Chaminuka: Adventure, serenity

Ten years later, Chaminuka has become the preferred destination for family retreats, honey-mooners, conferences and nature lovers.

Although it takes about an hour to drive from the city centre, the scenic view of the 10 000 acres estate from the lounge atop a hill, fitted with sliding glass doors which gives a 360′ view of the entire game reserve will immediately make you forget the dusty and bumpy drive.

Chaminuka has 30 air-conditioned rooms and doors opening onto the lawns; with African themed d’cor and houses a huge private collection of African contemporary paintings and sculptures as well as traditional artifacts.

Each room will give you a unique feeling of an art gallery as it exhibits several different inimitable paintings and crafts, which are part of a large collection of more than one thousand pieces acquired from all over Africa over a period of 50 years.

Even for those with an average understanding of fine art, it is easy to translate that the collection which is spread throughout the main house and the gardens, highlights the African culture and way of life over the centuries.

For animal lovers, Chaminuka is home to more than 72 species of Zambian mammals, reptiles and amphibians and some 300 birds.

Personalised game drives around Chaminuka Nature Reserve, Zambia’s first wildlife park, gives nature lovers, a chance to see an abundance of wildlife such as the Puku and Kafue Lechwe, which are exclusive to Zambia.

A variety of cats, primates, reptiles as well as lions, elephants, Giraffe, porcupines, Warthog, spotted Hyenas, Bushbuck, are among the wildlife available for viewing.

For bird watchers, some of the rarer species include Wattled Crane, Hammercop, Saddle-billed and Secretary bird.

Other available activities include horseback safaris, fishing and boating on the four lakes surrounding the reserve and bush walks with qualified guides that teach about the vegetarian and medicinal values of trees and plants used locally.

Perhaps one of the most exciting activities is a trip to their cheese factory where you will get first hand experience on intricacies that come with cheese making. After the tour, guests head into the cave, for wine and cheese tasting.

Here guests get to sample all the 13 brands of the popular ‘Kaposhi’ cheese.

Those that prefer to take it easy, inside Chaminuka; you will find several other lounges, including a sunken TV lounge, a sauna, a dining room, a small library, and a snooker room.

On the outside are two swimming pools, with an adjacent terrace, a tennis court, a Sauna and a Jacuzzi.

Chaminuka is also renowned for it’s scrumptious meals which includes a barbeque and buffet offering a mixture of French, Italian, Greek, Eastern Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine all served by the swimming pool.

Dinner is served in the terraced restaurant and offers a variety of Zambian game dishes.

That said, whether spending a few days or a night, with its exciting daily activities, Chaminuka remains a must a see site for any local or international tourist.

August 2008
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