Not far from the airport, this stylish and peaceful boutique hotel is the perfect place for a stopover before your Zambian Adventure. Based on a working farm the tranquil settings even have some game on them which should set you up for the first sightings of your trip. Lilayi Lodge is well known for its incredible food and is a firm favourite amongst locals.
OPEN: All year round
The perfect lay-over lodge (40km from Lusaka International Airport)
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.
The lodge is set in a large game reserve. Their are 3 walks well signposted ranging from 3kms to 10kms. The game on the reserve can be seen on the walks. We opted for horse riding which gave an even better view of the animals. A visit to the elephant orphanage is a must. You can opt for a game drive but what can be better than on horse or foot? The lodges are large, comfortable and clean.
This has become a favourite spot. The elephant orphange is a must and then on the drive to the lodge you see giraffe, bushbuck, warthog and puku. We also rate the food at Lilayi as top notch! Consistently delicious. Great view from the restaurant deck and friendly staff complete the experience. Children are made very welcome and usually enjoy swimming in the large pool close to the restaurant.
We stayed a couple of days at Lilayi Lodge to jet coop and get ready to head out on a 3 week safari. It was great in all regards. You can take a small game drive or walk the grounds to spot great wildlike roaming around (no predators). The food was very good and the bungalows quite nice. Definitely worth the stop before going into the bush.