A new lodge, Chikunto Safari Lodge, will open in South Luangwa National Park in April.

Regula Burkhalter, Owner, told Tourism Update: “The lodge has four luxury double tents and one luxury family tent, all raised on wooden decking overlooking the Luangwa River. All tents have king-size or twin beds with mosquito net, sitting area with a sofa and coffee table, a wardrobe, writing desk and en-suite bathroom. Outside the tent you find a covered veranda with lounge furniture. There is a fan above the bed and another at the veranda.”

The main area is raised on wooden decking overlooking the Luangwa River and has a dining area, bar, boma and salt water swimming pool.

Chikunto Safari Lodge can take up to 12 guests and activities include driving and walking safaris, boat cruises (from February to April) and a village tour.

The lodge is owned and operated by Burkhalter, her husband Jens Kant and a Zambian partner, Josephat Musoni.

It is located in the South Luangwa National Park, about 700km northeast of the capital Lusaka. Guests can fly from Lusaka to Mfuwe International Airport. A 20-minute drive leads to the gate of the park, where the first safari drive starts. The lodge is situated at Big Bend Site, on the banks of the Luangwa River, 45 minutes from the park gate.