this luxury Zambia lodge will take you into areas with abundant bird life and tonnes and tonnes of wildlife – all of which is just for your eyes, and no one else’s.
Royal Zambezi Lodge – Lower Zambezi
Last but not least this friendly and luxurious Zambia safari lodge is certainly due a mention, especially due to its wild location and wonderful spa. This luxury lodge really does have it all. Royal is homely and welcoming as well as having those extra touches which make it feel exclusive and private. Here you certainly know you’re on holiday and the staff will spoil you rotten.