I went to have a look at Munga Eco Lodge … just so that I could know a bit about it. And I thought many of you might like to see some pics too. The road to the lodge is good dirt, signposted on the other side of the Falls Road from Courtyard Hotel. It is hidden away in the woodland away from the noise of the road in fairly thick (and regenerating) bush. Being an eco-lodge the landscape is natural with tall yellowing grass; herbs and wild flowers poking though.
I was given a tour by Miriam, the manager, to see t
munga lodge poolThe natural pool and the chalets. The natural pool is one ‘to die for’. I want one! The pool is surrounded by a trough of stones and plants which act as a natural filter. There are no chemicals in the pool …
There are four double chalets and one family chalet. The chalets are not just chalets they are rooms around a courtyard. One enters onto the courtyard which has a sitting-out area, a bit of lawn or gravel and a slab on which to place a bed if you want to sleep under the stars. I could actually imagine the slab being used for a special candlelit dinner for those romantically inclined.
Off the courtyard one enters the bedroom area which has its own bathroom and through another door from the bathroom one goes to the outside shower. All the
rooms are basically the same … but different in decoration and use of materials. The chalets reminded me of the ones at Stanley Safari Lodge.
The main area is open onto the bush. As I sat and chatted with Sam and Joan Sikaneta, the owners of the lodge, we watched the butterflies flitting in and out of the tall grass and the trees.
mungaSam and Joan have retired to Zambia; Sam a ex-doctor and Joan an ex-accountant. It wasn’t a magical decision to retire to Zambia because Sam is Zambian. He did, however, say that they wanted to retire to a place which was a bit more scenic than Ndola, his old stomping ground. Livingstone seemed to be the ideal place. They did the wise thing and employed an architect to design the lodge. It has taken them 2½ years to build … and they still have lots of plans of things to do ..
Like all lodges, it is a never-ending process of improvement upon improvement. This lodge, though, is one which has to be seen to be appreciated. So, Livingstonians, go down and see it for yourself. The restaurant is open for non-residents and they are happy for people to swim as long as it is not ‘one of those busy times’. Contact them on 327211 or 0971 836340.
I know I have been gushy about the lodge, but its construction is so sensitive to the environment that I have to be gushy. I always get upset when I see lodge owners trying to fill their gardens with roses when we have so many of our own plants which love our weather and soil. We should use them more.

From : The Livingstone Weekly

By Gill Staden

16 May 2014