The River Club
The River Club is a small elegant lodge situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River on the Zambian side and just 18km upstream from magnificent Victoria Falls. An elegant and gracious retreat, each chalet overlooks the river with beautiful views.
At a Glance
Enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and take in the incredible views
Have a look through the lodge's library; there are some old and fascinating books to leaf through
Take part in a Rhino Walk through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to find the rhino and elephant which live there
Ideally located for exploring the magnificent Victoria Falls and nearby Livingstone
Open-fronted cottages offer fantastic views of the Zambezi River
The River Club is situated in a peaceful and tranquil setting away from the crowds. It is an Edwardian-style house and has manicured lawns on the banks of the swift-flowing Zambezi River where hippo and crocodile float provide a pleasing mix of Africa and Europe.
The lodge comprises just 10 split-level thatched cottages equipped with ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms. The luxurious rooms are all completely open-fronted, giving guests the best possible views of the Zambezi. The colonial style main building houses the dining room, and the drawing room has a fascinating library, which focuses on the history of southern Africa. The newly opened Princes Mary Suite is a two bedroom house with private plunge pool, lounge and dining area. The house has been designed to be beautifully light and airy and is found at the highest point of the property with some of the best views of the river. There is also a wonderful infinity-edge swimming pool, with spectacular views over the Zambezi, where elephant and hippo are regularly seen on the river bank. Guests can spend the days relaxing at the lodge or enjoying the numerous activities on offer. Livingstone is rich in history and certainly worth exploring. It dates back to 1905 when the famous Victoria Falls bridge, spanning the Zambezi River, was completed in April of that year. Many of the town amenities date back to the early 1900s, including the recently renovated 18-hole golf course (1908), the country's first synagogue (1928) and later on its Museum (1953) where many of David Livingstone's personal possessions are on display today. Also on offer is a variety of adrenaline-loaded activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, and helicopter flights over the Falls.
The Zambezi River offers ample fishing opportunities. Tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the warmer months. There are several varieties of bream (Tilapia) that are also a good catch. For the more sporting, try catching them on fly!
When walking through Victoria Falls town you may experience hassle from street sellers, normally offering old Zimbabwean currency and small wood carvings. Our advice is to say you are not shopping, and if you would like to buy souvenirs you should go to the official craft market.
Accommodation is in 10 luxurious cottages including one family room. The rooms are spread out amongst the riverine vegetation, and all have en-suite bathrooms, most being split-level. Their originality stems from the fact that one side is completely open to the river, so that there is an uninterrupted vista of the Zambezi and its far bank from both bed and bath.
The latest addition is the Princes Mary Suite, an airy two bedroom house with stunning river views with a private plunge pool, lounge and dining area.
There are no specific child care facilities and the lodge has a minimum age of 6 years. Food and activities can be tailored to suit the younger guests and babysitting may be arranged for those that require it.
The main area is a well-appointed residence, with a comfortable lounge, large dining room, impressive library and wide veranda on which breakfasts and teas are taken. Lush gardens (where midday meals are often served) spread out beneath the trees is a croquet court . There is a tennis court and lovely infinity pool which seems part of the river itself, while a secluded deck with hammocks and loungers provides respite. A wellness center houses a treatment room for manicures, pedicures, facials and massages as well as a sauna, Jacuzzi and mini gym with electronic exercise equipment.
The lodge also has a gift shop.
Activities include sun-downer cruises, visits to the Victoria Falls, Simonga Village, local markets and Livingstone town. Livingstone is rich in history and certainly worth exploring.
Also on offer is a variety of adrenaline-loaded activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, and helicopter flights over the Falls.
Location & Directions
The River Club is situated on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, 18 kilometers upstream from the Victoria Falls.
When to go
There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.