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“Camper's Heaven” 5 of 5 stars
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Nakatindi Road, Livingstone, Zambia   |  
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Windhoek
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“Camper's Heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We travelled from Namibia and crossed the border at Sesheke - the situation on the Zambian side has improved drastically, new buildings, organised procedures, friendly and efficient staff. There is an ATM, so no need to buy Kwacha from the vendors.
The road from Sesheke to Kazangula (120 km) is a nightmare potholes and more potholes. Takes about 3 hours to get to Kubu Cabins. Once we got there we knew that the trip through "Potholia" was worth every km travelled. Kubu Cabins is managed by the owners of the neighbouring Camp Nkwazi and they do a fabulous job. The perfectly maintained campsite is direct on the river and has everything to spoil a camper. Just to mention...lawn, trees, braai area, a spacious Lapa, separate wash up and laundry basins, clean and well functioning ladies and gents ablutions and electricity.
To sit at the fireplace on the river, listening to the sounds of Hyena and Lion at night was just amazing.
The river activities take place from Camp Nkwazi - we did a sundowner cruise with a friendly and knowledgable guide - what a treat!
We stayed at Kubu Cabins for 4 nights and had one dinner at Camp Nkwazi. We were served a five star 3-course meal!!!!!!
Our stay was 100% perfect - THANK YOU Paul and team!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Travelling to zambia as a woman with my 18 year old daughter from Australia was quite scary. Taking the risk of staying out of town and not really knowing if we would be safe very risky! But so very very glad we did. Kubu cabins was amazing - could not recommend more highly if you love nature, peace and quiet. The staff were there but not there. We always felt safe and looked after.

The only minor things (& so not worth worrying about) was the pool a little dated - but it was too cold to swim when we were there so didn't make any difference to us. And the taxi ride to and from town was typical of africa (so an experience - but may not suit all)

Overall we absolutely loved it and will definitely stay again if the opportunity to come to zambia again arises - would not stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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westbrook, Kwazulu Natal
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5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We spent 7 nights at Kubu Cabins. All I can say is that it is the most peaceful place on earth. Loved every moment of it. We saw ellies drinking on the opposite bank everyday, and heard lions roaring and hyenas laughing at night. I was in my element. Only downside was that on new years eve, a group from Durban to let off rockets at 12. They echoed so much over the Zambezi into the national park, that we didn't see the elephants again. Frik, Sanet and the rest of the staff are superb and go out of their way. We will definitely be returning.

Room Tip: We stayed in the chalets, number 2, which have a communal kitchen and as we were the only ones using...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

During a four week trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia, we spent two days in Livingstone. Like other reviewers, we wanted to be out of town but to be able easily to reach the Vic Falls and the exciting activities on offer. We had already stayed in a number of campsites, both in National Parks and privately run - none came up to the standard of Kubu, where the facilities are clean and well serviced with hot and cold water and electric power points and Manager Frik goes the extra mile to make sure you have a good experience . There are braai and fire places, and a large thatched shelter; camping is on a grassy bank overlooking the Zambezi (look out for crocodiles and hippos). Under the same ownership as neighbouring Nkwazi Lodge, where we enjoyed a first rate dinner (all compliments to the chef for his presentation as well as cooking the beef to perfection), Kubu is just across the river from the Vic Falls NP, so expect to see elephants and other wildlife coming down to drink. On an evening boat trip with Frik at the helm and bird guide Shadric we saw no fewer than nine elusive finfoots, and four different species of kingfisher. We didn't want to leave!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in August this year. We wanted something outside Livingstone, away from the noise and mass tourism of town. They are located some 23 km from Livingstone on the road West to Kazangula and Katima Mulilo, and then another 3 km bush driving down from the tarmac road to the Zambezi shore. For us, self driving, an easy and pleasant drive through rural areas on a quite and straight forward good tarmac road. We even saw a big heard of elephants crossing the tarmac road just a few km before arriving to the crossing for Kubu Cabins.

The cabins are pleasant and functional, good bed clothes, spacious open-air bath-room with working hot water, a small kitchenette with utensils. Set just at the shore of the river, enjoying the spectacle of the running water, crocs & hippos, bird life and many wild animals coming to drink on the other side of the river, which is part of the Zambezi National Park, already in Zimbabwe. There is a bar and small swimming pool on the site, but since there are not many guests, they are rather empty. Also because they belong to the same family who owns the Nkwazi Camp, next door, just 200 m upriver, and we were encouraged to use their bar and fantastic wood terrace for breakfast and dinner. Kudu does not offer restaurant services, but as commented, Nkwazi Camp next door does for them. The question is, Nkwazi is much newer (2013) and nicer all in all, so, why not to stay there directly? Prices are a bit higher though. Kubu seems to be like a second brand, more budget, of Nkwazi.

Kubu is all in all a good, quite and budget place where to stay around Livingstone, which is very much affected by a kind of gold rush in recent years, with lodges charging accordingly. From Kubu you can visit the falls and surrounding areas, provided you have a car, and from Nkwazi next door you can make also a sunset cruise on the upper part of the river, along the shore of the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. They have a brand new small flat boat with upper deck, and go out just for 2 or 4 tourists at a reasonable price.

Room Tip: They only have 4 or 5 cabins, all along the river side and with similar views.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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kwazulu natal
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74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I spent two days here and simply loved it. The cabins are such value for money and we loved our stay there. The gardens are superb and so much care has been taken to create a tranquil haven in a harsh african environmnent. the Zambesi river is just a few meters away from the boma area and we enjoyed a typical barbecue while watching the sun set over the mighty river. A good spot, close to all the activities of Livingstone and a visit to the Victoria falls. Management quality was excellent and I wish them all the best. Attention to detail was excellent.

Room Tip: Choose one facing the river, camp sites looked superb as well.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We stayed in an adorable little wooden cabin with a stunning outside shower right on the banks of the Zambezi river. Absolutely exquisite. Kubu Cabins really is a piece of paradise, its in a totally unspoilt section right next to the Zambezi river. The birdlife is incredible, we saw 5 different species of beeaters, the African Finfoot, woodland owls and grass owls to name a few. They also have the pels fishing owl, which unfortunately we didn't see. They also have hippos and crocs, and the opposite bank of the river is the Victoria falls national park so you can sit in the pool and watch elephants and sometimes lion come and drink from the river (on the opposite bank). The cabins are about a 30km drive from Livingstone, so an easy commute for people who want to go see the falls or go whitewater rafter (a definate must). The cabins are quite and peaceful and a definate must if you are a nature lover or if you just need some RnR. The managers, Frik and Sonnet are so friendly and helpful, they organised all our tours for us and gave us valuable advise on where to go, what companies to use and helped us organise transport. The actual cabins are stunning, and the whole experience is really a 5* deal.

Room Tip: for a family holiday book one of the cottages on the river, totally private and really beautiful.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Nakatindi Road, Livingstone, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 273
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kubu Cabins, about 20 minutes drive from Livingstone. Quite simply Kubu Cabins is the adventure of a lifetime, accommodation beyond your traditional lodge or hotel.Kubu Cabins offers you the luxury in the wilderness at affordable rates close to all the adventures of Zambia.Each of the 6 self-catering cabins and Villa are tastefully furnished and equipped with all the necessary utensils to ensure that you totally sink into the comfort and relaxation at Kubu Cabins.Just imagine, lying in your bed listening to the performance of a unique orchestra, that of nature! Crickets playing the violin and birds chirping to the sound of a penny whistle, with an open front view of the Zambezi River. ... more   less 

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