- Close to Victoria Falls
- Sunset cruises
- Adrenaline sports
- National park game drives
The luxurious ‘Islands of Siankaba’ camp spans across two private islands and occupies a breath-taking riverine location between Zambia’s famed Chobe National Park, and the world renowned Victoria Falls. This secluded, independent property was established some twenty years ago by Siankaba, headman of the local area, in partnership with the local community, and the mutually beneficial relationship continues to thrive and provide plenty of local employment today. Offering a high level of creature comforts despite its rural location, the camp is designed to blend in with its natural surroundings. Its seven tented chalets are set out along the riverbank, with a series of interconnecting walkways and bridges that link the two islands while also offering superb views of the Zambezi River. A spa service and good sized pool are available, along with a warm and professional team of staff and convenient access to a wide range of activities.
Surrounded by natural beauty and far away from any crowds, Siankaba is perfect for a peaceful getaway. The open lounge blends subtly into the natural forest, the stone terrace directly overlooks the river, and guests will awaken to the view of the sun rising over the Zambezi River from the comfort of their rooms. Of the seven tented chalets, six are classed as luxury rooms, each with a private viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River, an ensuite bathroom with huge tub and separate shower, a selection of aromatherapy products, and a mini-bar. The seventh room is the honeymoon suite, where private meals can be provided upon request. All rooms have ceiling fans, which guests visiting during the extremely high temperatures of October and November will certainly appreciate.
Several activity options are included in any stay at Siankaba. Visitors can enjoy spectacular sunset cruises, a visit to the local community nursery school and the rest of the Siankaba village, and buy trinkets at the Curio market shop. Catch-and-release fishing is also available on a seasonal basis, and guests seeking privacy can request a picnic island lunch. Victoria Falls is a bustling town only 24 miles away. A tour of the Falls is automatically included, and guests are also free to book additional activities such as abseiling, bungy jumping, canoeing, elephant back safaris, golf, micro-lite flights, and tours of Mosi O Tunya National Park and Chobe National Park, all subject to additional cost.
While families are certainly welcome, and many of the activities will suit all age groups, the lodge does have a tranquil, adult atmosphere that might not combine well with families with younger children, so the camp accommodates children of ten years and over. The bedrooms sleep a maximum of three guests per room, either in three single beds, or in one king size bed plus a single. Parents should note that bath areas in the rooms are open plan, and that the lodge is very open to the water and there is a drop from the decks. This, combined with the lodge’s wilderness location, means that children should be closely supervised at all times.
The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.
Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)
Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!
Woan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019