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The River Club is situated 18km upstream from the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side of the Zambezi river just across from the Zambezi National Park and has a destinct Edwarian flavour to it.

The lush gardens are spread out beneath the trees creating a peaceful and tranquil setting away from the crowds, where guests and bird lovers can enjoy the natural beauty of the zambezi river and the rich bird life which is found around the area. The Zambezi National Park is located just across the river, and elephants can be seen on the river bank. Hippos are also regularly sighted along the river's edge.

About The River Club
The River Club is Livingstone’s Premier destination on the Zambezi River. Voted by Travel and Leisure Magazine 2010 it is ranked in the Top 3 lodges in Zambia, in the Top 50 in Southern Africa and amongst the top 500 Hotels in the World. The lodge won the Heritage and Culture Award 2009 given by the Zambia Tourism Board for all the work undertaken in these areas within the Livingstone region. It is a proud member of Wilderness Safaris and part of the ECO LUXURY group of lodges around the world.

This owner run lodge, located on an magnificent vantage point, provides stunning views over a sweeping bend on the river. Steeped in history ranging from the establishing of Livingstone as a settler trading post, as a destination for Royal travellers and Hollywood stars over the years, a venue for the most extraordinary sporting events in the past to a gateway for displaced people after World War II, Peter Jones and the members of The River Club and Wilderness Safaris are able to provide an intriguing insight into the rich and colourful history that surrounds The Victoria Falls.

Perhaps the most important point to remember is that The River Club is the place where there are no early 05:30 wake up calls, for here guests are encouraged to lie in and enjoy the surroundings. The ‘Do Nothing Activity’ (DNA) around one of the most magnificent pools in the world is very popular indeed, especially at the end of a safari.

There is no doubt that a few nights stay at The River Club will add a new dimension to anyone’s journey to Africa and have them planning their next trip before they have even left to go home.

The Edwarian style house is the main area with a comfortable lounge and large dining room. It also boasts with a very impressive library which has a fire place, making it just the right place to be when in the mood for a good read. The wide outside veranda overlooks the zambezi river where guests can enjoy their breakfast or tea.

The pool seems part of the river itself and has a secluded deck with hammocks and loungers where guests can soak up the sun or just have a peaceful retreat. For those who enjoy playing snooker, there is a game room with a lounge where guests can play to their hearts content.

Ten luxury en-suite chalets are spread out amongst the river facing west into magnificent African sunsets. Each chalet has one side completely open to the river where the guests can enjoy a gorgeous uninterupted view of the Zambezi river and its far bank from the privacy of their own bed or bathtub. All have a concertina screen door or window across the front of the bedroom and/or bathroom. Each bed is covered in luxurious linen and has mosquito nets. creating a romantic feel to the room.

The Rooms

7 x Riverside chalets with downstairs bathroom and second toilet on bedroom level.
2 x River suites, Rhodes and Livingstone, with plunge pools on an outside teak deck in private gardens.
1 x Family suite, Litunga, with teak deck and plunge pool. Second bedroom with twin beds and outdoor shower.

The chalets are named after people who in their day played a special part in the history of the country. All are individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of the river and have impressive views over the Zambezi. All are West facing and take advantage of the spectacular African sunsets.

Each room is open-plan and beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood and include wifi access, mini fridge with bottled water, digital safe, hairdryer, reading lamps, 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” over looking the river. Screen doors can be opened to give unimpeded views for those wishing to capture the scenery on camera.

Every standard room has: EACH ROOM HAS... ...River and Sunset Views!
• Airconditioning
• 2nd 1/2 Bathroom
• Safe
• Hairdryer
• Multi-national electrical sockets
• Bottled Water
• Twin beds / converted Empire King if requested
• Good lighting
• Screening
• Fan
• Mosquito net
• Portable fan
• Reading lamps
• Bedside table & lamp
• Wardrobe
• Drop down blinds

Some Key Features:

• A lodge within the Wilderness Safaris group
• Luxury bespoke accommodation with views of the Zambezi River from all rooms, the gardens and swimming pool
• Breathtaking views of Africa
• Tours of The Victoria Falls
• African village tours, with an emphasis on assisting Social Development
• Game drives in Mosi O Tunya Park - with the chance of seeing a white rhino!
• Elephant back safaris
• Tour of Livingstone Town and the Jewish Tour
• Play a round of golf at the Historic Livingstone Royal Golf and Country Club
• 10 in house activities including river cruises, tennis, fishing, running track, gym, croquet, nature walk and games room.
• Helipad:
POSITION: 12km from Livingstone town COORDINATES: 17 49 20° South, 025 42 19° East

Features of The River Club

- Swimming pool overlooking the river
- Curio shop
- Nature walks which surrounds the lodge
- Game room

Some ideas of what to do at The River Club

1.Tour of Zambian side of The Falls
2. Visit to Simonga Village
3. Evening Cruises on the River
4. Game Drives in the Mosi Oa Tunya Game Park (white rhino)
5. Fishing (Tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen)
6. Boat game Cruises
7. Bird walks
8. Croquet
9. There is a running trail within the camp

Also on offer is a variety of adrenaline-loaded activities at extra cost: white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, and helicopter flights over the Falls.

Where is The River Club ?
Located on the north bank of the Zambezi River about18 km upstream from the Victoria Falls, it is easily reached by a well maintained dirt road. The Livingstone airport is located 20min from the camp

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Zambezi House - 1948
The Main Building, known as The Zambezi House, is an impressive Edwardian-style entertainment area with high plantation ceilings. Converted from the original farmhouse built in 1948, it provides a wonderful setting for hosting guests at the lodge. The house has imposing views over a sweeping bend on the Zambezi River.

The large Dining Room can seat all guests at one sitting at the impressively long teak dining table although most meals tend to be served outside on the elegant terrace or the poolside.

There is a comfortable Sitting Room with fireplace and a small Library with an interesting collection of books, journals and board games. There is wifi internet access throughout the main building and to most areas of the property.

The Gift Shop sells clothing, jewellery, postcards, books, curios and crafts.


The lodge is set on a 50 acre secure property with manicured gardens, where a guest can totally relax without having to go anywhere if they choose not to.

A magnificent Swimming Pool with one of the best views of Africa from its infinity vista. Pool loungers, private deck and hammocks complete the setting.

An all-weather hard Tennis Court and a central Crouquet Lawn and a 2km nature trail which can also be used as a running track for those who need to keep fitness levels topped up.

A Gazebo within the garden can easily convert into a small chapel for wedding ceremonies or private dinners, and a Summer House for those who would prefer some extra privacy and a Games Room with snooker table and dart board. This room can be utilised as a small Conference Venue and is fitted with a plasma flat-screen TV, projector, pull down screen and blinds.

The River Club has two 11-seater boats for cruises on the river, three 13-seater minibuses for airport transfers and excursions to Livingstone town and The Victoria Falls and one game viewer for safaris into the small nearby Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, the highlight of which are the white rhinos.

Special Interests

The area around Livingstone and The Victoria Falls is rich in history amongst many other things. The magnificent Victoria Falls themselves, the world famous bridge which spans the gorges , a hundred year old golf course, a Jewish connection dating back to 1898 as well as many unusual sporting events are but some of the interests available to visitors. Not surprisingly, there is an abundance of bird life including African Finfoot, Schalow’s Turaco (loeurie), African Skimmers and Rock Pratincoles amongst the more sought after by ornithologists and the lodge property supports over 80 species of indigenous trees. Perhaps the most important though is the work the lodge does with the local community and the villages of Sinde and Simonga provide interesting tours for guests who would like to see how the local people live and what benefits they get from being linked to The River Club.

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