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Key Features
When to Visit

Overlooking the Luangwa River, Msandile River Lodge sits on the banks. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the bush as you relax and soak in the beautiful landscapes and incredible wildlife. Marvel as herds of elephants cross the river, giraffe, antelope and warthogs come to drink, hippos bathe and monkeys chatter through the trees. If you are lucky you may see the cats walk along the sand, resting in the shade of the trees as they search for their next meal. Take a dip in the refreshing pool or enjoy a cold drink at the bar. Msandile is the perfect place for those on a tighter budget who do not wish to compromise on comfort or prime wildlife viewing.


The Location

Msandile is a hot spot of activity situated right in the middle of an elephant river crossing. Here you can enjoy a very short boat crossing into the park to start your game viewing immediately avoiding the busy park gate entrance. You can either enjoy the prime game viewing in Mfuwe or venture further north in the quieter areas of the park. With resident territorial leopards, lions and wild dog packs all close by it is one of the best areas of the park for prime wildlife viewing even from the lodge itself.

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The Chalets

The lodge has a variety of room types but the spacious chalets that overlook the river are truly something special. Very reasonably priced the chalets offer large king-sized beds with 4 poster mosquito nets, large en-suite bathroom and indoor and outdoor lounge area. The chalets are fully opened up to allow uninterrupted views of the river and wildlife that visits. The luxurious rooms are the perfect place to spend a special few days with a loved one combining luxury, comfort and adventure.

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The Guides

The guides at Msandile are all masters of Luangwa. The team all grew up in the valley and know the area well, they can easily pick out individuals and explain their heritage from the resident Msandile leopard to his famous grandmother Alice who used to use the cover of cars to hunt antelope! They recognize the patterns and movements of animals allowing them to pick prime spots for river crossings or kills that allows you a front seat to the action. They welcome all questions and special requests and enjoy explaining all details of the bush and helping you seek out that special sighting.

LOW Season: 1 Nov – 19 Dec; 1 Apr – 30th June
HIGH Season: 1 Jul – 31 Oct; 19 Dec – 6th Jan
CLOSED: 7 Jan – 31 Mar


  • Lush green scenery and best sunsets
  • Flowers, birds and baby animals galore
  • Few tourists
  • Cheaper rates


  • Beautiful green scenery after rains
  • Fantastic photography opportunities
  • Dry weather
  • Mild temperatures


  • Dry scenery, best for spotting game
  • Abundant wildlife – fewer water sources
  • Warm/hot temperatures
  • Prime time for walking safaris

Category Ranges:
$: USD 0 – USD250/pppn
$$: USD 251 – USD600/pppn
$$$: USD 601 – USD1,000/pppn
$$$$: USD1,001+/pppn

The price categories give you an idea of the nightly cost per person for this accommodation.


Fast Facts

  • Location: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
  • Internet connection:WiFi (Free but temperamental)
  • Fans/Air ConFans
  • Number of rooms:3 en-suite Chalets, 2 family en-suite chalets; 4 en-suite tents; 6 standard tents
  • Child policy:Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 12 must share with adult and rent a private vehicle (subject to availability)
  • Swimming poolYes

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