• The happy start of a game drive at Msandile River Lodge

Guest Reviews

"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 to the other side of the river for each drive (in itself already a special experience) where the safari car is parked on the bank. Our guide had a breathtaking amount of knowledge about the flora and fauna of the park. Each drive turned out to have new highlights in store, while we were still processing our luck on the previous drives. When 'coming home' it was wonderful to cool off in the swimming pool, from where we watched elephant families walking past or saw a giraffe reach the other bank with careful steps, avoiding crocodiles. The chef provided delicious meals daily, taking into account our dietary requirements (vegetarian / vegan). A part of my soul seems to have remained in Msandile River Lodge.


The Netherlands

Make Reservations NOW You will be So Pleased

I originally had made reservations with another lodge and I happened to speak to another traveler the night before I traveled there who raved about her time there...just a few days before. I was to arrive on Christmas eve and I really wanted a special Christmas trip. Frank, the owner and I,      messaged back and forth the hours before I arrives and I hoped that I was making the right decision canceling my reservations to go with a place I wasn't able to read reviews from the bus. Frank was patient with all my questions and arranged for their driver to pick me up. It turned out to far far exceed all questions and become my favorite stay in 6 months of Africa of travel!! The personal care of the owners Frank and Sabine, each one of the staff were over the top. The attention to detail for elegance in the bush were noted from the sheets..the soap, greeted with cool wet towels after each game drive...and the food! I got my yummy Christmas feast and then some!! The chef and Sabine planned many surprises for the feast! Isaac the game driver made sure we saw plenty of everything..hippos on the boat drive to and from the park twice a day, elephants galore, lions with cubs, giraffe, a leopard hyena different antelope and hes quite the bird spotter also. But the highlight was making sure I saw my favorite animal..the spotted dogs! 6 months and 3 weeks worth of game drives twice a day I had not seem the wild dogs one time on this trip to Africa. We saw them every day and once a kill happened running around our vehicle!. The main lodge is beautiful and spacious with very high ceilings and you fall asleep and wake up to the sound of hippos. I am dreaming of coming back with friends next Christmas. I didn't get enough.



Excellent! Awesome! Magical!

Awesome in every way! Friends management and staff, excellent food, Located on the river where elephants walk past the rooms each morning ! I had views of hippos from my bed. 2x game drives each day with Very knowledgeable guides. Saw So many animals up close.



Msandile River Lodge - Perfect location for game viewing

Recently opened and owner run by lovely Frank and Sabine, this new camp is sure to a fast favourite. Its perfect location on what seems to be an animal highway is one of its best selling points. You see crossing of elephants and hippos at dawn and dusk and have so much game right in front of the lodge and camp on the river bed below it. I stayed in one of their Ensuite family chalets, and undoubtedly felt like I was one with nature with amplified sounds of the night drifting into the room from the open front of the chalet.



Excellent place to spend a few relaxing days.

Wonderful 5 night stay with fabulous hosts. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. Staff was super nice and welcoming. Excellent stay. The best part for me as a vegan, was the staff went way out of their way to make me special meals and snacks. Everything was delicious and I really appreciate them accommodating my special diet.


Fantastic Place to Stay

I stayed for 5 nights with friends in the ensuite tents. My tent was fantastic with a 4 poster bed, as well as an indoor and an outdoor shower. The tent was scrupulously clean. The food was fantastic and the rides into the national park were incredible. The guides were knowledgable and we saw lots of wildlife. Last but not least the staff at Msandile were incredible. Nothing was too much trouble.

Annajane L.

A real safari experience

EVERYTHING! the place was beautiful and the views to the river (with animals crossing the river at all times) was amazing. Even an elephant approached to the lodge when we were having lunch (an experience I will always remember) the food was very tasty, the pool was essential (specially because it was really hot). game drives were very fun and informative (we saw all the animals!) the room is wonderful and the staff is always attentive and making sure you feel comfortable



We had a fabulous stay at this lodge

The main lodge areas is spacious and well designed. The pool is a good size and some lovely sitting areas around it. There was plenty to see from the lodge including elephants crossing the Luangwa river just in front. The en suite tent was very comfortable and clean with a spacious clean bathroom and two (indoor and outdoor) excelllent showers with plenty of hot water.

Richard Dimock

The best safari experience!

A gorgeous Riverside lodge with fabulous staff and a comfortable chalet and relaxing space. The pool overlooks the river where we often saw elephants and hippos at the same time.