Shiwa Ng'andu, Northern Zambia
At a Glance
Experience an English manor house in the wilds of Africa
Take tea in the picturesque formal gardens
Shiwa has great sustainability credentials producing much of the food that is served here
Combines interesting colonial history, wonderful wildlife viewing and horse riding as well as much more
Take a dip in the nearby Kapishya Hot Springs - the perfect way to relax after a day's exploring
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Zambia has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry.
To start planning your vacation to Shiwa House
Shiwa House is a beautiful anomaly, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you'd arrived at an English manor house rather than an estate in deepest Zambia. A few days here gets you off the beaten track with plenty of activities as well as rich history.
Shiwa House on the Shiwa Ng'andu Estate is a truly unique place to stay and delights those who stay there with it's unique blend of history, picturesque scenery and wildlife. The house looks out over Shiwa Ng'andu, known as 'the Lake of the Royal Crocodiles', and is the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing and exploring after an exciting safari in the Luangwa Valley.
Designed and constructed in the 1920s by Sir Stewart Gore-Browne, Shiwa House feel into disrepair until the turn of the 21st Century when Charles Harvey, Sir Stewart's grandson set about restoring it to its former glory. Guests have the chance to explore the archives of the estate and learn more about this stately home in the heart of Zambia. Today there are four simple but beautiful bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and furnished with many original pieces from when the house was built, with walls hung with family paintings.
Activities at Shiwa Ng'andu are varied, and you can be active or relaxed as you wish. The house is set in beautiful formal gardens which are the perfect place to relax with a good book and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea. Alternatively you can saddle up and explore the estate on horseback or take a trip to the lake to go fishing. For those that haven't had enough safari, you can go on game drives and there is excellent bird watching on offer, with over 375 different species having been recorded.
Shiwa House has four guest bedrooms, all en-suite and containing many original furnishings of Gore-Browne's era. Simple but comfortable, these rooms transport you back to the past as you admire the unique artwork that adorns the walls.
Shiwa House is open for guests to explore, and it is worthwhile visiting the library and archives to discover more about the history of this unique estate. Take meals in the dining room, complete with original dining table where Gore-Browne entertained his guests, ranging from friends to royals!
Shiwa House offers a wide variety of activities such as game viewing on foot or in vehicles, and excursions to spot some of the 375 bird species in the area. Experienced riders are also able to set out on horseback safari with fantastic guides for a unique adventure.
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Shiwa Ng'andu, Northern Zambia
Shiwa House is part of the Shiwa Ng'andu Estate, located in Northern Zambia, in the Luangwa Valley.
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