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The River Club

The River Club is situated on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, 11 miles upstream from Victoria Falls. River Club has a distinct Edwardian flavour, enjoying the sights and sounds of The Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River, in a peaceful and tranquil setting away from the crowds.

Ten luxury, thatched chalets overlook the Zambezi River, and have en suite bath facilities. All the rooms have fans and are all completely open in the front giving guests the best possible views of the Zambezi. The main building also stocks an interesting library.

Guided excursions to the Falls are a highlight. Boating to the Zambezi River's islands provides relaxed afternoon activities, and fishing and sundowner trips are offered. The Zambezi National Park is located just across the river, and elephants can be seen on the river bank. A rich bird life is found in the area. Hippos are regularly sighted (and heard) along the river's edge.

River Club activities:

1.Tour of Zambian side of The Falls
2. Visit to Simonga Village
3. Evening Cruises on the River
4. Game Drives in the Mosi Oa Tunya Game Park (white rhino)
5. Fishing
6. Boat Cruises
7. Bird walks

Tours of:
1. Livingstone Museum
2. Railway Museum
3. Crocodile Farm
4. Historical Livingstone
5. Jewish places of interest
6. Local Markets

The Victoria Falls are one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World and arguably the greatest waterfall in the world.

Suite at River Club
Suite at River Club

Although the River Club is not a game lodge, elephants can often be seen in the Zambezi National Park opposite and hippos are regularly seen and heard from camp. There is rich bird life in the area, including several rare species such as the African Finfoot, the Half Collared Kingfisher, the African Skimmer and the Collared Palm Thrush. For birders there are nature trails around the lodge, boat cruises and island walks. Tiger fishing is an unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the warmer months. There are various varieties of Bream that are also a good catch. For the more sporting, try catching them on fly!

We do offer game drives into the nearby Mosi Oa Tunya Game Park where there is an abundance of game but sadly no big cats (that's where a safari in Botswana comes in!). There is a good chance of spotting white rhino on these trips, though. Other game that can be seen are: elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeast and impala.

Peter Jones is one of the owners of The River Club and lives on the property, playing an active role in hosting guests. Born and raised in Zambia, he returned there in 1990 after spending time in various parts of the world. It was his dream to build a lodge of quality on the Zambezi, a dream that was realized in 1997, and in 2002 acknowledged as one of the "Top 101 Hotel Destinations in the World" by a leading British magazine.

Lounge at River Club
Boat trips at thr Victoria Falls
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