Posted by: wildsidezambia | January 7, 2011

Christmas at Kayube

Instead of the traditional turkey, saddle of wildebeest provided a distinct local flavour to the Christmas lunch menu at Kayube, served in the garden alongside the Zambezi in the shade of  large fig, waterberry and sausage trees. Friends and family from Zambia and South Africa gathered there on Christmas Day for a splendid spread.

Christmas lunch at Kayube (photo Ada Davis)

A family of elephants enjoying their own Christmas lunch appeared on the opposite side of the river, adding another aspect to the unforgettable day. A hippo just missed the Christmas feast, but had his own party later that night nearby.

Christmas Eve was spent at Chundu Island, a mere few minutes away with Peter’s 12 seater safari boat. A spectacular sunset accompanied the festive sundowners and snacks.

The Zambezi offers the most vivid sunsets (photo Lindy Nauta)

Kayube Estate is at about 30km from Livingstone on the Kazangulu Road. Karien and Peter’s home lies on the western side of the estate, whilst the Kayube Zambezi River Lodge, available to rent, is on the other side.

The ground floor of Kayube Zambezi River Lodge is available for rent

The spectacular new 2 bed “Mama Out Of Africa” is situated in between (see next blog for more details).

Kayube Zambezi River Lodge, at less than 5 metres from the Zambezi River, sleeps 6 in two spacious rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom. It is fully furnished and equipped. A large pool is an absolute blessing on hot summer days. It is self catering, but neighbour Maria Mauri is happy to take on the catering for you, providing local dishes with an Italian twist.

For more information on rates and availability for Kayube Zambezi River Lodge and Mama Out of Africa contact Karien on




  1. I’d struggle to think of a better way to spend Christmas day! It sounds idyllic

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