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The River Club
Ranked #4 of 18 Hotels in Livingstone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 16, 2014

We enjoyed the River Club so much we have recommended it to friends who have stayed there and had the same experience. Peter and his staff make you feel at home as soon as you step foot on the property. There is such a comfortable, easy atmosphere of fellowship with other travelers staying there. We stayed in the Livingston Suite. What a view of the Zambezi River when we awoke in the mornings. Don't miss this quite, peaceful retreat. Make sure you make arrangements to take the "Sunset Cruise" on the Zambezi! Great Fun!
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Room Tip: This is a small resort. All rooms have view of River. We stayed in the Linvingston Suite.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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PeterROJones, Owner at The River Club, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

Dear Joan L (and the Memphis Connection!)
It was great to have you both to stay and we all hope you get to come back soon. Thank you so much for your review and I trust that the rest of your holiday was just as spectacular.
The Livingstone Suite awaits your return!
Best wishes
Peter and all at the lodge

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Reviewed November 1, 2013

Simply an amazing place to stay. The main dining/socializing area is a spectacular converted colonial era house, attention to detail is second to none. There are great secluded riverside rooms with uninterrupted views of the Zambezi river, offering incredible ambiance and setting. The rooms are air conditioned and luxuriously set out in a colonial open style. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable. In house activities are well run and not to be missed. We did an evening sunset cruise and saw a wide range of wildlife, the guide was well trained and knowledgeable on the area/animals/fauna and flora.
The food was three courses and five star with a varied menu, you can choose to dine alone or with other guests. Excellent pool facilities overlooking the river, as well as a croquet field and a tennis court.
If you are interested in the history of the area there is a lot to be absorbed through talking to the owner and in the lodge itself.
All in all, this is lodge is an experience that adds to any travel in the area, the setting is intimate without being to crowded and I particularly enjoyed the attention to detail.
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Sean E
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PeterROJones, Owner at The River Club, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

Dear Openminded 85,
Many thanks for your review and for the approval you have given us. I have to say that having the new chef with us has really made a huge difference with all our meals and so thank you for reflecting this in your appreciation. It really is a great pleasure running the lodge with gracious guests like yourself coming to stay with us.
Looking forward to your return which we all hope will be in the near future.
Kind regards
Peter

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

We just spent 3 nights at The River Club and if you are looking for a stunning place to stay with loads of ambience, amazing views, stunning rooms and the most helpful and hospitable staff; look no further!

Thank you to Peter and his great team for making this such a memorable stay. We will definitely be back. Bridgette & Glen

  • Stayed: September 2013
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1  Thank Fagan1
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PeterROJones, Owner at The River Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Dear Bridgette and Glen,
Welcome to TripAdvisor and thank you for your first review too. It was a real pleasure to have had you both to stay and we very much look forward to your return trip.
Best wishes from all of us (including the dogs!)
Peter

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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Location is great close to Victoria falls. Room was ok but torn seat cushions and lots of ants
Service from the room service and grounds people friendly, courteous waiters were good but had to wait for 40 minutes for lunch. very limited bar choices. Head staff and owner way to pompous lack of knowledge and false information giving to us. If you want a relaxing atmosphere this is not the place to be was very tense 2 night stay

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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7  Thank dan c
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PeterROJones, Owner at The River Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Hi Dan C, thank for your review and for the positives notes that you have recorded. I am disappointed naturally that there were aspects of your stay that you did not enjoy. I would like to apologise for the mess up with your flight around the Falls but as this activity belongs to a 3rd party we are not at liberty to be able to demand that they compensate passengers for a flight which is cut short by the passenger. We did ask for consideration in the matter from the company involved but they declined our plea made on your behalf. My manager did offer her apology for this at the time and a member of your party graciously accepted her words.
With 4 house wines (2 white and 2 red), 7 fortified wines (sherry to Pimms), 5 different whiskys, 4 other spirits (gin etc), a sparkling wine, 2 local beers and a host of mixers coupled with our premium list including 14 different wines and champagne, 2 excellent malt whiskys, 3 superior whiskys, 2 burbons and 3 other superior spirits (Bombay gin etc) I believe the bar is a full one.
I thoroughly enjoyed hosting you all but am saddened that you found fault with myself and my managers. I can't think of an incident which would have created this but apologise for whatever it was that caused offence. We all hope that you enjoyed the rest of your holiday and hope that you will return to Africa at some stage in the future. Kind regards, Peter and all at the lodge.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

In a breathtaking location overlooking the Zambezi, a stay at this fabulous colonial era property feels like a house party with friends. Great food, varied (included) activities, but most importantly, wonderful staff and management. Peter is a most gracious host and charming raconteur and all his team and warm, friendly and efficient. Top marks and thanks to all.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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PeterROJones, Owner at The River Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear SirC of London,
I would just like to thank you very much indeed for your review. I am delighted that the lodge was able to provide you with everything to make your stay a good one. Each evening is like a private dinner party and having converted my house to be the lodge I do very much feel as though I am still "at home" with very special guests such as yourself each time I have dinner. I am glad you felt the same way. A win win scenario!
I hope that you are planning a return visit again at some stage. Best wishes from all of us at The River Club.
Aye,
Peter

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

River Club is top notch in every category. Rooms are outstanding with everything you need and a great view of the River. Staff is beyond outstanding as is the owner. Activities are abundant and overall a tremendous place to visit. Meals were outstanding.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank TXtraveler67_71
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PeterROJones, Owner at The River Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear TXTraveler,
Thank you so much for your outstanding review. We all really do appreciate your comments and the staff were very excited to read about them as was I. Thank you again and hope to see you back at the lodge soon.
Warmest regards
Peter

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Wonderful location, wonderful staff and accommodations. Cabin are duplex with bathroom/shower on both levels. Common areas were comfortable inviting and roomy. Internet availability. Friendly staff, food excellent. Short drive to Victoria Falls. Boat rides along the River allowed for viewing of a multitude of birds and other animals

Room Tip: All rooms I saw were overlooking the river with excellent views
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled solo
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Thank PGIT
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PeterROJones, Manager at The River Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 23, 2013

Dear PGIT,
Many thanks for your kind review and for taking the time to put it on to TripAdvisor. We all hope that you had a safe flight home and look forward to seeing you out here again.
Kindest regards
Peter

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Additional Information about The River Club

Address: Farm 1519A, Nakatindi Road | Simonga, Livingstone 60469, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Livingstone
#3 Luxury Hotel in Livingstone
#3 Family Hotel in Livingstone
#3 Spa Hotel in Livingstone
Price Range: $583 - $1,044 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The River Club 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A boutique, owner-run luxury lodge, The River Club is Livingstone’s premier destination on the Zambezi River. The River Club is defined by the value we attach to lasting memories, genuine hospitality, our peaceful location, the historical preservation of Livingstone and our commitment to the local community of which we form part. Just 18 kms/11 miles upstream from the renowned Victoria Falls and town of Livingstone, in a tranquil oasis, are our eleven spacious suites individually nestled within the tree line overlooking a sweeping bend of the mighty Zambezi River. From their elevated positions, the suites are perfectly situated to gaze across the river to the Zambezi National Park on the opposite bank, home to an array of wildlife and birds in an area of abundant natural beauty. For that perfect mix of idyllic relaxation and adventure travel, along with unbeatable sights, The River Club is the ultimate destination. ... more   less 
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