Lower Zambezi Valley – Travel Africa Magazine
On the Zambian aspect, by extending the quantity of land beneath safety, there’s extra space for lodges to unfold out alongside the financial institution of the Zambezi. This information is a part of a wider article on lodging choices within the Lower Zambezi Valley which seems within the print version of Travel Africa journal, version 88 By Sarah Kingdom
The lodges within the Lower Zambezi Valley are stretched out alongside the banks of the Zambezi River, both within the National Park or within the GMAs. Roughly talking, they’re priced based on their distance to the Park, with these within the Park on the high finish and finances choices additional out within the GMA. Land within the GMA is occupied on a 99-yr lease, with the primary choice to renew going to the present proprietor, thus permitting the lodges to be custodians of those areas. Operators inside the park, nevertheless, are given 10-yr renewable leases. Some of the lodges shut in some unspecified time in the future throughout the wet season, normally someplace between November and the tip of April.
INSIDE THE CHIAWA GMA
1 Gwabi River Lodge
This was one of many first lodges to be established within the Lower Zambezi Valley. Situated on banks of the Kafue River, 6km from the Zambezi and solely 145km from Lusaka, Gwabi is definitely accessible all year long. Accommodation ranges from chalets to tenting for all budgets.
2 Kiambi Safaris
Situated excessive up on the banks of the Zambezi, close to the confluence with the Kafue River, Kaimbi provides a wide range of lodging kinds and budgets, from air-conditioned chalets to self-catering and tenting. The Lower Zambezi NP is 65km downriver.
3 Kanyemba Lodge and Kanyemba Island Bush Camp
Only two and a half hours from Lusaka, Kanyemba is a well-liked household getaway, accommodating as much as 20 folks. The spacious restaurant and bar overlook the river, and dinner is often served beneath the branches of a large wild mango tree.
4 Mvuu Lodge
With cottages, luxurious tents, self-catering cottages or tents and tenting websites, Mvuu has lodging for all budgets. Situated alongside a stretch of the Zambezi River overlooking Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, the realm is nice for wildlife and birdlife.
5 Baines River Camp
Named after Thomas Baines, the nineteenth-century artist and explorer, this lodge captures the texture of a bygone period with its traditional colonial-type buildings and informal magnificence. The camp additionally provides specialised photographic workshops and fly-fishing clinics.
6 Zambezi Grande
A luxurious retreat just a few minutes from the National Park, with superior suites and luxurious rooms tucked among the many bushes, overlooking the Zambezi. When not on an exercise or cultural go to, an inviting infinity pool is the best spot to simply calm down and watch the river stream by. No youngsters beneath twelve.
7 Royal Zambezi
A picturesque thatched lodge located on one of many broadest stretches of the Zambezi, minutes by boat or automobile to the Lower Zambezi NP. A timber deck that extends over the river floodplain is good for stress-free and watching birdlife and wildlife. Additional actions embody cultural village visits, a spa, yoga and a cooking expertise.
8 Chongwe River Camp and Chongwe River House (Time + Tide)
Nestled among the many winterthorn bushes on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers, Chongwe River Camp is likely one of the most properly-established Lower Zambezi camps. It provides 9 traditional tents beneath thatch, a spacious eating space, a campfire subsequent to the river and a swimming pool. For a bit extra privateness, Chongwe Suites provide three double or twin rooms with butler service, plunge swimming pools and personal eating choices.
Nearby, Chongwe River House is obtainable for unique use by teams of as much as eight folks. On the banks of the Chongwe River, a quiet tributary of the Zambezi that borders the Lower Zambezi National Park, it is a distinctive, two-storey non-public house which has received plaudits for its uncommon structure. Both properties are closed from January to mid-April.
Self-catering within the GMA
There are varied choices in relative proximity to the National Park, together with Self Catering Cottage, Lower Zambezi, a six-sleeper facility with two twin bedrooms and a loft room. Guests can dine at close by Kiambi Lodge. Other choices embody Safari House (5 bedrooms), The Lodge on the Lower Zambezi (chalets on the river financial institution), Wildtracks (about 40 minutes from the Park) and Winterthorns (on the confluence of the Kafue and Zambezi rivers.
INSIDE THE PARK
9 Chiawa Camp (Chiawa Safaris)
Located contained in the National Park beneath a grove of mahogany and acacia bushes, Chiawa Camp provides 9 tented rooms, raised on wood decks, every with non-public verandahs. In the primary camp space there’s an elevated commentary deck above the lounge, a swimming pool that’s massive sufficient for laps, and a fitness center. Chiawa is closed from January to the tip of April.
10 Old Mondoro (Chiawa Safaris)
About an hour downstream from Chiawa, in a grove of Winterthorn bushes, Old Mondoro is an intimate, easy safari camp overlooking a maze of hippo-inhabited channels. The space is characterised by an enormous floodplain and open woodland making it perfect for strolling and recreation viewing. The unfenced camp has 4 reed chalets with canvas roofs, giving it a ‘back to the bush’ ambiance. The camp is closed from January to the tip of April.
11 Mwambashi River Lodge
Catering for as much as 22 friends in 10 suites with differing traits. The Zambezi Suite, with its open sides, is a specific favorite. Includes a fitness center. Open from April to November.
12 Sausage Tree Camp and Potato Bush Camp
A non-public camp on the coronary heart of the park, the place each tent has a devoted butler. The epitome of bush stylish, Sausage Tree Camp has eight, barely raised, reed, wooden and canvas tents, every with a personal pool and expansive deck. In addition there’s a two-bed room home, good for household or a small teams. It’s sister camp, Potato Bush, is positioned close by. Each of its three tents has a big deck and plunge pool, indoor/outside showers and hammocks. There is a fourth household tent. Both Sausage Tree and Potato Bush are closed from January until the tip of March.
13 Tusk & Mane
The relative new boys to the Valley, Tusk & Mane provide one thing a bit totally different: safaris between three eight-mattress fly camps which can be moved between very totally different websites on islands within the river and, quickly, a web site within the Rufunsa Valley, on the foot of the escarpment, thus permitting guests to expertise the river and hills. The camps provide previous-type safari tenting, with bucket showers however nonetheless with ice chilly drinks and cozy beds, and sitting beneath the celebrities round a campfire. Best suited to those that want to immerse themselves within the wilderness with out an excessive amount of paraphernalia.
14 Anabezi and Amanzi
Anabezi is positioned within the distant jap finish of the Park, in an space that was the governor’s retreat, the place the Zambezi River and the Mushika floodplain meet. The camp is perched on the riverbank, with raised timber decks and wood walkways. Eleven luxurious tents every have views over the river and personal plunge swimming pools. Amanzi is Anabezi’s rustic sister camp, sited 3km downstream. It provides solely three tents (considered one of which is a household unit) constructed on raised decks. Both camps are closed from January until the tip of April.
In 2016 Lower Zambezi was proclaimed the world’s first Carbon-Neutral National Park. To obtain this recognition tour operators decreased their carbon emissions and people emissions which had been unavoidable had been offset by funding in Rufunsa GMA forests to the northeast of the Park. The scheme, often called the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project, protects a 40,126 hectare part of miombo forest within the Lower Zambezi escarpment which, in flip, supplies a 60km buffer alongside the threatened boundary within the hills straight north of the LZNP. It companions with over 5000 folks in Rufunsa District to preserve the forest by livelihood and group improvement initiatives. The first lodges in LZNP to enroll to the initiative had been Chiawa Camp and Old Mondoro, and so they say by offsetting 1200 tonnes of carbon emissions, they personally are defending an estimated 403 hectares of Zambian forest (roughly 3228 bushes), and eradicating sufficient CO2 from the ambiance to be equal of taking 215 automobiles off the highway for a yr.
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