Immerse Yourself In Authentic Africa
Welcome to Msandile River Lodge, South Luangwa, Zambia
Watch as herds of elephants cross the river, giraffe come to drink, hippos bathe in their pods, monkeys chatter through the trees and if you are lucky watch the cats amble down the river banks in search of their next meal. Take a dip in our refreshing pool overlooking the river as you allow nature to revive and soothe the soul. Soak in the stunning views with a cold drink from the bar and enjoy as the many animals cross the river at sundown, in what can arguably be one of the best sunset spots in Africa.
Surrounded by untouched wilderness the lodge blends luxury and sustainability. The eco-friendly lodge leaves behind nothing but great memories whilst maintaining a high level of comfort and style. The tents and chalets all have excellent river views for uninterrupted wildlife viewing from the luxury of your own room.
Choose from the luxury en-suite chalets that can be fully opened to the views of the river and the stars; the classic en-suite tents a taste of true safari which have both indoor and outdoor showers; or the standard tents, for those on a tighter budget or prefer to camp in true explorer style which enjoy shared bathroom facilities.
Your guide will accompany you on a short boat ride through the hippo pods and crocodile sunbathing spots across the river into the park for our morning and evening game drives. Once in the vehicle you can start your incredible wilderness experience. Known as the valley of the leopards South Luangwa boasts some of the highest concentration of cats with an approximation of 3 leopards per square kilometre! Not to be outdone the park has several prides of lion including the famous descendants of Ginger and Garlic the pale males of the Mfuwe sector.
However it is not all cats the wild dog population in the park is booming with some packs of over 20 strong dogs and several dens scattered within the park. Formed for the protected species of the Thornicroft giraffe endemic to the area you can see herds of zebra, buffalo, Cookson’s Wildebeest and elephants. With 14 species of antelope, monkeys, baboons, warthog, hyena and much more it is a safari enthusiasts paradise.
What to expect
Incredible Game Viewing
My wife Sarah and I just spent the most amazing 1o nights at Msandile River Lodge, and in many ways, it was way too short. From the initial email contact with Frank (one of the owners), to our checkout and drop-off at the airport, everything felt like we were dealing with friends. While not in the national park itself, the lodge is in a very enviable position on the... Read this review
TRIPLE B for Msandile River Lodge
Beautiful place , Beautiful food and Beautiful people. There at the riverfront we found a beautiful setting with crocodils lying opposite our chalets on the sandbanks, hippo's snorkling in the water of the Luangwe river and little bee-eaters dancing in the ski to catch there daily food.We walked through that unspoiled Park, we drove through that beautiful Park and heb sundowners at the banks of the slowmoving Luangwe river.The... Read this review
Ben de Ponti
We really couldn’t speak more highly of this wonderful place and its fabulous staff, who went out of their way to make our stay memorable - huge thanks to Chloe and the team. Very comfortable accommodation, complete with hippos and elephants in the river right outside was complemented by every convenience. We must have come away several kilos heavier from all the delicious food! And the game drives were... Read this review
"Great safari days at a beautiful and unique location."
In a unique riverside location where you can see elephants, giraffes and other animals crossing the river every day during the dry season, a Dutch couple with a team of dedicated, friendly Zambian staff run this beautiful lodge. Unlike most lodges on that side of the river, guests do not have to enter the park by car over the bridge at the main gate, but are taken by boat... Read this review