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Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We stayed at the Waterberry for two nights at the end of our two weeks self-driving safari in Zambia. The Swallow, our thatched lodge, was just a few metres from the river! The views were superb and the wildlife ample. There is also a lake on the grounds and few paths for walks, excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.

Every evening there was an impressive camp fire and people gathered around, before and after superb dinners. There was a very friendly and easy going atmosphere and the food was excellent.

We were given very good advice and guidance as to what we can do at Livingston and they booked everything we wanted, including helicopter flights over the falls. We also joined the 'in house’ activities, a sunset cruise and a bird walk, and they were both fantastic experiences.

Superb lodge, excellently run, friendly staff, a perfect place to end our journey, we wish we had more time to stay there.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

My mother and I stayed here as part of a month long safari in Africa. This was my second visit here and I liked it even better. For me that is saying a lot. In all my years of traveling I seldom return to the same place, I’ll go somewhere else just for the variety and experience. I was a little worried, thinking the Lodge wouldn’t live up to my memory – but it did and more. There is a great combination here, natural beauty, lodge facilities, and the people.

The bungalow rooms are spacious, beautiful and well maintained. The beds were comfortable with full netting; although we really didn’t see too many flying pests. There was always plenty of hot water. I had forgotten how stunning the main lodge is set against the river. It was a great place to hang out, read, or my favorite… watch the river float by with a Gin and Tonic before dinner. We enjoyed all of the meals, it is a set menu and the food was really delicious and fresh. I was so thankful to have fresh salads. We had gone without in other areas because we were warned against it. Kevin was telling us how they work with a local farmer who makes sure the produce is up to a western diet standard. Greatly appreciated! The meals were at separate tables and we changed the times most days to accommodate our schedule. My only complaint, there really was too much food, but we worked it out to get smaller portions. An enjoyable part of dining was the terrific view of the river and the wildlife. One evening we had a hippo come up below us as dessert was being served; but my favorite was when the crocodile was swimming along the bank while we were eating breakfast.

Gale and Kevin coordinated our schedule each day and everything worked like clockwork. We spent two days in town one visiting the Falls and Livingstone Museum, and then another day we did the trip to Livingstone Island. The trip back and forth to the town / falls wasn’t a problem; it was actually nice to see the countryside. The vehicle was comfortable and the drivers were interesting to talk with we learned a lot about schooling, the villages, modernization and political happenings; this made for a quick 30 minutes. I strongly recommend the trip to Livingstone island, the devils pool was fantastic and a highlight of the whole trip. There were many more activities available but we wanted to take it easy after a few weeks on the road.

The other two days we stayed there at Waterberry and loved it. We really enjoyed the pool. I can understand why many people don’t stay there during the day with all of the other options; but it really is a shame to miss out. Sure there are pools everywhere, but I counted over 30 birds from my lounge chair; not something you can always do! One of the other guest staying there, was a tour operator, there to check out Waterberry for some bird watching groups. According to him that area is one of the best spots to see several hard to find birds, I can believe it. We also did a bird walk in the morning with Chris who amazed us with his ability to identify the birds, without seeing them! In the evening we did the boat ride, it is a small boat able to get right up to the shore and around the islands to see everything. Beside the Hippos and Crocs, we saw an amazing amount of game up on the Zimbabwe side. There were elephants, buffalo, bush buck, antelopes, wart hogs and may other critters. The birds were impressive looking, there were several kinds of kingfishers, and my favorite was the darters moving across the Zambezi at sunset. This was all topped off with gin and tonics and snacks! Great way to end the day.

I just have to say what so many others have said, it really is the people working there that makes it great, they are friendly and efficient. Overall the lodge does a great job of integrating the local workers, they showed a sincere effort in making sure I was having a great holiday.

In this past year I stayed at 15 different lodges in Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe) and I have no problem in placing Waterberry number one of the bunch.

This is a late posting due to extended travel and cyber posting issues – Stay was in late October 2011. Happy to answer questions.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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5  Thank d2deb
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights at the end of our month long holiday in Namibia and Botswana. The staff at Waterberry and so lovely and really care about their guests. Its a wonderful place to stay.

We took an evening and morning sunset and sunrise cruise with Webby and enjoyed both very much. The river is right on the edge of the gardens and is so relaxing. Morrison took us to Victoria Falls the next day and we took the Livingstone Island breakfast trip. It was very wet, very exciting and a once in a lifetime experience. Do it, the lodge will make all the arrangements for you. Thank you so much for suggesting it to us, we thought there was too much water to make it possible.

It was my birthday on our first night and they set up a private dinner on our deck overlooking the river. A brasier kept us warm and a bottle of complimentary bubbly was a lovely surprise. We had a great evening. We also had a private dinner by the pool on the second night and even eat our breakfast there in the sunshine.

We were so sorry to leave and hope to return one day. Its a really beautiful place to stay.

Room Tip: Ask for Swallow, its got its own little bridge and is very private. We had a hippo outside both nigh...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank charlieCornwall
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We started our Zambian adventure here at this very nice lodge right on the Zambezi River. Very comfortable chalet, consistently good service, friendly and knowledgeable guides, and good food - what more could we ask? How about an evening boat ride on the Zambezi, visit to the Falls, informative and fun Village Walk, and a fantastic morning birding walk - all during our two night stay! Waterberry is an excellent choice if you're looking for an intimate setting reasonably close to town, but remote enough to enjoy the quiet of the river and natural environs, at a very reasonable price.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Arrived at Waterberry directly after our flight from the UK and what a start to our holiday! The first view of the Zambezi was breathtaking - definitely the Mighty Zambezi!. The accommodation was very comfortable and we were very well looked after during our 3 night stay. The weather in the mornings and evenings was freezing (not usual, although it was midwinter!) but, at dinner, we were provided with red hot braziers and blankets to keep out the cold. The activities provided by the Lodge were excellent - the trip to the Falls was amazing but we also really enjoyed our trip to the local village accompanied by Mwebe who lives in the village. We also went on a bird walk accompanied by Mwebe (another Mwebe!) who had a brilliant knowledge of the local bird and wildlife and enjoyed the sundowner cruise accompanied by cool box and delicious nibbles!

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

We stayed as a grown up family at Waterberry Lodge in June 2012 and what a stunning place. Picked up from the airport by Christopher with cold drinks and driven the short journey to Waterberry, where we were greeted by more friendly and smiling staff. An awesomely stunning location right on the Zambezi with comfortable rooms and a lovely eating area. The food was great, the staff were wonderful, all in all an excellent and highly recommended place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank njarrold
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights at the end of African adventureand it was more than we expected. Greeted at the airport by Christopher who assisted us to his vehicle anf offered us water, wine, beer, soda whick he had with him. They take a cooler of beverages with them whenever they take you somewhere. When we arrived at the lodge, about 40 minutes from the airport, we were greeted by the manager on duty. She was outside waiting for us. They took us to the dining ares on the porch and we offered a cool drink and went over the dining times, activities, etc and in the mean time our luggae was taken to our lodge. Our room was very nice, and you leave the windows open, unscreened, and the door has a lock, but why, not necessay at all. The meals were very good and very well prepared. The ground are immaculate and are given constant attention.
Located on the Great Zambezi River, they offer a sunset and a sunrise boat trip, along with trips to Victoria Falls. One trip we took, and should not be missed, was a trip to the local native village. They provide the guide and it is very good and informative and the people are very friendly. I might add here that all through out Africa we would the people very friendly.
For lunch each day, they would move tables from the dining area and set them up under shade trees, near the water or your lodge. Just great. Before the evening meal there is a bon fire and the guest sit around and visit, have a drink or whatever.
You could just sit by and watch the river all day and forget about everything.
I do not know how to describe the service, other than over the top, fantastic. Anytime you went on an acttvity one of the managers was there to see you off and when you returned to check on how things went and if you needed anything. The staff is very attentative. If they see you, they do not hesitate to ask if you need anything and if everything is OK. They do the little things that make a difference.
Christopher, who ended up being our driver where ever we went was outstanding. We went to the falls and my have has some problems walking on uneven surface. He really took care of her, helping her th whole time.
Thank you Gail, Charmaine, Chrisopher, Webe, and everyone else for a great restful, relaxing time.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Old Constantia Farm | Nakatindi Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
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Ranked #1 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
Number of rooms: 8
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A secluded, family-friendly lodge in the heart of the wild on the banks of the Zambezi. Good food, lovely en suite rooms, friendly, helpful staff. Come here and enjoy river cruises, fishing and birdwatching plus all the activities around Victoria Falls, or just sit back and enjoy the view. ... more   less 
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