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Islands Of Siankaba – Livingstone, Zambia

I am fortunate to say that this review follows my second visit to Islands of Siankaba. It’s difficult to find the words that truly encompass a place so wonderfully magical, but I’ll do what I can.
The location: The lodge is only about a 40 minute drive from the airport and about a quick 45 minute drive to Victoria Falls. Once you arrive at the lodge, you check in on the mainland and then are taken to the lodge by pontoon boat.
Getting to the main lodge by boat.

Getting to the main lodge by boat.

Islands of Siankaba is set on the Zambezi. Not next to it or near it; on it.
ON the Zambezi

ON the Zambezi

The lodge and the rooms are on little islands connected by a series of rope bridges.
Rope Bridge

Rope Bridge

When you go to sleep at night, you go to sleep to the soothing sound of the Zambezi and the grunting of hippos. You wake to the sound of the river, singing birds and playful vervet monkeys. Much of the lodge is open air which allows you to experience the tranquility of the area. Every evening you are invited to go out, by boat, for a sundowner on the river. Sundowners at Islands of Siankaba are absolute bliss. Sometimes you just anchor out on the river and sometimes you’ll pull up to one of the smaller islands. Either way you are set with the cocktail of your choice and a few snacks while you enjoy a magical African sunset.
Perfect Sundowner

Perfect Sundowner

 

Rooms: Think “Glamping”, but glamping like you have never glamped before. Beautiful hardwood flooring, claw foot tub, oh-so comfy beds over a spacious layout that is raised by stilts and covered by canvas.

Glamping

Glamping

Waking up has never been so wonderful

Waking up has never been so wonderful

Your deck

Your deck

 

The rooms themselves are a unique experience that I will daydream about until the next time I get to stay in one. Our stay was during the winter, so the evenings were a bit chilly. Our beds had heating blankets that were magically turned on and warmed for us by the time we climbed into bed for the night.

Food & Drink: The food was outstanding and plentiful and varied quite a bit for each meal. I loved the desserts served at afternoon tea and the drinks and snacks prepared for sundowners.

Time for breakfast!

Time for breakfast!

 

Staff: The location, rooms and food are outstanding, but the people at Islands of Siankaba are what make this place so special. You will always be greeted with a warm smile and kind words. Nothing you could ask would be too much. You are treated like family and every person there wants to ensure that your stay is perfect. I saw so many familiar faces from my stay in 2009, which I think says a lot.

Ryan, Eunice, Humphrey, Adorable, Richard, Brighton, Hitchings, Jonah and anyone else I missed- Thank you for making my second stay just as wonderful as the first!

Ask Eunice to show you her mad Mokoro skills.

Ask Eunice to show you her mad Mokoro skills.

 

Tips:

This is the perfect place to stay to rest up after your long journey there and before your safari, or after your safari before a long trip home.

Plan on at least three nights. Here’s why:

You really want to take advantage of the peaceful surroundings of the lodge. Get a massage, read a book out on your deck, take a nature walk around the lodge or relax by the pool.

In addition, there are a few excursions that can be set up by the lodge. You can tour the falls by foot do a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls, zipline across the river, bungee jump off the bridge or plunge into Devil’s pool.

Vic Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world

Vic Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world

 

A must is the village walk. This is your opportunity to see real Africa; Seize it. Someone from the lodge will take you for a walk through the village, where you can see everyday village life and meet some wonderful people. You’ll end at Siankaba Nursery school, which is absolutely delightful. The only problem is that your face may get a little sore from smiling so much. When you get to the school, please give Malindi, Constance and Memory a big hug from me.

The kids love to have visitors at their school!

The kids love to have visitors at their school!

 

This lodge is one of my favorite places in the world and a place I will always return to.

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