Reviews of Islands of Siankaba
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more about the whole trip
Blissful end to the holiday
This was a complete change from the safari part of the holiday but the perfect end to our visit to Zambia. The staff could not have done more to make us feel welcome; they did all possible to make our stay relaxing whilst still doing what we wanted to do in the area. They arranged our visits off-camp to the Falls and we were accompanied by an excellent local guide at all times.
The highlight was the visit to the local village and school, which was a privilege and so interesting.
The accommodation at Siankaba is sublime, with the pleasure of enjoying a luxurious bath after a week on safari being beyond my powers of description! We left the Islands reluctantly - we felt totally rested and loved the location right on the Zambezi which just seems to encourage peace and quiet. The staff were wonderful - mindreaders all!
great camp in lovely position on zambesi
friendly and efficient team , flexible approach to your needs
lovely position and stylish lodges
lovely sundowner and mokoro trips
we didn't do the village ran out of time which was a real pity
why would you want to stay in a hotel in livingstone?
A wonderful introduction to Zambia
Once we arrived we were delighted with Siankaba - we had to wait for over 4 hrs for our flight and wondered if we would have been better driving up? When you get off a night flight a bit of action would have beenb prefereable to waiting around for all that time. Also we were not met by the Zambian airline rep although we saw other people being met and directed to where they needed to go.
Everything about Siankaba was beyond our expectation. It was VERY cold at night and only one room had electric blankets - the other hot water bottles.
We enjoyed the walk to the village. We were not able to have a go on the canoes (can't remember the proper name) as not enough to go round and another group of 4 had booked them.