The River Club is 18km upstream from Victoria Falls in Zambia overlooking Zambezi River and Zambezi National Park.
This old 1940s homestead has been turned into a charming oasis which brings together early years of adventure on the continent with 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.
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.
The swimming pool with is infinity aspect provides one of the best views from any pool in the world.
Classic Colonial Camp
Open all year round
The Tonga and Makalolo peoples lived here for centuries before the Falls were ‘discovered’ by David Livingstone in 1855. He gave it the highest honour he could think of: naming it after his Queen.
Its local name, Mosi-Oa-Tunya – “the Smoke that Thunders” – more accurately defines the essence of the place: the rising, shining spray that can be seen 30km away.
This vapour has the effect of adding moisture in the form of humidity to the air in the “splash zone”, so that a unique, small rainforest ecosystem clings to the edge of the Falls.
This provides a toehold for no less than 70 shrub and 150 herbaceous species, as well as trees such as pod and Natal mahogany, ebony, Cape and strangler fig and Transvaal red milkwood.
Further away from the constant spray, the surrounding area comprises mopane and teak woodlands with luxuriant riverine forest along the banks of the Zambezi River.
The presence of several protected areas in the vicinity, from the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, means that herds of big game such as elephant and buffalo, as well as smaller species and even predators such as lion persist in the area.
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 are offered into the nearby Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which 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 bird life 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!
River Club is in close proximity to an array of activities in the area, over and above the included activities:
Specialist birding outing
Livingstone Island Lunch
White water rafting
Helicopter and micro light flight
Visits to the Zimbabwean side of the Falls
Abseil/Gorge swing/High wire
Lunar rainbow trip (March – June at full moon during high water)
Golf at the Livingstone Royal Golf & Country Club
Visits to historical Livingstone town, Livingstone Museum, specialist Jewish tours and the Railway museum
Clay pigeon shooting
Chobe Day excursion
Adrenalin jet boating in the gorge
Jet boating above the Falls