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Hippo Lodge

Nr. Kafue River, Kafue National Park Zambia
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Nr. Kafue River, Kafue National Park Zambia
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dustyroads wrote a review Nov 2022
Keimoes, South Africa38 contributions22 helpful votes
We were blessed to stay here in this well equipped rustic lodge. The staff all went out of their way to make us feel ''at home''. Loved having our cook to prepare and cook our meals at the self-catering unit. Will definitely turn next year.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Liz B wrote a review Oct 2022
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We've been visiting Hippo Lodge and this area for years and what a huge pleasure it was to return after being unable to travel during the COVID years. Hippo Lodge is still as special as ever. We stayed for 9 nights in Honeymoon, the chalet right on the water's edge, and were looked after royally by the excellent all-Zambian team who run the lodge. The food and service is as fabulous as ever and the complete absence of WiFi (and minimal network access) meant we just sat back and enjoyed the remoteness of this beautiful place on the mighty Kafue River in the heart of the Zambian bush. Although sadly North Kafue National Park has suffered from years of poaching (don't expect to see huge numbers of animals), we saw game (a gorgeous black maned lion, lots of elephants both lone bulls and a breeding herd, all the usual small antelope and, of course, the resident herd of pretty little bushbuck and the warthog who grazes the irrigated lawns). We also heard lion and hyena so they were around too; and others staying at the camp saw an amazing five leopards. As always, the bird life was tremendous and we must have seen well over 70 different species even though we were a bit early for the arrival of all the migrants. It was such a joy to watch the small things like weaver birds building their nests and the male paradise flycatcher suddenly appearing with his magnificent long tail. We spent most of our days on the river fishing (really good!) and bird watching which, to be honest, is probably not a bad place to be at this time of year because 1. it's hot, 2. it's dry and the river is where your most likely to see wildlife and 3. you're less likely to be pestered by insects. We also visited the old mine which dates back to 1913, one of the oldest in Zambia. Unfortunately it was ravaged by illegal miners a few years back but it's still worth a visit...as are the graves of the early prospectors (1905) which are beautifully tended by the Lodge staff. We stayed at the Lodge as part of a trip visiting three lodges on the Kafue, essentially moving down stream as we went. All were lovely, all were different. Hippo Lodge is the perfect bush getaway to relax...on the most enchanting of Zambian rivers with all its attendant wildlife, in beautifully built chalets and with a wonderful team of people looking after you.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Room Tip: Honeymoon chalet on the water's edge is the best!
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Yasmina N wrote a review Oct 2021
New York City, New York27 contributions5 helpful votes
My partner and I spent 2 days at Hippo Lodge from October 6 to October 8, 2021. Two days were not nearly enough. The staff was amazing. So attentive. So caring. We stayed in the Honeymoon House. Right on the water. The view could never be matched. We relaxed. We fished (my first time). We did a night drive. (Saw some cute hippos looking for food.) I can't wait to go back.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Just contact them via email. The owners are very receptive and communicative. I spoke to the...
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HannahC wrote a review Jun 2021
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I have been visiting Hippo Lodge since I was 5 (for 26 years!) and it has always been exceptional. If you’re looking for a really touristic experience with WiFi, home comforts etc then this is not the place for you, why go to the African bush expecting this? This is a genuine, rustic and amazing african experience . The camp itself is perfect, plenty of space between chalets to really be a part of the bush. Great fishing on the Kafue river. The hot springs are wonderful. I have never been disappointed with game viewing, seen plenty on every trip. Seeing game is never a guarantee in the true wild but always seen plenty! I cannot recommend Hippo enough.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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lisa k wrote a review Jul 2020
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We stayed in stony house self catering. Perfect for a family, everything you need. Loved the fact there was no phone network or wifi, just conversation, wildlife and fishing. Take solar lamps with you and drinking water. Will definitely come back.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Stu K wrote a review Jun 2020
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
We had the pleasure of spending three nights at this wonderful peaceful place of tranquility. The only noise was the occasional hippo telling who ever was interested that they were kings in the water. Night time noises of elephants in the distance and the lonely call of hyenas. The staff were exceptional with their dedication to any requests and seem to pop out of no where when needed other wise melted into the surroundings. Food was excellent but I am not used to three full meals a day but non the less didn't complain. All together a wonderful natural get away with all the trimmings but not over the top 200 star pomp and ceremony. Chalets were clean and fresh and very comfortable. Well done guys, thank you for hosting us
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Rachael wrote a review Sept 2019
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Beautiful location on the river with stunning birdlife. We didn’t visit in the best time for game as the Bush was thick and the grasses long and lush as the rains not so long finished so we didn’t get lucky with leopard or lion (although we heard them and spotted tracks) but we did see hyena on two occasions, once in the early morning and another on the night drive (it was quite scary with red eyes coming out of the darkness very close by but totally worth the thrill!). Nevertheless there’s plenty more to see with owls, mongoose and bush babies and fish eagles & elephants spotted across the river... plenty of hippos and crocs! We had an amazing stay and were looked after unbelievably well by all of the staff, can’t thank them enough. Big hearty breakfasts overlooking the river after a morning drive was the dream. We were very lucky to stay in the honeymoon house. The balcony onto the river bank is the perfect spot to sit and read. You will have no internet or phone reception (unless you’re on airtel) but you don’t need it here! Fishing on the river is an absolute must as well as an afternoon and/or evening bath at the hot springs.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lucio P wrote a review Jun 2019
Rome, Italy1038 contributions344 helpful votes
The place is beautiful, the view on the river magnificent, the staff polite and friendly, the food good. The bungalows are well furnished BUT excessively spartan (=poor), no electricity in the room and no wi-fi everywhere, no data connection except in a small point at the reception (and how weak!). In other words, it's like stepping back 200 years, and I can't understand why, since for 250 dollars for person for night, you might pretend some extra confort. The experience is not repeteable (even for other reasons connected to the area in the park)
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Date of stay: June 2019
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kaiviti2007 wrote a review Apr 2019
Brussels, Belgium132 contributions104 helpful votes
Do not expect to see much wildlife because poaching is a real problem in Kafue National Park. The lodge and the self catering chalets are mostly well located with river view. Positive are the sense of exclusivity and the tranquility. Nearby hot springs are also worth visiting. On the downside are the long and in bad condition last 100 km gravel road (it took us 3 hours from Mumbwa to the lodge), the tse tse flies (not in the lodge but during game drives) and the quite high prices for activities. Also not sure why to pay 5 USD per swim in the pool (when you stay in the self catering chalets) and 15 USD (always per person) when you want to have a dip in the hot water springs, less than a km away from the lodge ...
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Craig B wrote a review Jan 2019
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An amazing place with even better wildlife. From the staff to the majestic Kafue river everything seemed to come together to make this a destination of a lifetime. Our stay in the 'A Frame' house (I forget the african name) was everything you need/want, clean comfortable with a luxurious and huge bad, placed in front of the window to make the most of breathtaking and uninterupted views over the Kafue river. We awoke every morning to the sound of hippo's calling, birds singing and lion roaring in the distance (sometimes pretty close as well). The food was also amazing and pleantyfull, the only problem is finding anough room for every course. We could not have asked for better game viewing during our stay. We spent alot of time on the river and the animals were there every day for us with many siteings of leopard, lion, elephant, water bufalo, monitor lizard and the list goes on, The birds were amazing also with many siteings of Skimmers and Malacite king fishers. This realy was a trip of a lifetime, but we are already looking to book again. We would recomend this lodge to anyone and everyone
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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What are some of the property amenities at Hippo Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hippo Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hippo Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hippo Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hippo Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Hippo Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.