- Stylish, upmarket safari camp
- Excellent hosting and guiding
- Secluded riverside location
- Game drives, guided walks, river activities
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.
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
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019