Tuesday, April 14, 2015


By Eva Fydrych

Lilayi Lodge
Lusaka's best kept secret

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine (Click to enlarge)

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA - Lilayi Lodge is a wonderful sanctuary located only a short drive from Lusaka city centre. 12 trendy chalets, large swimming pool, fine dining, safari game drives, bush walks, and an Elephant Nursery - that's what attracts both international and local tourists here.

"Established in 1988 and enveloped in rich cultural history, the game farm consists of a 650 hectare plot of land situated within the Miller Lilayi Farm. As a family owned business, Lilayi has belonged to the Miller family for over 100 years, which has seen the original farmhouse registered as a Zambian Heritage House in 1996." - Lilayi

In December 2014, Fashion Studio Magazine spent one night at Lilayi and we have to admit it is definitely one of the best lodges in Lusaka!

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Lilayi's restaurant

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine


Dining at Lilayi's restaurant is a real pleasure for the senses. Using only garden-fresh products and blending African fusion with contemporary cuisine, the in-house chef creates a truly unique dining experience.

You can choose an elegant table inside and admire impressive local sculptures or opt for a more relaxed atmosphere on the terrace. Lilayi's restaurant is known for great food and Lusaka residents often come here for lunch or dinner.

It is also worth mentioning that the restaurant has its own wine cellar and offers an extensive wine selection. Highly recommended!

"Members of the exclusive Wine Club will be given the opportunity to attend regular wine tastings with guest speakers, as well as food and wine paired dinners. The Lilayi Vintners are dedicated to making Lilayi the place where people can come to express their passion and interests, as well as interact with others who share a love for the culture of wine." - Lilayi

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine


Lilayi Lodge is set in a private game reserve and offers 12 comfortable chalets with en-suite bathrooms and private terraces. All rooms are spacious and feature trendy decor - natural colours and a lot of wood. They all come with LED satellite television, Wi-Fi, bar fridge and tea & coffee making facilities.

Bathroom amenities include a hairdryer, soft bathrobes and complimentary toiletries (locally produced soaps and lotions); there is a separate shower and a large bathtub to relax after a long day full of activities.

Welcome to our Chalet!

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Relaxing on the private terrace

Trendy decor

Fashionable textiles in beige and light blue

Comfortable bathtub

Local game available at Lilayi's restaurant

King size bed with a mosquito net

Stylish desk chair

Lilayi toiletries

Local art at Lilayi's restaurant

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine


Lilayi Lodge offers a lot of different activities - from bush walks to game drives and horseback safaris. The area of over 650 hectares of unspoiled landscape is inhabited by 300 bird spices and 23 spices of mammal including zebra, giraffe, antelope, wildebeest, puku, kudu, impala, and tsessebe.

The Elephant Nursery, established with the support from the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, offers an opportunity to watch the elephants being fed and cared for. The viewing platform is located at the entrance and is open everyday from 11.30 to 13.00.

Lilayi Elephant Nursery

Photos by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine

Visiting the Elephant Nursery


The capital and largest city of Zambia, Lusaka, is one of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa.

Although Zambia lies within the tropics, the climate is tempered by its high altitude. There are three main seasons: Cool and Dry from May to August, Hot and Dry from September to October, Warm and Wet from November to April. Average midday temperatures vary from a maximum of 31°C (88 F) in October to a minimum of 10°C (50 F) in June. Even during the hottest months, the nights in Lusaka are always cool and pleasant. 

Main tourist attractions in Lusaka include: Munda Wanga Environmental Park, Kalimba Reptile ParkKabwata Cultural VillageSunday Market at the Arcades Shopping Centre, Manda Hill, Levy Junction, and newly established EastPark Mall. There are several good restaurants, bars, cinemas, local markets, and hair & beauty salons across the city.

Lilayi Lodge is situated on the outskirts of Lusaka, about 15 km south of the centre, and only 45 minutes drive from the international airport.

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine


  • Trendy design
  • Local art
  • Quiet and comfortable atmosphere
  • Large swimming pool
  • Excellent food and wine selection
  • Elephant Nursery
  • Private airstrip
  • Remote location (but still close to Lusaka city centre)
  • Friendly customer service

Photo courtesy of Google Maps (Click to enlarge)

Off Lilayi Road
Lusaka 10101

T: +260 211 840435/6
M: +260 971 002010

*Special thank you to Lilayi Lodge for hosting Fashion Studio Magazine in December 2014.

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