Reviews of Islands of Siankaba
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Lovely setting on the Zambezi
Islands of Siankaba was fantastic. A really great venture (apparently UK owned) that has really helped the local community by employing them as well as paying for some improvements in their infrastructure.
Had a great cycle ride around the nearby village which is were we saw the true Africa. The staff were extremely polite, the food was high quality and the rooms themselves (and we had the honeymoon suite) were lovely - views overlooking the Zambezi (and the sunrise) was something that we won't forget.
Mokoros, sunset cruises and a half day to Victoria Falls - all superb.
This really was something different. Lovely lodge over the river superb service and very friendly staff. The food and drinks were excellent and it was a fun place to be. Sundowners in the evenings upriver, Sunuppers with a glass of orange and a sore head. Woken up in the mornings by monkeys fighting on our verandah, Had 3 hours fishing upriver ( I can definitely state that there are no fish in the Zambezi!) Microlighted over the Vic Falls and viewed them on foot from both Zimbabwe and Zambian sides.
N.B.The UNIVISA works well but be patient (it's the same price as a single Zambian entry but we had to go into a different queue at the immigration desk.
N.B. The requirement for a yellow fever certificate has apparently been discontinued
The I.of S. claims to support the village but had a look around. No running water-no sanitation-no electricity, only a lift once a week for somebody to collect shopping. (Nigerians would have "tapped in" (!) to overhead wires and underground pipes) Is it a scam?
Well-appointed lodge on the Zambezi
This lodge has a very special location on 2 small islands in the Zambezi river and arriving by motor launch adds a certain something to the experience of staying there. Lodges are very comfortable with excellent beds, showers and terrace area...but a little cool at night in the winter months (though electric blanket in the bed was greatly appreciated).
Food and service is of a high standard and we enjoyed the activities in which we participated e.g .Victoria Falls tour and Sunset Cruise each afternoon, but we thought there could have been more activities on offer at the Lodge itself - such as a bird-watching trip as there was plentiful bird-life all around. However we did both enjoy having excellent massage from the very good therapist who currently works there and it was unfortunate that our visit coincided with a public holiday period, which meant that a visit to the local school was not possible.
All in all, a very comfortable and beautiful location.
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A great location and ambience which we would recommend to anyone. Staff friendly and helpful and sunset boat rides with drinks in the middle of the Zambezi fantastic.Read more about the whole trip
Relaxing way to finish our trip
We were looking for a place to end our vacation in a relaxing manner and it did not disappoint.
We did the falls tour and took a mokoro ride and nature walk. The rest of the time we just enjoyed relaxing on the island.
Would have booked a massage as well but they were fully booked so book early if you know you want one.
Food could have been better and we were a little surprised they didn't acknowledge our 30th anniversary.
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Islands of Siankaba review
What a jolt from the bush camps! Fantastic location ( we had Room 3 - Mahogany - with breathtaking views of the Zambezi). But it felt more of a production line hotel experience than the bush camps - probably affected by a different clientele. This was compounded by having to make rapid choices about options for the Victoria Falls - all of which seemed very expensive (I still do not know if they would have been cheaper if we had arranged ourselves). Food seemed less interesting and vaired as we had experienced in the bush camps. In the end we took none of them and still felt very happy with seeing the falls on their included tour.
What really surprised us was how positive and interesting the village tour was - a really interesting insight into Zambian society that I would not have been able to get in any other way. The mukoro rides were brilliant and a final mukoro sundowner in the middle of the Zambezi an experience not to be missed.
In the end we warmed to the place. At first we thought it too far from the Falls but in the end it did exactly what we wanted as we relaxed on our last days in Zambia.
Wonderful stay at Siankaba
Islands of Siankaba is a wonderful place. The staff is truly fantastic, after 10 days of safary they made me and especially my mom feel very comfortable and welcome as part of their family. My mom speaks very little English but she had no problem at all getting along and communicating with all members of staff, particularly Bessie (the esthetician), Humphrey (our host), Sector with whom we did the most amazing sunset cruise in a mokoro, the village tour and the nature walk as well as Lucky, with whom we visited the falls.
We were very happy that we had decided to stay three nights at Siankaba as this place is truly idyllic (the chalets are overlooking the Zambezi and you go to sleep with the sound of the river) and there is so much to do. On Sunday, we went to church (the choir lead by Lucky was great) and visited the village, including the school. We had an interesting chat with the village chief and the school teacher before heading back to the lodge by boat.
Next time at Siankaba, we'll have to stay longer to do the mokoro trip and the village walk again and to include hightee on Livingstone Island as well as the rhino walk. We would also love to see all of the staff again!
Siankaba was the perfect lodge at the end of our holiday.
Islands of Siankaba review
Beautiful lodge, nice staff
As regards the spa, Bessie is Very good and gives excellent treatments and massages.
Would not call their food "Superb Cuisine", it's rather "hit an miss", with some good dishes and some not so good.
While staying there, you are quite far away from all the activities offered. Personally, it felt all too "quiet" after 10 days in the bush and it probably would have been better for me to visit the islands of Siankaba at the start of a trip rather than the end.
A place to relax
Ilands of Siankaba was the perfect place to end our holiday in Zambia. It is a great place to relax after having spent some time in the bush!
The setting is lovely and quite, the tents are spacious, clean and comfortable. The food is excellent and the staff is very warm and polite.
The one thing that we found negative, given that the Falls is the area's main attraction, is that it takes about one hour drive to get to Livingstone.