Kubu Zambezi Campsite

Kubu Zambezi Campsite

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4.5
#4 of 13 campsites in Southern Province
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Kubu Zambezi Campsite, about 20 minutes drive from Livingstone. Quite simply Kubu Zambezi Campsite is the adventure of a lifetime, accommodation beyond your traditional lodge or hotel. The campground is perfect for the 4WD traveller who needs to rest and recharge. WE have hot showers, potable water, flat 4wd sites for roof tents or flat areas for tents. There is complimentary firewood at the braai areas and a swimming pool to cool of in. Kubu Zambezi Campsite offers you the luxury in the wilderness at affordable rates close to all the adventures of Zambia. Each of the 6 self-catering cabins and Villa are tastefully furnished and equipped with all the necessary utensils to ensure that you totally sink into the comfort and relaxation at Kubu Zambezi Campsite. Just imagine, lying in your bed listening to the performance of a unique orchestra, that of nature! Crickets playing the violin and birds chirping to the sound of a penny whistle, with an open front view of the Zambezi River.
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Property amenities
Public wifi
Pool
Hiking
Canoeing offsite
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
24-hour check-in
Laundry service
Pool with view
Fishing
Mosquito net
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
First aid kit
Self-serve laundry
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HOTEL STYLE
Romantic

Location

Farm 749A Nakitindi Road, 20100 Zambia
Getting there
Livingstone Airport
18.6 km
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Victoria Falls Airport
35.6 km
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Mark G wrote a review Jul 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kubu Cabins is now reopen for business after being closed during Covid. The campsite is up and running and the Chalets are being updated. This really has to be one of the most beautiful campsites on the river. We have seen many animals including Buffalo, Elephant, Kudu, Impala and a leopard from the campsite. It’s also a bird lovers paradise.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: An easy 20 minute drive from Livingstone heading towards Kazungula just past Simonga.
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Lee-Ann E wrote a review Nov 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A hidden gem on the banks of the Zambezi. Hot showers and amazing management. Loved listening to the lions at night from across the banks. And seeing the buffalo drink in the evenings. Went to see the falls as the campsite is close to Livingstone, but still enough out of town to experience the peace of the African bushveld. Will go here again and again. This is the real African experience.

Can accommodate camper trucks.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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ZimKait wrote a review Jun 2012
Cape Town Central, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We rented a double cabin with the shared self catering facilities in June. By far the best feature of this great little place is the bathrooms which are attached to the cabins but open air. Showering under the stars in piping hot water was quite wonderful.

Other great features are the proximity to the river; sundowners in camping chairs on the banks of the Zambezi, being woken twice by hippo coming out to graze outside, watching the game on the opposite bank (from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe). We also really appreciated the self catering area. There is a communal fire and braai facility right by the pool and fridges in the rooms. It meant we could plan our own timetable, do what we wanted and keep our beers cold. The staff, while present, were discrete and professional.

Overall, this is a well conceptualised "glamping" option and we'd recommend it for families and couples and even big groups.
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Date of stay: June 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sqkitty wrote a review Nov 2013
East Sussex
5.0 of 5 bubbles
During a four week trip to Zimbabwe and Zambia, we spent two days in Livingstone. Like other reviewers, we wanted to be out of town but to be able easily to reach the Vic Falls and the exciting activities on offer. We had already stayed in a number of campsites, both in National Parks and privately run - none came up to the standard of Kubu, where the facilities are clean and well serviced with hot and cold water and electric power points and Manager Frik goes the extra mile to make sure you have a good experience . There are braai and fire places, and a large thatched shelter; camping is on a grassy bank overlooking the Zambezi (look out for crocodiles and hippos). Under the same ownership as neighbouring Nkwazi Lodge, where we enjoyed a first rate dinner (all compliments to the chef for his presentation as well as cooking the beef to perfection), Kubu is just across the river from the Vic Falls NP, so expect to see elephants and other wildlife coming down to drink. On an evening boat trip with Frik at the helm and bird guide Shadric we saw no fewer than nine elusive finfoots, and four different species of kingfisher. We didn't want to leave!
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Date of stay: November 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Robyn d wrote a review Jan 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in an adorable little wooden cabin with a stunning outside shower right on the banks of the Zambezi river. Absolutely exquisite. Kubu Cabins really is a piece of paradise, its in a totally unspoilt section right next to the Zambezi river. The birdlife is incredible, we saw 5 different species of beeaters, the African Finfoot, woodland owls and grass owls to name a few. They also have the pels fishing owl, which unfortunately we didn't see. They also have hippos and crocs, and the opposite bank of the river is the Victoria falls national park so you can sit in the pool and watch elephants and sometimes lion come and drink from the river (on the opposite bank). The cabins are about a 30km drive from Livingstone, so an easy commute for people who want to go see the falls or go whitewater rafter (a definate must). The cabins are quite and peaceful and a definate must if you are a nature lover or if you just need some RnR. The managers, Frik and Sonnet are so friendly and helpful, they organised all our tours for us and gave us valuable advise on where to go, what companies to use and helped us organise transport. The actual cabins are stunning, and the whole experience is really a 5* deal.
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Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: for a family holiday book one of the cottages on the river, totally private and really beautiful.
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Henry Morton Stanley wrote a review Aug 2013
Barcelona, Spain
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 2 nights in August this year. We wanted something outside Livingstone, away from the noise and mass tourism of town. They are located some 23 km from Livingstone on the road West to Kazangula and Katima Mulilo, and then another 3 km bush driving down from the tarmac road to the Zambezi shore. For us, self driving, an easy and pleasant drive through rural areas on a quite and straight forward good tarmac road. We even saw a big heard of elephants crossing the tarmac road just a few km before arriving to the crossing for Kubu Cabins.

The cabins are pleasant and functional, good bed clothes, spacious open-air bath-room with working hot water, a small kitchenette with utensils. Set just at the shore of the river, enjoying the spectacle of the running water, crocs & hippos, bird life and many wild animals coming to drink on the other side of the river, which is part of the Zambezi National Park, already in Zimbabwe. There is a bar and small swimming pool on the site, but since there are not many guests, they are rather empty. Also because they belong to the same family who owns the Nkwazi Camp, next door, just 200 m upriver, and we were encouraged to use their bar and fantastic wood terrace for breakfast and dinner. Kudu does not offer restaurant services, but as commented, Nkwazi Camp next door does for them. The question is, Nkwazi is much newer (2013) and nicer all in all, so, why not to stay there directly? Prices are a bit higher though. Kubu seems to be like a second brand, more budget, of Nkwazi.

Kubu is all in all a good, quite and budget place where to stay around Livingstone, which is very much affected by a kind of gold rush in recent years, with lodges charging accordingly. From Kubu you can visit the falls and surrounding areas, provided you have a car, and from Nkwazi next door you can make also a sunset cruise on the upper part of the river, along the shore of the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. They have a brand new small flat boat with upper deck, and go out just for 2 or 4 tourists at a reasonable price.
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Date of stay: August 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: They only have 4 or 5 cabins, all along the river side and with similar views.
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Mike W wrote a review Jan 2012
Maldon, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We lucked into this place really, But waht a fabulous piece of luck.
We booked two of the double cabins pretty much right on the river. All the cabins are self catering. There is a large central area for cooking and eating with all that you need to do just that. The owners will light the Barbeque when you are ready and away you go.

The cabins themselves are nicely equipped with a fridge, kettle, toaster, (the main cooking is done away from the thatched cabins).
The toilet and shower are outside at the rear of the cabin, the toilet is covered by a thatched roof but the shower is open to the elements. My top tip is to wait until after dark for your shower. To shower under all them stars was unforgettable. I don't think I have ever spent so long showering.

The pool is a godsend as swimming in the river is a big no no. Hippo's and Croc's abound.

The bank opposite is Zimbabwe and game can be seen wandering along.
It is about 20K outside of Livingstone along the M10, so about a 15 minute drive depending on the number of stops you are required to make by the Zambian Wildlife Police. My advice is to take an extra couple of bottles of water. Livingstone has a reasonable array of shops and bars.
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Date of stay: January 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Shower after dark and enjoy the stars
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PJH32 wrote a review Sept 2011
UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I recently spent two nights in a wooden thatched Chalet/banda on the banks of the Zambezi at this recently renovated hideaway.The accommodation was good though the stairs to the double room were a bit daunting - managed well by my Grand daughter. The white sanded beach and clear water of the river looked inviting but monster crocs lay in waiting. However there was an infinity plunge pool to refresh ourselves and hippos to watch near the opposite bank. Those travelers who enjoy the sounds of the African night will be happy here as hyenas cried and laughed, a lion roared on the opposite bank in Zimbabwe, frogs chorused and cicadas set up in opposition.
If you like the high life and need a bar to prop up on, this is not a place for you but I would go back like a shot.
Priscilla Hannam
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Date of stay: August 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Family room
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coletted231 wrote a review Apr 2018
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great setting, right on the riversedge with lush green grass and very friendly and helpful staff.Amblutions are rustic, but clean and neat, great open air showers. Powerspoint and big Boma to wash dishes and even basins to do your laundry by hand or you can just layz about in hammock and read a book.
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Livingstone, Zambia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It is now called Kubu Zambezi and Olli is again in charge of it. The location is excellent, just on the banks of the Zambezi River. The campsite got big shady trees, 4 chalets are available and the bar will be open soon.
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Date of stay: June 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mark G wrote a tip Jul 2023
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"An easy 20 minute drive from Livingstone heading towards Kazungula just past Simonga."
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Francesco V wrote a tip Aug 2014
Granada, Spain8 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Do not go to the Kubu Cabins. It needs a remodeling."
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Wendy P wrote a tip Jan 2014
westbrook, Kwazulu Natal46 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the chalets, number 2, which have a communal kitchen and as we were the only ones using it, it was just perfect"
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Henry Morton Stanley wrote a tip Aug 2013
Barcelona, Spain103 contributions55 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"They only have 4 or 5 cabins, all along the river side and with similar views."
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Natalie Marx wrote a tip Jun 2013
kwazulu natal109 contributions74 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Choose one facing the river, camp sites looked superb as well."
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20
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, laundry service, and self serve laundry.
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Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
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Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
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