OVERVIEW ON RIVER CLUB IN LIVINGSTONE – VICTORIA FALLS
The River Club, with its Edwardian-style house and manicured lawns on the banks of the swift-flowing Zambezi River where hippo and crocodile float, seems to straddle the continents of Africa and Europe. 18 km upstream from Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia, on a steep bank overlooking Zambezi River and Zambezi National Park.
Accommodation, Facilities & Amenities At River Club
The River Club’s 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 is completely open 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 a ball and claw bath, brim-full with bubbles. All have a concertina screen door or window across the front of the bedroom and/or bathroom.
The River Club Accommodation Specific Details:
- The River Club can accommodate 20 guests.
- Magnificent views of the sunset and river.
- Thatched and mostly split leveled.
- En-suite bathrooms with bath and shower with great views across the river.
- Fans, mosquito nets and coils in chalets.
- Completely open fronted chalets (with the option to close a gauze screen door or window in the 7 split-level chalets) with small balcony area in rooms.
- Thick duvets and hot water bottles in winter.
- Soaps, shampoos and insect repellents are supplied in each room.
- One room can accommodate wheelchairs.
- 1 family unit: Litunga, which is 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.
- [Please remember that that even though these rooms are screened off there are doors and windows that can be opened to offer uninterrupted views of the river, and as a result insects and other small creatures may fly into the room]
The River Club EcoTourism & Community Involvement Specifics
The River Club have been closely involved with nearby Simonga Village. The River Club has carried out a range of projects in the village, which have been funded by the generous donations of River Club guests in conjunction with the Wilderness Safaris Wildlife Trust. Projects to date have focused particularly on assisting women and children, and now include those that will help the inhabitants in general generate an income and therefore help the entire community. In order of priority, focus areas are sanitation, health, education and income generation. The long association between The River Club and Simonga Village has resulted in an excellent example of how the futures of rural communities and ecotourism ventures are intertwined.
One of the most innovative ideas yet is the Elephant Chilli Pepper Project, where farmers of Simonga and other villages are being encouraged to plant a chilli patch around their food crops! The chilies are used to prevent elephants destroying food crops (dried chilies mixed with dung produce briquettes to burn at night, mixed with grease or oil this paste is used to grease a “chili fence”) as well as earning the farmer extra cash (chillies are sold at $1 per kg). This idea, which helps farmers protect their food crops and generate income, is run by the Elephant Pepper Development Trust, which also advises farmers on natural resources conservation and sustainable utilization of such resources in relation to the management of conflict with wildlife.
Dining At River Club
- The River Club’s 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 and a croquet court is an ideal venue for a Pimm’s-soaked croquet game. The pool seems part of the river itself, a secluded deck with hammocks and loungers provides respite and beauty treatments are available in the calico ‘massage’ tent.
Activities From River Club
Whitewater Rafting On Zambezi River: Seasonal Whitewater Rafting On Zambezi River are run in large rubber rafts, launched from just below the Falls. You can experience a half day trip, full day or two day.
Victoria Falls Bungi Jumping: The highest commercial bridge jump in the world with the most spectacular setting at Victoria Falls. This must be the ultimate adrenaline rush, as you leap into space, free fall, saved from the swirling water below by the rebound of the cord, then hurtled upwards again at great speed. It’s an indescribable feeling that will probably change your life.
Zambezi Canoeing at Victoria Falls: A canoeing Safari on the upper portion of the Zambezi River, is a wonderful relaxing way to enjoy the astonishingly beautiful scenery that lines the river before it takes its plunge over the Victoria Falls. This part of the river is dotted with many islands of varying size; home to many birds and small animals.
Elephant Back Safaris at Victoria Falls: Your Elephant Back Safari at Victoria Falls begins with a pickup from your accommodation and transfer to the elephant boma at Mosi Oa Tunya National Park where you are introduced to your specially trained elephants and their handlers.
Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight: Experience the Victoria Falls with a birds eye view. Take off from the helicopter site and climb to a height of 1500 feet above the ground, while approaching the magnificent Victoria Falls.
Other Livingstone Victoria Falls Tours are: Zambezi River Boat Cruise, Dinner On Royal Livingstone Express Train Service, Livingstone Island Tour, The David Livingstone Museum Tour, Railway Museum & Tour of Livingstone Town, Chief Mukuni Village Cultural Tour, Maramba Market, Mosi-o-Tunya National Park Safari, Tours On The Segway & many more