Royal Zambezi Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River at one of its broadest points. The property enjoys 3 kilometres of river frontage, and borders the Lower Zambezi National Park, and is situated within the Chiawa Game Management Area.
The luxurious thatched tents, elegant design and gourmet cuisine of Royal Zambezi Lodge provide an excellent base from which to explore this beautiful and diverse area.
The open plan reception area, dining room and lounge have classic architectural lines and lofty thatched roofs. There are two enormous fireplaces, comfortable sofas and armchairs. A wide copper-roofed veranda provides an informal space for al fresco dining or afternoon tea. Timber decks extend over the river shallows – providing a perfect spot for fine dining under the night sky, and for sitting around the campfire listening to the sounds of the African night. During the day, there is a reed bed which allows for a close study of bird and fish life as well as elephant, hippo and buffalo.
Enjoy breakfast at the pavilion by the veranda, where the chefs will cook your eggs to order or whiz up a healthy smoothie. Lunch can be taken at the Lodge, or try a gourmet picnic lunch, whilst you are out for the day exploring or fishing. In the evening gather at the Sausage Tree Bar, unquestionably the best watering hole on the River. Relax with a glass of South Africa’s finest wine on the suspended deck whilst the Zambezi flows swiftly beneath you and the sun sets behind the distant mountains. Dinner can be enjoyed at a private table set out under the stars, or a roaring fire on a cooler night. You may prefer to relax in your room and have dinner brought to you on your private deck. There is also the opportunity to celebrate a special occasion with a candlelit dinner on an Falcon in the Zambezi.
Activities are varied, and you can opt for an open vehicle game drive, (including a night drive), bushwalks in the area or a game-viewing boat cruise, and the area has some spectacular birding. Guests can also have a sunset river cruise, or participate in a canoeing safari. With the Lower Zambezi National Park, a mere five minutes drive away, the chance to see good game is increased. The Park is home to good numbers of elephant and buffalo, and offers frequent and reliable lion and leopard sightings.
The Lower Zambezi offers fine fresh water angling, with the best time being from September to March. For guests who are new to fishing or fly-fishing, guides provide expert instruction and assistance. Rods, tackle and flies are provided although enthusiasts may bring their own. All fishing is on a catch and release basis.
When you feel the need to relax, and indulge yourself, there is the Royal Zambezi Bush Spa. It is Zambia’s first and only bush spa, aims to restore mind, body and spirit. There is an attentive team of qualified therapists who are on hand to provide you with a wide variety of massages, facials and a number of other therapeutic and beauty treatments. Many treatments make use of local indigenous ingredients. The spa is positioned around the central courtyard where the inviting aroma of burning scented candles fill the air from the two treatment rooms. You are also invited to use the cooling plunge pool and outdoor Jacuzzi with its breathtaking vista across the river. There is also the beautifully appointed lounge area where you can sip fresh juices accompanied by the remarkable sights and sounds of the resident wildlife.