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.
“Ila is a leading example in the industry of modern ecotourism and sustainability with solar powered boats and electric cars (run through solar power) you can see how small a footprint we can truly make!”
– Mike, August 2018 –
LOW Season: 3 – 29 Jan, 3 Mar – 30 Jun & 1 Nov – 22 Dec (excl. Easter 7-11 Apr)
HIGH Season: 7 – 11 Apr, 1 Jul – 31 Oct & 23 Dec – 2 Jan
CLOSED: 30 Jan – 2 Mar
Our stay at ILA lodge was wonderful in every way, The tents and the general facilities are well thought through, allowing for a very comfortable stay, The activities, including the game drives and the river cruise, are very well managed. Our guide, Moses, combined method and intuition to find special mammals and birds, including a leopard couple, two African wild cats, bush babies and a long list of other species. The lunch on the Kafue River, on the electric boat, with hippos splashing around us and elephants bathing near the river shore was only one of many highlights.
We wanted an experience of a lifetime and we certainly got one, staying five nights at Ila Lodge. It is, without doubt, the most luxurious and glorious place to stay. Our “tent” was a slice of paradise, nestling on the banks of the Kafue river, replete with resident Hippos who paid nightly visits! During the course of our stay we had three boat trips on the electric boat, two lunches and one sunset cruise and all were magical, but the highlight was seeing a Mother Cheetah, with two cubs, in the wild! That was truly special. Our guide, Joe, was extraordinary.
The Park put up a show beyond our greatest expectations. From the time you make your inquiry to the day you check out, the service is fantastic. The accommodation was wonderful , food as expected, nice and to add to this there was added exhilaration of an elephant terrorizing the grounds and charging down a few people. The activities were well planned and sightings were excellent. If the first thing you see on a drive is a leopard, that pretty much sets the pace for the stay.