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The River Club
As the number of large hotels in the immediate vicinity of Victoria Falls explodes, discerning travelers are increasingly looking for destinations from where they can enjoy the amazing spectacle of the Falls, but escape the madding crowds and the incessant buzzing of helicopters. Set in indigenous bush and forest, right on the banks of the Zambezi River, and twelve miles upstream from the Falls on the Zambian side, the River Club offers a tranquil and romantic retreat from which to experience the full magic of 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' ('the smoke that thunders') and the mighty Zambezi River.
The lodge itself has been built true to African Colonial style with high ceilings, and a lovely wide veranda running around the building. Deep white wicker settees and rocking chairs, parlor games, a library and, of course, the beautiful view ensure hours of relaxed pleasure. The sunsets from River Club are spectacular and unforgettable; and the services of a very attentive bartender will ensure that every whim is catered for. A wellness center and tennis court offer additional relaxed pleasure.
Each of the ten thatched chalets are individually and tastefully decorated. They are self-contained and private, with air conditioning and spectacular views of the Zambezi River. Each chalet is built at two levels, with bedroom, deck, and half bathroom upstairs, and full bathroom downstairs. Bathing in a large Victorian tub, with an unobstructed view across the languid Zambezi, is an experience not to be forgotten. Leave your windows open at night and fall asleep to the lapping of the river, the gentle touch of a cool breeze, and the distant lullaby of the African bush.
Dinner is hosted either on the veranda or in the main dining room. Smartly-dressed waiters will serve you a well prepared and elegantly presented meal. Enjoy after-dinner drinks on the veranda or in the garden, where an impromptu game of candlelight croquet is not unusual.
Activities at the River Club focus on the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls. You will have the opportunity to enjoy personally guided tours of the Falls on the Zambian side, and you will also be offered a host of activities on the quiet stretch of river on which the Lodge is located - bird-watching, fishing for Tiger Fish (March through October), and enjoying sundowner cruises on the river are some of the main highlights. The lodge also offers game-drives in the adjacent Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and trips to historical Livingstone (including the Livingstone and Railway Museums).
With its high vantage point on the bank, the River Club looks across the river onto Zimbabwe's Zambezi National Park, and herds of elephant and buffalo can often be seen from the lodge coming down to the water to drink. The Zambezi River above the Victoria Falls is so peaceful and tranquil that it is hard to conceive of the thundering cauldron of the Falls. Watching the sun set over the river with the calling of birds, the snorting of hippos, and the trumpeting of elephants while sipping your favorite cocktail, it's not too difficult to imagine that you have discovered paradise.
One of the unexpected highlights of a stay at the River Club is the opportunity to visit nearby Simonga Village for a very real and authentic insight into rural African life, and how responsible eco-tourism is benefiting communities. Donations from the lodge and its guests have funded various projects in the village, including additions and renovations to the school, a health clinic, a police station, and wells for drinking water. The River Club's close relationship with Simonga provides guests a level of interaction with local villagers that is matched by few other properties in Africa.For more information about The River Club call toll-free: 888.227.8311
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