Ila Lodge: WOW!!!!!! What an amazing place, understated elegance, fantastic people, food, accommodation.I would go back at the drop of a hat.
JULY 2021 - Mel
Just wanted to say thank you for organising our superb trip to the Lower Zambezi! The Royal was absolutely fantastic! Beautifully decorated, comfortable rooms, great service , delicious food and incredible game viewing! We went into the National Park , saw 6 leopards in two days, 2 of which were fighting over territories. A huge herd of buffalo coming down to the watering hole, the Brutal brothers male lions , so many elephants and their babies - we even had one wondering around the camp! Our sightings were endless! The staff have created a wonderful, friendly environment. Everyone is helpful and hospitable, we even had a watercolour art lesson whilst there! Thank you everyone, The Royal is certainly a choice destination and we’ll be back soon!
MAY 2021 - Phil from Copperbelt
What can I say, Mfuwe was as good if not better than previous visits. They were really outstanding and so accommodating with two little ones. We had a fantastic time loads of laughter great food and really like the renovations. Also as always you guys were your usual efficient excellent selves so thank you as well for making it painless. We saw Andy and he is happy for us to move the dates for the kids who could not make it so it looks like we will be doing another trip sometime in September.
April 2021 - Frank from Lusaka
A perfect stay on another perfect trip facilitated by yourselves - thanks SO much. So pleased to be able to suppor tour local businesses at this time.
April 2021 - Leonie from Lusaka
We had a really nice time as we ended up being the only guests at the lodge for most of the nights. The staff was very attentive, the lunches were excellent (better than the dinners for some reason) and the guiding was great. We received a reusable water bottle and a drawstring bag with hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and tissues upon arrival; the staff wore masks at all times and hand sanitizer was available on all entrances of the main pavilion. The location of the lodge and the facilities are beautiful, the bar is very well stocked with high-quality items (even cigars) and there even is "real" coffee from a french press available on game drives as opposed to instant coffee. We also made use of the high water to go on a boat safari. They even made a special dinner of nshima and char-grilled bream upon request. Regards, Leonie
March 2021 - Anna from Lusaka
It was fantastic, we were completely spoiled with beautiful food and fun. Our guide Wallace was lovely, we even saw a pangolin! Was a super trip! Thank you very much (stayed at Royal Zambezi Lodgein Lower Zambezi)
August 2020 - Cherry from Zambia
Greetings and Thank you for a most wonderful time. Our Mukambi room was really special, overlooking the Kafue River and even had a bath on the front patio. At Busanga Plains we were treated like royalty. Upon arrival a special cocktail was waiting for us and indeed after every sightseeing tour we had warm face cloths to cool off and clean the dust off our faces. The chalets all overlook the Plains and there is constant movement of game and bird life to watch. Plenty of extra specials – eg fluffy white gowns in the cupboard and we each had a hot water bottle awaiting us in bed. The food was excellent especially at the Busanga Plains and beautifully presented. Really good padkos too! David is a great host and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Highly recommended. Regards, Cherry
February 2020 - Mike from Ireland
Hi Christina, I have just returned to Ireland. Ntanda Ventures could not have looked after me better. We had some last minute flight changes. I contacted Kerry on the Sunday that I arrived in Chingola and she dropped everything for me and rebooked our flights to Livingstone. What a service! I cannot praise Ntanda highly enough.
1. Car Hire with Jayagie - we were delayed by 12 hours returning the car to Ndola - this was no problem at all for Jayagie and they were super efficient in handling the return of the car . The car was clean , very well maintained and in perfect running order. I would highly recommend using Jayagie and I will use them in the future.
2. Accommodation with Victoria Falls Waterfront - the accommodation was clean and perfectly situated, the staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble . It was the perfect spot for my Dad to recover and celebrate his birthday. Amy Lea and her team made a special occasion that little bit more special. They had a cake baked for my Dad and had set up a table on the Mambushi. Dinner at sunset on the Zambezi and then the waiting staff singing happy birthday to my Dad was so thoughtful. I would recommend Victoria Falls Waterfront to anyone.
3. Onways - Trevor was at the airport to meet us and provided us with a car that was spotless and in perfect running order. He even offered a higher wheelbase car if we wanted it. I would certainly recommend Onways and would use them when I return to Livingstone.
4. Proflight - my Dad needed a wheelchair - Proflight ground staff looked after my Dad with so much care. I am so happy with every aspect of the experience with Ntanda Ventures. I will use your services when I return and I will recommend Ntanda Ventures to anyone who is planning a holiday to Zambia. Thanks for everything. Kind regards Mike
December 2019 - Gail and Mike from SA. Dear Kerry What a lovely surprise waiting for us at the lodge. We are so touched and will wear the caps with pride! So far, so VERY good! Everything has gone so smoothly: transfers waiting, hotel really great. Finding the Zambians so friendly, helpful, efficient and SMILEY! I'll write to you again after Kitwe. Thank you again.
September 2019 - Micheline from Canada - Hi Kerry, we had a fantastic trip, one that we will remember for a long time! Everything was just perfect. The wedding venue was beautiful and we loved the safaris! Thank you for all your help. Micheline
September 2019 - Kheran from Phillipines -Best tour operator in Africa Kerry and her team are best planners who find those unique experiences that only few locals know. Her knowledge of the lodges and tours in Zambia and Southern Africa is deep and extremely rare. Her team are the most responsive and go out of their way to solve some tough challenges we faced. I cant imagine using anyone else again.
September 2019 - Joanne from Canada - Hi, we came back home last evening. We had such a great time! The recommendations you made were excellent and the safari was amazing! We loved the hotels, the lodges, and we had overall a great experience. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone wanting to discover Zambia.Thank you for everything. Joanne
August 2019 - Debra from Australia - I can’t thank Kerry and the team enough for the wonderful holiday we have just experienced, all organised by Ntanda Ventures. From the moment we arrived in Zambia and completed our holiday in Victoria Falls we were well taken care of and nothing was too much trouble for Kerry to take care of on our behalf. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We will return and certainly use you for any future bookings.
August 2019 - Kati from Germany - We really enjoyed our Trip very much. Thank you for your suggestion to go there! Waiters were very friendly, guides with much experience, answering all our questions. Very special for us to be the first at the little lions! Next time we come to Zambia, we surely contact you, in order to book our Safari! Kati
July 2019 Vanessa from New Zealand - Hi Kerry, Thank you so much for all of your help with our holiday. We had an awesome time and really appreciated the assistance you gave us. You made out holiday. Thanks once again, we had a fabulous holiday. Vanessa
Prof Pat UK - Oct I came to see Shiwa N’Gandu (Africa House) but I fell in love with Kapishya Hot Spring Lodge. Mark and Mell were the most genial of hosts, making me feel welcome as a friend, as well as a guest: they had many stories to tell. There were also other interesting people to talk to who were knowledge about southern Africa – Mike and Danny. Emma gave me an excellent tour of the Shiwa grounds – Sir Stewart Gore-Brown’s grave, from which there was a view of the lake, and the shore of the lake itself – the Royal Lake of the Crocodiles. We saw antelope, zebras and a fish eagle. The food was homemade and really good. My thatched cottage was clean and comfortable with plenty of towels. The Lodge staff were cheerful and helpful. There was a good pool with a sitting-out area overlooking the river. The hot springs were something else! It was amazing the way the hot water bubbled up out of the sand between your toes. I particularly appreciated the labelling of the shrubs and trees. Last, but not least, there were three delightful porky Jack Russels – Mouse, Chunky and Princess.
August Korin - UK - Hi Kerry, We had an incredible trip, thank you for the recommendation and for all you help planning! You were absolutely right about timing - we saw so many different species, over 40 mammals and more birds than we can remember; the highlight was witnessing a leopard kill, which was totally unexpected! The accomodations, guides and staff were great at both camps. Our experience in Zambia will remain fondly in our memories forever :) Thanks again and hope your Spring is off to a nice start there. Korin & Zaid
September 2018 Derek - UK Would like to say we had a most fantastic trip and thank you for organising a perfect itinerary for us. Beautiful accommodation and wonderful staff, let alone all the animals we came across. I am more than happy for you to use the photos. Would highly recommend you to anyone interested in booking a safari to Zambia. Thank you once again,Derek.
March - Jill - Kitwe Thanks Kerry - we had the TIME OF OUR LIFE in Livingstone & Chundukwa. Thank you SO much for organizing everything ----- we have had just THE BEST most special trip - surpassed all my hopes for an amazing weekend with my family. We have laughed SOOOOOOOO much and every activity just got better and better. The ele cafe was fabulous. All just good, good and great and SO happy.
Duncan Australia “ we had the most amazing weekend. The lodge was beautiful and the service was exceptional. We were accommodated in every way possible. We had our own guide to accommodate the length of time we wished to be on game drives and had dinner ready for us earlier due to our earlier finish to the game drives. The guides, staff and volunteers were outstanding with the kids. Plus, you just can’t beat having a gin and tonic overlooking the river at sunset, with giraffes walking past and hippos down below. Thanks again Kerry, everything about our weekend was perfect.”
Susie UK We could not have been more happy with the arrangements you made for our visit to Zambia. Everything worked like clockwork and all the transfers and bookings went seamlessly. Your choice of lodges suited us very well. We especially enjoyed Kafue, it was our first ever experience of a wildlife park and we had no real idea what to expect, but we especially liked the level of hospitality and location, and found the guiding very informative and the hosts interesting and friendly. The river was stunning and we did take an evening boat trip too. We will very happily recommend you and Ntanda Ventures whenever we can.
John USA group “We had a great trip. Everything went smoothly and the group had a terrific time. Thank you very much for your assistance in planning and executing the trip!”