The River Club

Victoria Falls, Zambia

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The River Club

Soaked in history The River Club draws together many pieces of the puzzle that is Africa today and allows the intrepid traveller the opportunity to delve further into the diversity of life on the continent. It provides a special setting for lifetime events, such as a wedding.

UNLEASH IT: AT THE RIVER CLUB THAT OVERLOOKS THE ZAMBEZI RIVER, 18KM UPSTREAM FROM VICTORIA FALLS.
 

We Love
  • Elephant Chilli Pepper Project (ECPP) is one of the most innovative ideas, where farmers are being encouraged to plant a chilli patch around their food crops! The chillies are used to prevent elephants destroying food crops.
  • ECCP Development Trust also advises farmers on natural resources conservation and sustainable utilisation of such resources in relation to the management of conflict with wildlife.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
  • Normal power (240v) plus a 110KVA generator to prevent power failures.
  • All local drinks are included on the fully inclusive option excluding premium imported brands.

The Review

On a magnificent bend on the Zambezi River the majestic River Club and its 10 well-appointed chalets have commanding views over the river into the Zambezi National Park. This old 1940s homestead has been turned into a charming oasis which brings together early years of adventure on the continent and the discovery of The Victoria Falls to the modern world of conservation in Africa.

Stay
Ten luxury chalets are spread out amongst the riverine vegetation, comprising luxurious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, most being split-level. Their originality stems from the fact that one side, although screened, has an open view to the river, so that there is an uninterrupted vista of the Zambezi and its far bank from both bed and bathtub.

Each room looks west into glorious African sunsets best viewed from the privacy of the ball and claw bath. All have a concertina screen door or window across the front of the bedroom and/or bathroom.

Its main area, Zambezi House, is a well-appointed residence, with a comfortable lounge, large dining room, impressive library and wide veranda on which breakfasts and teas are enjoyed. Lush gardens (where midday meals are often served) spread out beneath the trees. The swimming pool with is infinity aspect provides one of the best views from any pool in the world.

Wildlife
Although The River Club is not a traditional safari camp, elephants can often be seen in the Zambezi National Park opposite and hippo are regularly seen and heard in the river itself. Game drives offered into the nearby Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is home to an abundance of general game species like buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala.

Experience
Activities (on an inclusive rate) include a Victoria Falls Tour, sundowner cruises, tiger fishing, and visiting a nearby village. Others (extra cost) include white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, canoeing, and flights over the Falls. The area is steeped in local history and rich in wildlife; hippo and elephant are seen regularly and birdlife is prolific.

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!

Getting There

The River Club is located 18km upstream from Victoria Falls in Zambia overlooking Zambezi River and Zambezi National Park. Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (Livingstone) is located 30 minutes drive from camp while the Victoria Falls Airport is 1 hour 15 minutes. The flight from Kasane to Livingstone takes about 15 minutes, while road/boat ferry transfer from Kasane to River Club is about 1 hr 30 mins. Airport transfers are not included in the nightly tariff. There is an option to ride to camp from the airport on horseback (at extra cost). Please note: there is a border post to negotiate and this can affect the above estimated times.
 

 
The River Club Victoria Falls, Zambia

The River Club


Rating                        Classic Camp
Type                          Safari Lodge
No of rooms                11
Max Occupants            26 guests plus guides
Interests                     Wildlife, Nature, Birding
Location                     Victoria Falls


Standard Room
    7 twin bedded chalets which are at split level.
    1 family unit – on one level and furthest from the main house – 2 single beds and 1 double bed.
    2 honeymoon (double bedded) chalets with own secluded garden and plunge pool;
    Unit Rhodes – on one level (wheelchair friendly)
    Unit Livingstone – split level although fewer steps than others
    1 Princess Royal Suite – double storey; 2 bedrooms with bathroom en-suite (1x king bed and 2 x single beds which can be converted into a king; situated in a secluded walled private garden with plunge pool and outdoor cooking area. Ground floor comprises of a lounge area, bar, library and an additional bathroom.
    1 guide accommodation; Kalulu Cottage - with two bedrooms, each with an en-suite bathroom

It is possible to close the front of the bathroom with a sliding screen window and the front of the bedroom with a concertina screen door, but please note that even though these rooms are screened off, there are doors and windows that can be opened to offer uninterrupted views of the river.

Chalet details
All rooms have en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower and great views across the river. In 7 of the bedrooms, a full bathroom is situated underneath the bedroom and a hand basin, toilet and shower upstairs. Soaps, shampoo, body lotion, washing powder (for smalls), insect repellent and torches are supplied. Rooms have fans and air conditioners (warm/cold) and mosquito nets. There is a thick duvets and hot water bottles provided in winter. The chalets are completely open fronted (with the option to close mesh screen doors or windows to fully enclose the room) with a small outside balcony area and magnificent views of the sunset and river. 1 room is wheelchair-friendly.

Camp Description
The main building is Edwardian with old-style green roof and houses the dining room, well-stocked library and drawing room. There is a gazebo relaxing area with bean bags (ideal for weddings) and the Summer House provides an alternate dining area for up to 12 guests. Card tables and board games are available.

For physical enthusiasts there is a tennis court, croquet court and boule pit, 2.5km running track, spa and gym and a swimming pool on the edge of the bank overlooking the river.

The camp has full internet and wireless facility in the main building. 1 x 7 seater Land Cruiser and 2 x 13 seater Mercedes Benz minibuses.

Electricity
Normal power (240v) plus a 110KVA generator to prevent power failures. Hairdryer and shaving plugs, 240/110v. Video battery recharging facilities are available. 2 x 3 pin square plugs in bedrooms adapted for most international plugs. Plug points are available in each tent so that sleep apnoea machines may be used.

Activities
The following activities are included in the full-board price. Otherwise there is an additional charge per activity:

    Visit to Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park in open or closed safari vehicles. (1 x 7-seater Land Cruiser and 2 x 13-seater Mercedes Benz minibuses)
    Fishing and sundowner boat trips (island lunches can be arranged)
    Visit to a local African village
    Visits to the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls (umbrellas and ponchos provided by the lodge)
    Croquet, Tennis, running track and nature walks all on the property

Please check with the property for activities that can be arranged at an extra cost.

Seasons
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 (fully inclusive and full board option available)
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 10 January 2014 (only fully inclusive option available)
    High Season: 01 November 2013 to 19 December 2013 (full board option)


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.

Other Policies
    All local drinks are included on the fully inclusive option and the full board option (both options exclude premium imported brands)
    Daily service included on the fully inclusive option and the full board option
    Extras can be paid for by cash, MasterCard and Visa Card. All Bank Cheques and Travellers Cheques are not accepted.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:          2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:     1 night

 

Victoria Falls (Livingstone)

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls is known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya — "the Smoke that Thunders" — a name that accurately depicts the plume of spray, visible for some distance, caused by the cascading waters of the Zambezi River. This is an area of spectacular scenic beauty: from the Falls themselves to the broad, picturesque course of the Zambezi River upstream. Wildlife also abounds in the area, particularly during the dry season, and can be viewed while boating on the river or on game drives in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park upstream of the Falls. This small park offers excellent sightings of buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala and even white rhino.

Birdlife
There is rich birdlife here too, including sought-after species such as African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African Skimmer, Schalow's Turaco and Rock Pratincole. The principal town on the Zambezi's Zambian bank is Livingstone, which, with its adrenalin sports such as abseiling, white-water rafting and canoeing, has become known as the 'adventure capital' of southern Africa.    

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


When to go

There are three seasons: the dry season (July - October), which has pleasant weather and also the most popular. The temperatures begin to rise in September and October, particularly in the Luangwa Valley and Lower Zambezi in, but with animals seeking water along the river banks the game viewing can be phenomenal. The shoulder months (April-June) is when the rains would have stopped and an ideal time to visit Victoria Falls. November is unpredictable. The wet season runs from December until March, when the weather can vary hugely in the day. It is ideal for bird-watching but some camps are closed during this time.

Visa  
British nationals require a visa to enter Zambia. You require a passport valid for the next 6 months with two completed visa application forms, two passport photographs, copy of your passport page containing personal information and a copy of airline tickets/itinerary.
Consular office is open Monday to Friday 10.00am - 13.00pm

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.

Please note:
All travellers to and from Zambia are required to be in possession of either a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate   or a valid waiver certificate.


Getting There

The River Club is located 18km upstream from Victoria Falls in Zambia overlooking Zambezi River and Zambezi National Park. Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport (Livingstone) is located 30 minutes drive from camp while the Victoria Falls Airport is 1 hour 15 minutes. The flight from Kasane to Livingstone takes about 15 minutes, while road/boat ferry transfer from Kasane to River Club is about 1 hr 30 mins. Airport transfers are not included in the nightly tariff. There is an option to ride to camp from the airport on horseback (at extra cost). Please note: there is a border post to negotiate and this can affect the above estimated times.