The River Club

About 18 km (11 mi) upstream from Victoria Falls town, on Zambezi River, down same road as Tongabezi, Livingstone, Southern, Zambia

With split-level rooms that cling to the edge of the great Zambezi, The River Club puts a modern spin on a Victorian house party. The view from the infinity pool seems unbeatable, until you watch the sun set from your claw-foot tub. Clever cooling mists of water draw flocks of birds to the gazebo, and the library begs for a glass of port and a serious book. History clings to the structure, built to the plans of the original house, but decorations have been lovingly collected from past and present. You could spend an entire day reading interesting anecdotes, old maps, Punch cartoons, and updates about the River Club's support of the local village. A candlelight dinner is followed by a game of tennis, or croquet on the floodlighted lawn before you retire to your partially starlit room. You approach the lodge from the river—purely for the spectacular effect—but it necessitates negotiating some steep stairs. If you think you'll struggle, ask to be transferred by vehicle.


  • beautiful location with stunning views of the Zambezi
  • a/c and enclosed rooms are pluses for those who don't want to give up too many modern conveniences


  • colonial decor may not be Zambian enough for some travelers
  • 20-minute drive from town for any activities that are not in-house


Phones: 213-32–7457


7 rooms, 4 suites
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted All-inclusive; Breakfast; Some meals