Reviews of Islands of Siankaba
Wildlife sightings and reviews
54 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Islands of Siankaba and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Good chill out at end of Safari"
Food was good and we particularly enjoyed the surprise lunch and a private island which we had not expected.
Our final sundowner cruise was particularly memorable, very good guide and very relaxing.
Although we were not really expecting game viewing we still managed a view sighting including White Rhino" See all these reviews: 14n in Zambia
"Peaceful start at Islands of Siankaba"
The next day we visited the local village with one of the guides, Sydney, who lived there. We really enjoyed talking to the local teachers in both schools and seeing just how poor the local people were. This morning was a real eye-opener in many ways - socially, culturally and traditionally - that informed us for the rest of the trip. In the afternoon we had a couples massage which was wonderfully relaxing after a very hot morning out walking. The day was rounded off with a delightful dinner in our own separate gazebo.
Our only regret is that we didn't know about the black rhino in the National Park near Livingstone; if we had known, we would definitely have wanted to visit that Park. Perhaps you should tell future guests about this opportunity that is now becoming rarer in Africa." See all these reviews: 16n in Zambia
"Islands of Siankaba review"
The highlight of our stay at the Islands of Siankaba was, of course, the Victoria Falls. The lodge organized a magnificent trip to the falls and set up some additional activities for our group of four adults and four children. Hillary our guide made sure we saw the falls from every viewpoint, organized our lunch, and made sure we were on time for our microlight flight over the falls.
Back at the lodge, you can go for a river cruise or just relax on the patio. The meals at the Islands of Siankaba are excellent and Ryan the manager keeps everything rolling along smoothly. Ryan was instrumental in organizing our return to the microlights for one more flight before heading to the airport. The video for our son did not turn out so Ryan organized a morning flight for us and made sure we were out and down to the airfield on time." See all these reviews: 9n in Zambia; 1n in South Africa
"Islands of Siankaba review"
Each day we made participated in the different activities offered by the lodge." See all these reviews: 7n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
"peaceful Islands of Siankaba"
Victoria Falls on our 2nd day was truly magnificent. Our kids did the microlight flight over the falls and said it was one of their best experiences ever - imagine looking at the falls fro 50 m above!!
Siankaba is a village next to the lodge which has very close links to the lodge. Staff are sponsored by the lodge who come from the village and it is a lovely relationship between the two.
The bridge taking us from the reception area to our lodges took a little bit of concentration for the dads/mums as it ran over the zambezi with crocs and hippos so it proved a nice chuckle for my kids as my wife and i negotiated the bridge. I would say that if you want to really unwind after or before a safari, then this is a nice place and my preference would be this or any other lodges on the upper zambezi and not the tourist filled hotels in livingstone." See all these reviews: 4n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"R&R at Islands of Siankaba"
We both took advantage of the spa facilities, I enjoyed a couple of cooling dips in the pool, my husband visited the neighbouring village which supplies many of the staff, we were educated about the trees on the island, and we loved our sunset cruises on the (very full) Zambezi. There was plenty of opportunity to relax, read and enjoy the sunshine.
The food was excellent, in terms of quality, presentation and service, and we were touched to be given a private candlelit dinner for two on our last night - was this a spontaneous gesture by the management, or arranged by Expert Africa? Either way, it was a wonderful way to end our stay.
Eunice arranged our visit to the Victoria Falls and our requested helicopter ride, which were both memorable, especially since the river was so full.
All the staff were helpful, courteous and informed, but special thanks go to Richard, who was outstanding." See all these reviews: 12n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
"Great start to our holiday - superb location"
Overall the Islands of Siankaba was superb - the location is wonderful - staff excellent and we absolutely loved the whole place - would recommend it to anyone." See all these reviews: 9n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
"Islands of Siankaba review"
The lodge is located at the end of quite a lengthy track which seemed to go on for miles on the day of our road transfer from Kasane, but which we felt ultimately enhanced the sense of seclusion and tranquility.
The staff were delightful, the food delicious, our room lovely -- and we particularly enjoyed being the only guests on the final day of our trip!" See all these reviews: 8n in Botswana; 3n in Zambia
"Lovely setting on the Zambezi"
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." See all these reviews: 5n in Botswana; 2n in Zambia
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?" See all these reviews: 17n in South Africa; 3n in Zambia
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