Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge

Zambia Chichele Presidential Lodge 3
 

Game viewing in the South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. The area is excellent for spotting predators especially if you're a leopard lover.

The area is well known for its endemic species such as Thornicroft's giraffe, Crayshay's zebra, and Cookson's wildebeest. Home to probably the highest concentration of hippos in the world, the park also has considerable numbers of elephants, crocodiles, buffalo, lions, wild dogs, impala, puku and various other game. It is estimated that about 400 of Zambia’s 732 species of birds appear in the South Luangwa National Park. These include 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species.


Buffalo Herd S Luangwa

SIGHTINGS - MAY 2014

The wild dog are still in the area and were spotted quite often. Two sets of guests saw them hunting and bringing down prey.

There was an excellent sighting of a big lion pride. They were seen feeding on a dead buffalo near the lodge. Leopard sightings are getting better and better. Its has been a great month for seeing leopards in the Chichele area. There were also big herds of buffalos around Chichele. 

The lodge's water hole attracted lots of big game. Elephants, Zebras, Kudus, Hippos and many other game came through to have a drink.


Elephants Chichele April

sightings - APRIL 2014

A pack of wild dogs was often seen on morning and afternoon game drives. They were seen hunting and bringing down impala on a number of occasions. An excellent sighting was a mother leopard with her two cubs; and leopard were seen quite often. Hyenas were seen a few times during the month.

Elephants were seen in big numbers in individual herds. There were a lot more babies in these elephant herds. The pride of 21 lions has been spectacular as they were seen throughout the month from one kill to another.

The water level in the main river is rising again and pontoon crossings were set to start before the beginning of May.


Chichele Wild Dogs March

sightings - MARCH 2014

Mrach 2014 provided a varied and exciting game viewing month for guests. A pack of six wild dogs were seen on a number of occasions next to Chichele Hill and a male lion was spotted on the plains down the Chichele Hill.

Rumbling herds of elephants and buffaloes were frequently seen during March. Meat eaters including lions, leopards and hyenas were seen a couple of times too.


Chichele - Feb 2014

Sightings - February 2014


The Luangwa River is almost filled to capacity creating beautiful scenery along with all of the migratory birds in the area. We were lucky to spot a Narina Trogon this month which is a rare sighting in the Luangwa Valley. Our resident leopard is in the area and even made a killing on the grounds of the lodge and then dragged it into a tree right next to us. We also saw the pack of six wild dogs on a number of occasions and even had a few new visitors as three giraffes came into the grounds to munch on some of the lodge's vegetation.                               


Chichele - Jan 2014

Sightings - January 2014

The pack of wild dogs are back in the area and guets were fortunate to see them hunting as they ran and chased an impala - this time the impala got away. Most of the low-lying areas are quite wet due to the ongoing rains, which means a lot of the game have been congregating in and around the lodge. Our guides have had good sightings of the local Chichele pride of lions and our resident leopard has been hanging around the lodge. In this image, he was having a peaceful sleep in the middle of the road leading up to the lodge.


Chichele - Dec 2013

sightings - December 2013

The bush is now lush and many shades of green as regular rains come down.  The same pack of wild dogs seen last month stayed in the area for a while and then moved on. As usual, sightings of leopards have remained great, guests even saw a leopard feeding on an impala it had dragged into a tree. The birdlife seen in the South Luangwa has also been great including sightings of African Jacanas, ground hornbill and fish eagles, to name a few.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                               


Chichele - Nov 2013

Sightings - November 2013

The firsts rains have arrived, turning the bush into various shades of green. The days are also slightly cooler. Many of the antelope start birthing which also draws many predators to the area.

Our guests were fortunate to see a pride of 17 lions on a few different game drives. Two separate leopards made killings close to the lodge and we've also spotted a pack of seven wild dogs out on a hunt.


Chichele - Oct 2013

sightings - october 2013

We've been lucky to see elephants daily including a few breeding herds with young ones. Over the last few months, sightings of leopards have increased to a point where guests are able to spot these shy and elusive animals almost every day - some with a kill up in a tree. Bird species found in the South Luangwa have been pushed up to almost 600 with the arrival of the migrant species in the area.


Chichele - Sept 2013

Sightings - september 2013

Another great month for sightings especially leopard! Guests were lucky to spot these elusive cats 29 days out of the 30 in September. That just prooves that the South Luangwa is definitely one of the best places in Africa to see leopards. Other thrilling sightings include a lioness killing a baby zebra at our popular sundowner spot on Chichele hill. Some of the migrant bird species such as the carmine bee-eaters are starting to come back to the valley for breeding season. Their usual habitat included river valleys and floodplains and they prefer vertical banks which is better suited for tunnelling when they breed. They are very sociable birds and gather in large flocks, in or out of breeding season. 


Chichele - Aug 2013

Sightings - August 2013

A great month for wildlife sightings! Out of the 31 days in August we spotted lions on 22 days and leopard 23 days. The resident pride of lions have been spotted with three new month old old cubs and as they share their birthday month with Prince George the lodge guides decided to name them 'the royal cubs'. Read more about the cubs and their pride on our blog. Guests saw a lioness chasing and killing a baby puku right in front one of the rooms. A pack of 6 wild dogs chased two impalas when one of the impalas ran into the lodge and collapsed in the pathway. The Chichele team responded quickly by covering the exhausted and unconscious impala with a towel, when after about 30 minutes the animal made a quick recovery and pranced back into the bush.