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Islands of Siankaba

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9/10

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Highlights

- Close to Victoria Falls
- Sunset cruises
- Adrenaline sports
- National park game drives

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Overview

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.

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Average Rating

based on 500 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    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!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan 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

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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