Victoria Falls - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World

On a magnificent bend on the Zambezi River the majestic River Club and its 10 well-appointed chalets have commanding views over the river into the Zambezi National Park. This old 1940s homestead has been turned into a charming oasis which brings together early years of adventure on the continent and the discovery of The Victoria Falls to the modern world of conservation in Africa.

Its main area, Zambezi House, is a well-appointed residence, with a comfortable lounge, large dining room, impressive library and wide veranda on which breakfasts and teas are enjoyed. Lush gardens (where midday meals are often served) spread out beneath the trees. Soaked in history this lodge draws together many pieces of the puzzle that is Africa today and allows the intrepid traveller the opportunity to delve further into the diversity of life on the continent.

Ten luxury chalets are spread out amongst the riverine vegetation, comprising luxurious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, most being split-level. Their originality stems from the fact that one side, although screened, has an open view to the river, so that there is an uninterrupted vista of the Zambezi and its far bank from both bed and bathtub. Each room looks west into glorious African sunsets best viewed from the privacy of the ball and claw bath. All have a concertina screen door or window across the front of the bedroom and/or bathroom.

The swimming pool with is infinity aspect provides one of the best views from any pool in the world.

The River Club also provides a special setting for a wedding away from it all and is an idyllic start or end to any African safari.

Activities at The River Club include informative tours of The Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises, fishing excursions, nature walks and tours of a nearby African village in which to learn about the people and culture of this part of Zambia.

Livingstone is rich in history and certainly worth exploring. It dates back to 1905 when the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, spanning the Zambezi River, was completed in April of that year. Many of the town amenities date back to the early 1900s, including an 18-hole golf course (1908), the country's first synagogue (1928) and later on its Museum (1953) where many of David Livingstone's personal possessions are on display today.

Also on offer is a variety of adrenaline-loaded activities: white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, and helicopter flights over the Falls to name a few.

Although The River Club is not a traditional safari camp, elephants can often be seen in the Zambezi National Park opposite and hippo are regularly seen and heard in the river itself. Game drives offered into the nearby Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to an abundance of general game species like buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala. White rhino have been reintroduced into the park and the occasional predator is also seen. There is rich birdlife here too, including several sought-after species such as African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer (seasonal), Schalow's Turaco and Rock Pratincole (seasonal). Good birding can be enjoyed within the confines of The River Club itself, on boat cruises, nature walks and out on game drives.

The Zambezi River offers ample fishing opportunities. Tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the warmer months. There are several varieties of bream (Tilapia) that are also a good catch. For the more sporting, try catching them on fly!


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