At a Glance
- Bovu is <i>the</i> Zambian chill-out zone
- a great way to combine an educational canoe trip with a basic overnight camp
- the perfect balance between comfort and a real commune with nature
- this might be too basic for travelers who like their little luxuries
- meals, fishing, and transfers are charged separately
- guests have to bring their own towels
The vibe of California and Marrakesh in the '60s and '70s is alive and well at this collection of thatch huts and campsites along the banks of the Zambezi, 52 km (32 mi) upstream of the Falls. Take a good book or an excellent companion. Accommodations are basic but somehow quite perfect, each with gorgeous river views, and there are hot showers and flush toilets. The kitchen is the heart of the island, and the emphasis is on wholesome organic food ($–$$). Vegetarian diners are always catered to, and coffee is taken fabulously seriously. Whether you are taken for a swim in a shallow section of small rapids naturally protected from crocodiles or hippos (this is the theory) or on a sunrise canoe trip, every day will hold natural wonder. Warning: "island time" operates here and anything goes, so the staid or conservative are likely to find it unsuitable. Bovu does pickups from Livingstone Airport and lodges on a daily basis. Don't forget to check out the hat collection behind the bar in the main camp and add your own to the mix.