You’ve experienced the adrenaline of a traditional safari and you’ve probably also experienced the comfort of viewing game from the lodge deck in an ‘arm-chair’ safari. Want to indulge in something just as wild but a little more luxurious? - you need to experience a bathtub safari!
Zambia is a premier safari destination, home to iconic African wildlife, breathtaking scenery and some of the most luxurious safari lodges and camps in Africa.
Here are the best lodges to sit back, relax and take in all that Zambia has to offer from the comfort of your own bathtub:
Ila Safari Lodge, Kafue National Park
Based on the banks of Zambia’s own Kafue River, Ila Safari Lodge includes 2 luxury suites each offering front row seats to life on the river. Listen out for the resident hippos laughing and keep an eye out for the herds of elephants and key predators that drink from the banks on the other side.
Zungulila Bushcamp, South Luangwa National Park (title image)
The Bushcamp Company’s more isolated camp set in the remote southern part of South Luangwa means undisturbed game viewing for all guests staying in their 4 intimate tents. Admire the stunning views onto the Kapamba river and expansive plains where natural springs attract huge herds of game within the national park.
Kafunta River Lodge, South Luangwa National Park
Not exactly a bath, but it is the only natural hot tub in the Luanga Valley! Kafunta Safaris' unique hot tub is fed from a natural geothermal source on the lodge’s grounds. Guests can relax while looking out to magnificent views over the flood plain and the Luangwa River. Having an average temperature of 37°C, during the cooler nights it’s the perfect ending to an eventful day on safari.
Lion Camp, South Luangwa National Park
After its much anticipated renovation, Lion Camp hasn’t spared any details when it comes to luxury within the African bush. In addition to the camp’s 8 luxury tents, 2 deluxe tents feature spacious decking with own outdoor bath for guests to take full advantage of the camps prime location in the northernmost reaches of South Luangwa National Park.
Kaingo Camp, South Luangwa National Park
Be at one with nature at Shenton Safaris' Kaingo Camp. Their beautiful riverfront bathtubs enable guests to keep an eye out for camp regulars that regularly pass through the Luangwa River during their mid-day cool off or evening ritual.
Sausage Tree Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park
Newly rebuilt this year, Sausage Tree Camp has definitely delivered when it comes to camp 'bathroom goals'. Modern yet earthy ensuite's opt for a more private viewing style where guests can soak up the view's of the mighty Zambezi and the park's wildlife.
Chiawa Camp, Lower Zambezi National Park
Recently built from scratch, Chiawa Camp’s ‘Safari Suite’ sits about 3 elephants high above the Zambezi river. The suite’s ball & claw bathtub centrepiece takes full advantage of a commanding view of the Lower Zambezi in the privacy of guest’s very own ‘safari sanctuary’.
Old Mondoro, Lower Zambezi National Park
Chiawa camp’s more private sister, Old Mondoro has only 8 beds and is the Lower Zambezi’s most intimate and private safari camp. Incorporating a “splash-tub” in every rooms en-suite gives guests the opportunity to relax in style, overlooking the Zambezi River and all the wildlife that thrives off it.
Royal Zambezi Lodge, Lower Zambezi National Park
Both of Royal Zambezi Lodge’s deluxe and presidential suites offer a more enclosed bath setting. A free-standing copper bath sits either within the lodge themselves or under a shaded veranda on their own private decking. Within the comfort of their own safari base, guests can indulge in the ongoing sights and sounds of the Zambezi River.
The River Club, Livingstone
Positioned amongst the treeline on the banks of the Zambezi River, the River Club’s ‘River Suites’ offer an extremely tranquil setting for a Victoria Falls base. Each suite includes a bathroom situated at the riverfront, just above the waterline meaning guests can relax whilst enjoying unimpeded views of the river in complete privacy.
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