The River Club Zambia
Premier, luxury accommodation in Livingstone, this safari lodge is on the Zambezi River front and a royal welcome awaits. Over the years this has been, and still remains, a destination for kings, queens and Hollywood stars. The River Club is ranked as one of the top three Zambia lodges, in the top 50 of Southern Africa and amongst the top 500 hotels in the world by the Travel and Leisure Magazine 2010. Activities include Victoria Falls tours, daily sundowner cruises, tiger fishing, and village tours in Livingstone.
Safari lodge in Livingstone, Zambia
- Overlooks the Zambezi River
- Upstream from Victoria Falls
- Beauty treatments in the calico massage tent
This is leading Zambia accommodation offering a memorable experience. Winner of the 2009 Heritage and Culture Award (Zambia Tourism Awards) in recognition of its conservation work undertaken around the Livingstone region. It was also nominated for the 2009 Clean and Green Award (Zambia Tourism Awards). The River Club is a proud member of Wilderness Safaris and part of the Eco Luxury Group of Lodges around the world.
The River Club houses ten luxury chalets, mostly split-level, named after explorers and colonial figures like Livingstone, Stanley and Selous. One side of each chalet is completely open to the river, providing uninterrupted views of the Zambezi and the spectacular African sunset in truly delightful Livingstone accommodation. The River Club lies upstream from the world famous Victoria Falls, Zambia.
Princess Mary Suite
The well appointed double storey villa is set in a secluded walled garden with its own swimming pool. Ideal for families or group stays, four adults can be accommodated in the two en-suite bedrooms, one situated on the ground floor and the other upstairs with a viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River. Additional children’s beds can be arranged in the lounge to accommodate a total of six guests. Both floors are air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi access. The ground floor comprises a lounge area, with a television and DVD player, library, bar and dining area for six people. Guests may choose to dine privately in the suite or join other guests at the main lodge.
The River Suites offer views over the Zambezi River, each suite is open plan and beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood. Rooms feature twin beds that can be converted to empire King size beds, on request, mosquito net, 2 bathrooms, air-conditioning/ heating, fan, digital safe, mini fridge, hair dryer, multi-national plug sockets. Each room is open-plan and includes reading lamps, a small library, writing desk and a sitting area. Large mosquito nets swathe the beds combined with an electric fan and air-conditioner/heating units to provide a comfortable flow of air above the beds. Each room has a bath, shower, shaver socket and “loo with a view” overlooking the river.
Luxury River Suites
Each suite is spacious and open plan, with screen doors opening to an outside deck with unimpeded views of the Zambezi river beyond, a private plunge pool and a small private garden. These suites carry the same facilities and amenities as that of the Luxury suites.
Luxury River Family Suite
This spacious family room includes two en suite bedrooms with twin beds, as well as a private plunge pool and a private garden.
Available for the use of tour guides or pilots, these rooms do not have river views. 1 double bed per room, bathroom with shower and overhead fan.
At its centre lies an enchanting Edwardian house with a comfortable lounge, large dining room and an impressive library filled with tales of African adventures. Manicured lawns spread out beneath the trees where you’ll find a croquet court – an ideal venue for a Pimms-soaked croquet game! The pool seems almost part of the river itself, with a secluded deck full of hammocks and loungers providing respite from the heat of the day. Beauty treatments are available in the calico massage tent. For the energetic, the running track on the secure property, gymnasium and all-weather tennis court are ideal.
Midday meals are often served in the lush gardens spread out beneath the trees. The gazebo and the Summer House (with snooker room) provide alternatives for private dining.
Steeped in history, the River Club goes back to the establishment of Livingstone as a settler trading post. Livingstone was in fact a gateway for the displaced after World War II and it attracted Jewish settlers fleeing Nazism in the 1930s . In the past it has been a venue for the most extraordinary sporting events. If you are a history buff, then Peter Jones and members of his team at this Zambia lodge will be able to provide an intriguing insight into the rich and colourful history that surrounds the Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Zambia itself.
As a member of the Eco Luxury Group of Lodges it is important to The River Club to preserve the environment and support local people. For the past eight years the River Club has been working with Simonga Village, helping to improve the lives of the people who live there.
Projects have included the renovation of the water supply system, the construction of a police post, the building of a library and canteen at the school, a goat shed, sponsorships for 50 children to attend high school in Livingstone town, gardening tools for the growing of vegetables by the students for the school and paying for the exam fees for those children sitting for their annual tests.
The lodge continues to raise money for the clinic which is being built in partnership with the Department of Health and a future project will be to supply electricity to the school, the clinic, the police post and the pump station.
Special interests in the surrounding area
The Zambezi Boat Club, founded in 1905, hosted the World Professional Sculling Championships in 1910. The River Club, together with Primary Sponsorship UK, has brought men’s and ladies’ crews from Oxford, Cambridge, South African Universities, Brown Alumni and other foreign teams to compete on the river and its original 1910 course.
Between the months of January and July guests can experience the unique and spectacular sight of a seemingly colourless rainbow created by the full moon on the mist in the gorge in the early hours of the evening with a lunar rainbow tour. Guests can also play a round of golf at the historic Livingstone Royal Golf and Country Club, which was established in 1908, redesigned in 1936 and then renovated in 2006. It is set in a veritable botanical garden with over 118 tree species. This 18 hole course provides a unique African golfing experience.
- 11 luxury suites
- Lounge area
- Dining area
- Swimming pool
- Deck with hammocks and loungers
- Croquet court
- Tennis court
- Running track
- Games room
- One of the top three lodges in Zambia
- One of the top 50 lodges of Southern Africa
- One of the top 500 hotels in the world
- Winner of the 2009 Heritage and Culture Award
- Nominated for the 2009 Clean and Green Award
- Member of Wilderness Safaris
- Part of the Eco Luxury Group of Lodges
Works with the following agents
- Africa: Wilderness Safaris
- United Kingdom: Kuoni
- USA and Canada: Tim Farrell, Tim Farrell & Associates, safariTim@aol.com
Safaris in Livingstone, Zambia
- Visits to the Victoria Falls
- Tours of an African village (with an emphasis on social development)
- Expert safari guides with many years of experience
River safari (sunset cruise)
In the late afternoon, enjoy a leisurely sundowner cruise up the Zambezi. When the captain sees fit he will switch off the engine and let the boat drift quietly downstream passing the odd elephant, hippo or crocodile and an abundance of colourful bird life. The sunsets are particularly beautiful during the drier months. Enjoy the snacks and drinks provided. The trip arrives back at The Club just after sunset!
Resident at The River Club are the Schalow’s Loerie and the African Finfoot. Other birds in the area are the African Skimmer whilst the Taita Falcon and black eagle can be found in the gorges below the Victoria Falls.
The highlight of a game viewing trip in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is the chance of seeing the white rhino, some of the only remaining in Zambia. The park is home to a wide variety of animals including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, elephants and buffalo. The game drives are approximately three hours long.
Adventure in Livingstone, Zambia
- Offers a unique experience by creating custom adventures
- Fishing excursions (take up the challenge to catch the elusive Tiger!)
- All trips are run by professionals ensuring an amazing experience
The River Club is a charming oasis on the Zambezi River, situated 18 kilometers upstream from the town of Livingstone, Zambia and the renowned Victoria Falls – a World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. The River Club offers a host of activities for young and old, on property as well as around the Victoria Falls.
Fishing is best during the months of June to September (Bream or Tilapia, extending into October for Tiger Fish). November mornings are still fine, however, from around 10 hrs it becomes too hot. Fishing is not provided during the months of December, January and February. Lures and baited hooks are the norm, however, it is possible to fly fish.
A cooler box of drinks and mineral water is available on the boat as well as a tackle and bait. Fishing trips return to The Club before lunch.
These activities are available in and around The River Club
- Livingstone island/devils Pool
- Canoeing safaris (upper Zambezi, from 12 years)
- White water rafting (July to January, from 15 years)
- Fishing with Angle Zambia (includes transfers)
- Helicopter flights over the falls
- Microlight flight over the falls (max weight 110kg, from 8 years)
- Dinner on the Royal Livingstone Express Steam Train (Wed & Sat only, from 12 years)
- Bridge tour
- Quad biking in Livingstone (from 12 years)
- Elephant back safari (from 10 years)
- Chobe day trip (cost does not include Visa re-entry fee for Zambia)
- Horse trails (from 12 years)