Excel recommends the following hotel, lodge and camp options in Zambia. We can make all the bookings for you.
Kafunta river lodge
Kafunta occupies a lovely spot on the river from which you can enjoy the view, passing wildlife and resident birds. Kafunta is one of the few lodges to remain open all year round and is built for comfort so even if you visit during the green season, the rains bring more abundant birdlife. Kafunta is also a good option for families as the lodge provides a safe and friendly environment for children.
An exclusive 16 bed lodge situated on a large lagoon beside the Luangwa River. The 8 stone-built rooms are designed for the warmer weather with high ceilings, overhead fans, large gauzed windows, spacious bathroom and a verandah with bar/fridge. The camp is designed for relaxing in comfort between safaris with a large swimming and extensive library. Meals are taken in the open air on a dining platform, shaded by evergreen foliage overlooking the lagoon. Game drives are of a very high standard.
Hidden away among the huge ebony and fig trees on the banks of a beautiful lagoon. 18 luxury en-suite thatched chalets, each with a private decking area overlooking the lagoon that attracts abundant wildlife. One third of each chalet’s perimeter can be opened, to allow the guest to enjoy the views, the sounds, the scents and the mood of the African wilderness. The bathing corner can be completely opened to offer guests an open-air bathing experience.
Located on a busy lagoon, the chalets have large windows and high ceilings and tastefully decorated. Each has a bathroom and indoor shower with a full range of amenities, a separate toilet and an outside shower for complete comfort. A separate lounge and private patio overlooking the lagoon allows for close-up and safe viewing of birds and wildlife that frequently visit the lagoon. Mushroom Lodge is a child-friendly establishment, and also offers interleading chalets for families.
The Wildlife Camp offers the budget traveller rustic en-suite chalets, a secluded en-suite tented camp, a bushcamp for overnight walking safaris and a beautiful shady campsite, on the banks of the stunning Luangwa River. You can do walking safaris, and game drives as well as village tours. They donate 60% of all the accommodation and camping fees to the Wildlife Society, which in return supports the wildlife and people of the Luangwa Valley and Zambia
Overlooking the Mwaleshi River in the remote North Luangwa, this camp has only four chalets, utilising natural materials. The remoteness of the North Park is enhanced by the lack of roads. Miles from anywhere, the outside world melts away as nature surprises, delights and soothes the senses.
Buffalo Camp is remote, but being off the tourist route is part of its charm. All chalets look over the Mwaleshi River and are very comfortable. Guests are well fed and catered for and made to feel well looked after. Guides are knowledgeable and pleasant and game drives or walks are filled with interesting information.
Set on a stunning site on the Mwaleshi River in the remote North Luangwa, Kutandala Camp accommodates exclusively six guests at a time. Each of the simple chalets is built of grass and poles, with en-suite flush toilet and hot shower open to the stars. Each chalet has a wide veranda overlooking the Mwaleshi River. The guiding and catering are professional and stylish and a quality experience can be expected at this Camp.
LUANGWA NORTH CAMP
This Spanish-owned camp is constructed in typical African style in thatch and pole, offering comfortable, smart, country-style accommodation in each of its 5 bungalows. The raised wooden walkways allow guests uninterrupted views over the river in complete safety. It is not uncommon to see herds of over 2000 buffalo coming to the river to drink, and often chased by lion, abundant in the park.
Mukambi SAfari Lodge
Mukambi Safari Lodge is located centrally in Kafue National Park, right on the banks of the stunning Kafue River. The viewing decks, accommodation and swimming pool overlook the River and the herds of elephant or buffalo that come to drink from the hippo and crocodile infested waters. Lion, leopard and cheetah are often spotted from the decks.
Kaingu safari lodge
Located in an area of pristine wilderness, Kaingu Safari Lodge offers a magnificent safari experience in the heart of the African bush. The Lodge is on a spectacular and remote stretch of the Kafue River. The Kafue National Park, just opposite the Lodge and only a 10 minute boat trip away, offers abundant game viewing.
This small, intimate, river-side bush camp is set in a prime area of the Kafue National Park with easy, year-round access. There are shaded verandas and hammocks to lounge in as well as excellent game viewing opportunities. A comfortable lounge and dining area face downstream and enjoy spectacular sunsets in June. When the river drops, the view turns to sandy beaches and green grass where antelope, hippo and warthog come to drink and graze. Crocodiles bask in the sun on the opposite bank.
Nanzhila plains safari camp
This Camp set on the Nanzhila Plains in the remote southern sector of Kafue National Park offers guests an exclusive and intimate experience. The boma is shaded by ancient ebony and sausage trees and is a meeting point, lounge, a dining room and a star gazing gallery, and is a window onto the Nanzhila Plains. This camp offers well appointed cottages and luxury tents.
Chongwe river camp
Chongwe is a well-established luxury safari camp on a stunning section of the great Zambezi River, within the Lower Zambezi National Park. The camp is set in a forest of giant acacia trees in a gentle and peaceful atmosphere. Offering many activities, Chongwe is famous for its canoeing excursions which are a great way to view game on the river. Meals, accommodation and guiding are of a very high standard.
Mvuu Lodge, or, Place of the Hippo, offers luxury tented camps, self catering, and bush camp accommodation, where wildlife roam freely through the camp and a fully serviced viewing deck extends over the mighty Zambezi River. Friendly staff make you feel welcome, passionate chefs provide superb meals, and informed and equipped guides make your safari experience unforgettable.
Kiambi Lodge is situated in the Lower Zambezi Valley, in a prime location on the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers. From 1999 Kiambi has been enchanting guests by capturing the essence of the Lower Zambezi, offering a unique experience combining Africa’s culture, scenery and wildlife. All the accommodation, from luxury air-conditioned chalets to campsites, have stunning views of the Zambezi River.
On the tranquil banks of the Kafue River, undisturbed by passing boats, Gwabi Lodge is the oldest in the region, consisting of 9 en-suite, air-conditioned chalets, and full camping facilities, set in lush green lawns, with beautiful views over the river. A fleet of boats will satisfy your every river experience, you can even launch your own. Swimming pool deck and bar, fully serviced with electrical, DSTV and WiFi connections.
LIVINGSTONE VICTORIA FALLS
Zambezi sun hotel
This beautifully positioned three star hotel on the edge of the Eastern cataract of the Victoria Falls, offers high quality unpretentious and friendly accommodation in Livingstone. The Food Theatre Restaurant atmosphere is casual, providing an enjoyable variety of dining experiences, from buffet, outside, for a light meal, or ‘al fresco’ at the pool, or, elsewhere for a more formal menu of tasty lunch and dinner dishes.
Royal Livingstone hotel
Located in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the Royal Livingstone five star hotel is in the prime position to see the smoke and hear the thunder of the mighty Victoria Falls, from the hotel verandah. The colonial atmosphere and highly trained, world-class staff ensure a quality experience on the doorstep of one of the most magnificent wonders of the world.
Natural mystic lodge
Located on the Zambezi River, 20 kms upstream of the mighty Victoria Fall, Natural Mystic Lodge offers simple thatched chalets along the river and a restaurant/bar area on the river where guests are exposed to Zambian culinary delights and a fully stocked bar.
Water front and bush camp lodge
The Waterfront is located on th edge of the Zambezi just upriver from the VIctoria Falls. It has16 standard twin chalets, six of which overlook the river. There are also three executive rooms and four family rooms. There is a central dining complex with stunning views both up and down river. A raised wooden deck stretches out over the river with a unique plunge pool, an open bar and restaurant area, a reception area and a shop. The key attraction of the area is obviously the mighty Zambezi. Getting onto the river is a must and, with this in mind, we offer the famous MV Makumbi, a 100-passenger, double-decker cruise boat.
The Bushfront Lodge is a family friendly lodge, close to the Waterfront. Some of the rooms have extra beds for families. The dining area and bar area are located right next to the pool, allowing parents to keep an eye on their little ones whilst relaxing in the shade. This is an affordable comfortable base for exploring the Falls.
Water berry lodge
This small, friendly, informal lodge, nestled in Mopane woodland on the banks of the Zambezi River, secluded in the African bush, is a 30 minute drive from Livingstone, The comfortable bedrooms are situated in thatched little cottages scattered across the lodge’s sweeping lawns. Each bedroom offers views of either the riverbank or the secluded private dam with its beautiful birdlife. All the en-suite rooms have their own decks for sunbathing, birdwatching, private dinners or just relaxing. The main building has great views over the river and onto the Zimbabwean game park on the other side.
Lake safari lodge
Accommodation comprises 66 spacious, simple and comfortable rooms with a more classic than modern feel. All rooms feature either one king-size or two double or single beds accommodating a maximum of three guests. Accommodation rates include a full English breakfast and guests can relax in the gorgeous swimming pool or enjoy the seclusion of the stunning plunge pool that overlooks the lake. Recline with a book, sip on a drink, or enjoy a small bite to eat. Other facilities include a pool table, gym facilities and a library. For the ultimate in convenience, guests can now arrive direct via helicopter onto the newly installed helipad..
Eagles Rest Resort is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba, Zambia, near the sleepy little town of Siavonga, only two and a half hours drive from Lusaka and only 8km from the spectacular Kariba Dam Wall. Set in 4 hectares of some of Africa’s most beautiful countryside, the resort is nestled in a secluded wooded area on the shores of the Lake with beach frontage and magnificent views across the Lake to the Matusodona Mountains. For activities we offer sunset cruises and day cruises on the Lake, fishing, boating, and one day canoe safaris on the Lake, visits to the Dam Wall and the Power Station, Croc Farm visits, and much more
LAKE KARIBA INNS
Lake Kariba Inn hotel, with its spectacular views, nestles in a hillside overlooking Lake Kariba. It has been a success for more than 25 years offers accommodation in 50 airconditioned rooms. Located in Siavonga Town this hotel offers breathtaking views of the lake and the blue hills of Zimbabwe. The hotel owns a variety of boats that guests can hire for trips up the lake for fishing, floating facilities, or compliments of the hotel, use one of the peddle boats to cruise around the bay and admire the scenery. The large diningroom spills out onto a fabulous verandah overlooking the lake and food is of high standard.
Chete island lodge
The island is the largest in Lake Kariba and guests are accommodated in spacious Kenyan Meru style safari tents situated in a scenic bay. The western facing lodge enjoys amazing sunsets across the lake and is the only lodge on the island. In spite of her remoteness, the lodge provides the highest standards. Guests can enjoy peace and tranquility away from bustling crowds. Boating trips on the vast lake Kariba as well as game drives and bird walks are on offer.
Kasanka is a beautiful wilderness of woodland, plains, lakes, rivers and swamps in the North of Zambia. As well as its attraction for visitors it forms a valuable protected area for many endangered species. There are two camps in the park, Wasa and Luwombwa. Wasa lodge is located on the Eastern side of Kasanka park, 12kms from the entrance and is on the edge of Lake Wasa, an area devoted to research and conservation by the Kasanka Trust. Eight simple, comfortable rondavels, each with its own verandah accommodate guests to this out of the way area. There are some other, rather more basic rondavels which are for self catering parties. Lowombwa Camp overlooks the Luwombwa River which is ideal for gentle guided canoe trips. Accommodation is simple but but offer a comfortable and affordable way to enjoy this beautiful park.
One of Africa’s last true wildernesses areas. The birdlife is prolific and the vast open grasslands see spectacular wildebeest migrations, often mingling with zebra and tsessebe. In the wet season Dec- March, the plain comes alive with many flowers covering the ground. In May and June the rains have gone, but there is plenty of water remaining in the depressions providing water for all the inhabitants. Liuwa Plain is home to many antelope species that are rare in other Parks. The rolling grasslands and diversity give rise to many superb photographic opportunities. Specialised safaris can be arranged.
This small Park is a birder’s paradise and only an hour and a half’s drive from Lusaka. The Blue Lagoon lies only 100km west of Lusaka on the Kafue Flats and the vast floodplain attracts thousands of Kafue Lechwe, some Buffalo and numerous water birds. The plains are fringed with acacia woodland. Wildlife in the park varies at different times of the year depending on the water position as it rises and recedes over the Kafue Flats flood plain. There are estimated to be over 30,000 Kafue Lechwe (found only on the Kafue Flats), about 200 Cape Buffalo, over 3,000 Zebra, Kudu, Reed Buck, Oribi and the rare Sititunga. Predators include Hyenas, Serval Cats and large Water Pythons. Currently there are no facilities for accommodation but it can easily be incorporated into a day trip from the capital.
We can arrange any accommodation in Kitwe, Ndole, Mufilira, Chingola and Solwezi. Each offers a variety of hotels and guesthouses. Let us know your needs and we will find the most suitable according to your budget.