Relax in the comfort of your tent overlooking the Zambezi
Islands of Siankaba: Our full report
A little further upstream from Tongabezi and the River Club, about 45km from Livingstone, the very peaceful Islands of Siankaba is built on two densely forested islands, linked by suspension bridges. To get there from the main road you travel 7km down a dirt track through open bush, and then jump in a boat for five minutes to get across to the islands.
Before boarding your boat for the main island, you pass through the lodge's reception and well-stocked curio shop. Then, alighting on the island, you ascend a decked pathway to the beautifully decorated main lodge. This comprises the main bar and dining area, with adjacent lounge furnished with comfortable sofas and armchairs. There is also a small library and board games are available.
In front of the main lodge is a firepit surrounded by directors’ chairs - the perfect place for enjoying a drink in the evening and with lovely views over the Zambezi. To the rear of the main lodge, where there’s a small swimming pool with several sunloungers, you will find the start of a marked walking trail around the island.
On the other island there are seven stylish chalets dotted the around the island's edge - which have views out over their large verandas and the river. The only sounds you will hear come from the birds, the insects and the Zambezi rapids in the distance.
Siankaba is close enough to the Falls for a visit (about 50 minutes away by vehicle and a visit is included in the price), although many of the activities here focus on the islands and the river - for example the lodge offers guided birding and tree walks, and there is a 1.5km nature trail which runs round one of the islands. The walks through local villages, led by a village elder, are also particularly good. The lodge also offers a range of beauty treatments (at additional cost) including massages, manicures and facials, and they are building a spa for next year.
Our viewIslands of Siankaba is a very peaceful and relaxing place to spend a few nights; the surroundings are beautiful, the rooms luxurious and the food and staff are great - it's a great spot at which to relax around the start or end a safari to Botswana or Zambia.
Ideal length of stay: 2 or 3 nights
Directions: 35 minutes by vehicle from Kazungula, or 50 minutes by minibus to Livingstone airport plus 5 minutes by boat.
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: This lodge has quite rightly acquired a great reputation for its cuisine. When we last visited we found the food to be excellent.
On the first night for example, for dinner we were served a starter of tasty leek and potato soup (the other option was a chicken, avocado and balsamic salad which also looked great) followed by a main course of fresh Zambezi bream with coriander and ginger, and fresh greens. (The alternative was a hearty sirloin beef stew with sautéed potatoes.)
To really top things off pudding was a delicious peach and currant crumble with homemade ice-cream.
Breakfast is a buffet affair with fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurts, cold meats and cheese all on offer. You can also have a full cooked breakfast if you're particularly hungry! Tea and coffee and fruit juices are served.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included
Drinks included: All soft and alcoholic drinks are included, save for premium brands and champagne.
Honeymoons: This is a romantic and relaxing spot, ideal for a bit or rest and recuperation either before or after a safari in Botswana or Zambia. Private dinners can be arranged, and there is a masseuse. A spa-room is also planned for 2008.See more ideas for Honeymoons in Zambia
Attitude towards children: Children aged 10 years and over are welcome.
Generally recommended for children: Recommended for children who are 10 years and over.
Power supply: Generator
Communications: There is usually mobile reception on the island, although it can be a bit unreliable.
TV & radio: No
Health & safety
Malarial area: Yes
Medical care: The nearest doctor is in Livingstone. Medivac can be utilized in emergencies, and Livingstone is only seven minutes away by helicopter.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: There are 5 night watchmen on the islands.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers in all the rooms.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Full Laundry Service - Included
Money: There are safes in the rooms.