How to get to us / Transport
Chanters Lodge offers free transfers from/to Livingstone International Airport on arrival/departure, or from Livingstone City centre if you’re arriving by coach from Lusaka, or via the Intercape Bus from Namibia. Please advise us your arrival details to facilitate this service. Transfers from/to other locations in Zimbabwe and Botswana can also be arranged. Please let us know your requirements so we can quote you. Almost all activity operators include transfers from/to Chanters Lodge in their activity prices – excepting Livingstone Island. If you are travelling to South Africa before or after your visit to Zambia, please be aware of new immigration regulations detailed at this link.
We are delighted to report that over 40 kms of roads within Livingstone have been repaired in the past two years, for us most notably the 0.7 kilometres of road to the lodge from the main Lusaka – Victoria Falls road, and indeed that main road itself.
There is an excellent service Lusaka-Livingstone and to other parts of Zambia.
It’s 5 minutes by car to Livingstone City Centre from Chanters Lodge, and it takes just 8 minutes to reach Livingstone Airport. It’s 20 minutes to Victoria Falls and the Zimbabwe border, and 15 minutes to the entrance to the Mosi-o-Tunya National Park. It takes 1 hour to reach the Botswana border, and 2 hours + to the Namibian border.
To reach Lusaka, the Zambian capital by road, allow six and a half hours by private car including a loo stop and about 7 hours by coach. Some parts of the 500 kms road are currently under repair. There is a frequent coach service (Mazhandu Family Bus Service) which is relatively comfortable and reasonable. Buses leave from Livingstone City Centre and arrive at the main bus terminal in downtown Lusaka and vice versa. A new big modern bus terminal is currently under construction in Livingstone.
Taxis are abundant in Livingstone and generally safe and roadworthy. A typical fare from Chanters to Livingstone City Centre is US$3. One way to Victoria Falls US$10 (both per 4 seater car). They are not metered, so negotiate the fare before departure!
You can reach Dar-es-Salaam by train from Lusaka which takes 2 days plus. You cannot presently travel between Livingstone and Lusaka by train in any reasonable time frame.
(a) Arriving by road from Lusaka:
Come down the long hill into Livingstone from the main water tower and at the bottom there is a right hand bend, a straight section and then another right hand bend. After the second right hander look out immediately for the Chanters Lodge sign (amongst a cluster of others) on your right at the intersection of the Lusaka Road and Obote Avenue. Turn right up Obote Avenue for 750m and check for our next sign on your left. Turn immediately right into Lukulu Crescent and we are the second gate on your right.
(b) Arriving by road from Botswana or Namibia:
Reaching the traffic lights at the intersection of the Nakatindi and Lusaka roads by the Catholic Cathedral turn left and proceed all the way through Livingstone towards Lusaka past the Fairmount Hotel and Armadillo Restaurant on your left. About 400m after the Armadillo look out for the Chanters Lodge sign (amongst a cluster of others) on your left. Turn left up Obote Ave for 750m and check our next sign on your left. Turn immediately right into Lukulu Crescent and we are the second gate on your right.
(c) Arriving by road from Zimbabwe:
Drive through Livingstone City Centre and follow the instructions in b) above.
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