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Has anyone been here lately? Is it worth the extravagent cost ($1200 charter one way for two people from Lusaka) and then the additional cost ($600 for two people to Kariba for other lodges)? Can you suggest another means of transportation from Lusaka to Chikewnya? We're talking September. ZZ

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    Zambezi,

    Why not just go to Chiawa right across the river? Chiawa is supposed to be the very best in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

    If you really are insistent on going to Mana Pools, I would think it would be a lot more economical to fly from Harare or Victoria Falls than to fly from Lusaka. If you are going to be in Lusaka, it is a $90 per person flight from Lusaka to Jeki. It is a simple 20 minute flight on Airwaves Airlink.

    Other lodges worth considering in the Lower Zambezi are Sausage Tree Camp and Kasaka River Lodge. DO NOT GO TO KULEFU TENTED CAMP.

    If you are going to the South Luangwa National Park, you shouldn't miss out on Chichele Presidential Lodge or Kaingo.

    Best of luck.

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    Dear Zambezi,
    I was also planning on traveling to Chikewnya, but decided against it due to the political situation currently occurring in Zimbabwe. My husband & I decided to travel across the river to Chiawa, Sausage Tree & Old Mondoro Bush Camp in Zambia for a total of 9 days (3 nights at each location). I am pleased to say that we just returned from our trip to Zambia just last week. Without hesitation, my favorite camp was Sausage Tree Camp. Jason (part owner) & Kelley (hostess) are absolutely fantastic people as well as their entire staff. They go beyond the call of duty to ensure that their guests are enjoying themselves without the any pretense. You have the option to go on game drives by foot or vehicle, canoeing, boating, and fishing if you wish, or, have an intimate dinner in front of your tent, which I highly recommend! Also, even if you decide to just take the morning or afternoon off from the numerous offered activities, there are plenty of animals that come onto camp. During our visit, we saw elephants, hippos, buffalo, crocodiles, monkeys and many birds from our tent, and dinning area. I can?t recommend this place enough and look forward to returning in near future. I would stay a minimum of 4 nights. This is my 6th safari, and Sausage Tree Camp is my favorite camp of all: Singita Boulder, Phinda Vhei, Cottar?s 1920 Camp, Idube, Kichwah Tempo to name a few. Good luck in your research. Zambia is the closest you are going to find to true wilderness.

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    jiggylou,

    Sorry to hear about your experience at Chiawa...reminds me of my experience at Djuma Vuyatela last year. Unfortunately my experience at Kulefu in the Lower Zambezi last month, despite a great staff, was not any better than your experience at Chiawa.

    I would definitely like to stay at Sausage Tree Camp in the future. FYI, I did have a chance to inspect Kasaka River Lodge and it looked fabulous and is right outside the park.

    I would love to see some Zim lodges such as Chikwenya, Makalolo Plains and Ruckomechi but until Mugabe is out of there, I will not visit Zimbabwe. There was a rumour I heard from Zim nationals working in Zambia that Mugabe or his wife (what's the difference) may own Matetsi River Lodge, a CC Africa lodge. Makes me sorry I stayed there a couple years ago. There was a suspicious bronze plaque proudly hanging that Robert Mugabe personally was there for the grand opening to, what?, ordain? Matetsi Water Lodge/Matetsi Safari Lodge. I would hope that CC Africa would stay away from Mugabe but at one time Mugabe was really into conservation, as evidenced by a book that I saw at Chichele in which Mugabe wrote the Foreword.

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