Where to lay your head — accommodation in Zambia

Sara Drawwater
11 February 2011
We’re often asked what

We’re often asked what Zambia accommodation we’d recommend. That can be challenging to answer because we currently have nearly 100 different options! However, we’ve thought long and hard about who we would recommend and why, so here are our current top five within four areas — budget, business, long stay and safari options.

Budget accommodation at less that $100 per night for service as it should be — friendly, efficient and with a solution when you need it. Simple good value for money with great presentation, customer care and service within their arena.

  1. Chanters Lodge in Livingstone because it’s quirky and because Richard is on Twitter
  2. Italian Lodge in Lusaka for a taste of Italy
  3. Lake Safari Lodge for laid back fun on Lake Kariba
  4. Jollyboys Backpackers because they’ve just won the award for ‘best backpackers in Zambia’ for the third year in a row
  5. El-Jemima’s for a quiet homely feel in the suburbs of Lusaka

Our top five high comfort and business accommodation options with internet as good as it gets in Zambia, luxury and a price range of about $100 to $200 per night.

  1. Macha-Leni Bed and Breakfast for a small and exclusive service in Lusaka
  2. Binnie Corporate Lodge for the discerning business traveller in Lusaka
  3. The Lodge at Sunset Villas for everything you could need including an indoor and outdoor restaurant, gym, sauna, bar and games room in Lusaka
  4. Chrismar Hotel in Livingstone for hotel, restaurant and conference facilities
  5. Southern Sun Ridgeway for a central Lusaka location, business centre and various menu options

Our top five long term stay options for people working in Zambia for a few months include

  1. Wasawange Lodge in Livingstone for its self catered or catered apartments
  2. Golfview Hotel, Lusaka for their six homely apartments on the vast hotel grounds
  3. Palmwood Lodge in Lusaka for their large family rooms with up to four bedrooms, kitchenette, living room and outside patio
  4. Village Rest for their eight self contained chalets on the outskirts of Lusaka in Lilayi
  5. Kaingo Executive Lodge in Lusaka for 24 hour room service, a harmonious African theme and varied accommodation

Our top five safari destinations for when you need a moment away from it all

  1. Kaingu Safari Lodge for pure wilderness at your own pace in Kafue National Park
  2. The River Club for ultimate luxury in Livingstone
  3. Nsobe Game Camp for a magnificent weekend getaway near Ndola
  4. Flatdogs Camp for the most beautiful tree house accommodation (as well as safari tents) in South Luangwa National Park
  5. Taita Falcon for beautiful views over the Batoka Gorge in Livingstone

So there you have it!