Opened in June 2016, Ila Safari Lodge is a truly unique eco-lodge, beautifully situated on the banks of the Kafue River. It lies just 170 miles from the Zambian capital, Lusaka, in an area of abundant wildlife.
Established in 1924, Kafue National Park is the second-largest in Africa, covering an area of 8,650sq miles. The pristine wilderness is home to approximately 55 different species, including four of the Big Five (leopard, lion, elephant and buffalo), plus the incredibly rare wild dog and the elusive cheetah. The peace and solitude in the Kafue is tangible — other vehicles are a rare sighting in this sparsely populated park.
Ila is the first of its kind in Zambia, boasting an electric game drive vehicle (eLandy) as well as an eBoat, which allows guests to silently experience the bush in an unobtrusive and eco-friendly manner. The lodge is off-grid, with power supplied by a state-of-the-art solar system, and waste is recycled through an ingenious biogas plant.
Guests can bask in the sunshine on Ila Safari Lodge’s eBoat while watching a spectacular sunset, or experience a silent safari through the majestic Kafue National Park, soaking up the sights and sounds of the flora and fauna in their natural, undisturbed state. The lodge offers game drives, boat cruises, walking safaris, fishing and several community-based activities, all accompanied by expert guides.
A visit to Ila can also be combined with a trip to Livingstone to see the spectacular Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Ila’s main lodge boasts a stunning infinity pool and an open-air restaurant, bar and lounge looking out over the Kafue River. There’s also a firepit that’s perfect for after-dinner gatherings beneath a canopy of twinkling stars.
Luxury tents are arranged along the riverbank, offering guests an exquisite view of the Kafue and the wildlife that calls it home. Each is furnished in a contemporary African chic style and comes complete with an en suite bathroom featuring either a bath or shower on the outdoor deck. There are two family tents and children of all ages are warmly welcomed.
Need to know
• All tents are on the edge of the Kafue River, overlooking the national park
• Six tents have outside showers and either twin or king beds
• Two luxury tents boast indoor shower and outdoor baths
• Two luxury family tents feature an indoor shower and bath
• Age restrictions for children on certain activities apply
• Game drives
• Boat cruises
• Fishing trips
• Walking safaris
• Community outings