Three stars is averaging full points for location with views from the rooms, a nicely situated bar on the beach against no points for any level of hospitality. Minus points for attention to detail such as the bottle caps and other grime in the swimming pool, the pile of poo outside the room and the garbage right in front of the bar on the beach. I think a degree of pride in maintaining the place better and being friendly to your guests is missing. I am not sure where the attitude comes from, but it is not the usual friendly but inattentive service one often gets in Zambia. The staff was actually OK, it's the managers who seemed to have contempt for us as guests. The rooms themselves were neither here nor there, usual plumbing issues, but spacious enough. I liked the stone floors and showers. The foam mattress for a bed, I found bearable, but my wife said it hurt her back. They had a swing set on the beach and some toys in the bar although it was unclear if those were for anyone to use or for the managers' child (based on the reaction when my 1.5 year old wanted to play with them). In summary, I would recommend the place if you want to keep to yourselves anyway and have your own BBQ with your own drinks, if you don't mind a little poo and garbage around; you can wake up to a nice view, have a decent breakfast and leave. Otherwise, you might consider one of the other places.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eagles Rest Resort is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba, Zambia, near the sleepy little town of Siavonga, only two and a half hours drive from Lusaka and only 8km from the spectacular Kariba Dam Wall. Set in 4 hectares of some of Africa's most beautiful countryside, the resort is nestled in a secluded wooded area on the shores of the Lake with beach frontage and magnificent views across the Lake to the Matusodona Mountains.Our Chalets are comfortable, fully mosquito proofed and air-conditioned.We offer Bed and Breakfast and Self Catering. All Chalets are equipped with a 2 plate cooker and charcoal braai, basic cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. We can provide "Full Board" catering for larger groups, and functions. Advance Booking is required - Email us for a quotation. We have a swimming pool with shady patio to relax and enjoy a cool drink by the pool. We also have a bar on the beach where you can relax with a beer or two, supervise the kids and enjoy spectacular views across the Lake. We also have a camp site situated among the trees complete with hot and cold showers and toilets. ... more less
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