Chaminuka became the home of Andrew and Danae Sardanis 1978, which they built in the style of a Zambian village and lived with their staff until it was opened to the public in 1998 as a luxury lodge.
The Lodge is situated in a 10,000 acre game reserve and is now the habitat of 72 species of Zambian mammals, reptiles and amphibians, as well as over 300 species of birds, many native to the area whilst others are migratory. The success of this reserve is all due to the diligent rehabilitation of the forests that had made their way to farmlands, with thousands of trees being planted. The Miombo woodland, the Savannah and wetlands have been left untouched, while dams have been built to conserve the waters of the Kasenga stream that traverses the land.
Guests are accommodated in 30 luxury suites which are spread around the property. Each suite has been elegantly decorated in a fusion of contemporary and traditional themes. Spread around the Lodge are a number of “insakas” – village style lounging areas – where guests can relax in private, enjoying the glorious panoramic views across Chaminuka’s African Eden which melts into the wilderness beyond.They can also watch some of the most glorious sunsets of Africa as they sit on the Deck overlooking Lake Chitoka.
The Lodge also houses Andrew and Danae’s huge private collection of African contemporary paintings and sculpture as well as traditional artifacts – some 1000 pieces – acquired from all over Africa over a period of 50 years. The collection spreads throughout the main house, the guest suites and the gardens and highlights the African culture and way of life over the centuries.