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.
Gourmet bush cuisine is prepared by a trained chef and served in an open dining room over looking the river.
Adjacent to the dining room is a fully stocked bar and swimming pool – a great place to cool off on a hot day or watch the sun go down. A small library of nature reference books and novels is also available to guests.
In authentic African-style, Hippo’s accommodation does not have electric lights; the rooms are softly lit by paraffin lamps at night. Solar power is available in the main lodge and bar area, and can be used to recharge batteries.
Walking Safaris - 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. Enjoy morning walks with an armed guide.
Game Drives - 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.
River Cruises- With so many kilometres of beautiful, wild, river to explore, boat cruises at any time of the day are a favourite. Game viewing from the river can be spectacular, especially in the drier months, when elephants cross the river or when buffalo come down to the river to drink.
Hot Springs - A natural hot spring provides guests with a perfect opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate in a unique sand bottomed Jacuzzi – in the company of the resident hippo! A BBQ dinner alongside the spring, under the starry African sky, makes for an unforgettable evening.
Birding Safaris - Hippo Lodge is a bird watcher’s paradise and is renowned for almost 300 species which have been recorded within the area including the African Finfoot, African Skimmer, Rock Pratincole, Crowned and Wattle Crane, Saddle-bill Stork, Racket-tailed Roller, Sharlow’s Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Crowned Eagle (which are nesting in camp) and the ubiquitous African Fish Eagle. For the avid birder, birding safari’s can be organized with one of our specialist guides.
Fishing - Species such as the famous Yellow Belly, Tilapia or Bream, Catfish and the African Pike are all found in the Kafue River system. Fishing tackle is available for guests, and boats (with coxswain) are available for hire.
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.
Hippo is a small, vintage-style stone-built camp with four uniquely built private chalets and two rustic safari tents each with open-air stone bathrooms.