Given our extensive portfolio of Hotels, Lodges, Safari Houses, Houseboats, Self Catering Camps and Campsites, and thanks to our good relationship with a network of local operators, we can offer a large variety of accommodation choices throughout Zambia.
Whether you’re looking for something exclusive and luxurious or rather small and intimate, whether you prefer a fully inclusive arrangement or rather a self catering option, we can advise you and assist you with your booking.
There are five categories of accommodation offered in Zambia:
- Luxurious, up-market establishments
- Comfortable, middle market establishments
- Simple, budget establishments
- Self catering establishments
As can be expected, the luxurious, upmarket lodges and camps offer a very high standard of comfort and service. Chalets or rooms are often fairly large in size and furnished with various extra luxuries or thoughtful attentions, such as special soaps, shampoos, creams etc in the bathrooms, mosquito repellents, bathrobes & slippers, writing pads, mini bars or coffee and tea facilities. Services such as internet connections or other business facilities are usually also available if requested. Some establishments even offer spa & beauty treatments such as facials, body massages and scrubs!
It is usually safe to assume that the rates at these establishments are inclusive of most costs such as activities, park entry fees, transfers/shuttles, meals and in some places even drinks.
Recently, we have seen an interesting type of accommodation introduced into the industry – the so called Safari Houses! These are fabulous, large, villa type accommodations which house a good sized family or group of friends under one roof. The villas are fully equipped and offer a genuine bush experience with all the luxuries of a lodge run establishment with private chefs and guides. These safaris houses are booked as separate entities in themselves – activities and meals are therefore not shared or incorporated in with other guests. Staying at one of the safari houses is a unique, intimate experience in the bush!
Although just as comfortable and efficient, most mid-market establishments choose to offer less facilities and luxuries in order to be able to keep the costs for the visitor affordable. Most mid-market establishments have standard chalets or rooms with the essential requirements and little extra frill! Standard of service within these establishments are still of significant level and the expertise of guides and hosts high.
Rates at these establishments can vary as many tend to offer a variety of ‘packages’ you can choose from. Some include everything such as meals, activities and transfers. Packages simply covering bed and breakfast are then also available. Even dinner, bed and breakfast arrangements can be made.
Budget establishments, like in all countries can vary in reliability! Generally speaking though, the more renowned establishments offer clean and simple accommodation. Some rooms have en-suite bathrooms but some have shared ablution blocks. Some rooms even have air-conditioning systems or fans.
Rates at budget guesthouses or backpackers lodges are usually rooms rates only, but some do include breakfast. Establishments usually have cash bars and restaurants serving simple, cheap meals.
Zambia has a number of superbly located, conveniently built self catering camps. Often relatively small, these camps are popular with large families or groups traveling together. Booking these camps as a group often allows the group to have the camp to themselves. Most self catering camps are foreseen of kitchen equipment including crockery and cutlery, and some even have kitchen staff to help with the preparing of meals and laying/clearing of tables and washing of dishes. Most camps also have linen and towels available in the rooms so that guests literally only have to bring in their own food and drinks.
It is advisable to double check which facilities are available at the particular camp you are interested in as some are very basic and guests are even required to bring in more than just their food, such as their own candles, ice and paraffin for lamps. Prices per person at self catering camps usually range between USD 60 and USD 25 depending on the standard of, and facilities available at the camp.
Some lodges also offer an accommodation choice which falls in between chalet/room and camping. Usually referred to as ‘safari tents’, these are basic tents but without en-suite bathrooms. So for those travellers who do not want to, or can’t carry their own camping equipment, but do not mind ‘roughing’ it a little, and sharing ablution block, these safari tents are ideal solutions for keeping budgets down.
Renting a houseboat is a popular way to spend a few days on Lake Kariba. Houseboats are available in Sinazongwe and Siavonga on the Zambian side, and we can also book a house boat for you on the Zimbabwean side of the Lake.