Decorated in an elegant Victorian style, the rooms at Chichele were understated and romantic.
There was air conditioning in our room, which was a nice way to escape the sometimes oppressive heat during the day. The rooms, of a solid walled construction, were more sound proof than traditional tented bush camps, providing a quiet place where we could get a good night’s sleep.
Even though the Lodge is located in a wilderness region of a national park, we still had many modern amenities like utility power, a refrigerator, hair dryer and air conditioning. South Luangwa National Park stands out as a wonderful game-viewing destination. Although it is in a fairly remote, undeveloped region in Zambia, we felt it was worth the extra effort to get there.
General Managers Deon and Cyrstal Cuyler
Handicapped Access No. But Chichele was located on the ground level and the lodge was willing to accommodate handicapped individuals by providing staff assistance.
Length Of Stay Two nights
Location In the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. The closest town is Mfuwe and the closest large town is Chipata. The distance from Mfuwe airport to the lodge was approximately 45 kilometers.
Owned And Managed Star of Africa Ltd.
Size There were 10 elegant Victorian rooms called lodges that accommodate up to 20 guests on the 20 acre property. The Chichele property is located inside the park boundaries of the South Luangwa National Park, a 9050 square kilometer park. The lodge has 30 employees.
Year Opened-Renovated Chichele opened in 1960 as a presidential lodge. It was later sold as a hotel. The most recent renovation was in 1998.
Room We stayed in room #10, which faced the side of the lodge with the entrance. Our room was 30 feet by 20 feet (600 square feet). The floor of our room was terracotta colored concrete. The room colors were soft brown and tan. There were two air conditioning units. The construction of the room had a very solid feel and provided a cool and quiet sanctuary where we escaped the heat of the day.
Furniture, mostly of dark hardwoods, included: Two double beds with mosquito netting; a bedside table with two lamps; a small hanging clothes closet; two luggage tables, a sitting area with two chairs, and a small table with a brandy service and a lamp; a dressing table with two lamps, hair dryer and mirror; and a refrigerator with tea and coffee makers. Our small porch had two chairs and a small table. It looked out on a wildlife plains area where animals would occasionally walk by.
Continental breakfast consisted of tea or coffee, toast made of homemade bread, fresh juice, breakfast cereals, and homemade muffins. At the continental breakfast waiters served drinks.
Lunch was buffet style. We enjoyed spaghetti and meatballs, beets, homemade bread, sliced beef, ham, quail, sliced cheese, pasta, vegetable salad with cheese and olives, and shima (ground corn) during our stay. For dinner we had tomato basil soup, dinga (sable), pork chops, baked potato (scalloped potatoes), green beans, butternut squash, and caramel cream custard.
Facilities Amenities included an outdoor swimming pool, a curio shop, and conference facilities.
Pool The outdoor swimming pool was 30 by 15 feet wide and 4 to 5 feet deep. The water was clean. Water for the pool and shower was pumped from bore holes (well water) and contained natural mineral salts. There were lounge chairs and umbrellas along one side of the pool.
Animals we saw: Genet, civet, pennant winged night jar, water dikkop, scrub hare, blacksmith plover, spar winged goose, double banded san grouse, lions, wart hogs, hooded vulture, water bottle bird, white-tailed mongoose, spotted hyena, porcupine, white-bellied stork (Abdim Stork), puku, impala, white-backed vulture, white-hooded vulture, lappet faced vulture, slender mongoose, giraffe, thorny croft, African spoonbill, sand pipers, bushbaby, brown house snake, elephant, tawny eagle, saddle billed stork, bushbuck, black hooded heron, Crawshay’s zebras a subspecies of Burchell zebras, and African spoonbills
Children under six years were only accepted by prior arrangement with management.
The rooms ran on utility power. Our room had 220 VAC power at 50 Hz with NW-135C adapters. It was possible to access the Internet via satellite after 5 p.m. using a lodge computer in the main office.
Date Of Last Visit November 2005
Reviewers Article by Chester Godsy
Photos by Joni Johnson-Godsy
Would You Stay Again? Yes
- We have been informed that this property has changed ownership.
- Star of Africa
- Postnet Box 218
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- Lusaka, Zambia
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