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Located near the capital Lusaka, this small lodge is part of a family-run game farm, and offers accommodation in a variety of chalets set amongst the bush that surrounds the original homestead.

Accommodation at Lilayi consists primarly of deluxe two-person chalets, each containing an open-plan bedroom, en suite bathroom with bath and shower, and a furnished lounge with windows that fold open onto a wooden deck. Amenities include LED satellite television, WiFi internet, minibar and coffee/tea-making facilities. Family chalets with two double bedrooms – each with en suite bathroom – and a lounge accommodate up to four people with similar amenities.

More than 300 bird and 23 mammal species are found on the 650 hectares of grassland, including Liechtenstein’s hartebeest, roan antelope and tsessebe. Activities include guided wildlife drives in an open-topped vehicle, bush walks and horse riding.

One particular highlight is the Elephant Orphanage, run in conjunction with the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, which rescues and rehabilitates orphaned elephant calves. These can be viewed daily at fixed times from a viewing platform near the entrance. There are also opportunities to go behind the scenes and see this elephant conservation action. Note: There is a small fee charged for visiting the orphanage, which is a donation towards the conservation project.

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Starting life as a village, Zambia’s capital city was expanded by colonial settlers and is now very much the beating heart of the country. With vibrant market stalls and tree-lined boulevards, it offers an authentic African experience as well as a variety of good quality accommodation and a cosmopolitan sensibility.

  • Where: Southern region of the Central plateau
  • Excellent for: City stopover