Ila Safari Lodge

The Lodge

Mwaoneka pa Ila Safari Lodge, twakondwela pokuonani! Welcome to Ila Safari Lodge, we are happy to meet you!

Soon after being welcomed by our team you be basking in tranquility and luxury of our lodge surrounded by the great wilderness of Kafue National Park.

Ila Safari Lodge is a true eco-lodge providing facilities of the highest quality to a maximum of 24 guests. The lodge is located on the banks of the mighty Kafue River in an area of abundant wildlife and boasts 180 degree views out across the water.


Our central boma is best described by the phrase 'eco friendly meets dynamic design' and is the showpiece of our property. Designed from inception to provide top notch facilities for 24 guests it boasts a stunning modern pool, an openair restaurant, bar and lounge with 180 degree views out over the river, a boat jetty, a fireplace and a firepit area for after dinner gatherings. All large original trees have been incorporated into the building including our iconic 'twin palms' which sit next to the swimming pool and which the entire building was built around to protect.

Take a dip in our cutting edge designer pool, dine on mouth-watering cuisine, kick back and enjoy a book or just watch the world go by with an ice cold drinks in hand from the lounge.


Our name was inspired by the Ila people, a cattle herding tribe residing in the valley of the Kafue River. Their distinctive hairstyle called ‘isusu’ was designed to allow fellow members of hunting or war parties to see eachother over the tall grass of the Kafue floodplains. The style was formed with plaited hair stiffened with a sliver of antelope horn. The Ila weapon of choice was the spear and they used many differing varieties with much display of skill. Battles were generally with other tribes over stolen cattle.

We are proud to recognise this fascinating people wherever possible at the lodge. To read more on the Ila people click here.