Zambia : Victoria Falls and Livingstone
Livingstone is not only home to one of the incredible natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, but also to a whole range of exciting adrenalin-pumping activities from bungee jumping to white water rafting and micro-lighting across the Falls. The famous Flight of the Angels in a small plane is a firm favourite, and for romantics you can have a champagne breakfast on Livingstone Island which is literally in the middle of the Falls. It is also a fun place to explore on foot, horseback or on game drives through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. There are some really excellent small lodges just upstream of Victoria Falls, which we would highly recommend staying in when visiting this area.
Tongabezi is one of the more exclusive places to stay in Livingstone. A small, secluded lodge set in a grove of African ebony trees on the banks of the Zambezi river, it has unique luxury open-plan houses, which are completely open at the front, and five luxury cottages, which are enclosed. The houses are beautifully designed and have quirky names such as the Tree House, Bird House, the Dog House and the most recent addition, the Nut House. All apart from the garden cottage have stunning views over the river. You can relax by the pool or go walking, canoeing or boating and all activities at the Victoria Falls can be arranged from the hotel. This is a popular honeymoon destination and the perfect place to relax before or after your safari.
Sindabezi, Tongabezi's 'bush camp', is 3km downstream from Tongabezi and is an escapist's dream which can only be reached by boat or canoe. There are only four thatched chalets all with stunning views of the Zambezi, cold running water, hot bucket showers and flushing toilets. It is truly a paradise island, fully staffed and self-contained, with no generator to interrupt the evening chorus of frogs and cicadas, lighting is provided by lamps. The resident hippos Harry and Henrietta can sometimes make bedtime a tricky manoeuvre and elephants often come to check up on you.
This stunning Edwardian lodge with its rolling lawns (on which croquet is played) overlooks the Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls. There are 10 unique luxury chalets set in the lush riverine vegetation, split level and open-fronted with impressive views over the river and the Zambezi National Park. The spacious en-suite bathroom has a Victorian-style bath, and the best views are from your bath and your bed. Activities include fishing and sundowner boat trips on the river, as well as canoe trips and trips to the Falls. The Club can also arrange extra activities including white water rafting, helicopter trips and elephant safaris. 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 where there is an abundance of general game species including buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala.
Stanley Safari Lodge is a lovely luxury lodge with lots of character just 3km from the immense Victoria Falls. The lodge has a real feel of the Africa of the 1920s, with an open-fronted main house, dining under the stars or in the colonial-style dining room, and decadent bedrooms. Most of the 10 cottages and suites are open-sided and they all have a king-sized bed, sitting area, private terrace, garden and a fabulous en-suite bathroom. The honeymoon and family suites have their own private swimming pool. The lodge is a great base for all the activities in Livingstone, but in its own oasis away from the main hubbub.
“We loved the open room and outdoor bath. Beautiful setting.”
Vikki and David, Edinburgh
Waterberry Lodge is an affordable and comfortable lodge with pretty thatched cottages on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River. Secluded and with wonderful views of the river, it has seven well-appointed en-suite cottages, some with their own private decking overlooking the private lake or the river. There is a lovely swimming pool, a sun deck and an upstairs viewing lounge to relax in by day and by night you can enjoy sunset cruises and alfresco meals, including barbecues, cooked under the stars. Hippo and elephant are regular visitors to the lodge, especially at dusk, and there’s a wide range of birdlife for keen twitchers.