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River Farmhouse

Livingstone, Zambia
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River Farmhouse is built on the site of an old colonial farmhouse on the Zambezi riverbank. The bedrooms are grouped around the central living space with lounge and dining area and large sliding windows leading onto the huge shady terrace. The terrace is perfect for outdoor living, with dining table and comfortable alfresco furniture. In the large gardens there are sun loungers around the infinity pool between house and river, seats under the shady trees and around the fire pit and on the pontoon boat deck.

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River Farmhouse has four bedrooms, two doubles and two twins, named after the points of the compass. South and East doubles have French windows opening onto the terrace and en suite bath and shower rooms. North and West twins with en suite shower rooms overlook the gardens. All bedrooms have ceiling fans, mosquito nets and air conditioning.

The L-shaped lounge has comfortable sofas and chairs with amazing views over the terrace, pool and river to the game park beyond. There's a fireplace for cold evenings and aircon for warm ones. In the kitchen off the lounge chef prepares meals which are served inside or outside depending on the weather.

On the shady terrace guests can dine, relax and stay cool out of the hot sunshine or warm up with braziers on cold evenings. And for people who just can't bear to leave the world behind there's wifi – which also means you can download great birding, stargazing and other apps to help you make the most of what you see.

The pool

The infinity pool, lined with Kariba stone that sparkles slightly in the sunshine, lies between house and river so you can sit on the terrace with an almost uninterrupted view of water. It's deep enough for a good swim, and also has a gently sloping 'beach' end making it safer for children. You can relax on a sunbed or cool off on one of the in-pool platforms with a chilled drink in your hand. And the pool lights at night mean you can even take a midnight dip under the stars.

Perfect after a hard day enjoying yourself around Victoria Falls!

Waterberry activities

See Victoria Falls. Walking around the Falls is different at every season, from so overflowing that viewing is like a tropical rainstorm to the dry season where you can see all the way to the rapids at the bottom.

At the Farmhouse your private boat can take you on sunset, dawn or daytime cruises, fishing and island picnics.

There's guided birding with local guides, and guided tours to the village, many of the staff live in the local villages and are proud to explain how rural Zambians lead their lives. Support the local preschool is encouraged. The tour of Livingstone town, museum and markets shows you past and present in this town that used to be the country's capital.

General Information

River Farmhouse is a private safari house belonging to Waterberry Zambezi Lodge. The Farmhouse is 200m east of Waterberry Lodge in a secluded setting on the Zambezi riverbank amongst gardens and trees. The Farmhouse has its own entrance secured by a manned electric gate. Guests at the Farmhouse have exclusive use of the Farmhouse, gardens, swimming pool and boat. The chef prepares meals in the Farmhouse kitchen, assisted by scullery and waiting staff who serve meals and drinks as required. During the day guests can choose to help themselves or have staff available. Household staff call daily in the morning to make beds and tidy the house. Ground staff tend to the garden and pool during the day. The boat is launched from the private Farmhouse jetty for sunset and daytime cruises and fishing trips. Boat trips are by pre-arrangement with the Farmhouse manager and the boat driver/guide.

The Farmhouse sleeps a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum of 8. Bedrooms have private bath or shower rooms, air conditioning and ceiling fans. There is free WiFi available at the Farmhouse.

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