The River Club is Livingstone’s Premier destination on the Zambezi River and ranked in the Top 3 lodges in Zambia, in the Top 50 in Southern Africa and amongst the top 500 Hotels in the World.
This owner run lodge, located on an magnificent vantage point, provides stunning views over a sweeping bend on the river. Steeped in history ranging from the establishing of Livingstone as a settler trading post, as a destination for Royal travelers and Hollywood stars over the years, a venue for the most extraordinary sporting events in the past to a gateway for displaced people after World War II.
Perhaps the most important point to remember is that The River Club is the place where there are no early 05:30 wake up calls, for here guests are encouraged to lie in and enjoy the surroundings. The ‘Do Nothing Activity’ (DNA) around one of the most magnificent pools in the world is very popular indeed, especially at the end of a safari.
There is no doubt that a few nights stay at The River Club will add a new dimension to anyone’s journey to Africa and have them planning their next trip before they have even left to go home.
The Main Building, known as The Zambezi House, is an impressive Edwardian-style entertainment area with high plantation ceilings. Converted from the original farmhouse built in 1948, it provides a wonderful setting for hosting guests at the lodge. The house has imposing views over a sweeping bend on the Zambezi River.
The large Dining Room can seat all guests at one sitting at the impressively long teak dining table although most meals tend to be served outside on the elegant terrace or the poolside.
There is a comfortable Sitting Room with fireplace and a small Library with an interesting collection of books, journals and board games. There is Wi-Fi internet access throughout the main building and to most areas of the property.
There are 7 x Riverside chalets with downstairs bathroom and second toilet on bedroom level. There are 2 x River suites, Rhodes and Livingstone, with plunge pools on an outside teak deck in private gardens, and there is 1 x Family suite, Litunga, with teak deck and plunge pool, and a second bedroom with twin beds and outdoor shower.
The chalets are named after people who in their day played a special part in the history of the country. All are individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of the river and have impressive views over the Zambezi. All are West facing and take advantage of the spectacular African sunsets.
Each room is open-plan and beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood and include Wi-Fi access, mini fridge with bottled water, digital safe, hairdryer, reading lamps, small library, writing desk and a sitting area. Large mosquito nets swathe the beds combined with an electric fan and air-conditioner/heating units to provide a comfortable flow of air above the beds. Each room has a bath, shower, shaver socket and “loo with a view” overlooking the river. Screen doors can be opened to give unimpeded views for those wishing to capture the scenery on camera.
The lodge is set on a 50 acre secure property with manicured gardens, where a guest can totally relax without having to go anywhere if they choose not to.
A magnificent Swimming Pool with one of the best views of Africa from its infinity vista. Pool loungers, private deck and hammocks complete the setting.
An all-weather hard Tennis Court and a central Croquette Lawn and a 2km nature trail which can also be used as a running track for those who need to keep fitness levels topped up.
A Gazebo within the garden can easily convert into a small chapel for wedding ceremonies or private dinners, and a Summer House for those who would prefer some extra privacy and a Games Room with snooker table and dart board. This room can be utilised as a small Conference Venue and is fitted with a plasma flat-screen TV, projector, pull down screen and blinds.
The River Club has two 11-seater boats for cruises on the river, three 13-seater minibuses for airport transfers and excursions to Livingstone town and The Victoria Falls and one game viewer for safaris into the small nearby Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, the highlight of which are the white rhinos.