Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chichele & Puku Ridge Lodges (South Luangwa National Park, Zambia)

These two sister lodges, within 10 minutes of each other, offer different styles but the same awe-inspiring game-rich experience in a place that is as untamed as Africa was 100 years ago.

Fly in to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, on one of many international flights and then take a light aircraft trip to the South Luangwa National Park that is authentic and exclusive ‘Africa wild’ at its finest.

Chichele Presidential Lodge was built in the 1960’s by the founding President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, as a private retreat. Today the old structures have been transformed into a beautiful lodge of stone and thatch with vistas of the wild floodplains below.

There are 10 elegant and air conditioned Victorian-style lodges built along the edge of a hillside and the dining room features a grand piano – this is real sophistication in one of Africa’s rawest wilderness areas where the big-game safari-element is astounding.

Puku Ridge Tented Camp is more rustic and the six spacious 12m x 7m) tents have a wrap-around teak terrace view of the valley below. Puku, named after an elusive and rare antelope, is perched amongst the trees on a low, rocky ridge that is the perfect vantage point to observe the prolific wildlife from the comforts of a traditional old-world safari camp.

Want exclusive? Want adventure? Want authentic Africa? Puku Ridge beckons to small exclusive groups at VIP level.

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