Hippo Lodge is situated along the banks of the Kafue River in Kafue National Park. Zambia. Kafue National Park is one of Africa's largest game parks comprising 22,400km2 of breathtaking wilderness and the greatest species diversity of all the National Parks in Zambia. It hosts 158 species of mammal, 481 species of bird and 58 species of fish. This makes it a perfect destination for nature lovers, bird watchers and anglers alike.
The lodge is a small, stone-built camp with four uniquely built private chalets and two rustic safari tents, each with open-air stone bathrooms. All the accommodation has been uniquely designed and framed with exquisite views of the Kafue River and its surrounds. Stony House is a spacious self-catering villa that sleeps up to six people. It has its own kitchen and comes with cleaner/kitchen helper to assist you, and a laundry service.
The two rustic safari-style tents each accommodate two people with en-suite open-air stone bathrooms and are situated in amongst Riverine woodland.
The wide range of habitats in Kafue National Park, including riverine forests, miombo woodlands, flood plains and grassy dambos, park-like savannah and almost impenetrable thickets, provide the most beautiful African backdrops to a wide diversity of animal and bird life. Across on the western bank of the Kafue River, opposite Hippo Lodge, is one of the most remarkable areas of Kafue National Park. It is a remote wilderness, virtually untouched by man, and teeming with seasonal wildlife; at night the sounds of lion and hyena are commonly heard.
A morning hike through this pristine wilderness, escorted by a game-scout and experienced guide, and following well-used game trails, is a not-to-be-forgotten experience. Depending on fitness levels, guests may walk from 5 to 15km, experiencing many fascinating aspects of the bush, from the Honeyguide leading you to a bee's nest, to visiting the remains of a lion's feast the night before, to tracking game at seasonal pans.
Game viewing by open 4x4 vehicles, on extensive loops of bush tracks east of the river, is offered in the early morning, or late afternoon/night. As dusk falls the hunt is on to track down the elusive cats: lions, leopard and African Wild Cat. It is not uncommon for impromptu evening drive-outs to be made, following the sound of a nearby lion's roar.