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“A hidden paradise, but don't attempt to drive there in wet season!” 4 of 5 stars
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Bovu Island, Livingstone, Zambia   |  
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“A hidden paradise, but don't attempt to drive there in wet season!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We then had a nightmare journey after leaving the main road to get to the crossing to the island. It was the wet season and had been raining pretty heavy, our 4x4 had no chance of getting through the mud, we got stuck and luckily found another driver who helped to pull us out of the mud on various occasions, the locals also helped push us out. When we finally got there we knew we had serious car problems (which we were relying on to get us back to the north of Zambia) so we had to cut our trip short to see a mechanic and do the dreaded journey again the next day which involved about 20 locals and a 4x4 pushing us through the mud. The 1 night we did have there was such an experience I will remember it forever. It is a hidden gem, a paradise island on the Zambezi which is a great base to visit livingstone. The guests all eat dinner together around a big table and the bar operates with an honesty tab. you'll meet some amazing people and won't want to leave! You can arrange day trips, fishing trips and experience life in the local village. I will hopefully return one day in the dry season. If you do decide to go in the wet season you can arrange a pick up from the owner from living stone if you contact them first.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Nederland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

After an hour drive the paddler is waiting to bring us to the island. The chalets are stand alone with a beautiful view over the river. The bed was terrible, the mattrass did not fit in the bed. The chairs were dirty so we couldn't sit on the balcony. The food is good but expensive. The owner was drunk by arrival, we didn't like that. But we had a peaceful time on the island. The staff is friendly and we like the silence of the place. We saw a lot of birds.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Boyu island is 1 hr from Zambia international airport. My husband and I stayed for 3 nights. This a great place to unwind. We did trips from here to Vic falls as well as Chobe(day trip), which while Brett organised everything for us without even a complaint, is probably too much hassle and activity for the average traveler. You should see Vic falls first over 1-2 days...then I would come to Jungle Junction for 3-4 days... just relax and chill out!

There are sunset cruises (on the traditional wooden canoes), village tours (must-see!!), fishing and walks around the island which you can do which you are here. The meals made by Mama Alice are nice... shout out to Mama Alice, who is a real gem :)

Brett is a great guy who shares about his life with you... He has a ton of energy and knowledge of the local area. Evelyn lives on the Island, and she is lovely.

While you are sleeping, you can hear hippos threshing about outside, as well as elephants from across the river! If you want a survivor experience, make your way here! I also imagine that kids will like it if you are a family. This sort of establishment may not exist in the future....come and stay before it is too late before Zambia becomes commercialised!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Greyton, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Idyllically situated in the middle of the great Zambezi River about 1.5 hours from Livingstone and the mighty Victoria Falls. Brett will collect you in one of his mid 1980s Landcruizers , filled with Mosi beer, water and other supplies plus a few other passengers. His first question " you want to sit on the back?" Rather squeeze into the front for an enjoyable drive. Don't hire a car or taxi as the sandy road is only navigable by 4x4.
Transport to the Island from the river bank can only be done on a Mokorro, so pile in and experience Africa.
Superb cooking by Mama Alice ( baby Alice is another story.....ask Brett), this tranquil haven is the place to go and relax, canoe around, do sunset trips, if you want action, Tiger fishing is an option, or tour the local villages.
The crocs and hippos are close and not always visible but can be heard. Fish eagles and a host of other birds are plentiful.
You may bump into Evelyn Roe, botanist and author extraordinaire , one of the few other residents of Bovu.
So, if you're in Livingstone and surrounds, a few days at Jungle Junction should be on your schedule and at US$60 per day per couple it's got to be the best value around.

Room Tip: Chalet 3 is River facing and very private, but then again, the who.e island is super private.
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  • Stayed July 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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53 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Where to start? Jungle Junction is situated pretty much in the middle of nowhere, about an hours drive (half on dirt roads) and a short canoe trip from Livingstone, Zambia. It is situated on Bovu Island on the river Zambezi. It is like no other place you will stay, of that you can be sure. The staff there are simply superb (even Brett!), and can not do enough to help you out. You would think we'd have been bored after 4 days on an island with limited electricity, no Internet and no shops, bars etc., but it was quite the opposite. If we didn't have a flight we would most probably have stayed a few more days. Davey, who pretty much acted as our personal guide for the week, kept us busy with sunset cruises, fishing trips, visits to the local schools and clinic and more. I think on our last day we chilled and read a book and let Davey get on with helping out the community by working on the local school that Jungle Junction have set up. Besides, from the bar you can spot hippos, crocs, elephants and loads of species of birds, so that's an activity on its own! Mama Alice, who runs the kitchen, is great and willingly let us use her kitchen for the week to self-cater, which made it cheaper. On hindsight we should have tried some of her meals as they seemed to be good! Our favourite thing about JJ was the showers, which were dreamy - an abundance of hot water in the open air heated by a wood fire, wow! In terms of a remote, authentic, tropical paradise, Jungle Junction has it spot-on. There is nothing I can fault them for - best of luck for the future guys :)

Room Tip: I would recommend the enclosed rooms (not fisherman huts) for those who would like a barrier between...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Jungle Junction is paradise on earth. Brett and Eveline are lovely people, as well as all people from the staff. We got an upgrade - being the only people on the island when arriving. We were planned to stay with our tent, but got a big hut and fishermens hut for all nights. Food is good, showers are hot, surroundings are beautiful and activities were great to do: we went out fishing, got on the sunset cruise twice and visited the local village and school. The only thing you should worry about, is not to stick in the bar too late, it might end up being a late one... :-)

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Durban
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Jungle Junction was the perfect place to commence our Zambian/Botswana/Zim holiday. We had no choice but to collapse into a hammock and relax and unwind. The simple yet clean and comfortable accommodation was very good value for money and Mama Alice's food was abundant and tasty, although the breakfasts were a tad pricey (especially the cereal/toast option). The outdoor showers (heated by a fire) were definitely the best showers we experienced throughout our trip. The highlight was the 9.5lb tiger fish that our friend caught on his early morning fishing expedition with Brett. The staff were great and we thoroughly enjoyed the sunset cruise in the dugout canoes! The island was exactly as we imagined it from reading the informative web site. Definitely worth a visit!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Bovu Island, Livingstone, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
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Ranked #16 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
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Also Known As:
Jungle Junction Hotel Livingstone

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