Reviews of Islands of Siankaba
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peaceful Islands of Siankaba
This was a perfect place to unwind after the fantastic safari. The setting and staff were great. Only 6 lodges and we had 3 and there was a couple in another and it seemed like the whole island was to ourselves. Fantastic sunset trip on the zambezi on our 1st day.
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.
R&R at Islands of Siankaba
We ended our trip at Islands of Siankaba in Zambia, from where we visited the Victoria Falls. This was the perfect place to relax and unwind after the excitement and regular game viewing of Botswana and we took full advantage of the facilities. We wondered where we were going as we drove down the seemingly endless dirt road from the turnoff, but from the moment that we arrived at the small reception area where we were greeted by Eunice, we were royally looked after. We were given the "honeymoon chalet", which faced east and thus enabled us to watch the dawn from the comfort of our bed, as well as offering a variety of sitting areas. The chalet was very well appointed, with lots of space and every conceivable amenity.
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.
Great start to our holiday - superb location
the only slight concern we had was not being aware in advance that we needed to go into Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls - as there is no water on the Zambian side. Ian had to pay for a second visa on top of his initial entry visa to Zambia - It would have been easier for us to sort that out at the airport on arrival and get one visa to cover both countries - instead of paying twice .
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.
Islands of Siankaba review
The Islands of Siankaba was a wonderful place to relax at the end of our holiday, and as Megan had suggested it really gave us the best of both worlds: the opportunity to visit and do some activities at the Falls combined with the chance to decompress in a beautiful setting right on the Zambezi.
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!
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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