Danish Experiences

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Meet Mr Jan Lund who has been working as an engineer in Zambia, he brought his family all the way from Denmark to Livingstone for a few days. In this picture Jan is with his nephew Bue, wife Nicole and their two children Liv  and Ask having a spot of lunch before a Sunset cruise. Welcome to Chanters Lodge. We hope you enjoy your stay 🙂

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Visitors from Brigham Young University

Meet Neil and Sam, professors from  BYU university in Utah and recent guests with us here in Livingstone.

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They came on a mission to determine what activities their students will do next year July. They visited 2 farms, typical Zambian villages. And of course they did the 1 day trip to Chobe, Botswana. They also spent a lot of time sampling Zambian cuisine and seem to have become fans of our local staple, nshima. They also swam in the Devils pool at the Falls and did a sunset cruise.

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We look forward to welcoming them and their students next year!

 

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Father Valentine Kalumba is the new Bishop of Livingstone

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We were honoured and humbled to have been chosen by the Catholic church to host the celebration dinner for Fr Kalumba at Chanters Lodge. It was great to see the men of the cloth let this hair down with 1 or 2….or 3 glasses of wine beer or otherwise. 😀 The dinner was for 80 people which is not bad and the food was delicious. We were also blessed to have 16 Bishops staying with us for 3 days. Pope Francis appointed Fr Kalumba who was ordained on the 3rd September 2016. He holds a BA in Theology and Accountancy. We wish you best of luck in your new appointment.

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Jake and Alvera Stern

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Meet Jake and Alvera Stern from Pennsylvania in the USA, they have been our guests here at Chanters Lodge for the past 6 days. In this photo I took them to see the Wayi Wayi Art Gallery in Livingstone. They loved it and bought some beautiful paintings and baskets.

Whilst in Livingstone they went on a safari drive, did the Bridge Tour, enjoyed a helicopter rider over the Victoria Falls as well as the famous High Tea at the Royal Livingstone Hotel.

Alvera went to school in Choma 50 years ago and used to visit Livingstone as a young girl. Obviously its all changed now and her old school in Choma is now Choma Museum. She did manage to take a photo right in the spot where her bed used to be. She takes some fond memories back to Pennsylvania.

Travelling mercies Jake and Alvera. We loved having you at Chanters Lodge 🙂

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A letter from Switzerland

Dear Mrs. Chanter

We would like to thank you for the wonderful accommodation in your lodge in July. It was a pleasure to meet you, your granddaughter and the friendly staff.
There are some pictures attached as we promised. Some of them were taken by your granddaughter.

We think very positively back and hope to be in Zambia again one day.

Kind regards from Switzerland

Seraina Siebenmann & Simon Schait

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Welcome to delegates from the Chinese Government

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We have a group of 5 Chinese government delegates visiting us at the moment, led by John Xhang (pronounced Jhang). They stopped by Chanters Lodge on their way to Sinazongwe to attend the traditional annual Maliko Malende Lwiindi Ceremony. The ceremony is an annual festival of the Tonga people of southern Zambia. It is a thanksgiving ceremony which attracts people from around the country. It takes place at a Place called Gonde, near Chief Monze’s place in Monze District. Whilst in Livingstone our distinguished guests also took time out to do a few tours. Here are some pictures of their stay.

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Volunteering Experiences

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We currently have 14 students and 2 leaders, Mr and Mrs Gough, from the Arnewood School in Hampshire in UK staying at Chanters Lodge. They are spending 4 weeks here in Livingstone and are here to complete charity work at the Lubusi Orphanage and Maramba care home. Following that they will be completing a building project for the school in Mukuni Village, then moving on to ALERT to do environmental work with the lions and elephants. They will complete their 4 weeks with a safari in Chobe National Park in Botswana. They are doing some great work in our community and we’re grateful to them for that. If you would like to learn more about their visit then take a look at their website. Chanters Lodge are happy to assist you in arranging all your excursions and activities whilst you’re in Livingstone, for more information visit our activities page.

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Richard Chanter 1947 – 2016

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We are extremely saddened to announce the death of our owner and director Richard Chanter. He passed away from natural causes after a short illness on the 20th of May 2016. He was a towering presence who will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

We would like take this opportunity to assure all our guests that Chanters Lodge is still open for business as usual. In Richard’s words, “The show must go on!” One of Richard’s great contributions to the industry in Zambia was excellent training of his employees. As such the day-to-day running of the lodge is now in the very competent hands of Anastastia, Richard’s right-hand woman and long-time assistant.

Richard’s five children and surviving spouse will be running the lodge going forward and we hope to be able to expand on the foundations he has laid for us.

Thank you to everyone who has sent messages of condolence during this difficult time.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
~ Lao Tzu ~

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Swiss Volunteers on The Experience!

Milena Kettsch & Flurina Borer

Meet Milena Kettsch (above left) and Flurina Borer (right), young, pretty and guests on the most recent edition of the Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient featuring Jay Hillz. ‘The Experience’ is our weekly radio show airing every Tuesday evening from 20.30 hrs CAT for an hour live on Zambezi 94.1 fm, Livingstone’s leading local radio station. The girls hail from Switzerland, though Milena has a German passport despite never having lived in that country! Daughter of pastors in the Reformed Church some of her early years were spent in Cameroon. Flurina told us she had spent time in Namibia in the past. The girls had met briefly before coming to Zambia some 3 months ago, since when they had become firm friends!

You might be surprised to learn that the girls, both on gap years between high school and university, told listeners that they’d spent the past two months in Kabwe, Central Zambia (Milli Jam’s home town), as volunteers with Comundo, helping out in a hospice for terminally ill patients run by that NGO. I’m not sure at that age I could have done something like that, and the girls agreed that sometimes it had been quite a traumatic experience. The NGO has a childrens’ centre on the same site which they said helped them with perspective in regard to the hospice.

The girls told listeners that after a few more days in Zambia they would set off to travel to Malawi and Tanzania (including Zanzibar). At the end of their travels Milena would be heading for Basel for a degree course in History and Social Anthropology while Flurina would be going to university in Freiburg to study speech therapy.

The girls explained that they had spent the past week at Chanters Lodge for some R&R – they had been recommended to the lodge by a colleague and were happy with their choice. While in Livingstone they had seen Victoria Falls very early in the morning, which they had loved, getting soaking wet in the process! The day of the show they had spent the day in Chobe NP in Botswana which they had also enjoyed, though they were sad not to have seen ‘big cats’.

The music on the show featured tracks from late Prince, Drake, Callum Scott, Skepta, as well as Wezi, OS Detroi, Kantu and Benny Benassi ft Chris Brown. The girls said they had a very wide taste in music including electro and reggae, but particularly liked Coldplay. No interest in football! One of the girls loves to play volleyball the other enjoys hiking in the Swiss mountains. Both girls are still single, Melina’s boy friend will join her in Tanzania, Flurina had ‘no such complications’!

Asked where they would like to be and what they would like to be doing ten years’ from now, Melina wanted to have graduated, have a good job and be travelling, Flurina wanted to be a qualified speech therapist with a good hospital job practicing her speech therapy.

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