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The River Club

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8/10

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Highlights

- Well-appointed, traditional lodge
- Beautiful riverside setting
- Great location for Victoria Falls

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Overview

The River Club is an upmarket, colonial-style lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River in southern Zambia. Accessed by air into nearby Livingstone airport, this sumptuous property sits on the edge of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park. The surrounding area supports a diversity of wildlife including elephant, hippo, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, plus the rare white rhino. With well-appointed, albeit somewhat pricey accommodation in a beautiful riverside setting only 18km from the legendary Victoria Falls, the River Club is a wonderful base from which to explore Zambia’s historic Livingstone area.

Set in 50 acres of private grounds, the lodge’s main building is a renovated 1940s farmhouse decorated in a traditional, Edwardian style. Communal areas include a spacious lounge with a fireplace and comfortable seating, plus a dining room, a well-stocked library, and a gift shop. Meals are served both indoors and alfresco on the pretty terrace, either communally or at individual tables. Private dining and special diets can be accommodated.

Outside is a modest-sized but enticing swimming pool with wonderful views of the Zambezi River. Also on site are tennis courts, a croquet lawn, a 2km nature/running trail, plus a games room, spa and gym. Note that it’s worth planning the timing of a visit carefully, since the lodge’s location means that it is somewhat exposed to the elements, particularly during the rainy season, and the very hot October to November months.

Tempting as it may be to stay within the comfortable confines of this charming property, there are plentiful activities to enjoy elsewhere, including game drives into Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, fishing excursions, sunset river safaris, and cultural visits to nearby Simonga and Sinde communities. An excursion to Victoria Falls, at their most impressive between March and October, is a must for any visitor. Canoeing, white water rafting, quad biking, and walking safaris can also be arranged, subject to age restrictions and availability.

The accommodation consists of 11 air-conditioned suites dotted amongst the trees. Each suite combines traditional furnishings with a fresh, contemporary feel, and boasts lovely river views. Accommodating between 2 and 6 guests, all suites house ensuite bathrooms with bath and shower, basin and WC, and a number of them comprise an outside deck with a private plunge pool, and a small but well-tended garden area.

Families with children over six years of age are very welcome at the River Club, with discounts available for youngsters sharing with adults. A two bedroom, two bathroom family unit comfortably accommodates four guests, and an additional bed may be provided upon request. This unit has a pretty garden with decking area, and a plunge pool. Also available is a larger, two bedroom suite, accommodating up to four adults and two children, with the added option of private dining. The lodge provides an ‘adventure kit’ for every young guest, along with an engaging range of child-specific activities including raft building, baking lessons, bird and insect safaris, and catch-and-release fishing. Board games and puzzles are also available. While the River Club staff do go out of their way to entertain younger guests, it remains the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children are closely supervised at all times.

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(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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