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Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
+260 979 486618, +260 966 748249
Open today: 07:30-22:30
Sun07:30-22:30
Mon07:30-22:30
Tue07:30-22:30
Wed07:30-22:30
Thu07:30-22:30
Fri07:30-22:30
Sat07:30-22:30
PB CH 42, Lusaka

Safari lodge

Royal Zambezi Lodge is on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park, just across the river from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. It combines outstanding hospitality with nature's most amazing creations. With their thatch and copper roofs, the buildings boast natural but sophisticated furnishings and luxurious details.
Luxury presidential suites with a lounge and lots of living space
Deluxe suites at one with the surrounding private wilderness areas
Classic suites, impeccably furnished and incredibly comfortable

Open all year round, Royal Zambezi Lodge is on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park and offers a rich wildlife and birding experience just across the river from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The restaurant features well sourced, fresh local ingredients in exciting and healthy combinations.

At the Royal Zambezi Lodge you can sip an ice cold G&T or other beverage of your choice at the legendary Sausage Tree Bar, and enjoy a dip in the long oval infinity pool.

Presidential suites (2)

These suites offer the ultimate in luxury. Both have a lounge and lots of living space. Extra beds can be provided if needed.

They both have a beautifully decorated and spacious lounge, private pool, outside shower and copper roll top bath opening onto the river. A sala (day bed) has recently been added for afternoon siestas and peaceful afternoons overlooking the grassy plains and grazing wildlife.

The Kansanshi presidential suite is the only brick chalet at the lodge. The Frontier presidential suite is made out of luxurious canvas. The Frontier suite is at one end of the lodge and right next to the animal 'road' where herds of buffalo, elephant, impala and other animals make their way onto the large grassy plain in front of the lodge. In effect, the Frontier suite has its own private game park!

Deluxe suites (5)

The deluxe suites offers a wonderful safari experience, allowing guests to interact with the surrounding private wilderness areas. Sipolilo and Royal are the same as the classic rooms (below) with the added luxury of a private pool, day bed (sala) and an outside bathroom with shower and roll top copper bath. (If you don't fancy the outside bathroom, these suites also have an inside bathroom.) Note that the Royal suite exclusively offers an upstairs area, giving an amazing view over the Zambezi River.

The Wilderness deluxe suite is a recent addition to the lodge, so named because it has a real 'bush feel' to it. Local materials have been used to build the floors, deck, cupboards and roof. It comes with a private pool and a fabulous view of the Zambezi river.

Two of the deluxe suites have a private pool.

Classic suites (8)

The classic suites are impeccably furnished with natural tones, luxurious textures and incredible comfort, creating a wonderful retreat. These rooms each come with an indoor bathroom (with a view of the bush) and their own deck (with views onto the river). They are all situated along the river bank.

Two of the rooms can be used separately or as a joint family unit. A room that links the two has recently been completed. This additional room comes with sofas and board games, allowing families to spend time together in their own living room area, with the option of private dinners.

The main pool is situated opposite the family suite so the kids can swim close to the family suite and parents can keep watch from their decks. It is situated close to the main building too, so parents can keep an eye on their children after they've gone to bed.

Access to Royal Zambezi Lodge

This lodge is accessible by regular scheduled flights and chartered flights from Lusaka (25 minutes). It has its own 1.7 km tarred airstrip 10 minutes drive from the lodge for easy access all year. Alternatively travelling by road and boat requires a four wheel drive vehicle and takes a minimum of five hours from Lusaka.

Royal Zambezi Lodge awards history

Luxury Travel Guide

  • 2018 country winner, private luxury retreat of the year

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015

Accommodation Direct

  • 2017, best value top establishment

World Luxury Hotel Awards

  • 2015 WLHA, continent winner, luxury tented safari camp
  • 2015 WLHA, continent winner, luxury lodge
  • 2014 WLHA, continent winner, luxury bush lodge
  • 2013 WLHA, continent winner, luxury game lodge
  • 2011 WLHA, continent winner, luxury boutique hotel
  • 2010 WLHA, global winner, luxury lodge

World Luxury Spa Awards

  • 2015 WLSA, country runner up, luxury safari spa
  • 2013 WLSA, global winner, luxury safari spa

Safari Awards

  • 2016 country winner, best safari spa/retreat

Hotel of the Year Awards

  • 2015 winner, best safari lodge

Holidays with Kids Magazine

  • 2015 winner, best community outreach program

Luxury Travel Guide

  • 2015 global awards winner, luxury lodge of the year

Prices

  • To encourage local tourism special rates are available to Zambian residents upon request
  • 2018 rates for young children age 0-2 is free. Young children are accepted at the lodge on special request
  • 2019 rates for young children age 2-7 are 25% of adult rates and children age 0-2 go free. Young children are accepted at the lodge on special request
  • Group incentives are available
  • Romantic extras available for newlyweds on honeymoon
  • Inclusions and exclusions apply
  • Cancellation policies apply

2018 specials

  • Stay for 4 nights and pay for 3
  • Free flights - stay 4 nights over a weekend and receive free return flights to and from Lusaka or on to Livingstone (subject to availability)
  • Terms and conditions apply. Specials are only valid for new bookings and cannot be combined.

2019 specials

  • Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2
  • Stay for 4 nights and pay for 3
  • Free flights - stay 4 nights over a weekend and receive free return flights to and from Lusaka or on to Livingstone (subject to availability)
  • Terms and conditions apply. Specials are only valid for new bookings and cannot be combined.

Safaris

Royal Zambezi Lodge is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo. It also offers frequent lion and leopard sightings. The qualified guides come with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi valley. There are various activities offered on safari to satisfy different interests, including birding safaris, photographic safaris and game drives.
Home to large herds of elephant and buffalo
Guides with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi valley
Frequent lion and leopard sightings

Far more than just a luxury safari lodge, Royal Zambezi offers walking safaris, driving safaris and river safaris. Just five minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park this lodge sits on the Zambezi River and offers a rich wildlife and birding experience.

The location of Royal Zambezi Lodge was specifically chosen for its positioning which allows for a wide variety of safari activities. This is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo with frequent lion and leopard sightings. The qualified Royal Zambezi guides come with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi valley. Activities include:

  • Birding and photographic safaris
  • Game drives throughout the day (morning, afternoon, evening and after dinner)
  • Fly and course fishing for Chessa, Bream, Vundu, Barbel and of course the famous Tiger fish!
  • Morning, afternoon and sunset boat cruises
  • Morning guided bush walks
  • Morning mountain walking
  • The Royal Zambezi bush spa
  • Canoeing into the beautiful Inkalange channel, bursting with wildlife and birds
  • Island dinners (unless the river is too high)
  • Royal picnic lunches, afternoon teas or evening dinners – on your private deck, in the bush or in the water!

Any or all of these activities can be part of your unique safari experience whilst at the Royal Zambezi Lodge.

Spa

The Royal Zambezi award winning luxury bush spa, situated close to the Lower Zambezi National Park, is built on top of a high anthill overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. Treatments take place on the deck, or inside the minimalist (but air-conditioned) treatment room. The Royal Zambezi is the only safari lodge on the river with a spa.
Uses Dermalogica as its chosen product brand
Frequently uses local indigenous ingredients from the African bush
An attentive team of qualified therapists on hand

Inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds the lodge, the spa's minimalist design exudes an air of balance, peace and tranquility. This is a refuge to restore the mind, body and spirit and the perfect way to while away lazy afternoons.

The spa has won two World Luxury Spa Awards - 2015 WLSA, country runner up, luxury safari spa and 2013 WLSA, global winner, luxury safari spa. It has also won the Safari Awards 2016 country winner, best safari spa/retreat.

The bush spa uses Dermalogica as its chosen product brand. In fact this lodge is the flagship for this product range in Zambia. Dermalogica 'redefines' your skin and is an internationally trusted product brand. Dermalogica has never taken part in animal testing, and is free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors and fragrances).

Now in its twenty fifth year, Dermalogica has become the number one choice of skin care professionals worldwide, sold in over 80 countries and prescribed more often than any other product available.

Additionally, many treatments use local indigenous ingredients from the African bush. An attentive team of qualified therapists are on hand to offer a wide variety of massages, facials and other therapeutic and beauty treatments.

The spa offers two treatment rooms, a cooling plunge pool with river views, outdoor jacuzzi and a beautiful lounge area where you can relax sipping fresh juices.

Treatments include:

  • Massages
  • Body treatments
  • Facials
  • Hand and foot treatments
  • Waxing and tinting
  • Package treatments for ultimate pampering sessions

Fishing

At the Royal Zambezi Lodge expert guides lead fishing excursions on new, fully-fitted aluminium boats. Guests new to fishing or fly fishing have the chance to receive instruction and assistance. Rods, tackle and flies are provided although fishing enthusiasts are welcome to bring their own. All fishing is on a catch and release basis.
Offers one of the finest freshwater angling experiences in the world
Refreshments and meals organised for guests on fishing excursions
Tiger fishing season: September - March

Fly fishing and coarse fishing are both available at the Royal Zambezi Lodge. The Lower Zambezi River offers one of the finest fresh water angling experiences in the world. Although it is a year-round activity, the best time for tiger fishing is between September and March.

You don't have to be an expert to join in, as guests new to fishing or fly fishing have the chance to receive instruction and assistance.

Time on a boat on the Zambezi River is one of the best ways to experience the true beauty of the river. It also provides a great chance to get close to Zambia's enchanting wildlife. Whilst fishing at the Royal Zambezi Lodge you are likely to catch:

  • Tiger fish
  • Chessa
  • Bream
  • Vundu
  • Barbel

Contact information

Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
+260 979 486618, +260 966 748249
Open today: 07:30-22:30
Sun07:30-22:30
Mon07:30-22:30
Tue07:30-22:30
Wed07:30-22:30
Thu07:30-22:30
Fri07:30-22:30
Sat07:30-22:30
PB CH 42, Lusaka

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