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Zambezi Sands River Camp

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9/10

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Highlights

- Stylish, upmarket safari camp
- Excellent hosting and guiding
- Secluded riverside location
- Game drives, guided walks, river activities

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Overview

Zambezi Sands is an upmarket tented safari camp in Zambezi National Park, northwest Zimbabwe. This stylish, intimate camp sits in a secluded spot on the banks of the Zambezi River, just over an hour’s drive from the iconic Victoria Falls. The camp provides top notch accommodation in just 10 spacious Bedouin style tents, each with their own private plunge pool and sun deck. Game drives, guided walks, and river based activities are on offer with enthusiastic, experienced guides. Zambezi Sands will appeal to travellers with a higher budget seeking an exclusive and very comfortable safari experience, away from the crowds.

The camp is constructed on raised decking with tranquil river views. Guest areas include a dining room with an outdoor terrace offering flexibility for indoor and alfresco communal meals, and a comfortable lounge and bar area. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main areas. There's also a fire pit with seating, a great spot for a sundowner and for observing the resident wildlife which includes hippo, elephant, crocodile, zebra, bushbuck, and an abundance of birds including the Lanner falcon and Verreaux eagle.

Activities include morning and afternoon game drives with highly experienced guides, plus the option of full day game drives. Guided walks are available in the mornings, to avoid the heat of the day. River based activities include guided canoeing on the Zambezi and guided fishing. The river is home to numerous species, including the notorious Tiger fish. An hour’s drive downstream is the mighty Victoria Falls, where helicopter tours, river cruises and adrenalin-pumping water activities are all available.

Accommodation comprises 10 elegant Bedouin style tents, spaced out along the riverbank and edged by trees, to maximise privacy. Each tent offers plenty of space and has either a double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, a comfortable lounge area with panoramic river views, and an ensuite bathroom with bath, WC, and basin, plus a wonderfully indulgent alfresco shower. All units have ceiling fans, a minibar, and hot drink facilities and a complimentary daily laundry service is provided. Outside is a generous veranda with a private plunge pool and lovely views of the Zambezi, perfect for sunbathing and wildlife watching.

Children over the age of seven are warmly welcome in camp. Discounts are offered for guests under 13 years when sharing with an adult, and each tent sleeps up to two children and one adult. The camp offers a dedicated family unit consisting of two interconnecting tents, ideal for larger groups. Families with children under seven may be accommodated at the management’s sole discretion - this is subject to hiring a separate vehicle for game drives, at additional cost. Note that Zambezi Sands is an unfenced camp, adjacent to the Zambezi River. In light of the surrounding wildlife and waterside location, children should be supervised at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 501 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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