The River Club: Information from the owner
All the information on this page is supplied to us directly from the lodge owner and reflects their view, not ours.
For Expert Africa's view, see our own report, which contains our own observations and views.
|No. of rooms||11|
Main description of The River Club
The River Club: Facilities
|Property facilities||Private Vehicle Available|
|Room facilities||Air Conditioning, En-Suite, Balcony / Deck, Disabled Rooms, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Safe, Tea / Coffee, Bath, Detached Private Bathroom, Dressing Gowns, Laundry Service (Available), Mosquito Nets, Shower, Wheelchair Friendly|
|Available services||Airport Shuttle, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service, Travel Desk|
|Activities on site||(some activities may be seasonal) Bird Watching, Tennis Court, Boating, Boules, Fishing, High Tea, Massages, Walks (Self Guided), Boat Cruises, Cultural Tours, Game Viewing, Game Walks, General Sightseeing, Historical Tours, Horse Riding, Museums, Adrenaline Activities, Elephant-back Safaris, Animal Encounters, Canoeing, Child Friendly Activities, Game Drives, Golf, Helicopter Rides, Kayaking / Paddling, Rhino Tracking, River Cruises, Safaris, Fly Fishing, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Hiking, Horse-back Safaris, Mokoro Excursion, Natural History Tours, Paragliding, Quad Biking|
Room types at The River Club
Luxury River Family Suite
The 2 bedroom Family Suite is set within magnificent trees on the edge of the Zambezi River, overlooking pods of hippo into the Zambezi National Park. Spacious and open plan with screen doors opening to an outside teak deck and unimpeded views of the Zambezi river beyond, a private plunge pool and a small private garden. The suite is beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood. Large mosquito nets swathe the beds. Main bedroom features an en-suite bathroom with a double vanity, bath, shower and loo; the second bedroom features twin beds, en-suite bathroom with single vanity, bath, separate shower, loo and outdoor shower. Other in-room facilities include: air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, mini bar fridge with bottled water and soft drinks, fan and mosquito nets.
Luxury River Suite(s)
Each of the 3 Luxury River Suites is private, spacious and individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of the Zambezi River, overlooking pods of hippo into the Zambezi National Park. Each suite is spacious and open plan, with screen doors opening to an outside teak deck with unimpeded views of the Zambezi river beyond, a private plunge pool and a small private garden. Rooms are beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood. Large mosquito nets swathe the bed. Bathroom with double vanity, bath, shower and loo. Other in-room facilities include: air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, mini bar fridge with bottled water and soft drinks, fan and mosquito net.
Princess Mary Suite
The luxurious double-storey villa is situated in a secluded private garden with its own pool. It offers an intimate experience for a maximum of up to six guests and is ideal for a family or group of friends preferring privacy and space. Named after two Princess Royals – Princess Mary, who represented the Queen at Zambia's Independence in 1964, and Princess Anne who visited Livingstone in 2012. Four adults can be accommodated in the two en-suite bedrooms, one situated on the ground floor and the other upstairs with a viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River. Additional children's beds can be arranged in the lounge to accommodate a total of six guests. The ground floor comprises a lounge area, library, bar and dining area for six people. Guests may choose to dine privately in the suite or join other guests at the main lodge. The upstairs bathroom has a shower, double vanity and loo with the bath located in the spacious bedroom overlooking the river. The downstairs bathroom has a double vanity, shower and loo.
Each of the 7 River Suites is private and individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of the Zambezi River, overlooking pods of hippo into the Zambezi National Park. Suites are open plan and beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood. Room features include two bathrooms on a split level, a sitting area with screen windows that can be opened to give unimpeded views of the river beyond, a writing desk and large mosquito nets swathing the bed. The upstairs bathroom has a shower, loo and vanity; the downstairs bathroom has a bath overlooking the river, separate shower, loo and vanity. Other in-room facilities include: air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, mini bar fridge with bottled water and soft drinks, fan and mosquito net.
Activities at The River Club
African Village Tour
Visit an authentic village to experience life as it really is in rural Africa. A short drive takes you to a local village where you will be shown all aspects of African village life. Visits to either Simonga or Sinde Villages allow guests to spend quality time in the environment of these traditional African settlements, meeting local residents and visiting children at their school. There are very few people who don’t come away from the experience feeling enriched by the time spent there. Allow approximately one hour at the village.
Game Drive to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
The highlight of a game viewing trip in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is the chance of seeing White Rhino, some of the only remaining in Zambia. The park is home to a wide variety of animals including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, elephants and buffalo. Drives are approximately three hours long.
Owner Peter Jones is passionate about the history of Livingstone. His extensive knowledge on the history of its inhabitants, especially Jewish traders and immigrants, brings a fascinating account of some of the earliest European settlers north of the Zambezi.
The Tour usually starts at the main Museum under the Pioneer clock, which was donated by the Susman family. The discussion starts with the reasons for the Jewish people coming through to Northern Rhodesia and what they got up to initially before Livingstone town was actually started. The talk then moves to the start of the town and the arrival of the Jewish people under persecution from Russia and later Germany, their role in the community and the country at large up to and including Independence of Zambia and ending off with their movement away from Zambia to other areas of the world. A tour of the town then follows, looking at various shops and houses of Jewish interest, including Joe Furmanovsky’ s business where he gave shelter to those arriving. A tour of the old Synagogue is followed by a visit to the cemetery. The tour takes approximately 1 ¼ hours. For those wishing to visit the Jewish Museum as well, a, additional time allowance of 45 minutes is recommended.
After breakfast take a leisurely stroll down to the boat where The Club’s fishing tackle and bait are ready and waiting. Fishing is best during the months of June to September (Bream or Tilapia, extending into October for Tiger Fish). November mornings are still fine, however from around 10h00 it becomes too hot. Fishing is not provided during the months of December, January and February. Lures and baited hooks are the norm, however it is possible to fly fish.
A cooler box of drinks and mineral water is available on the boat. Fishing trips return to The Club before lunch. Remember a hat and sunscreen!
In the later afternoon, enjoy a leisurely sundowner cruise up the Zambezi.
When the captain sees fit he will switch off the engine and let the boat drift quietly downstream passing the odd elephant, hippo or crocodile and an abundance of colourful bird life. The sunsets are particularly beautiful during the drier months.
Enjoy the snacks and drinks provided. It is wise to take a jersey or anorak as an evening breeze can be chilly. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars too. The trip arrives back at The Club just after sunset!
*(This activity is included in all rates).
Tour of the Crocodile & Reptile Park
On the way to the Falls is the Gwembi Castle (a folly) Crocodile farm. The 45 minute tour includes an interesting talk on the habits of these reptiles that have not changed much of the past million years.
Tour of the Victoria Falls
Just half an hour’s drive from The River Club are the mighty Victoria Falls. Known by the locals as ‘Mosi–oa-Tunya’ (meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’) as the spray and the sound of the Falls can be seen and heard from many miles away. The Zambian side of the falls provides a completely different vantage from that of the Zimbabwean side, and during high water levels is certainly the best place to be.