About 15km southwest of Mfuwe Lodge, Chichele was another large and decaying lodge, once owned by the parastatal 'National Hotels', which was put out to private management. It opened in September 2001, standing in a hilly area where the Luangwa River starts to come much closer to the escarpment. Around it are a variety of environments including miombo woodland and mopane glades, on soil that varies from patches of gravel/sand to patches of black-cotton soil. The lodge itself is high up, atop a hill named President Hill, as Chichele was the president's private lodge in the Luangwa during KK's reign. It's got a great view!
It is owned by Star of Africa who completely rebuilt it, and also built its sister-camp, Puku Ridge, from scratch. This lodge contains 10 rooms, all with en-suite facilities, verandas, mosquito nets, air-conditioning, hair dryers and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The presidential suite (room 1) is actually quite formal. In addition to the regular facilities, it also boasts a glass-fronted shower room, twin wash basins, animal-skin rugs and a mosquito net that's part of the bed's canopy. Star of Africa have been forced to keep many of Chichele's present buildings for their alleged historical value, so the design has had to take these into account. The communal areas are huge, including a large dining area with candelabra, ceiling fans ... and even a cappuccino maker!
Activities here major on game drives, although walks are also available. Small groups or conferences can also be accommodated, in combination with its nearby sister-camp, Puku Ridge.