6 Best Safari Lodges In Lusaka, Zambia - Updated 2024

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In the heart of Zambia lies its capital city, Lusaka. While previously overlooked as a tourist location, Lusaka is a thriving city that has been undergoing urban development in recent years, and it has benefited from a rise in population in both Zambian citizens and visitors. This has resulted in an increasingly cosmopolitan city with an astounding mix of cultures, food, social clubs, hotels, and markets. To learn more about Zambian culture, head to Kabwata Cultural Village, where you’ll find local artists selling handmade crafts. Be sure to sample Zambian cuisine made with local ingredients like baobab and Kapenta fish. Nature enthusiasts will particularly love Lusaka National Park, a stunning area rather near to the city, where you can observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Don’t forget to stay in a safari lodge for an unforgettable experience. Check out our list of the best safari lodges in Lusaka, Zambia.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 23, 2024.

1. Wild Dogs Lounge (from USD 109)

Located just 14 km (8.7 mi) from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Wild Dogs Lounge is a stunning accommodation. A short drive from the lodge, you’ll find attractions such as Arcades Shopping Mall and Leopards Hill Memorial Park. At the lodge, guests will have their own chalets with four-poster beds and beautiful decor. In the outdoor garden area, guests will also have access to a swimming pool and the surrounding lounging space. The bed and breakfast also offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

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Wild Dogs Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: Palabana Road Plot Nr. 43
3.69 km (2.3 mi) from Home

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Laundry Internet services Massage

2. Lilayi Lodge (from USD 450)

Lilayi Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge situated in a private game reserve, which is also home to an elephant orphanage. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, featuring beautiful four-poster beds and an outdoor terrace. The safari lodge has an outdoor pool for guests to lounge in and soak in the glorious Zambian sun. At the lodge’s onsite restaurant, guests can savor African fusion and contemporary cuisine. Guests can also go on organized bush walks with elephants from the Lilayi Elephant Nursery for another unique experience. The accommodation is located in the outskirts of Lusaka and, about an hour’s drive from Kalimba Reptile Park-Crocodile Farm.

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Lilayi Lodge

Wifi Available

Address: Lilayi Road, Lilayi
18.86 km (11.8 mi) from Home

Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

3. Mama Tembo Cheza

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Located in a quiet, rural area of Lusaka, Mama Tembo Cheza is a guest house run by MTT Safari. The guest house is just a 30-minute drive from the airport, and it offers a peaceful getaway in the heart of nature. The guest house has one bedroom and can accommodate two guests. Inside, the guest house is well appointed with comfortable furniture and a full kitchen. A Lusaka day tour and transportation within the city can also be arranged at an additional cost.

Mama Tembo Cheza

Address: State Lodge Road, Lusaka, Zambia

Price: from 85 USD

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4. Pioneer Lodge and Camp Zambia (from USD 109)

With accommodations ranging from tents to high-end chalets on their 25 acres (10.1 hectares) of miombo woodland, Pioneer Lodge has something for everyone. The Pioneer Lodge area is in the quiet countryside, making it perfect for walking and birding. Guests will also have access to a small recreation area, which has a swimming pool, a bar, and a library. The chalets have a spacious interior and luxurious furnishings in addition to amazing views of the natural Zambian landscape. Pioneer Lodge also offers tailor-made safaris for the ultimate Zambian adventure.

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Pioneer Camp

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: Palabana Road Farm 5, Plot 380a
5.44 km (3.4 mi) from Home

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Bar Garden Airport shuttle Laundry Facilities for disabled guests

Nearby safari

5. Protea Hotel by Marriott Lusaka Safari Lodge (from USD 141)

Set on a private game reserve 35 km (21.7 mi) away from Lusaka, this safari lodge is a quiet sanctuary for those who love nature. Guest rooms here are spacious and feature a private patio with a view of the lake or the bush. Each room is air-conditioned and comes equipped with a fridge and a flat-screen satellite TV, and some rooms include a sofa. On site, there is a lion enclosure and guests can also enjoy game drives and quad bike safaris. For a relaxing time, guests can head to the outdoor pool or lounge on the tree-shaded terrace.

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Lusaka Safari Lodge

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 1887 Kamaila Road
37.18 km (23.1 mi) from Home

Parking Restaurant Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

6. Chaminuka Lodge

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Posted by Chaminuka Lodge & Nature Reserve on Thursday, July 18, 2019

Chaminuka Lodge is a luxury accommodation located just a short drive away from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Chaminuka has 30 modern suites designed based on inspiration from a Zambian village, and there are 4 villas that are suitable for families and larger groups. Each room has free WiFi, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and private bathrooms with a bathtub, a shower, and a hairdryer. Rooms also have an outdoor balcony with stunning views of the property. There are several animals like cheetahs, elephants, and lions living on the property, and you can experience the thrills of being close to these animals at your request.

Chaminuka Lodge

Address: Chaminuka, Chongwe Chongwe ZM, 10101, Zambia

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Uniquely Lusaka

Lusaka is a vibrant city with an interesting culture and unbelievable natural beauty. For those hoping to get a closer look at wildlife in their natural habitats, Lusaka is just the place to visit with its many safaris and parks. Check out our list of the best safari lodges in Lusaka, Zambia.

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