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Royal Zambezi Lodge

Our rating

8/10

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Highlights

- Stylish, elegant accommodation
- Tranquil waterside location
- Numerous activities
- Spa treatments and infinity pool

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Overview

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.

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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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