Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about what Chibembe has to offer below.

Who is the developer?

Chibembe is owned by Wilderness Trails Ltd. The original camp was established by Norman Carr in 1975 to operate the first walking safaris in Africa and then acquired by Simon Bicknell and private investors in 1996. Simon has been in the Safari industry for over 30 years and has worked at the Old Chibembe camp both as a safari guide and camp manager. His passion for Chibembe and in-depth knowledge of the surrounding area and community provides a great deal of comfort to
investors and home owners, and he will also be involved with the ongoing management of the new Chibembe Wildlife Reserve.

One of the other directors of Wilderness Trails Ltd, Henry Hallward, has worked in the ‘safari’ tourism sector for over 25 years. His extensive experience in knowing what tourists are looking for indicates a gap in the market for multi-generational family safari accommodation, which Chibembe Wildlife Reserve aims to cater for.

What can I build there?

The developers’ vision is to create 18 self contained 4 – 5 bedroomed safari houses on 55 of the 850 acres with each plot owner having a 1/18th share of the remaining 795 acres of private wildlife reserve. The developer has appointed an exclusive contractor, who has a permanent onsite camp during the construction period and clients are encouraged to explore various African safari themes for their ideal Safari Home in Zambia!

Plot owners will need to comply with the Chibembe design and building regulations, as laid out in the sale agreement annexures. (Copy available on request).

Where is Chibembe Wildlife Reserve?

Chibembe is an 850 acre full title property located in the South Luangwa, right on the boundary of the South Luangwa National Park and along the Luangwa River. The plots are all located along the water’s edge, where the original Norman Carr Safari camp was situated. The site is approximately 2.5 hours drive north from Mfuwe town.

What is for sale?

The proprietors of the land are offering eighteen, on average, 3 acre plots to investors, who will develop ‘safari houses’ in the South Luangwa, in order to boost tourism activity in the area and in doing so, re-develop the original safari camp site, to a more sustainable, substantial and efficient safari operation.

Plots will be owned full title in Zambian law, which is essentially 99 year common lease hold ownership.

Can I rent my safari home out when I am not there?

Chibembe provides a great opportunity for investors to build their own safari home, or to develop a safari house that can be placed in the rental pool to attract local, regional and international tourists in order to generate a return on owner’s investment.

One of the directors of Wilderness Trails Ltd, Henry Hallward, has worked in the ‘safari’ tourism sector for over 25 years. His extensive experience in knowing what tourists are looking for indicates a gap in the market for multi-generational family safari accommodation. Your home will be listed with over 6000 Safari Agents on completion.

Guests will register and book in at the Chibembe Reception building on the Reserve and be shown to their home by the onsite management and staff team.

How can I secure a plot for myself?

Investors are required to submit a bid/expression of interest via written email correspondence by the 31st of August 2017 for their preferred plot.

All bids/expressions of interest received will only be accepted by the Developer by Friday 1st September 2017.

On notification of acceptance via email or telephonic correspondence, investors will need to sign a sales agreement and deposit the full purchase price and all transfer costs of the plot into the trust account of the designated project accountant in Lusaka, within 10 days of notification of acceptance (by Friday 15th September). Failing which the property will be made available for sale again (back up offers will then be contacted/ accepted).

Investors can contact one of the following individuals in order to assist them with their information requirements:

Homenet Zambia – Janet Irwin (Lusaka-based)
+260 97 7712160

James Arnott, Development Manager (SA-based)
+27 (0) 83 625 8078

Henry Hallward, Developer (UK-based)
+44 7776 131807

How to get to Chibembe

There are three options to get there

Option 1

There are regular ights to Mfuwe International Airport from Lusaka on a weekly basis.(the airport is approx. 2.5 hours from Chibembe)

Option 2

The Luzuke private airstrip is located 15 minutes from the site for private plane charters

Option 3

The site is approximately a 10 hour drive from Lusaka along the Great East Road

Who can invest in Chibembe Wildlife Reserve?

Zambian investors are particularly invited to invest in Chibembe as there are very few Zambian owned safari houses in the South Luangwa.

This also provides an opportunity to own a property that is comfortable enough for one to come on vacation on but also affordable enough for the average Zambian in order for Zambians to get to enjoy some of our natural beauty without the hindrance of the cost of the luxury safari lodges.

The opportunity to own one of these Safari Houses is also available to internationals. The developer has appointed a Lusaka based service provider who will assist all international investors with a Zambian Investor permit that is required in order to invest in property in Zambia.

D C Kukreti Accountants
P.O. Box 50582
H13, Mukuba Pension Complex, Mwambula Road, Jesmondene, Lusaka
Tel: +260966790281

How will my home be looked after when I am not there?

Chibembe will be managed by a Home Owners Association (HOA), made up initially by the developer, however ultimately, by the home owners themselves, via a non profit limited company that has been set up for this purpose.

The intent is to keep monthly levies down to a minimum (estimated to be $350/month) and hence the developer encourages an outsourcing model to be adopted, whilst a core staff will be retained for the security and general up keep purposes. An estate manager will be based onsite.

All the safari houses will be in need of members of staff to clean the surroundings, wait on the tourists, cook the meals as well as provide tour guidance when tourists wish to go to the South Luangwa National Park and these services will be managed by the Home Owners Association.

An initial 3 year management contract will be entered into between the Chibembe Wildlife Reserve and B&H Wilderness Limited, with the developer thereby ensuring the initial development phase and estate management process is done according to an agreed specifcation and standard.

What facilities and services are available?

  • House cleaning, catering and maintenance
  • Guided safaris
  • Solar power, borehole water
  • Internet

How will the off grid power supply work?

The Developer will provide the infrastructure required to house and distribute the power required to the 18 homes. Each individual investor will then budget for a module of solar panels, batteries and inverter to be inserted into the system on completion of their home (approximately $10000 per home for a 3KVA system).

The Energy centres will be owned by the Home Owners Association and will charge for power consumption from owners and guests via smart meter installations (thereby generating revenue for the Estate with the result of helping reduce monthly levies).

The funds will be provided in the form of a loan to the HOA, with repayment funded out of profits generated from the sale of power going forward.

Supplier proposal available on request.

What is the relationship between Chibembe, the local community, the surrounding game management area and the South Luanga National Park?

Investing in Chibembe would definitely have a ripple effect in economically developing the Mwanya area villages. The people in Mwanya are currently geographically marginalized with little or no sources of regular income and this would provide the boost that they need to lead better lives and to be able to afford their children with better quality of necessities such as nutrition and education.

In addition to direct employment, there will be a lot of entrepreneurial opportunities for the members of the community in Mwanya. This is because the Chibembe safari houses will be in need of buying goods such as vegetables, fruits, chickens and fish as well as needing a laundry service that can be provided by members of the community.

In addition to the income earning opportunity, one cannot underemphasize the social investment that would be a result of investing in Chibembe. This is an opportunity to invest in the development of the community in Mwanya.

What can I expect as a return on investment for my Chibembe safari home?

  • A completed home costing, say, $500,000, including land and a safari house could realise an on sell value from $900,000* upwards. (* value estimate provided by Homenet Zambia.)
  • Rental returns are estimated to be approximately 8% per annum on a $500k investment. The season is 5 months (possibly more when the anticipated bridge upgrade is completed). At an average of $1,000 per day per house ($125 per person per day) and with a rental split of 50:50 with the agent, it would take 88 let days to generate $44,000 nett cash to the owner, which is an 8% return.
  • The Chibembe address will only enhance in value as the HOA will be tasked with protecting the value and integrity of the common property, through strict rules and regulations enforced.
  • The extent of the resale market is unknown at this point, however, once all the plots are sold, and with the site being well managed, it is not unreasonable to expect that there could be a market amongst wealthy Zambians, South Africans and internationals.

How much does the land and home development cost?

Plots are available for $66,000.00*.

A further 8.5% needs to be budgeted for transfer taxes and legal fees

Zambian investment permit (if required) and for internationals only

Shell structure (provided by the developers appointed onsite Contractor): $440/sqm = $198,000.00

Project Management, House Plans, Interior Design and Plan approvals : Approximately 10% of total construction cost

Internal finishes: $200/sqm = $90,000.00

Furnishing to international safari home standards and to client budget and brief: $40,000.00

TOTAL ** – $424,080.00

* Prelaunch investor prices, subject to T&Cs.

** Estimate only, final pricing subject to client brief and building specifications.

For more information, contact the Project Manager:
James Arnott
Cell: +27 (0) 83 625 8078

How do I get to view the site?

There are 3 options available to investors to get to view the site:

  • Self drive/ fly and onsite camp (self catering) : $50/night, including pick up from airport and game drive
  • Investor fly ins (available on Saturdays during the months of August and September)
  • Safari viewing. Investors to book into one of the nearby Safari camps and be picked up for a day visit.

For site viewing bookings, contact Carol:
Cell: +260 964 665 578

Chibembe Wildlife Reserve