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Zambia Eco Lodge

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Key Information:
Specialty Category: Eco lodges
Location: Zambia
Region: Africa
Min Price: 236 US Dollar (USD) per day
Max Price: 608 US Dollar (USD) per day

The main lodge is a spacious thatched semi-circle of sophisticated comfort. It's an open-planned area that houses the dining area, indoor braai/BBQ, lounge and bar. With a traditional roof, stonewalls and gnarled wooden colonnades the lodge has been designed to fit in with the natural environment. In the dining area we serve delicious international and traditional meals prepared by our chef. From the bar, you can order a selection of drinks for all occasions and unwind in our cosy lounge or Zambia shaped swimming pool.

The lodge is surrounded by the African bush, set on a small piece of raised ground between the Luangwa river and a lagoon you get a sense of the wild while just a short drive from Mfuwe. Wildlife often pass through the camp at night to graze while during the day elephant, monkeys, mongoose, baboons and giraffes can visit. For moments of leisure, we use the river bank as much as we can: - this is our 24 hour wide-screen experience! There's a constant interest as animals come to the water's edge on the opposite bank to drink or even to bathe in the river.

We have comfortable chairs on the bank for you so you can take it all in. The love of the arts is at the heart of the Lodge and we aim over time to develop this as a place creative people can come all year round to paint and photograph wildlife. If you are musical, we do have a grand piano, which belongs to the lodge manager and it is available for your use - on agreement from the other guests. In the evening you can sit around our open fire enjoying a pre dinner drink whilst comparing wildlife encounters and watch the sunset and stars come to life.

Facilities include:
- Bar
- Restaurant
- Swimming pool
- Indoor BBQ
- Lounge
- Open air fire pit
- Grand piano.

At Zambia Eco Lodge we believe the wildlife should come first. The lodge is situated in an area frequented by wild animals and is in one of the most amazing wildlife areas in the world. This means we have to be careful about how we look after and live within this environment. We want your stay to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. To help us achieve this goal we have a few guidelines that we ask all of our guests to follow.

Just by being here you are helping to save wildlife in Zambia. The national park only survives because of tourism and the park fees you pay go towards helping the Zambian Wildlife authority to protect the wildlife and maintain the park. Tourism supports many businesses all over Zambia and most importantly local communities living in the Luangwa Valley. Through the creation of jobs and wealth they can now see the benefit of keeping these animals alive. Please be considerate and help us minimize the impact of your stay on the environment and the wildlife.

While at the lodge we would as you to:
- Please keep noise down to a minimum. We would like all of our guest to experience the delightful sounds of the African bush at night and noise also scares the wildlife and impacts their lives. Therefore we have a policy of no music or radios at the lodge.
- Please be careful when walking around at night. Lots of wild animals pass through the Lodge at night under the cover of darkness and can become extremely dangerous if startled. We request all guests to have a torch and take a security guard with you at all times when walking to the main lodge and to your chalet. We request all guest to not to walk around the camp at night.
- Please do not go for a walk outside of the confines of lodge. The lodge is in a wildlife area frequented by Hippos and Elephants. They are killers and not to be underestimated. We ask all guests to not to walk outside the boundaries of the lodge.
- Please use water sparingly. During dry months it hardly rains in Luangwa that makes water scarce. We would request all guest to avoid having long showers and leave the tap running while cleaning your teeth.
- As another water saving and ecological measure towels and bed linen will not be changed on a daily basis unless they are dirty. If you would like a new towel or sheets changed please notify reception.

Notes:
- Zambia Eco Lodge is open from 1st April to 30th November.
Booking conditions: A 25% deposit is required to confirm booking. We accept visa and Master Card. Please contact us to confirm your reservation.

Nearby attractions and activities:
Zambia Eco Lodge is situated just a short ten minutes drive to the main gate of South Luangwa National Park.

Location:
Zambia Eco Lodge is situated on the Luangwa River bordering South Luangwa National Park in the North of Zambia.

Policy:
- Do not feed the animals. The animals we have around the lodge are wild and if they are fed (accidentally or on purpose) they will quickly become pests. Please avoid leaving food out or in your room. The main culprits are:
- Elephants - And they love fruit. We have seen elephants smash car windows to get at oranges. They have an excellent sense of smells and we ask you not to leave fruit in your room.
- Baboons or Vervet monkeys - They will eat almost anything and are opportunists. Please be mindful of leaving food and even the slice of lemon in your drink out. We want to make sure they do not associate humans with food. If they are around please don't leave food out.

To help make your safari a responsible one, please follow these guidelines at all times:
- Do not flick cigarettes out of the safari vehicle or preferably do not smoke at all. The African bush can be very dry and ignites easily.
- Do not litter. Litter can kill animals and is an eyesore.
- Do not go off road driving as this causes soil erosion and degradation of the landscape.
- Unless instructed to do so by your safari guide never get out of the vehicle as dangerous animals can be lurking nearby.
- Do not try to get the attention of an animal by goading it, making loud noises, sounding the horn, throwing objects, clapping etc. This will stress the animal and it will flee.
- Be as silent as possible as this will reduce the chances of you scaring away the animal and enhance your safari viewing.
- Do not insist that your driver takes the vehicle closer to an animal. If you get too close the animal will get agitated and most likely turn and walk away. So if they walk away don't follow, let them come to you; remember a photo of a giraffes bottom isn't particularly rewarding!
- Be patient if there are already other safari vehicles watching an animal you want to see. Park rules only allow 3 vehicles at a time.
- Please respect local customs and traditions. Try not to intrude on their lives by taking photos without permission, giving out sweets or money to children, or making promises that you will not be able to keep.
- Avoid souvenirs made from hardwood as this type of wood is only found in protected forests that are home to many wild animals including primates. Many of which rely on these trees to survive. By purchasing hardwood products you are promoting the cutting-down of another tree.

To help make your safari a responsible one, please follow these guidelines at all times:

- Do not flick cigarettes out of the safari vehicle or preferably do not smoke at all. The African bush can be very dry and ignites easily.
- Do not litter. Litter can kill animals and is an eyesore.
- Do not go off road driving as this causes soil erosion and degradation of the landscape.
- Unless instructed to do so by your safari guide never get out of the vehicle as dangerous animals can be lurking nearby.
- Do not try to get the attention of an animal by goading it, making loud noises, sounding the horn, throwing objects, clapping etc. This will stress the animal and it will flee.
- Be as silent as possible as this will reduce the chances of you scaring away the animal and enhance your safari viewing.
- Do not insist that your driver takes the vehicle closer to an animal. If you get too close the animal will get agitated and most likely turn and walk away. So if they walk away don't follow, let them come to you; remember a photo of a giraffes bottom isn't particularly rewarding!
- Be patient if there are already other safari vehicles watching an animal you want to see. Park rules only allow 3 vehicles at a time.
- Please respect local customs and traditions. Try not to intrude on their lives by taking photos without permission, giving out sweets or money to children, or making promises that you will not be able to keep.
- Avoid souvenirs made from hardwood as this type of wood is only found in protected forests that are home to many wild animals including primates. Many of which rely on these trees to survive. By purchasing hardwood products you are promoting the cutting-down of another tree.

Packages:
Our game drives bring you close to some of the world's most magnificent wildlife so that you can experience a truly African adventure. More than that, we aim to build your knowledge of wildlife and habitat during your stay, as our guides give you wildlife knowledge during your drives. We have comfortable safari vehicles, equipped with cushioned seats and affording you excellent views. Each drive is an adventure.

We have comfortable safari vehicles, equipped with cushioned seats and affording you excellent views. Each drive is an adventure. Thornicroft Lodge has the finest safari guides available. We firmly believe that a good safari guide enhances your whole safari experience. Our guides will make your stay so much more enjoyable, informative and fun.

We advise the following format is the best way of experiencing the wonder of South Luangwa National Park. Morning game drives start at 6.00am giving you the best chance to see animals moving around as the sun comes up before the heat of the day drives them to shade. It is an excellent opportunity to see elephants going for early morning drink and catch a hippo returning back to its pool.

All game drives are undertaken in open game viewing vehicles, to optimise your pleasure and experience. Drinks and snacks are taken along for your enjoyment whilst in the park. Depending on game sightings, we return to the lodge by 10 for a scrumptious "brunch".

Afternoon and night game drives leaves at 4.00 pm and South Luangwa is one of the only National Parks in Africa to allow night drives. The last hours of the day are perfect for balmy game-viewing. At dusk we find a spot to watch the sun go down and have a 'sun-downer' while we wait for the nocturnal animals come to wake.

Night safaris give you the best opportunity to see nocturnal birds and mammals, including Owls, Leopard and Hyena. This is also the time when Lions are the most active. With a powerful searchlight our guides scan the bush looking for the reflection of eyes. A sight that needs to be experienced. The Safari finishes by 8pm back in time for dinner.

Notes:
Prices: With a rates from $236 per day and a 4 day/3 night all inclusive Safari for just US $608

Price Includes:
- An early morning 4hr game drive and 4hr afternoon/night drive (per full day stay) in South Luangwa NP with an expert safari guide in an open 4WD vehicle.
- Optional upgrade to a walking safari for an additional US $20
- Accommodation in one of our river front chalets
- Our cook will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for you, delightfully served in our restaurant
- Snacks and drinks on safari
- Free tea/coffee and water from our borehole.

Price Excludes:
- Transfer to/and from Mfuwe Airport (US$40 per group)
- Drinks from the bar
- Visa fees (if applicable)
- Park entrance fees (US$25 p/p per day).

About This Supplier
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Location: Zambia
Joined InfoHub: Jul 2010
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M20435 is a safari Lodge based in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. It is the first lodge in South Luangwa to be partially owned by a local Zambian who is also the head guide. We have only been in operation for 4 months but have excellent feedback and reviews. The owners have over 15 years experience running safaris...

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