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About Pinnon Lodge

Pinnon Lodge, Kafue National Park is a small family run safari lodge on the banks for the Kafue river. Owned and run by Ruth and Lyndon Pinches from the UK. The lodge provides comfort, tranquillity and an element of wildness at the same time yet offers exceptional value for money. Frequently visited by Lion, Leopard and other large mammals, the lodge is in complete harmony with its surroundings.

Currently, we have two luxury tented chalets right on the river front, each with their own veranda. Kingfisher chalet is surrounded by water on three sides and is the prime spot for bird watching, especially kingfishers and hippos as they relax on the sandbank 30m from the chalet. Wagtail chalet, on the other hand, overlooks the whole river and is the perfect place for a sun-downer as it faces west.

Our restaurant and bar also face west and is right on the river where you can spot hippos and crocs daily as well as a host of birds. However, if you choose to look the other way you will see an open plain where we regularly spot large game such as elephant, kudu, lion and even cheetah. Situated just a three-hour drive from Lusaka, Pinnon Lodge is a great place to get away for a long weekend.

Safari: Our site is frequently visited by Lion, Leopard and elephant. Situated on the Kafue river and bordered by a large stream the lodge is a magnet for medium sized game such as puku, impala and bush pig.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 21 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Safari
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM


  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Room Service
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Reservation information requirements

At the time of the initial reservation request the following details should be provided:

name of lead guests, number of guests, package required, transfer requirements, dietary requirements, any special requests.

Children Policy

The lodge will accept children below the age of...
Reservation information requirements

At the time of the initial reservation request the following details should be provided:

name of lead guests, number of guests, package required, transfer requirements, dietary requirements, any special requests.

Children Policy

The lodge will accept children below the age of 16 by special arrangement as we have to

be sensitive to the requirements of all our lodge guests. As our lodge is in an unfenced wildlife area children should be under the care of a parent/guardian at all times.

All guests are required to sign an indemnity form on arrival at the lodge.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise that you take out comprehensive travel insurance before you depart for Zambia. Please also check that your insurance covers all activities that you are likely to participate in both with us and during other parts of your trip. Many insurers will require you to take out additional cover for adventure sports such as white water rafting etc. Medical insurance with provision for air evacuation and repatriation is also strongly advised. Whilst Pinnon Lodges carries public and passenger liability for all guests staying in our camps and travelling in our vehicles we cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to any personal possessions whilst guests are in our care. Potentially dangerous wildlife wanders freely through our camps and guests are urged to take note of all safety advice and read the safety information in all camps. If for any reason you cancel a trip close to departure date, you could lose the entire cost of your trip. Should you have to leave before your holiday is finished, we cannot refund you the cost of the portion of the package you do not complete. In the eventuality of this happening, insurance may cover you, depending on the reason for cancellation and curtailment.

What to Bring

Generally, comfortable casual clothing is suitable throughout the year, but the most practical items to pack for safari are:

* Khaki, brown, green and beige, or neutral colors

* Light cotton tops, t-shirts and cotton trousers

* Shirts with long sleeves (even in summer, they will protect you from the sun and from mosquitoes)

* Shorts or a light skirt

* Jeans or safari trousers for evenings and cooler days

* Sweater or fleece for game activities (especially during the winter months, when we also recommend a beany hat, scarf and gloves)

* Socks & Comfortable walking shoes/boots

* Sun block, sunglasses and insect repellent are essential

* Hat (also essential)

* Torch, camera and binoculars

* Light, compact raincoat during the rainy months (December to April)

Directions from Lusaka

From Lusaka there is one main road heading West, the M9 or Mumbwa road. Once you are on this it is a straight 180km to Nalusanga gate which is the entrance to the park. Here you will be asked by Parks and Wildlife officers where you are staying. Say Pinnon Lodges. From Nalusanga gate drive a further 75Km west until you see a sign on

the left side of the road saying 'Pinnon Lodge 10km'. At this point you will turn left (following the arrow on the sign) down a gravel road. Note - Watch out for elephants from here as they frequent the area and never get out of your car. 3km down the gravel road you will find a second Pinnon Lodges sign pointing left, follow this. You will now be on a good bush track which is suitable for most vehicles. About 2km down this track you will see a third Pinnon Lodges sign pointing right. Follow this all the way to Pinnon Lodge Kafue (about 1.5km) where you will be greeted by a member of our staff.

Safety Information

Africa’s wild animals can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Your safety is very important so whilst on holiday with us you need to be aware of your surroundings and their associated risks.

With no fences around the park or our site animals can and often do wander within the camp boundaries.

We do have day watchmen but ask that you always keep your eyes and ears open and take care to stop, look and listen when moving around during the day.

At night you will be escorted back to your tent and we ask that once inside you do not leave your tent after dark.

Safaris will be undertaken in an unfenced national park and game management area where the animals are wild. Attacks by wild animals are rare, however, there are no guarantees that such incidents will not occur. Please respect the wildlife, never try to feed or touch a wild animal and keep noise to a minimum whilst on the vehicle or on foot during your safari.

We will do our utmost to ensure your safety but you need to ensure you listen to the camp staff and guides.


Our chalets are designed to maximise your enjoyment of the beautiful surroundings with large windows and verandahs facing out on to the river. Lighting is in the form of portable solar lamps, please use them as you wish but do not remove them from the chalets. Place any towels or laundry you would like washed in the basket in the bathroom. Rooms are turned down on a daily basis. For your security we suggest you do not leave valuables unattended.


Activities can be arranged on the front desk or by speaking to the guides. Our guides are very experienced and will do their best to show you the spectacular wildlife we have in the Kafue National Park. They are happy to answer any of your questions so please do not hesitate to ask. Dress appropriately for the weather remembering the temperature can

change drastically from day to night. Long sleeves will protect you from the sun and insect bites. Try to avoid wearing bright colours or white on the game drives. You may also wish to avoid black or blue which can attract tsetse flies.


Any dietary requirements should be stated as early as possible, ideally before arrival, in order to accommodate your needs. The daily menu is displayed each morning in the restaurant, if you would prefer an alternative to any of the meals offered please speak to any member of staff straight away and the chef will be happy to discuss some other options with you. All meal times are flexible but as a rough guide breakfast is 6am to 8am, lunch is 11am to 1pm, afternoon tea around 4pm and dinner from 7pm to 8pm.


All of our power is supplied by a small solar set up and a generator (which is used exclusively to pump water). Guests may charge phones and cameras etc in the main hub and reception area. None of the chalets have power outlets and all lighting in the lodge is solar.


Please settle up at reception on your way out. The total cost of your accommodation will be added to any extra drinks, activities, park fees and meals not included with your package. The total will be in US$ and any currency conversion will be calculated using the rate offered that day by Google Currency Converter. You can pay in cash: Zambian Kwacha, or US$, or by card (Visa, MasterCard or Amex). There is a 3% transaction fee for all card payments. Our remote location can occasionally lead to delays with the phone line and authorisation for card payments so please allow adequate time before your planned departure.

Tourism Levy

As of 1st of September 2016 the Ministry of Tourism requires all tourism businesses to charge a 1.5% levy on the total cost for accommodation, food and drinks services. This levy will be added to the final bill to be paid on departure.


Tipping is not expected but always welcome. In the camps we prefer guests not to tip staff during the course of their stay but rather, if you choose, to leave a tip at the end of the stay. Your host will be able to provide you with envelopes and there will usually be a communal tip box at the bar or at reception. This will then be divided amongst all the staff, both those you have seen and those you have not.

The safari guides and scouts are not included in this tip sharing system so if you feel you have been well taken care of then you can tip your guide and/or scout separately, either in person or by leaving an envelope with the camp manager at the end of your stay.

Phone Signal/Wifi

We are very lucky to have full phone signal from both Airtel and MTN networks on site. We apologise we do not have a WIFI connection for guests to use on site yet.
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Pinnon Lodge is 33.6km from the centre of Kafue National Park , the nearest airport 272km (Kenneth Kaunda International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling