We stayed four nights, as part of our three week honeymoon trip. Could have stayed longer, although the 40 degree heat in October is pretty tough. The staff here could not do enough for you, Brett and Claire manage the property along with a fabulous team - Humphrey, Victor, and Graham to name a few.
Built on two islands on the banks of the Zambezi river, perfectly molded into its natural surroundings, luxurious half wood and half tent cabins, perched above the river on stilts. To access your cabin you need to cross two rope bridges, it really is the wilderness. The transfer from Livingstone airport is about 1 hour and 10 mins, with at least 20 minutes of that on a dirt road (bit bumpy) Once you reach the reception you have a 5 min boat transfer to the islands.
We had cabin 7 also known as Baobab. Its the best room with the best view. Amazing sunrises in the morning! You eat like a king here, breakfast is a four course affair (if you fancy it) with a special everyday but you can order your classic favorites cooked the way you like it, lunch is tasty, light with a choice of meat and veg main. In the evening, before dinner recommend to take the sunset cruise on the river, you'll get to see hippos and crocodiles and enjoy a sunset aperitif. Back on the island, dinner is hosted by a member of staff, as there are only 7 rooms and not many of you, they seat you all together, which is great. We met some lovely folks on our trip, even exchanged emails. Every meal was amazing, five courses, all carefully put together with a mixture of local and international dishes. The house red and white wine is good, and most of the spirits and local beer "Mosi" is included in the cost.
Lots of activities are included, but what is not they are happy to organize it for you. We did Vic Fall and Livingstone Island on the same day. If you do the Livingstone Island trip (80usdpp) in the summer when the falls are not at their fullest you can swim in the devil pools on the edge of the falls. The massage therapist on site Bessy is great, great technique and knowledge, had a very relaxing massage in the room. Many want to also see the falls from the Zim side, we were not fussed as you get great views from Livingstone Island. If you do, remember to get double entry visa when you enter Zambia, as you'll need to get a visa to cross over to Zim and cross back into Zambia.
Recommend to visit the village and meet the kids and teachers at the local school, what is so unique about Islands of Siankaba is how much they have done for the community and how much they still want to do. The best story is the head teacher of the school, he was a bar man at the lodge and had always wanted to teach, they paid for his teaching training so that he could achieve his ambition of working with kids from the ages of 3-6. If you want to know more before you visit, get in touch with The U Foundation http://www.theufoundation.org
We loved our stay here, and was very sad to leave, but hope to return for an anniversary or birthday. Thank you again to everyone at Islands of Siankaba for making our stay very special.
- 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