An oasis of calm just outside the city
Lilayi Lodge is a bespoke, luxury safari lodge consisting of 12 Deluxe Chalets and two Family Chalets nestled among 650 hectares of unspoiled grassland. It is home to over 25 different species of mammals and over 300 different species of birds. This area of unspoiled grassland and woodland on the outskirts of Lusaka is renowned for its pristine plant life and tranquil surroundings. A mere 35-minute drive from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Lilayi lodge is the perfect stop off destination at the beginning and end of your Zambian Safari adventure. Lilayi Lodge was officially opened in November 1991 and has been well known as one of Lusaka's main attractions for many years. In 2013 the owners of the lodge, the Miller family, decided to completely renovate this iconic piece of Zambian history and create a first class establishment that showcases the best that Zambia has to offer.
Experience luxury nestled inside our game park as wildlife graze right outside your veranda. Our Deluxe Chalets sleep two people comfortably. Each unit consists of an open plan, en suite bedroom with a tastefully furnished lounge. The bathrooms boast Victoria Albert Volcanic limestone soaker baths and spacious showers, while the room’s folding bay windows open up to a wooden deck and veranda. Amenities include LED satellite television, wireless Internet connection, bar fridge and coffee/tea station.
Lilayi Lodge is perfectly suited for your family safari. Our family chalets consist of two double bedrooms, each en suite, and can comfortably accommodate a family of four people. Each chalet has a furnished lounge, allowing for relaxation after family meals and activities.
Corporate clients who wish to take a break from the city’s confinements can take advantage of Lilayi’s modern boardroom. The air-conditioned facility can accommodate a maximum of 16 people and is ideally suited for presentations and meetings. Amenities include a mounted 51” LED Smart TV, a bar fridge and a coffee/tea station.
Any visit to the lodge would not be complete without a game drive or bush walk lead by one of our knowledgeable guides who have over 20 years’ experience introducing guests to the resident giraffe, roan antelope, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, tsessebe as well as many others which call the park home. Enjoy the Lilayi sunset amongst the animals with a glass of wine or cold drink whilst on a late afternoon game drive.
Your culinary experience at Lilayi will be one of the highlights of your Zambian experience. We strive for excellence in our restaurant with service and attention to detail being key factors to our guests’ enjoyment. Our restaurant team takes great pride in showing guests what we have to offer – from our crystal stemware and decanters through to our specialist wine list and coffee. Dining in the heart of Lilayi Game Farm means that guests have the opportunity to be surrounded by grazing wildlife as the sunsets in Zambia.
Our team of dedicated chefs prepare dishes using only the freshest produce – tender meat from the game farm with organic vegetables and herbs sourced from the neighbouring Lilayi Farm. The in-house wine cellar boasts over 120 different wines, which have been hand-picked by our sommelier to enhance your dining experience. Lilayi Lodge is proud to have a team of talented chefs and dedicated waiters, some of whom have been with us for over 20 years.
At Lilayi Lodge we have had the privilege of hosting wine makers and estate owners from around the world in our restaurant, which has made food and wine pairing experiences a regular occurrence in our dining room. If you are a lover of fine wines then allow us to create your perfect dining experience right in the heart of Africa.
Lilayi Elephant Nursery
Human-animal conflict is an increasing threat to the African elephant population. Baby elephants are often the victims of these conflicts and find themselves without a family. Through our partnership with Game Rangers International, a non-profit conservation organisation, Lilayi Lodge is giving them a home and a family at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery with the hope of re-introducing them to the wild. This is all achieved with the ongoing support from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife.
These baby Elephants are fed a milk formula every 3 hours. The lunchtime feeding can be viewed daily by the public between 11h30 – 13h00 from the viewing platform located near the entrance to the Lilayi Game Farm. There is a small fee charged for this activity, which is a donation towards the project.
Proflight has daily flights into Lusaka from various local destinations as well as Durban, Lilongwe and Harare.