At Thornicroft Lodge we believe the wildlife should come first. The lodge is situated in an area frequently visited by wild animals and is in one of the most amazing wildlife areas in the world. This means we must be careful about how we look after and live within this environment.
We want your stay to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible. To help us achieve this goal we have a few guidelines that we ask all our guests to follow.
Please help us make your safari a responsible one
Just by being here you are helping to save wildlife in Zambia. The national park only survives because of tourism and the park fees you pay go towards helping the Zambian Wildlife Authority to protect the wildlife and maintain the park. Tourism supports many businesses all over Zambia and most importantly local communities living in the Luangwa Valley. Through the creation of jobs and wealth they can now see the benefit of keeping these animals alive. Please be considerate and help us minimize the impact of your stay on the environment and the wildlife.
While at the Lodge, we ask you to:
1. Please keep noise down to a minimum. We would like all our guests to experience the delightful sounds of the African bush at night and noise also scares the wildlife and impacts their lives. Therefore, we have a policy of no music or radios at the lodge.
2. When you have children, keep in mind that the surrounding of the lodge is a wildlife area. Parents are the first responsible for the safety of their children.
3. Please be careful when walking around at night. Lots of wild animals pass through the Lodge at night under the cover of darkness and can become extremely dangerous if startled. We request all guests to have a torch and take a security guard with you at all times when walking between the main lodge and your chalet.
4. Please do not go for a walk outside of the confines of lodge. The lodge is in a wildlife area frequently visited by Hippos and Elephants. In certain situations they might attack people and cannot be underestimated. We ask all guests not to walk outside the boundaries of the lodge.
5. Always follow the advices and warnings by the lodge staff. They are experienced in living in a wildlife area.
6. Please use water sparingly. During dry months it hardly rains in Luangwa and that makes water scarce. We would request all guests to avoid having long showers and leave the tap running while cleaning your teeth.
7. As another water saving and ecological measure towels and bed linen will not be changed on a daily basis unless they are dirty. If you would like a new towel or have your sheets changed please notify reception.
8. Do not feed the animals. The animals around the lodge are wild and if they are fed (accidentally or on purpose) they will quickly become pests. Please avoid leaving food out and keep your room door closed. The main culprits are:
Elephants - And they love fruit. We have seen elephants smash car windows to get at oranges. They have an excellent sense of smell. It is for your own safety that it is strictly forbidden to have any kind of food in your room.
Baboons or Vervet monkeys - They will eat almost anything and are opportunists. Please be mindful of watching your
food or drinks when monkeys are around. We want to make sure they do not associate humans with food.
Also: Keep your doors closed. The monkeys like nice things too.
Wildlife and their habitats are fragile. Even a well-meaning safari can cause negative effects and when on safari it is everyone's responsibility to ensure that the wildlife is respected for the benefit of their continual survival and your well-being.
To help make your safari a responsible one, please follow these guidelines at all times:
1. There is no smoking allowed on game drives. The African bush can be very dry and ignites easily
2. Do not litter. Litter can kill animals and is an eyesore.
3. Do not go driving off road as this causes soil erosion and degradation of the landscape.
4. Unless instructed to do so by your safari guide never get out of the vehicle as dangerous animals can be lurking nearby.
5. Do not try to get the attention of an animal by goading it, making loud noises, sounding the horn, throwing objects, clapping etc. This will stress the animal and it will flee.
6. Be as silent as possible as this will reduce the chances of you scaring away the animal and enhance your safari viewing.
7. Do not insist that your driver takes the vehicle closer to an animal. If you get too close the animal will get agitated and most likely turn and walk away. If they walk away don't follow, let them come to you; remember a photo of a giraffes bottom isn't particularly rewarding!
8. Be patient if there are already other safari vehicles watching an animal you want to see. Park rules only allow 4 vehicles at a time.
9. Please respect local customs and traditions. Try not to intrude on their lives by taking photos without permission, giving out sweets or money to children, or making promises that you will not be able to keep.
10. Avoid souvenirs made from hardwood as this type of wood is only found in protected forests that are home to many wild animals including primates. These animals rely on these trees to survive. By purchasing hardwood products you are promoting the cutting-down of another tree.