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Islands of Siankaba
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Camborne, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“Paradise Islands”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Siankaba, Owner at Islands of Siankaba, responded to this review, August 4, 2012
Dear Jollyboatman976.

We would like to thank you sincerely for a wonderful and heartfelt review about the lodge. We are delighted that you enjoyed your recent stay and we sincerely looking forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Adorable will be on hand to ensure you are well taken care of!

The Siankaba Team.
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Bellingham, Washington
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

We enjoyed 3 wonderful relaxing days at this quaint resort, with excellent food and drinks, unsurpassed friendly staff in a very low-key but high quality environment. The varied food offerings at the 3 meals per day, all included in the accommodation price as well as the standard alcoholic and other beverages were quite inventive and very satisfying. Every communal dinner is hosted by a member of the staff or, in one case, the local village school teacher, which adds to the enchantment and provides for a lively evening meal with good information and interesting discussions.

There are plenty of activities on or near the islands and in and around nearby Livingstone, we took advantage of the trip to the falls, a visit to the Siankaba village and 2 sun-downer cruises on the Zambesi river and very totally happy with all activities.

The individual chalets, reached by a suspension bridge and wooden boardwalks, were very cozy and well appointed, with a beautiful and quiet setting overlooking the Zambezi river.

We were totally happy with all the offerings at this lodge and can highly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Solwezi, Zambia
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Having been in the hotel industry for 25 years I am still astounded at how 5 star accommodations and catering can be found at semi remote locations in the bush. Siankaba has accomplished this in spades. From the most amazing welcome from Robin and Graeme and their boat pilots taking us to our exquisite tents, to the accidental High Tea we stumbled upon before the Sunset cruise, every moment was filled with anticipation as to how the wonderful people of Siankaba could better our last experience. Our passion for the bush and fine dinning was delivered upon way over our expectations. And the added bonus of meeting some wonderful friends in Jay, Sarah, Sue and John. I have no idea we will be seeing them again somewhere. Thank you to all involved for allowing us the Privilege to share your Paradise.
We left Livingstone on Friday with heavy hearts, From Anton, Mirna, Wayne and Linette.

Room Tip: All excellent, unless you require the ultimate and choose the Honeymoon tent.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

We were at the tale end of an amazing trip to Southern Africa and this was our last stop on a wonderful journey. Prior to arriving in Livingstone, Zambia we were talking about how nothing could top our beautiful accommodations and service we received in Cape Town and Kruger Park. Boy were we wrong!!

Our visit to the Island of Siankaba was nothing short of perfection! From the very moment we were greeted, we were treated with the highest level of service at one of the most magnificent properties I've had the opportunity to stay at in my life. The staff from the management down to each and every employee was magnificent. I would try to thank them individually but it would simply take too long!

The highlights of our stay were.
*Amazing concierge service setting up our helicopter ride, tour of Vic falls and meeting all of our requests!!
*Wonderful dinners with all the guests. This was a truly memorable and special part of the trip and I have little doubt we'll be friends with many of the people we met for years to come
*All the food was magnificent. HUGE compliments to the Chef! Each meal was prepared wonderfully and all special requests were met and considered.
*Sunset cruise and snack with wine on the Zambezi was unforgettable
*Had the best bubble bath prepared...this is a must do!
*Late night stories around the fire pit. AWESOME & HILARIOUS!
*Visit to the Siankaba school was so wonderful and everyone was so welcoming...Malindi, the director of the school, is superb and his students are extremely cute, motivated, smart and love him very much! Malindi you rock!

Thank you to all at Siankaba for a truly special visit to Zambia. We will never forget our first trip to Siankaba and we will most certainly be back! Much love!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

Our accomodation was in the most luxurious permanent tent with a beautiful bathroom,pretty bedding and a verandah that overlooks the majestic Zambezi river. Lovely warm beds and amazing friendly staff. Exquisite sunset cruises. Relaxing massages and just great rest.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Arriving in Zambia, I had no idea of what to expect or where we were staying. After a short trip through the main town we arrived at the Islands of Siankaba. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming! All the staff great you with big smiles and are always ensuring you are comfortable and enjoying yourself. The rooms are spectacular over looking the river. The best part are the dinner times where guest are encouraged to eat together, creating a wholesome environment as well as getting the chance to make new friends. The food is all presented spectacularly and absolutely delicious. The four days spent there were some of the best days ever at a place and would DEFINITELY return there and highly recommend it!

Room Tip: All the rooms are spectacular and are river facing
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

If there were a greater number of circles to assess the quality I would use them! This is a wonderful location. No wonder it's popular with Honeymooners. Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi we found everything to be elegant and very tasteful. The "tents " were beautifully furnished and lequipped with luxurious toiletries. The superb food, beautifully prepared and presented. ( I cannot agree with the comments opposite but the options were limited. Remember it's not like nipping down to the local supermarket to buy food). The public areas were comfortable and the staff were most attentive. The waiters were amazingly gracious and efficient. All was done with a smile.
The location means it is about 40 kms from Livingstone including the very bumpy track to and from the main road. Some might find this a bit irksome. We felt we were seeing a little more of the area.. Of course this is reflected in the rates.
There is plenty to do and the Lodge will book whatever you choose. The Victoria Falls are a 'must" including the helicopter trip and take in the Museum in Livingstone which tells so much about the man and about Zambia.
The location is about 40 kms from Livingstone including the very bumpy track to and from the main road. Some might find this a bit irksome. We felt we were seeing a little more of the area.
Another "must" is the evening Siankaba sunset cruise. We had wonderful views of birds, some animals and even a River Otter and realised how wide and powerful this river is. Each night the sunsets were different and quite awesome. The wine and nibbles were good too! We also enjoyed the walk to and tour of the village which the Lodge, most commendably, supports and the nature walks are interesting. As the river was high (May) the walk had to curtailed as the water had encroached on the trail.
You can see why we enjoyed our 5 days there. Our thanks too to Brett, Claire and Graeme.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Islands of Siankaba
Address: Kazungula Rd, Livingstone 60845, Zambia
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Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Islands of Siankaba 4.5*
Number of rooms: 7
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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