Lodges

The River Club

Luxury on the Zambezi

The River Club

This luxurious little lodge is positioned on the banks of the Zambezi River a short distance from the historical town of Livingstone, just upstream from the mighty Victoria Falls. Set back in the Livingstone era, relax in colonial style as your every need is tended to by the helpful local staff and butlers. Spend your days watching the resident wildlife come down to the water to drink, marvel at the Victoria Falls with a flight above the area, or just while away your time, overlooking the hippo-dotted waters with the mist of the Falls float up in the distance.

At the lodge

The hotel

The communal areas of The River Club are in a restored old farmhouse known as Zambezi House. A multiple-level building houses the sitting room, dining area and a library with a unique range of old and new books. Head outside to enjoy meals and tea produced on the spacious veranda, where beyond are tennis courts, a bowling green and a croquet lawn. The infinity pool stretches down towards the river, with the gym, jacuzzi and wellness spa close at hand.

The rooms

The 11 private suites are well spaced along the river's edge, offering privacy and seclusion. The rooms showcase the heritage of the area with black and white framed pictures, antique four-poster beds, mosquito nets and an intimate sitting space for reading and relaxation. The en-suite comes complete with ball and claw tub and shower. Outside the rooms are spectacular views of the water from a personal deck adorned with wicker furniture. Recently, the Princess Mary Suite was added to the lodging with a private plunge pool an equally intimate setting.

On safari

Experiences

Activities at The River Club are based around the Zambezi River. The mighty Victoria Falls is a 45 minute drive away, ensuring the crowds are avoided on this stretch of the River. Take a boat cruise, local beer in hand, enjoying the riverside wildlife with a setting sun. If you feel like staying put at the lodge, just lounge by the pool, play tennis and swing a croquet mallet. For the more adventures, there is bungee jumping, gorge swinging and white water rafting in the Batoka Gorge below the Falls.

When to go

Victoria Falls by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot but comfortable, humidity varies throughout the month and there is a 1 in 2 chance of rain, although it usually falls at night.
  • The Zambezi River's water levels begin to increase, improving the Victoria Falls spectacle.
  • White water rafting is good at this time of year particularly in the first half of the month.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot but comfortable, humidity is unpredictable and rain falls regularly but usually at night.
  • The water level of the Zambezi River continue to climb, enhancing the Victoria Falls spectacle.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot but comfortable, humidity has dropped and rain is falling only a couple of afternoons a week.
  • The Zambezi River water levels are nearing or at their peak, providing views of Victoria Falls at its most impressive.
  • A great time to fly over the falls in either a micro light, helicopter or a light aircraft, offering a unique aerial look at this natural wonder.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high but comfortable, with little to no humidity, cloudy skies and rain is still a possibility.
  • The water level of the Zambezi should be at its peak, showcasing Victoria Falls in all her glory.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

May

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures begin to cool with the onset of the dry season, rain is unlikely.
  • The Zambezi River is near its peak but starting to recede, providing breathtaking views of Victoria Falls.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • A great time to fly over the falls in either a micro light, helicopter or a light aircraft, offering a unique aerial look at this natural wonder.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

June

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures are warm and comfortable with little to no chance of rain, potential for morning frosts.
  • Victoria Falls provides incredible spectacle, with the Zambezi River level still being high.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.
  • Enjoy the intensifying game densities along the water's edge with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.

July

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures are warm and comfortable with little to no chance of rain, potential for morning frosts.
  • The Zambezi River level is slowly dropping but still high enough to inspire awe and wonderment at Victoria Falls.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • A great time to fly over the falls in either a micro light, helicopter or a light aircraft, offering a unique aerial look at this natural wonder.
  • Take advantage of the peak game densities along the water's edge with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

August

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures begin to heat up but are still comfortable with little to no chance of rain.
  • The Zambezi River waters have receded somewhat but still offer impressive spectacle.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Enjoy a boat, canoe or horse riding safari, with game viewing at its peak along the water's edge.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with relative humidity, there is little chance of rain.
  • The last opportunity to experience Victoria Falls before the full extent of the dry season sets in.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • Zambezi River rafting is approaching its best, but can get busy, so book early.
  • Experience wildlife densities along the water's edge at their peak, with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are at their hottest, with humidity reaching an all year high before the fall of the first rains, usually towards the end of the month.
  • Victoria Falls does not offer the same spectacle during this month, with water levels low and in dry years, the falls can dry up altogether.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • Zambezi River rafting is at its best, with exciting rapids and drop-offs, be sure to book early and beat the crowds.
  • Take advantage of the peak game densities along the water's edge with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot and humid for the first half of November, becoming less intense with the increase of rain throughout the month.
  • Victoria Falls does not offer the same spectacle during this month, with water levels low and in dry years, the fall's can dry up altogether.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • Zambezi River rafting is at its best, with exciting rapids and drop-offs, increasing the thrill factor.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with unpredictable humidity levels and high evening rainfall is to be expected.
  • After the dry season, the Zambezi River water levels begin to increase in late December, improving the Victoria Falls spectacle.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • The rapids and drop-offs provide high excitement for river rafting down the Zambezi at this time of year.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

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