Ila Safari Lodge is the first lodge in Zambia to have both an electric powered Land Rover and boat, built using sandbags and entirely powered by the sun. An incredible example of how lodges should be operating sustainably and therefore reducing their footprint. With 10 tented chalets and only a 3-hour drive from Lusaka, it is the perfect combination of remote wilderness and luxurious comfort. The lodge is set in the game management area (GMA) a few Kilometers outside the national park with a number of regular visitors (lions, elephant, hippo & more) venturing outside of the park to visit Ila Safari Lodge.
Kafue National Park
10 state of the art luxury safari tents with 2 family suites
All year round
Yes – ceiling
Ila Safari lodge is relatively new having opened in 2016 and has a strong focus on eco tourism and sustainability. The lodge’s 10 rooms are all made from locally sourced wood and the vehicles and boats are both electric! Running on solar power it means you can have an almost silent drive – perfect for sneaking up close to the animals! Gently cruise down the river listening to only the sounds of the birds calling, hippos honking and the elephant as they splash around in the river. A leader in the field of sustainability it is a great starting point to explore Kafue.
Set on the banks of the Kafue River in the centre of the park it is just off the main road, which is useful when coming from Lusaka as it is just a short 3-hour drive. It is an extremely comfortable lodge with a gorgeous infinity pool overlooking the river. There are regular animal sightings in camp, from large herds of elephant and buffalo to lions roaring through the night. Awake to footprints around your tent as you charge off in the electric vehicle to see if they have wondered far! Although in a main area of the park it still feels very wild. The rooms are spacious and luxurious with indoor and outdoor bathrooms. All are built on raised wooden platforms with your own private decking so you can sit, relax and enjoy the views between activities.
The guides at Ila are very good. Whilst Kafue is not one of the better-known parks and often overlooked, the wildlife here is ever-increasing and the guiding at Ila is good. We all know a good guide can make or break a trip and we were very happy with the standard at Ila. From spotting birds down the river on the boat to lions from the car and tracking game on foot, the guides here are very well versed in the region.
*Office hours: Monday-Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM (GMT+1)
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