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Sindabezi Island
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

How wonderfully pleasant it is to be on your own island with a small group of other seasoned travelers. Watching the Zambezi river flow past the deck, colorful birds perching in the tree nearby is just the average morning and afternoon at Sindabezi. The managers work very hard to make all request happen and are often directly involved to the activities. I don't know how they prepare the food to be so tasteful in such a small setting. These folks try very hard.
I like the kind of travelers the Sindabezi attracts, a traveler seeking a different experience with importance more towards quiet more personal activities.
I think I like the Zambia view more than the Zimbabwe view of the falls, at least during the month of April.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We were lucky enough to have the whole Island to ourselves, and Brian, Joe, Arron and Henry treated us like royalty. The accommodation is beautiful and the setting is unbelievable. We saw elephants, hippos and baboons daily, and heard lions roar in the early morning. The food was excellent, and the service the best I've had.
Special thanks to Brian who was the perfect guide, and is full of knowledge about all of Zambia

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Kellyrichardson
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The staff, the food and the rooms are just exemplary. This was my ninth time in Africa, but this was really special. The 'chalets' are more than comfortable - but without the silly, over the top feeling so recently prevalent in many "Safari" camps. Here, you will be as close to the sounds and sights of nature as anywhere else I can imagine. With lots of amenities, but without Sun City.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank George C
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We booked 3 nights at Sindabezi Island to begin our stay in Zambia. We thought that it would be a relaxing way to recover from the long flights from the US, while still being in a location that allowed us to participate in sightseeing at Victoria Falls. It fit the bill well, and gave us a perfect start to go on from here to more traditional safari camps.

Sindabezi Island can feel somewhat remote and isolated, but that was exactly what we wanted for the beginning of our trip. It is quiet, and you don't feel that you have to be on a schedule. But it is only a few minutes by boat to main camp Tongabezi, where you can embark on sightseeing trips to the falls. While we weren't looking for a safari experience here, we did see two white rhinos near the main road when we arrived from the Livingstone airport -- the only rhino sightings of our trip.

We enjoyed the small size of Sindabezi -- only 5 chalets. Since everyone is on the island for dinner, it gave us a chance to get to know all the other guests. Each of the chalets is quite similar, but has minor variations in layout. Each one is very private and open to great views on a quiet area of the river. The chalets are comfortable and open to the elements, so you have a constant serenade of bird and animal sounds. They can be quite warm in the afternoons if there is no breeze, but the treehouse platform in the common area provides a great place to read and nap in the afternoon. Electricity is minimal, with some small lamps which are not bright enough for reading in the evening. Batteries are charged at sister camp Tongabezi and can be picked up there when you head out on your daily activities.

We made a visit to Victoria Falls and booked the optional visit to Livingstone Island. It is quite expensive, but includes the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to jump into Devil's Pool and hang out over the top of the falls. We wish that we had been advised in advance to arrange to cross to the Zimbabwe side of the falls where there are better views during the dry season. Visiting in September, the low water level of the falls was a bit disappointing when viewed from the Zambian side. But on the bright side, the low water levels made the Devil's Pool experience possible.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Fred G
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

I struggled to find reviews of Sindabezi Island when were were planning our trip so I thought I should put one on here, now that we are back!
We had 2 nights on Sindabezi and thoroughly enjoyed it. The "rooms" are clean and comfortable. If considering a stay here, you have to be aware that you are open to the elements (with a mosquito net) and that may not be to everybody's taste. Whilst we didn't have mosquitos in our net, our bed was not entirely bug free, but that is just how it is in the bush!
The insect repellent provided (Peaceful Sleep) seemed to work a treat as we were not bitten here during our stay.

On our first night it was hot and still which did disturb our sleep, but on night 2 a lovely breeze was wafting in and we slept well.

The views from each room are stunning, and the staff will look after you well. We spent a lot of time on the river (canoeing, sunset/sunrise boat trips, transferring between the Island and Tongabezi for activities) and it was just incredible. So peaceful and scenic. Big thanks to Ronald our boatman for his services which included rather nice G&Ts on the sunset trip and much needed coffee and biscuits on the sunrise trip!

Food was very good. Breakfast has a small buffet to start with (there are only 5 rooms on the Island) and then you can order from a menu of food that is cooked to order. The coconut french toast with dried fruit compote was very nice. Portions are quite large. We didn't have lunch here because of being out on activities (we either ate lunch at Tongabezi or while out) but dinner was great. There was a small choice on the menu but I imagine that if you have any particular dietary requirements the staff will cater for you. We enjoyed everything we had here.

There are 3 small lamps in each room, but that is all. If you need power for charging batteries etc, they'll happily sort that out for you over on Tongabezi. No need for hairdryers! The shower had great pressure and plenty of very hot water.

Overall we loved our time on Sindabezi and it was lovely to relax here and take in the amazing Zambezi experience.

Room Tip: We had a good look at all the "rooms" and I think 2 and 3 have more open views, however, Room 1 (which we were in) was near the banks of the Zambezi National Park and there was always something to look at across the river. Also the shower and loo in Room 1 are pretty near to the bedroom, in some of the rooms there was a little walk.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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