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On the banks of the Zambezi River, half an hour from Livingstone, Waterberry Zambezi Lodge is so off-the-beaten track that we almost don’t want to give the secret away.
On arrival, guests are warmly greeted and shown to their thatched cottage - one of seven across the camp. Each one is well-decorated giving a simple but cosy feel and has its own deck or terrace for guests to make the most of the surroundings - which are pretty amazing in our humble opinion. The two-level cottage overlooking the river and the two interconnected cottages by the pool are perfect for families while the most recent and impressive addition to Waterberry is The River Farmhouse. A five-minute walk from the main building, this four bedroom private house is booked on an exclusive basis offering a personal chef, private pool and utmost exclusivity.
Looking back from across the river, the main thatched lodge is the hub of Waterberry. While away the afternoon with a pair of binoculars for company in the upstairs viewing lounge, sipping on cocktails at the bar before settling down to a bush dinner or barbeque - where is up to you with your choice of river terrace, restaurant, your own lodge deck or one of the secluded pontoons dotted along the water's edge.
There is plenty to do at Waterberry Lodge with onsite options including the swimming pool, nature trail and boat trips - ideal for fishing, island picnics and sunset cruises. Further afield, animal lovers will want to go in search of game in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park while culture vultures will want to book onto a photography workshop or flock to Livingstone. And you don't need us to tell you that Victoria Falls is a must.
Birding enthusiasts are in for a treat with Waterberry's resident bird specialist, Webbie, who knows all there is to know about African birdlife.
Matt, Original Traveller