Reviews of Sindabezi
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Great start at Sindabezi
Sindabezi was the first stop on our holiday in Zambia and gave us a great, relaxing start to the trip. Reading and naps in the "treehouse" were especially welcome. We really enjoyed the quiet intimate atmosphere of the tiny island. Communal dining with the other guests was always enjoyable. While we did enjoy the remote atmosphere, we found that being a boat ride away from the mainland made it a bit more complicated to engage in activities. I became ill one day, and the staff was very attentive and helpful.
We did the day trip to Victoria Falls, and at the urging of some of the other guests, we did the extra excursion to Livingstone Island and the Devil's Pool. We wished that we had been warned in advance that the best viewing of the waterfall during the dry season is on the Zimbabwe side of the falls. While the falls were still lovely from the Zambian side, those guests who crossed the border found them to be much more spectacular.
Our own private island
This was a wonderful way to start our journey - given that we were taking our father's ashes back to Zambia we enjoyed the feeling of being the only people in Africa on our own private island. We were well looked after, but in the end found that this was not the place we wanted to do our little service because our father had specifically requested the Victoria Falls and we weren't as close as we would have liked to have been.
We had a magnificent meal and 24 hours just relaxing and enjoying being back in Africa. Although I have to say that it took me a few days to get used to sleeping without doors!!
Stay at Sindabezi
The setting and the hospitality at Sindabezi were extremely good. We had the island to ourselves for one of our two nights and we were looked after in grand style.
We especially enjoyed a bubble bath under the stars overlooking our own private beach on the Zambezi and the bush TV after dinner!
Unique location - wonderful experience
As a "2 centre" holiday I don't think Sindabezi followed by Luangwa Safari Lodge could be bettered for small group such as we were, wanting a really "special" time. 5 of our group of 7 had never been to Zambia before and they are all determined to return as soon as possible.
I don't know what to rave about first - the wonderful position (we never saw anyone else on a boat on this part of the Zambezi during our entire stay bar the occasional local fishermen) the unfailingly helpful and charming people who looked after us as though our happiness and wellbeing was their only concern, the amazing food, the elephant and hippos which came by to visit...................the list goes on and on!!!!
We didn't really have quite enough time to do it all justice and, another time, I would opt for 3 nights so that we could actually lounge round the island a little more. Never mind, a perfect excuse to return!
What a stunning location - an island of excitement and luxury with fabulous food and activities. The staff were so attentive and the guides so informed friendly and helpful - loved the bubble baths under the starsRead more about the whole trip
This was certainly the highlight of our tour. We were treated like royalty. The staff on the island were so friendly,helpful and full of fun.
Vicas made delicious meals for us and I am sorry I did not buy the book by Chris Higgins.
Brian and Lawrence made excellent guides and enlarged on many aspects of the wild life that we were unaware of before. I only hope I will be able to retain it as well as they have done!
We always felt that each journey we made to Tongabezi and the main land was another guided tour and many times I am sure they took us a long way round to ensure we saw as much as possible.
Charles made an excellent Valet and Nature lokked after us well at the table. They were always very willing to sort us out when help was needed! Granted, this is a quiet time of the year for the lodge, we felt very priviledged to have been there on our own and to experience such a wonderful setting and surroundings.
All the activities were numerous and varied we feel we could have stayed for a lot longer to investigate further.
My only criticism , and probably my own fault entirely, was that I bought 15 stamps for postcards for Europe from reception and the Receptionist said not to worry that she would put the stamps on and send them off with other mail from the office,but, so far (3wks later) not one has been received! I only put this in as I think this shpuld be brought to the attention of other guests to stick their own stamps and post them themselves, which we could have done that same morning.
We would love to come back with our family some time and take over the whole island!! Perhaps a Special Occasion! We will certainly recommend it to our friends.
Romancing by the river
We really enjoyed our stay at Sindabezi. It is a fine location and offers super accommodation, comfortable and well-appointed. We were extremely well looked after by Matilda, Given and the team and were especially touched by the efforts to which they went on our second night – a romantic dinner for two by the “mighty Zambezi”. The food is the best we've had at any of the camps we've stayed at over the past four trips.
Our guide Lawrence was equally excellent. This is a great place for birds and we found and identified plenty on our gentle river cruises thanks to his expertise - the highlight being the African Finfoot.
Our day-trip to Zimbabwe to see the Victoria Falls was well worthwhile. The logistics worked very smoothly – including around our add-on of lunch at the Victoria Falls Hotel – and our guide at the Falls, Max, did a great job.
We should also note that we were extremely well looked after getting from Livingstone into Botswana for the next leg of our trip.
Because of the brevity or our stay and our foray into Zimbabwe, we didn't take advantage of much of what Tongabezi/Sindabezi has to offer. But what we did do there we really enjoyed and we would have no hesitation in recommending the two camps to others.
Not in Sindabezi but Tangala House we stayed
We did'nt went to Sindabezi but to Tangala House! We had to change because of the flood.....
The experience was very good. We would have liked to have seen the Falls from the Zimbabwe side - vehicles were crossing the bridge, so this should have been possible? Adrian remembers that the view from Zim is even more impressive than that from Zam.Read more about the whole trip
Great start to our honeymoon at Sindabezi
We loved the welcome we received at Sindabezi. They were so helpful in providing t-shirts and toiletries when our bags didn't arrive with us - proof of their excellent service.
The guides were knowledgeable and the chefs were excellent.
We do not believe it was part of the planned package but we were upgraded to the Bird House at Tongabezi for our second night - such a great spoil including Forbes our personal valet. Highly recommend a stay here!