The River Club | High Season in Zambia

Enjoying the view from the pool.

We visited colonial Zambia at its finest.

High season, the dry season between September and November. The first impression was of stepping into a bygone era, surrounded by exquisite natural African beauty. The check-in was informative and conducted in a relaxed fashion. The main areas décor and atmosphere was one that spoke of the rich history, with lovely pieces of furniture, art and ornaments. The atmosphere was pleasing and relaxed. All in all a beautiful place on the edge of the Zambezi that is fit for a King and Queen.

Harking back to bygone days.

Our first impression of the rooms was that we could have easily met Dr David Livingstone for a drink on the patio! The Luxury River Suite is beautifully appointed and harks back to a bygone era of luxury. The decor is classic. The bed is sublime, a large king size bed, with lovely soft linen and great pillows! The bathroom downstairs had uninterrupted views of outside. Expect a lovely bath, shower, loo and double vanity.

The amenities are numerous, some standard ones like air-conditioning, the bedside table with lamp, a digital safe, a wardrobe (closet), an electric kettle, a fan and mini fridge with soft drinks and bottled water. The bed is canopied with a mosquito net, and there are extra linens and towels. Conveniently there are multi-national electrical sockets, a portable fan, reading lamps, a sofa, a hairdryer and a shaver socket. And then there are a few extra special amenities: a private pool, a terrace with a beautiful river view, a writing desk, use of a safety deposit box and mesh screening. A wake-up service is also provided on request.

The all-important factor Wi-fi is available in the main area. It didn’t work brilliantly, but such trips are all about unplugging and enjoying time away. Truthfully the spotty Wi-fi allows you more time to unwind and forget the cares of the world.

Enjoyable meals.

The food was delicious and beautifully presented, and the bar has a nice range of everything you could want for. The service at each meal was great and Peter Jones, the owner of The River Club sat down with us for dinner one night. It really made the evening, sitting listening to Peter and learning about the history of The River Club and Zambia. We were also treated to high tea which was delicious and always beautifully presented.

What to do while there.

We enjoyed simply relaxing at The River Club immensely. The property is so big and it has a beautiful large pool which overlooks the Zambezi River. The manicured lawns are perfect to lie down on and read a book. Even the suite is equally a great place to just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The property has a 2km nature trail which I used as my early morning run. The River Club is the first lodge of its kind that has offered this on all my extensive travels, and it’s lovely as you don’t need a guide to go with you. A great way to get moving after eating all the delectable food.

Colonial Zambia wouldn’t be complete without a tennis court, and I enjoyed hitting a few balls in the early hours in the morning before it got too hot. Take a River Safari! There is something incredibly special about the Zambezi River, no river cruise is the same just like no sunset is the same. It’s a different and special experience every time. This is Africa personified. For those wanting more of an adrenalin rush, the Zambezi River offers probably the best White Water Rafting in the world. I plucked up the courage and enjoyed every second of it! Other activities include an African Village Tour, fishing, a tour of Victoria Falls, game drives, day outings and more. Click here to view more activities.

What conclusions we came to.

The River Club is the perfect place from which to explore Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi. It is perfect for both couples and honeymooners and while it is expensive, it is worth every penny. The Luxury River Suite is incredibly hot in summer despite having an air con, the mesh netting in the suite doesn’t keep the cold air in. So we recommend the River Suite in the heat of summer.
Would we go back? Most definitely.