Islands of Siankaba

Reviews of Islands of Siankaba

Excellent(94%) From 43 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 43 of our travellers who have visited Islands of Siankaba, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr T & Ms G from Kent
Arrived on: 5-Oct-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Islands of Siankaba review

We loved Islands of Siankaba - it really is a magical place. Activities at the Falls are very easily arranged from here but they also do an excellent guided village walk as well as sunset boat trips.

The staff were all lovely and the food good - we did not want to leave.

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Mr. & Mrs W-J from Nottingham
Arrived on: 1-Sep-2009 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Islands of Siankaba review

This was our fourth visit and we were really looking forward to it. However we were so disappointed. On arrival we were given the honeymoon/VIP chalet (great) but turned out to have no hot water – OK this happens but management showed no energy in sorting the problem – water finally returned on our last morning after numerous requests.

The Islands are beautiful and rooms very comfortable but the suspension bridges had been re-built following this year's floods and, in our opinion (and that of some other guests), the safety of one was questionable.

The food and beverage manager has changed and a choice is no longer offered at lunch and dinner. This is consistent with the approach of many safari lodges, but breakfast is also now a set menu with choice only for 'cooked' – we were very disappointed by this. Not everybody loves muesli and yogurt (combined). The food is still generally good but there is less choice than there used to be.

We had an enjoyable trip to Vic Falls and an excellent lunchtime River Safari (no longer offered by the lodge (why?) but we'd pre-booked with the owner by email). A good range of activities is offered but they are expensive, partly due to the charge per person for transfers if not combined with the trip to Vic Falls included in the room rate – for a family this could be prohibitive.
Sundowner cruises on the Zambezi remain a highlight.

Siankaba is still an excellent way to end a holiday and relax but for us it has lost its sparkle and we're sad to say it's unlikely we'll return.

NB our grading for Facilities relates to our hot water problem.

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Mr & Mrs W from Bergen, Norway
Arrived on: 18-Jun-2009 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Islands of Siankaba review

We had a lovely stay here. After the wildlife and lodges of the Okavango lodges, it did feel a little more commercial and hotel like and less special but still very good.

The connection with the local villages and the chance to visit was a bonus.

A great morning guided around the Victoria Falls.

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Mr & Mrs C - Shropshire
Arrived on: 5-Nov-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Victoria Falls Encounter

We were met at Livingstone airport and in no time at all we were outside the reception at I of S where we ran through some of the do's and don'ts with Sonia - very low key.

We were then taken by boat over to the island, given a welcome drink and taken to our room which turned out to be the VIP/Honeymoon suite even though there appeared empty tents available. I don't know why we had this treatment but it was certainly appreciated - you didn't have anything to do with this did you?

Later that evening went on a sundowner cruise and saw the most beautiful sunset imaginable along with the hippos, crocs and the birds. Next day we did the helicopter flight and walk to the falls (not much water on the Zambian side but this was expected). At this time of the year the flight is a must as you don't see too much from the Zambian side just walking.

Our last day was spent doing a nature walk around the villages birdwatching and generally relaxing.

The food at I of S was just great and couldn't be faulted (as good as any 5* hotel). The transfer to Kasane went smoothly in the main thanks to our drivers on each side of the river and the speedboat crossing instead of the ferry. After a short wait at Kasane we were taken out to a little 4 seater plane for the flight to Lebala Camp.

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Mr and Mrs B - Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 14-Sep-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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R and R at Siankaba

A beautiful place to stop over and relax after a safari- the food deserves a particular mention being imaginative and high quality.The staff were attentive and friendly , and the sundowners on the river were memorable.

I think 3/4 nights for a stay here is about right as the distance from the falls means repeated trips take a bit of time.

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Mrs C - North Yorkshire
Arrived on: 18-Aug-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Everything we had imagined -wonderful

This matched (and beyond) our expectations - superb rooms and view.

All trips were great and well organised (slight misunderstanding in our wish to see local markets) but this did not spoil the stay. Visit to villages was wonderful and inspired us to look to support the school particularly pre school.

Food and service were good and everyone was very welcoming.

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Drs from Brisbane, Queensland
Arrived on: 25-May-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful Location

Fantastic location - beautiful room overlooking Zambezi. Loved the rope bridges and mastered them very quickly! Very relaxing and picturesque with the opportunity to do a variety of activities - something for everyone. Excellent food and service. Fantastic sunrises over the river. Great for birds and hippo.

Management were pleasant, friendly and competent. We were persuaded to take helicopter trip over Victoria Falls - I'm glad we did as it was very enjoyable and we would probably have regretted it if we hadn't.

The walk with village elder to the local villages was worthwhile, interesting and rewarding.

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The Louries from London
Arrived on: 22-Apr-2008 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Quite outstanding in all respects!

A very impressive and beautifully appointed series of small lodges ideally located on the banks of the Zambezi. Most of the staff beamed with pleasure almost continuously and the more senior managers (Lisanne and Sonia ) went out of their way to meet our every wish and at very short notice, including activities that were not normally undertaken (such as horse riding.) A wonderfull start to our brief Africa holiday for both of us.

However be warned that use of Mastercard incurs a 10% extra charge.

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Mr & Mrs G - Norfolk
Arrived on: 9-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Islands of Siankaba review

A lovely camp in an idyllic location on the river. Only downside is the distance from Livingstone as if you arrive in the afternoon and want to go to Victoria Falls the next day it is 3 quite long and dull car journeys on the trot - it may be better to go to Victoria Falls before going on to Siankaba if you are flying in to Livingstone if that is possible?

Birdwatching is quite interesting but if i had gone to Botswana first it would have been a real let down. Much better to do this at the start rather than at the end of a trip.

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Dr D - Berkshire
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2007 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Islands of Siankaba review

Personal attention, just the right amount of encouragement to socialise with other guests, very relaxing,safe, a great place all round.

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