We had the most amazing week at Marula Lodge. At $13pppn for a safari tent, we were able to stay for 7 nights and were so glad we did. The safari tent is equipped with twin beds which were really comfortable, so we didn't even feel like we were in a tent.
Marula provide kitchen facilities, so if you want to cook for yourself, you are able to. The open air shower block is wonderful too, with piping hot showers at any time of the night or day.
The lodge has the enviable position of being at an animal river crossing, so animals come right up into the camp. Whilst there we saw hippos, warthogs, antelope, a monitor, an owl and so many elephants. Mike and Jenny are so great at instructing you how to behave when the elephants come in that one came right up to us and sniffed us!
Jenny was unfortunately only there for a few days while we were, but on each day she took the time to sit with us and chat, talking of her charity work in the local community. It's so good to see a lodge owner giving back. Mike was such a soothing presence and kept the camp calm whenever animals were about. The local staff were also lovely, many of them having a passion for the animals and gladly pointing them out to guests.
We loved this place and we loved the people there. Just go!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a family-run, family-friendly lodge that prides itself in offering excellent service, food and adventure at budget friendly prices. Our rooms are guaranteed to be comfortable and clean; we have few airs and graces and can promise a wonderful time to all who visit. Our wildlife is amazing and we often have a family of elephants or a giraffe wandering through the camp. We look forward to welcoming you to Marula Lodge! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Marula Lodge Zambia/South Luangwa National Park