Discover the Joy of a Safari at the Chaminuka Game Reserve in Zambia
. . . And you can sample some fabulous wine and cheese while you’re at it!
by Bea Broda
I’m a huge fan of archaeology, history and culture, and I’d have to say that’s what drives and guides most of my travels. I found myself in Lusaka, Zambia, to attend a conference, and was presented with an itinerary to fill my days while in the country. Although whisking myself off on an animal safari was not something I would ever have put on the top of my bucket list, I am so happy that I was able to experience two while in Zambia.
One of them was just a 40 minute drive from the centre of Lusaka, called Chaminuka, the creation of Andrew and Danae Sardanis, who made Chaminuka their home since 1978. The lodge is chuck full of art and books that this intrepid couple have collected, all there to share with those that visit. The lodge is everything you would imagine, as the Sardanis exude a respect and joy for all things African, as interpreted by the quality and depth of experience exhibited both in the items on display and in the care of the reserve’s resident animals.
As extraordinary the experience is of having your lifetime’s first eyeful of a graceful giraffe strolling across the horizon, one of the surprises here is the fact that cheese was being made on the property and a cellar where you can taste the various cheeses paired with South African wines is a place to spend some very pleasant time between jeep tours!
Have a look at this video clip I put together that gives a good indication of what can be experienced at the Chaminuka Game Reserve.