Kanyemba Lodge in Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Kanyemba, carved out of the African jungle, is a picturesque Lower Zambezi retreat, about 2.5 hours from Lusaka, the capital city. Your guests will have an unforgettable experience of Zambian hospitality at Kanyemba thanks to our world-renowned cuisine, friendly personnel, beautiful surroundings, expert guiding, and wonderful environment and vibe. The mission of Kanyemba Lodge is to give a sanctuary from which to experience the Lower Zambezi’s allure and activities. Each of the six “rondavel” chalets at the lodge—built from stone and thatch—has a large private balcony with views of the Zambezi River, a fully equipped toilet, and a walk-in wardrobe—enough to accommodate up to 20 visitors. Kanyemba Lodge is nestled on the banks of the Zambezi River. The chalets blend in seamlessly with the natural surroundings, offering exceptional comfort during the warmer months and an exceptionally high degree of privacy.

In addition, we have a Family Unit that has three separate units, each with its own private door and bathroom but sharing a spacious terrace. Beautiful en suite bathrooms with modern fittings, mirror lighting, and products created in Zambia are available. A digital safe, plenty of storage space, and spacious walk-in closets are further amenities found in chalets. Every room has its own coffee and tea making amenities. In addition to air conditioning, ceiling fans, and mosquito netting, every chalet comes with 220V power (mains with full generator backup). With its expansive layout and river views, this restaurant is perfect for a leisurely meal.

Kanyemba Lodge

On the upper floor, there is a spacious library and a lounge that overlooks the river; both areas are ideal for guests to unwind and enjoy a nightcap. In the evenings, guests dine under the shady limbs of a massive wild mango tree, enjoying the famous food of Kanyemba Lodge. The Italian-inspired dishes prepared by our culinary team will wow your taste buds as the “Kanyemba Chorus” of frogs, hyenas, and even the occasional lion astonishes your intellect. In addition, we have a swimming pool that is picturesquely located on the riverbanks. It has built-in benches where you can cool off during the day, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch the elephants play on the other side of the river.

An overview of Kanyemba Lodge. A thatched “family house” with three independent chalets under one roof, each with its own private door, walk-in wardrobe, and en-suite bathroom; twenty beds spread across six stone and thatch rondavels, each with an en-suite bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, and a spacious private veranda with a view of the Zambezi. Private verandas for all to share, perfect for taking in the sunset over the Zambezi.

All rooms air-conditioned,220V electricity (mains + standby generator) – all plug types and closed only in February and Children of all ages are welcome.

Activities in Kanyemba Lodge

Angling, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, Boating, Village walks, Banana Plantation tours, Sunset cruises, and Full Day Game Drives (see below), Fishing (angling) is NOT available between 1st December and 1st March each year due to a Fishing Ban in place throughout Zambia.

  • The rainy season can limit the availability of other activities at particular times of the year.
  • I should clarify that the minimum age for walking safaris and canoeing safaris is 12 years old. This is to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • If you would like more precise information on the activities, please ask for it when you make your reservation.
  • On game drives, we leave the lodge first thing in the morning and take a boat ride (about 1 ½ hours) downstream to the Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) base camp. Guests will then be transferred to our open-top game drive vehicle.
  • Spend the entire day at the park, following trails that may lead to sightings of a wide array of wildlife, including the big five (elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard) and other herbivores and birds. Following a picnic lunch, we will turn around and return to CLZ. Approximately six o’clock in the afternoon, we will board the boat for the two-hour journey back to the lodge.
  • Please wear long-sleeved shirts year-round on our game drive because the national park’s vegetation provides no shade.
  • International tourists are already covered for the game drive and national park fees, however this is only accessible upon request and for stays of at least three nights. Two persons are required.
  • During the rainy season (mid-November to mid-April), the roads leading to the national park are inaccessible.
  • Except in the case of privately reserved vehicles, children must be at least 12 years old to join in on National Park excursions.