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Bushbuck River House

Plot 1607 Liyoyelo Farm off Nakatindi Road, Livingstone 60060 Zambia
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#3 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Livingstone
Bushbuck River House is set in 105 acres of bush on the banks of the Zambezi, 16km from Livingstone. It is the first property beyond the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The house is an owner-run traditional Zambian farmhouse, which has been renovated and thatched to a high standard. All rooms in the main house are en-suite and there is a swimming pool, pool boma and tree house/viewing platform overlooking the river.
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Plot 1607 Liyoyelo Farm off Nakatindi Road, Livingstone 60060 Zambia
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Danielle wrote a review Feb 2020
Preston, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
Rustic, basic,wild and a bit tired and neglected. We arrived on 13/2/20 and were met by Linda at the airport. Linda spoke her mind but very helpful and knowledgeable and booked all our excursion and trips which went very smoothly. Albert the chef cooked excellent food with a big smile on his face. Current and the rest of the staff were so friendly and extremely helpful. This place could be absolutely superb with some TLC but the previous owners have been trying to sell the property for 6 years (sale has just gone through) and it feels like they have let the place run down. Overall we enjoyed our stay though we felt in its current condition it was expensive.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Aileen P wrote a review Jan 2020
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This review is a bit late but well-deserved. We stayed for a few days in Nov 2018 during the dry season and we had a great time. Bushbuck is a small estate house on a large farm property about 15 easy minutes from downtown Livingstone. We really appreciated that wildlife is free to come and go on the property (elephant, buffalo, deer, hippo). We heard lions across the river and hippos on the property at night, and regularly passed buffalo on the way to Livingstone. The property is large, with direct access to the Zambezi, and is secure with askari patrols. There is also a viewing platform near the river for birdwatching. The room was comfortable, with its own bathroom. The food and drink were wonderful (I loved the Savannah cider and the usually chocolate-based desserts). The staff were all friendly and our host was super-knowledgeable about all the things to do nearby as well as all the animals that come across the property, and she happily arranged a couple of tours for us. There are also domestic cats and dogs to pet and play with. It's a little like staying with family relations rather than in a hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Philip S wrote a review Oct 2019
Andover, United Kingdom7 contributions
Was a great place to stay for 3 days , Alan and Albert perfect hosts , great accommodation, and the food was to die for, and the location was truly amazing just what was needed to start the holiday. Hope to return one day soon!
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Date of stay: October 2019
Response from Oriel S, Owner at Bushbuck River House
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Many thanks for your review, we are pleased to hear that Bushbuck was a great introduction to Zambia and the food got your holiday off to a tasty start. Thank you for coming to stay with us.
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Rebecca L wrote a review Jul 2019
Silver Spring18 contributions5 helpful votes
Thanks to Linda and the Bushbuck River House staff, we had a great stay in Livingstone and didn't want to leave. We stayed in the main farmhouse and enjoyed the grounds on the Zambezi River. On the first afternoon, we were greeted by an elephant in the back garden and buffalo on the road into the lodge. Linda was very knowledgeable and helped us create an itinerary to meet our family's wish list. She has a great relationship with local outfitters and drivers. We also enjoyed her company and hearing her stories each night at dinner. Albert, the chef, prepared delicious meals using local ingredients. Our en suite guest room had a comfy king bed and a twin bed. It had fresh water and kettle for hot tea and coffee. The river house is a traditional Zambian farm house with a thatched roof, pool, and beautiful gardens. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Oriel S, Owner at Bushbuck River House
Responded Aug 1, 2019
Thank you Rebecca, for your very kind review. It was a pleasure having you to stay and we have had plenty more elephants visit us since then! Hope to see you again one day.
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DonReviewer wrote a review Jul 2019
20 contributions2 helpful votes
Family of 3. Stayed from 11-14June. Accommodation and all pre-arranged activities with Linda EXCEEDED all our expectations. The place itself is very clean and serene- truly an outback setting which is lovely. A very short walk to the banks of the Zambezi River. ZERO mosquitoes!!! And hot, freshly-cooked food served every meal time- Albert is such a gem of a chef (still can't get over his roasted pork with apple sauce). Highly recommend this place. Linda's got everything covered- from airport pick-ups to arranging activities to game drives. She just does it all... seamlessly!!! She made our stay truly memorable and special in every way. If you need anything, Linda's got it. She's remarkable! Thank you Linda for having us.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Oriel S, Owner at Bushbuck River House
Responded Jul 10, 2019
Thank you Donna, for your very kind review. It was a pleasure to look after all of you, and we hope to see you again sometime soon.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bushbuck River House
What are some of the property amenities at Bushbuck River House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Bushbuck River House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Bushbuck River House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Bushbuck River House?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Bushbuck River House have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Bushbuck River House offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.