We enjoyed 4 nights at this island paradise on the Zambezi river. We were collected from Livingstone airport and taken or our 40 minute journey by Shadrack, our driver, who, we later found out, lives in the local village of Siankaba. The final part of the journey, about 15 minutes along a track just added to the magic and remoteness of the resort. The last part of the journey along part of the Zambezi just added to the excitement.
We were met by our hosts and following a refreshing drink taken along raised walkways and swinging bridges to our half tented cabins, of which there are only 7. The view was to die for, looking across the islands in the river. A daily trip known as 'Sundowners' was taken to Hippo Island where drinks and nibbles were consumed as the magical sunset happened. As the sun went down the hippos started to raise their heads from the river. Time for us to leave and return to Siankaba to prepare for the evening meal which was a communal affair, giving everyone the chance to meet new friends. The option was there for private dining if that was your preference.
The evening meal was followed by lazing around the fire chatting with anyone and everyone . During July the evenings were cool so it was a pleasant surprise , when retiring to bed, to find that electric blankets had been switched on , making the bed very cozy indeed.
Our days were spent with visits to Victoria Falls , the village walk with a local guide and a visit to the local Nursery School which is supported by the Lodge (Islands of Siankaba) and a UK based charity 'The U Foundation' . The children aged from 3 to 6 years were wonderful. They all wanted to speak to us and show us their school work. We timed our visit to be there at their break which was 10am so as not to disrupt their lessons too much. Malindi the young head teacher was very proud of his new school and along with the second teacher and her assistant seemed to be a very caring team.The children all wore their uniforms with pride.
We were there on a Sunday when there was a morning church service attended by most of the friendly, welcoming villagers. Some of the choir later sang for us prior to the evening meal.
This trip was magical. We were embraced by the village community about 40 of whom work at the Lodge. The Lodge is beyond words. Many others have described it far better than I can but the meals were first class. The chef created marvellous dishes and all the staff , the managers, hosts, waiters, boatmen, guides and cleaners were wonderful. The barman was Adorable. Honest, that was his name.
The trips were great. The whole time was brilliant .I think it's time to stop.
I hope there will be a next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Islands of Siankaba is a luxurious lodge, exclusively sleeping just fourteen guests. The principle guest amenities (dining room, lounge, bar and swimming pool) are located on one island whilst the seven guest tree suites are situated on the smaller island overlooking the river towards the game reserve on the southern bank. The two islands are linked by a series of suspension bridges and overhead walkways in the tree canopy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Islands Of Siankaba Hotel Livingstone