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Conservation Projects

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Lilayi Elephant Nursery

Human animal conflict is an increasing threat to the African Elephant population. Baby Elephants are often the victims of these conflicts and find themselves without a family. Through our partnership with Game Rangers International, a non-profit conservation organisation, Lilayi Lodge is giving them a home and a family at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery with the hope of re-introducing them to the wild. This is all achieved with the ongoing support from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. 


These baby elephants are fed a milk formula every 3 hours. The lunchtime feeding can be viewed daily by the public between 11h45-13h00 from the viewing platform located near the entrance to the Lilayi Game Park. The small entry fee of K50 for adults & K20 for children under 16 for this activity is a donation towards the project. 


In-house guests of Lilayi Lodge have the unique opportunity to go Behind The Scenes “BTS” and get a first-hand look at the project as well as contribute to the conservation efforts by assisting the elephant keepers in caring for these baby Elephants. The charge for this unique experience goes 100% towards the project and wildlife conservation in Zambia. 

Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage  


Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage Trust is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the care and wellbeing of chimpanzees, many that were rescued from poachers, illegal bushmeat trade, dilapidated zoos and circuses from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Located on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, it is one of the largest and oldest chimpanzee sanctuaries in the World.  Founded in 1983 by David & Sheila Siddle, Chimfunshi provides a home to over 130 chimpanzees within a Trust-owned area of some 5,000 Ha.  They live in Eight separate groups, each group in its own open and wild forested enclosure.  The enclosures provide the chimpanzees with the species-appropriate living conditions they need.

Besides rescuing chimpanzees, Chimfunshi protects local wildlife such as baboons, vervet monkeys, birds of prey among others, these are rescued, rehabilitated and released back into protected areas.

Opening times:

8:00 - 16:00hrs

Best viewing times for chimpanzees:

10:00 - 11:30hrs and 13:30 - 15:00hrs. Gates close at 16:00hrs

We are open 365 days of the year, including public holidays. And we offer overnight accommodation.

Educational tours: For visiting school groups, we offer guided educational tours. We have programs for both day visiting school groups and overnight groups.

Reception & Gift Shop: Visit our gift shop for a selection of curios and souvenirs. Cold drinks and snacks are available.

Accommodation: Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Why not enjoy the peacefulness of the bush. Chimfunshi offers 3 rustic cottages - each with a twin-bedded room, a double-bedded room, and a rear dormitory. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable.

Camping and campervans are welcomed, however please note these are unpowered sites.

For large groups, Safari tents are available for use as dormitory accommodation. Ablution blocks are available, with hot water & hot shower facilities from late afternoon.

If you are self-catering, there are braai (BBQ) stands available or you can use the communal kitchen, which is equipped with a gas stove/oven, plates, glassware, cutlery, saucepans and fry pans.
A communal fridge is available for your use.

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