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Farm 1519A, Nakatindi Road Simonga, Livingstone 60469 Zambia
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#1 of 28 hotels in Livingstone
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A boutique, owner-run luxury lodge, The River Club is Livingstone’s premier destination on the Zambezi River. The River Club is defined by the value we attach to lasting memories, genuine hospitality, our peaceful location, the historical preservation of Livingstone and our commitment to the local community of which we form part. Just 18 kms/11 miles upstream from the renowned Victoria Falls and town of Livingstone, in a tranquil oasis, are our eleven spacious suites individually nestled within the tree line overlooking a sweeping bend of the mighty Zambezi River. From their elevated positions, the suites are perfectly situated to gaze across the river to the Zambezi National Park on the opposite bank, home to an array of wildlife and birds in an area of abundant natural beauty. For that perfect mix of idyllic relaxation and adventure travel, along with unbeatable sights. The lodge is steeped in local history and adds value to the lives of the local people living nearby with a number of projects. The lodge as 2 kosher kitchens, one requiring a mashgiach to be booked ahead of time.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Boating
Game room
Children's television networks
Secured parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Infinity pool
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Plunge pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Billiards
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Airport transportation
Meeting rooms
Spa
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Manicure
Massage
Neck massage
Pedicure
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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Air conditioning
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Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
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Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Minibar
Electric kettle
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Farm 1519A, Nakatindi Road Simonga, Livingstone 60469 Zambia
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Jack Frost wrote a review 03 Aug
Burbage, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
The most in incredible location sitting high over a bend on the Zambezi river this has to be my favourite view on our recent trip to Botswana and Zambia. Arriving by speedboat, this was a perfect place to wind down after 6 days safari with stunning accommodation and the food is absolutely exceptional. Every lunch and dinner, was in a slightly different place to experience a different view. One lunch was on a sand island in the middle of the Zambezi! A guide took us to Victoria Falls and saw us across to Zimbabwe where we had lunch at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel. The guide arranged for a taxi to meet us at the boarder. Incredible bungee jump off the bridge for one of us! Saw 5 White Rhino and Elephants and Lions roared goodbye on our final night. Charming hosts with the friendliest of staff. Definitely want to go back.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 2 days ago
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to see you again!
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LeighAnne_Will wrote a review Mar 2022
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa5 contributions1 helpful vote
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I stayed at the River Club on my 1st visit to Zambia! Wow! What a lovely experience & memorable experience. Its situated on the Zambezi River & has breathtaking views. They fetch you by boat & from there, the experience is magical! The staff were wonderful! The food spectacular, look out for Chef Tawanda, he's a star! We had rest , relaxation and adventure, it was everything! The best feature for me was the beautiful spacious suites and the sunset river cruise! I will never forget this place! I hope to come back soon!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The River Club takes care of everything for you. I really appreciated they arranged my PCR test...
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Response from Peter Jones, Owner at The River Club
Responded 11 May 2022
Dear Leighanne, thank you very much for your kind review. We also hope you are able to get back here again especially now that we are past the covid restrictions. Warmest wishes from us all. Peter
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Silvia en Rob wrote a review Jan 2022
Enschede, The Netherlands3 contributions
We had the privilege to stay 12 nights in this magic place. Every where you have breath taking views on the Zambezi. On the sunset cruise we saw hippo’s , crocodiles, monkey’s and a lot of birth life while enjoying a good glass of wine. The food is exquisite. Due to some private problems we stayed longer than planned. Looking back this was the best that could happen to us. In all problems we faced we got more help from the staff then we ever could expect. We have never spent time in a place where owner, management and staff were all so friendly and helpful. They give hospitality another dimension. Thanks you Peter, Linda, Charmaine and all the staff for spoiling us and making us feel home away from home. We can highly recommend this magic place.
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Date of stay: January 2022
Room Tip: Every room has an amazing view of the Zambezi
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Responded 11 May 2022
Dear s_silvia_11, it was an absolute pleasure to have had you staying with us. I am glad that we were able to make your extended stay a pleasurable one and of course we hope that you will venture our way again in the near future, Warmest wishes to you both from everyone here. Peter and all the staff at the lodge
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Soniya P wrote a review Nov 2021
Nairobi, Kenya2 contributions
The River Club is a spectacular lodge along the river. amazing views from the suite. I Completely felt connected to nature amidst the tranquility of this place . Felt like home. Excellent food.Hospitality was super. Mr Peter was the best host ever; and his team were very hospitable and friendly. I highly recommend . Awesome Awesome Awesome.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Responded 11 May 2022
Dear Soniyap, thank you so much for your review of your stay with us and for your kind comments. Nairobi is only a short hop away from us here in Livingstone on Kenya Airways so we hope to see you again very soon. The Falls are at an incredible high right now so perhaps a deserved weekend away is on the offing? Hope to see you soon. Warmest wishes from all of us here. Peter
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Rebecca wrote a review Nov 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina9 contributions1 helpful vote
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If you are looking for a first class experience, The River Club is for you. My husband and I were overwhelmed at the non-stop thoughtful hospitality! The GM, Charmaine, is probably one of the most professional, classy and elegant women ever. She is attentive and goes out of her way to ensure that your stay there is beyond compare. An example is that we were interested in adventure. Charmaine is connected throughout Zambia and Zimbabwe and coordinated every detail. Her connections added great value and dimension to our stay there. Plus, I had forgotten my swim suit and she gave me one of hers. The food and service is exquisite! One remarkable thing that they server did was notice that I did not eat the potatoes. For all meals going forward, there was not a potato on my plate. This was attentive, extraordinary, attentive service! Additionally, we were celebrating our honeymoon so we had champagne in our room, our bed was decorated and they made my husband a birthday cake. The owner, Peter Jones, wow! He is the epitome of classy, professional, and a true gentleman. He joined us for our final nights dinner. This was just so very special as he shared a wealth of fascinating history of Africa.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 11 May 2022
Dear JRwordtravels, wow- what a write up. Thank you so much indeed. We are the ones who need to be thanking you for coming to stay. Your review was the icing on the top. Everyone here thoroughly enjoyed having you with us for this part of your holiday and I particularly enjoyed our dinner together. I learned so much from you as well that evening. Please make plans to come back soon. The staff all send their warmest wishes back to you. Most sincerely, Peter.
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VirginiaCW wrote a review Jul 2021
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina924 contributions253 helpful votes
imagine a gorgeous old house on the Zambezi River about 15 km up from Victoria Falls with a pool and sundecks, a croquet pitch, a snooker/pool room, outdoor dining room and outdoor living room, terraces and also a library, indoor dining room and indoor living room and massive fireplace all laid out in a garden-like setting for your safety, enjoyment, entertainment and that alone.. now picture that your room is cantilevered over the Zambezi on a wooden deck with about 10 foot glass windows looking straight out on to the river through the trees so that you have plenty of privacy and feel like you’re in a treehouse. As you walk in the 10’ door into a more-than-generous-space, you see a gigantic extra large king bed covered in mosquito netting (for the evening), a dressing table area with welcome letter, a lovely sofa and coffee table, and a great built-in cabinet along the stairs that has your bar, safe, and storage. walk out onto your porch deck to find two more chairs, a table, and a hammock for relaxing and enjoying the view of the river in your treetop abode. While there is a small upstairs bathroom and shower (for those who want the convenience by the front door on the top floor), the great feature is the downstairs bathroom with a huge soaking tub, a big tiled shower, a toilet, sink, and robes made from local fabric by local sewers, all with another 8 foot glass window looking out over the Zambezi. That is The River Club. It is not your typical safari/game lodge mostly because of its location and because of how it evolved from: a private house that was a great place for entertaining, so great that the owner simply built treehouse for all the friends to come stay, and now makes it all available to guests year-round. and every year there’s a little improvement and things get a little better, although it’s hard to imagine how much better it can get because it is very idyllic. The kitchen does an absolutely top-notch job with flavors and presentations, using the best local foods, all from within a few kilometers, that are as good as any highly rated restaurant in the world. Breakfast every morning cooked to order lunch every day high tea in the afternoon both sweet and savory and then dinner in the evening when you’re ready to be seated. All inclusive of course, with excellent wines and bar selections and beer and even choices when it’s not exactly meal time. Located almost immediately adjacent to the national park where you can see all kinds of wild animals from elephants to giraffes to perhaps the odd lion or leopard and it is even one of the only two places in Zambia where rhinos are being re-introduced and are protected. Going into the park for a game drive is an option for your day, as is a walking safari, or going to The Elephant Kitchen restaurant after visiting the elephant orphanage rescue sanctuary, as is going to Victoria Falls and the park around the Falls and Livingstone Island at the Falls, as is going into the Livingstone, and finally also going to see Simoonga Village where most everyone who works at the lodge lives and supporting the village. This is what we like to always do on the last stop of our trips in Africa. A minimum of three nights just to relax, enjoy and soak it all in before going home; and five nights if you have the time to do i, is our suggestion. Every day you can also choose to do your sundowner as a boat ride on the river with either of the two boat pilots, who are also local naturalists, who will show you all the wildlife and, because there is a national park on the other side of the river in Zimbabwe, the wildlife between the park next to River Club and the one across the river will allow you to see most anything you missed on your safaris before you got there or more of everything you saw. Fabulous bird-watching here. Other options there are spa treatments (they will bring people in from the town), and perhaps rafting in the gorge below Victoria Falls, or most anything else you would like to arrange in the region.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 21 Jul 2021
Dear VirginiaCW, Wow, what a marvellous and outstanding review. Thank you ever so much for taking the great time and care to put together such a detailed write up. It was absolutely fantastic to see you both again and so wonderful that you brought your delightful friends on the trip too. We so enjoyed meeting them and spending time with you all. The biggest thank you though is for coming to stay with us during your magical sojourn to this part of the world, especially as we begin our slow recovery from the lock downs across the globe. Your courage to get out and travel at this time is inspirational and we are all in your debt as it means we can keep all our staff, their families and communities going. The staff in particular are most grateful for your very generous contribution to them and the village and all that we are doing to look after them. We so look forward to seeing you again, very soon hopefully. Warmest and best wishes from all of us. Peter
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Jenny wrote a review May 2021
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We had an amazing, restful and peaceful stay at The River Club. Thanks to Peter, Charmaine and the team for making our stay very special. This is a beautiful spot overlooking the Zambezi. The cottages are very comfortable and have incredible views. Tasty food too - thanks for making gluten-free options! We'll definitely be back. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 09 Jul 2021
Dear Burntdaisy12, It is we who need to be thanking you for coming to stay with us. It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and I thoroughly enjoyed all our chats. Thanks for the positive feed back on our rooms and of course the food. Tawanda and his team in the kitchen was especially chuffed to hear that the options went down favourably. All the very best and we look forward to your return. Very best wishes from all of us. Peter and the staff
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Laura M wrote a review Dec 2020
Lusaka, Zambia2 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you to Peter and his fabulous staff for a memorable weekend. The best location on the river. Perfectly appointed rooms. Plenty of games for children and adults. Superb service. I would recommend The River Club to couples and families or corporate groups. We were a large group of 24 and found it to be a fantastic venue.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 09 Dec 2020
Dear K3299FTlauram Thank you so much for coming to stay with us and especially to celebrate your birthday with so many of your friends. I am delighted that you all had such a great time and that the kids had plenty to do as well. Thank you for all being the perfect guests and for your generosity with the staff. They all enjoyed hosting you over the weekend very much indeed as did I. Please come and stay again soon. All the very best for 2021. Warmest wishes from all of us at The River Club Peter and the staff
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Cheryl Baker wrote a review Mar 2020
Auburn, California53 contributions35 helpful votes
Having come from Safari we were looking forward to three days of relative relaxation in Livingston. What a great choice we had made in booking the River Club.! It reminded us of a sprawling estate either in the Hamptons or in South Carolina. The main building was a beautiful colonial home built to be open air with a huge outdoor veranda for dining. The home itself was filled with pictures and artifacts of the turn of the century era of Livingston. Our suite was huge and overlooked the river and was completely private. Our stay was further enhanced when invited to have dinner with Peter Jones, the delightful owner. Peter is quite the history expert was kind enough to spent time with us explaining the very interesting history of Livingston and the Zambian culture. It was a real treat to have first hand knowledge and history of the area. Thank you for a memorable stay.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 05 Mar 2020
Dear Bakecz How very kind of you to write such a lovely review on TripAdvisor. I have to say that the pleasure was really all mine that night when you kindly allowed me to join you for dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and I found it immensely interesting. Thank you for coming to stay and spending time chilling after your wonderful safari. Please do come back. We all so look forward to having you with us again. Warmest regards Peter and everyone at the lodge.
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travelbude wrote a review Mar 2020
Oakland, California12 contributions3 helpful votes
We want to thank the entire staff at The River Club for such a relaxing and elegant visit. The accommodations are spectacular with a very historical past. All the meals were extraordinary and especially the grilled bream Everything was arranged for us from a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, a visit to Victoria Falls and a fishing expedition. Thank you so much for a memorable visit!!
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 02 Mar 2020
Dear Travelbude We would like to thank you not only for coming to stay with us but also for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor. We all thoroughly enjoyed hosting you during this part of your holiday in Africa and Zambia and knowing that it was all to your satisfaction was a thrilling foot note to all the staff. Please do come and stay with us again. Remember that another time of the year will show the mighty Victoria Falls in a different phase when you will be able to see and do many other activities than you were not able to do this time round. Very best wishes for the rest of the year. Peter and all the staff
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Frequently Asked Questions about The River Club
What are some of the property amenities at The River Club?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The River Club?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The River Club?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The River Club?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The River Club?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The River Club have airport transportation?
Yes, The River Club offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The River Club have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the river view available here.
Is The River Club accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.