Islands of Siankaba
At a Glance
Enjoy superb accommodation with beautiful tented rooms overlooking the flowing Zambezi River
Take an evening boat cruise down the river
Learn about the history of the islands and ask about the "Witchfinder" who gave them his name
Take a walk on the larger of the Siankaba islands, accompanied by your guide
Enjoy a refreshing dip in Siankaba's pool after a busy morning exploring Livingstone and the Victoria Falls
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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.
To start planning your holiday to Islands of Siankaba
Islands of Siankaba is a romantic retreat in the Zambezi River on two secluded and beautiful islands. There are just seven chalets here, individually linked to a central bar and restaurant by footbridges - each chalet has sweeping views over the river.
Islands of Siankaba is 25 miles upriver from the Victoria Falls, located in an idyllic spot in the Zambezi River which later flows into the falls. The romantic lodge straddles two densely forested islands which lie in the mighty Zambezi River and are a place of spectacular natural beauty and a haven for an astonishing variety of plant and birdlife. The two islands are linked by a wooden suspension bridge leading to an overhead walkway in the tree canopy which connects the elevated rooms.
Islands of Siankaba has seven luxurious tented rooms set along the riverbank, raised up on stilts to enjoy views over the water, including one honeymoon suite. Each of the spacious teak and canvas rooms is furnished with ceiling fan and deck with a private view of the river and all have an ensuite bathroom with stand-alone bath, separate shower and fluffy bathrobes.
Walking across to the main island, you find the open lounge and deck, bar and swimming pool, all overlooking the mighty Zambezi river. Meals are served in the dining room or al fresco under the trees, with lanterns adding to the romantic atmosphere. The lodge sources much of their produce from a small community-run market garden, providing a steady source of revenue to the local communities who are delighted to show you around on a village walk. There is a real emphasis on supporting and working with the local community here - the lodge supports two local schools as well as eco-initiatives and many of the staff come from close by.
If the setting alone isn't enough to relax you, head to the spa for a massage or spa treatment, using traditional Zambian healing techniques.
This charming island lodge is the perfect place to unwind before or after a safari, and you're likely to spend much of your time simply enjoying the peaceful river setting. However, there is plenty here to keep you busy if you wish - vists to the Victoria Falls, a sunset boat cruise, mokoro boat rips, nature trails, picnic lunches and visits to the Siankaba village on foot or mountain bike.
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 seven luxurious rooms fashioned in teak and canvas, and accessed by an elevated walkway, set amongst indigenous trees. Each room is unique and has a different view of the mighty Zambezi River, from its private deck area.
The uniquely positioned “Honeymoon” Suite has stunning views of the morning sun rising over the Zambezi River, giving a secluded and romantic experience. The suite’s African feel features rattan and leather furniture and incorporates a private dining area overlooking the river.
Due to the physical layout of the lodge it is not suitable for very small children and therefore there is a minimum age of 10 years. Food, meal times and activities can easily be tailored to suit any young guests.
Spend your time relaxing in the privacy of your deck at the front of your tent, watching the Zambezi flow past, and looking out for kingfishers perched in the trees. The main island has an open-sided lounge with comfy chairs where you can settle in with a good book, and bar staff are always at hand to bring you a cool drink or cup of tea. There is a swimming pool here, and a spa offering a range of treatments, and the lodge offers numerous activities to make the most of your time at the Victoria Falls.
A host of exciting activities are available both at the lodge and in nearby Livingstone Town. Guests can tailor their activities to their own requirements. From the lodge there are guided bird & tree walks, guided fishing trips, cultural village walks, sunset river cruises, dugout canoe trips and massages. From Livingstone the options at the Victoria Falls include: guided trips to the Falls themselves, helicopter flights over Victoria Falls, white water rafting, trips to Livingstone Island, trips to Livingstone Museum, microlight flights, fishing, abseiling, bungee jumping and tours to Mosi O Tunya National Park and Chobe National Park.
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
This seven bedroom lodge is positioned on two islands in the heart of the Zambezi River making it a unique romantic retreat for anyone. The staff here are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble. While having all the activities on offer at the Falls, Id definitely recommend just spending the day here and enjoying a spot of fishing or a sunset cruise.
Chief Mukuni's Village
Gain an insight into the fascinating culture of the Leya people in this 2-hour tour of Chief Mukuni village.
Dinner on the Livingstone Express
Dine onboard the Livingstone Express, a vintage train, offering guests the chance to travel in style, discover the mighty Victoria Falls at sunset and enjoy fine dining with a difference.
Location & directions
Islands of Siankaba is built on two densely forested islands, linked by suspension bridges, 39km upstream from Victoria falls on the Zambian side. Zambezi River, near Livingstone and the Victoria Falls, Zambia.
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