Zambia

Luxury Hotels in Victoria Falls

Luxury Hotels in Victoria Falls

Islands of Siankaba

As locations go, these six secluded chalets and a restaurant linked by a footbridge and overhead walkways on two untouched islands in the Zambezi River are pretty hard to beat.

Between the magnificent Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, the Islands of Siankaba have been developed as a luxurious five star lodge with a reputation for fine food and an excellent wine list.

Activities from the lodge include guided birdwatching and game drives; sunset river cruises, Victoria Falls tours and for the really adventurous - bungee jumping, abseiling, white-water rafting and microlight flights.

Why We Love It

The staff really get couples, and be this a honeymoon or otherwise, they can crank up the romance accordingly, so just ask

 

River Club

The River Club is situated on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, eleven miles upstream from Victoria Falls. The lodge has a tranquil setting and is based around an Edwardian-style house, with a wide veranda and manicured lawns.

Ten luxurious, thatched chalets overlook the river; each is privately sited but open-fronted to allow guests uninterrupted views of the Zambezi.

Facilities include a riverside swimming pool and a deck with hammocks and loungers. Activities include boat trips to the river islands, fishing for bream or tiger fish, and sundowner cruises. There is also a croquet lawn and beauty treatments are available in the massage tent.

Beyond the lodge, there are many other activities, the highlight of which is a trip to Victoria Falls - one of the natural wonders of the world. Helicopter flights over the falls can be arranged for an aerial view. Other activities range from bungee-jumping, white-water rafting and jet-boating to horse riding, golf, visits to local markets or the crocodile farm, and tours of Livingstone town.

Game drives are offered in the nearby Mosi Oa Tunya Game Park, or further afield to the Chobe Game Park in neighbouring Botswana.

Why We Love It

Although River Club is not a game lodge, there is still a fair bit of wildlife about. Elephants often appear on the opposite bank, and hippos are regularly seen (and heard).

 

Sindabezi Island

Discreetly tucked away on Sindebezi Island on the Zambezi River, Sindabezi Lodge is a luxury lodge perfectly placed for exploring Victoria Falls.

Accommodation is comprised of five thatched cottages spread across the island. Peering over the water, the front of the cottages are completely open allowing guests to soak in the views and look out for the elephant and impala that come to quench their thirst on the banks of the river. All of the cottages are as good as the next - number one has a bath overlooking the waters; numbers two and three boast a 'loo with a view'; number four is in the best hippo spot; and number five is the ultra romantic and secluded honeymoon chalet.

The sister property of one of our favourite Zambian lodges, Tongabezi, there are plenty of activities on offer, both for the active minded and the slightly more relaxed. As well as game drives, canoe trips and guided bush walks, activities such as riding, white water rafting and visits to Victoria Falls can also be arranged. When feet are tiring and muscles aching, there are a few in room treatments on offer such as massages and manicures.

Why We Love It

Combine a stay at Sindabezi with its sister property, Tongabezi, which is just a 15 minute boat ride downstream (or a half an hour paddle).

 

Tangala

A stylish private house that is ideal for families or a group of friends looking for complete privacy while visiting the Victoria Falls.

There is fantastic birdlife, with over 145 species to date spotted from the kitchen window alone.

The house has four bedrooms - three en-suite and one with a fourth separate bathroom. There is a spacious kitchen/dining room, children's playroom, living room opening onto a thatch veranda and a 12-metre swimming pool. Staff include a guide and host, chef, waiter, housekeeper, pool and grounds attendant, as guests have private use of vehicles and boats.

Trips to the Falls, shops and curio markets, museums and game park are all included as are sunrise and sunset boat trips on the Zambezi; guided canoeing excursions (including full day trips); guided walks on the Zambezi Islands, with picnic lunches, and finally fishing trips.

Why We Love It

Large herds of elephant often come down to drink on the opposite bank of the Zambezi and hippopotamus are seen regularly

 

Tongabezi

Tongabezi Lodge is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, 12 miles upstream and a world away from the Victoria Falls.

The lodge sleeps 20 guests in luxurious canvas and thatched cottages. Five of these are set along the river bank, and five more dotted around the grounds, including the Bird House, perched on a hilltop, and the Tree House, built around living tree trunks on the cliff-face.

Activities revolve around the river and include canoeing, fishing, sunrise and sunset boating and trips to Victoria Falls. Game drives, guided walking, bird watching, picnic lunches on river islands and scenic flights over the Falls are also on offer, as well as more hair-raising activities such as white-water rafting, bungee-jumping and a gorge swing. A few miles downstream is Sindabezi Island, a private hideaway with five chalets offering a more rustic, down-to-earth experience.

Why We Love It

Guests at Tongabezi also have access to Livingstone Island, perched in mid-stream at the very edge of the Falls, this offers a close-up experience of one of the natural wonders of the world, as the river plunges into the chasm below.