Zambia is a magnificent land-locked country located in the heart of Africa and home to the majestic Victoria Falls. With over half of this vast country protected through National Parks and Game Management Areas, secret safari destinations await you in this unspoilt wilderness.
Zambia begins where David Livingstone was once led, feverish and disbelieving to Mosi-oa-Tunya "The Smoke that Thunders". Now known as the world renowned Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River's most famous feature descends to steep basalt-walled gorges and flows through Lake Kariba and onwards to the Mozambique coast. However, it is downstream of Lake Kariba that you will find Zambia's best kept secret - the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Within the Lower Zambezi Valley, the river follows the trace of an ancient continental rift, between steep-sided escarpments. The vast flat area between the ranges forms an area of outstanding natural beauty, with a unique ecosystem. The relatively undeveloped Lower Zambezi National Park occupies 4092 square kilometres within this spectacular wilderness. Mopane forest is interspersed with Winterthorn trees (Acacia albida), and provides a welcome sanctuary for the many lion and leopard, with the escarpment covered in broadleaf woodland. Teeming with fish, the Zambezi River supports an astounding and exceptional birdlife, whilst elephant, buffalos, waterbuck, hippos and zebras roam in abundance on the islands and along its banks.
Royal Zambezi Lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi River with over 3 kilometres of river frontage and lies on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park. It is situated on the Zambezi River at one of its broadest points and lies opposite the famous Mana Pools Reserve in Zimbabwe.
There are ten Classic Suites and four Deluxe Suites at Royal Zambezi Lodge. The entry level Classic Suites stand alone and are complete with shady verandas and en-suite baths with flush toilets and large showers. The large canvas tents nestle under mature trees and are all positioned for the maximum enjoyment of the surrounding views and complete privacy. The tents are impeccably furnished with a contemporary, understated elegance. Natural tones, luxurious textures and comfortable armchairs create the perfect retreat after a morning game drive while extra length sprung mattresses with pure cotton linen and feather pillows ensure a blissful night's sleep.
The Deluxe Suites are the epitome of the luxury safari experience. Two of the suites offer the same tented interior as the Classic Suites whilst also offering an outdoor bath and shower and plunge pool. A further two Deluxe Suites push luxury to an even higher level. These suites are not tented and due to a larger surface area they also have an indoor lounging area. Outdoors they offer a sala overlooking the river in addition to a shower and copper roll-top bath, sunloungers and private plunge pool. In all, the Deluxe Suites provide ultimate luxury whilst allowing guests to interact with the wilderness that surrounds them. Ideal for honeymoon couples, special occasion holidays, or for those who simply want to experience Zambia's finest safari accommodation.
The location for Royal Zambezi Lodge was chosen particularly for the wide variety of activities available, including game viewing, fishing, fly-fishing, sunset river cruises, professionally guided canoeing trips, open vehicle guided drives, night drives, walking safaris, birding safaris and photographic safaris.
All photos courtesy of Royal Zambezi Lodge