- Stylish, elegant accommodation
- Tranquil waterside location
- Numerous activities
- Spa treatments and infinity pool
Royal Zambezi Lodge is a stylish, upmarket property on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi Valley. Towards the higher end of the budget spectrum, this elegant lodge offers luxurious accommodation, excellent cuisine, superb facilities including an infinity pool and spa, plus various land and water-based activities. Situated across the river from Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools World Heritage Site, the lodge is just a short drive away from the Lower Zambezi National Park, home to 300 species of birds and abundant game, including elephant, lion, hippo, leopard, zebra, antelope, and the elusive wild dog. The lodge regularly receives visiting wildlife, including a resident elephant, crocodile, and giant kingfisher.
A bright and airy, open-plan main area leads to a comfortable lounge with generous sofas and a large open fire, plus a dining room, gift shop, and spa. Outside is a shaded, decked terrace overlooking the river, and a stunning infinity pool. The adjacent ‘Sausage Tree Bar’ has panoramic views and is a perfect spot for sundowners. Cuisine is first rate; lunch is served at individual tables on the terrace, or out on a game drive, whilst evening meals are enjoyed under the stars, or indoors by the fire on cooler evenings. Private dining can be accommodated, including special candlelit dinners in a romantic bush location, or on a sandbar on the river.
Numerous activities include day and night game drives, guided walks, and mountain hikes, plus sunset river cruises, canoe safaris, and fishing. Guests can enjoy cultural interaction with the local Goba community, or pampering at the lodge spa, which boasts a jacuzzi, steam room, and plunge pool.
Accommodation comprises 15 canopied, tented suites overlooking the river, each sleeping two guests. Stylish and elegant, the suites feature neutral décor and contemporary furnishings. Eight spacious ‘Classic’ suites have an ensuite bathroom and a veranda with lovely river views. Four ‘Deluxe’ suites have a similar interior, plus a substantial outside area with a plunge pool and day bed or ‘sala’, along with a wonderfully indulgent outdoor bath and shower. There are also three ‘Presidential’ suites with all the aforementioned features but significantly larger interiors, including a spacious lounge area. Although there is no air conditioning, all units have mosquito nets and room fans.
Children age eight years and over are most welcome, with younger guests accommodated on request, and discounts for under 12s. The Presidential suites can accommodate up to three extra beds, to create a family suite. Alternatively, two Classic suites can interconnect via a central lounge area, creating a generous family unit. Tailored activities and earlier evening meals for children are available. Whilst the lodge does not provide qualified child care, staff will supervise children in their suites whilst adults enjoy their evening meal. As the camp is unfenced and wildlife does roam through, parents are reminded that children must be 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 Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019