Royal Zambezi Lodge
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
At a Glance
Canoe on the Zambezi amongst the hippos and crocodiles
Enjoy breakfast on the deck overlooking the hippos basking in the sun
Take a sunset boat cruise and enjoy a cold drink while drifting down the river
See an elephant from a different perspective - looking down on them from the lodge's high deck
Take an early morning walk along the river with your expert guide
Meet our specialists
Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Royal Zambezi Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Lower Zambezi
Set on the banks of the river after which it is named, the lodge’s main areas have comfortable sofas, fireplaces and large decks which extend over the shallows making a perfect spot for starlit dining.
The Classic Suites enjoy a shady veranda and the large green canvas tents nestle under mature trees and are positioned for the maximum enjoyment of the surrounding views and complete privacy. Natural tones, luxurious textures and comfortable armchairs create the perfect retreat while extra-length sprung mattresses with pure cotton linen and feather pillows ensure a perfect night’s rest.
The Deluxe Suites are the epitome of the luxury safari experience. With outside showers, copper baths, plunge pools and private salas they provide an elegant sanctuary while allowing guests to interact with the wilderness surrounding them.
After a day spent fishing, game viewing, canoeing or simply relaxing by the infinity pool guests can swap stories at the Sausage Tree Bar over a pre-dinner gin and tonic.
There are 8 Classic Suites, 4 Deluxe Suites and 3 Presidential Suites at Royal Zambezi Lodge. The tented Classic Suites each have shady verandas and en-suite baths with flush toilets and large showers. The large canvas tents nestle under mature trees and are all positioned for the maximum enjoyment of the surrounding views with complete privacy. The tents are impeccably furnished with a contemporary, understated elegance. The 3 Presidential Suites work well for families as they can easily add in an extra couple of beds.
The Deluxe Suites are the epitome of the luxury safari experience. Two of the suites offer the same tented interior as the Classic Suites whilst also offering an outdoor bath and shower and plunge pool. A further two Deluxe Suites push luxury to an even higher level. These suites are not tented and they also have an indoor lounging area. Outdoors they offer a sala overlooking the river in addition to a shower and copper roll-top bath, sun loungers and private plunge pool.
Children under 8 years old may be accepted to stay the Royal Zambezi Lodge upon request but there are no specific child care facilities available. However, babysitting can be arrange if required and food and meal times can also be adjusted to suit younger guests.
With its classical architectural lines and lofty thatched roofs the open plan reception area, dining room and lounge offers a welcome refuge and a place to relax with its comfortable sofas, enormous fireplaces and cheerful personalized service.
The spacious veranda provides shade from the midday sun and wide timber decks extend over the shallows of the Zambezi River, perfect for fine dining under clear night skies. The lodge also offers a lovely infinity swimming pool for guests to enjoy between safaris.
Royal Zambezi Lodge is situated only a 5-minute drive away from the Lower Zambezi National Park, which is home to huge herds of elephant and buffalo, and offers frequent and reliable lion and leopard sightings. Our qualified and enthusiastic guides have over 50 years of experience guiding in the Lower Zambezi Valley. The river is an ideal place to view both wildlife and birdlife - the riverine ecosystem hosts spectacular birdlife. Clients can opt for open vehicle drives, night drives, walking safaris or boat trips for game-viewing or photographic safaris. Fishing is also on offer.
Location & Directions
Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Royal Zambezi Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River with over 3 kilometers of river frontage and lies on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park. It is situated on the Zambezi River at one of its broadest points and lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe.
When to go
The Lower Zambezi has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zambia's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird watching at the end of the rains.