The River Club is Livingstone’s premier destination on the Zambezi River, situated 18 kilometers/ 11 miles upstream from the renowned Victoria Falls - a World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
The River Club is a tranquil oasis on Zambia’s mighty Zambezi River and the perfect location for a visit to the renowned Victoria Falls. A host of activities await young and old, on property as well as around the Victoria Falls.
Located a short distance from the historical town of Livingstone, The River Club forms a perfect end to a safari circuit in Southern or East Africa.
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 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 by the poolside.
There is a comfortable sitting room with fireplace and a well-stocked library with an interesting collection of books, journals and board games. Wi-Fi provides connectivity throughout the main building and to most areas of the property. The gift shop sells clothing, jewellery, postcards, books, curios and crafts.
Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.
The eleven private and spacious suites are individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of the Zambezi River, overlooking pods of hippo into the Zambezi National Park. All are west facing and take advantage of the spectacular African sunsets. The rooms are named after people who in their day played a special part in the history of the country.
Each suite is open plan and beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood. Room features include two bathrooms on a split level, a sitting area with screen windows that can be opened to give unimpeded views of the river beyond, a writing desk and large mosquito nets swathing the bed. The upstairs bathroom has a shower, loo and vanity; the downstairs bathroom has a bath overlooking the river, separate shower, loo and vanity.
Luxury River Suites
Each suite is spacious and open plan, with screen doors opening to an outside deck with unimpeded views of the Zambezi river beyond, a private plunge pool and a small private garden. Rooms are beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood. Large mosquito nets swathe the bed. Bathroom with double vanity, bath, shower and loo.
Luxury River Family Suite
The suite is spacious and open plan with two en-suite bedrooms (not fully private as there are no dividing doors between the 2 bedrooms). An additional bed can be requested in the children's room to accommodate 3 children. Room features include screen doors opening to an outside deck with unimpeded views of the river beyond, a private plunge pool and a small private garden. Rooms are beautifully decorated with furniture and fittings made from Rhodesian teak wood. Large mosquito nets swathe the beds. Main bathroom has a double vanity, bath, shower and loo; second bathroom has a single vanity, bath, shower and loo.
Princess Mary Suite
The luxurious double-storey villa is situated in a secluded private garden with its own pool. It offers an intimate experience for a maximum of up to six guests and is ideal for a family or group of friends preferring privacy and space. Named after two Princess Royals – Princess Mary, who represented the Queen at Zambia's Independence in 1964, and Princess Anne who visited Livingstone in 2012.
Four adults can be accommodated in the two en-suite bedrooms, one situated on the ground floor and the other upstairs with a viewing deck overlooking the Zambezi River. Additional children's beds can be arranged in the lounge to accommodate a total of six guests. The ground floor comprises a lounge area, library, bar and dining area for six people. Guests may choose to dine privately in the suite or join other guests at the main lodge. The upstairs bathroom has a shower, double vanity and loo with the bath located in the spacious bedroom overlooking the river. The downstairs bathroom has a double vanity, shower and loo.
The River Club Activities:
The lodge is set on a 50 acre secure property with manicured gardens, where one can completely relax. Here there are no early 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, especially at the end of a safari!
A magnificent rim flow swimmingpool, pool loungers, private deck and hammocks complete the setting. An all-weather hard tennis court and a central croquet lawn and a 2km nature trail that can also be used as a running track for those who need to keep fitness levels topped up.
A River Safari
In the later afternoon, enjoy a leisurely sundowner cruise up the Zambezi, or enjoy a bird-watching river safari.
The highlight of a game viewing trip in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park is the chance of seeing White Rhino, some of the only remaining in Zambia.
Local Simonga Village Tour
Visit an authentic village to experience life as it really is in rural Africa.
Tour of the Victoria Falls
Just half an hour’s drive from The River Club are the mighty Victoria Falls.
Fishing is best during the months of June to September (Bream or Tilapia, extending into October for Tiger Fish).
Kids at The Rive Club
The River Club is an ideal destination for families with children aged 6 years and older.
Clothing & Accessories:
The winters are dry and warm to cool during the day but cold in the evening, spring is warm and cool in the evening, heating up to the summer where the temperatures remain hot throughout the day and night. The River Club is open year round. The Zambezi reaches its highest water levels during the months of March and April.
Health & Climate:
Malaria: Yes – a low-risk area
Yellow Fever: No – vaccination no longer required