In mid 1996, Peter Jones, a young British army officer who had been born and raised in Zambia purchased a piece of land downstream of Tongabezi on the Zambezi River, some 15 kms above Victoria Falls.
His vision was realised in less than 6 months; a luxury camp with 10 rooms situated 60 feet above the Zambezi was built. Last year he entered into a partnership agreement with Wilderness Safaris.
The rooms, pool, gardens and main house command an unrivaled view of the upper Zambezi, looking across river to Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe. River Club was created as a camp to rest, relax and enjoy all the attractions that this famous Waterfall has to offer, minus the hustle and bustle of Vic Falls town.
Although River Club is not a safari camp, we could hear hyena calling from the Zimbabwean bank at night; there is a small family of hippo in front of camp.
Elephant came down to drink and feed off the reeds on the opposite bank. The birdlife in camp and along the riverine fringes is exceptional.
The ten rooms of brick and concrete pillars under thatch, perch on the very edge of a 60-foot bank above the Zambezi, shaded by massive riverine trees. The rooms have been built to a colonial design. They are extremely spacious and are completley open in front, to an incredible view of the upper Zambezi River.
All rooms have baths and flush loos overlooking the Zambezi, privacy is ensured because of the elevation. Each bathroom also has a shower, basin and provides hair shampoo, soap, moisturizing cream, tissues and bathrobes.
All rooms have a veranda with comfortable Malawi cane chairs and table. There is ample cupboard space, two dressers, bedside tables and big drop down mosquito nets, which afford one the opportunity to walk around the bed when under the net. Bottled water, glasses, safety deposit box and a whistle are provided, along with a very comprehensive information folder, plus bird mammal and tree list.
The mosquito nets are dropped down during dinner. Some of the rooms have private gardens of lawn and indigenous trees, reeded off to ensure privacy. The interiors have been very tastefully decorated. Our beds welcomed us on arrival with Frangipani and red Hibiscus flowers and a few long green grass leaves tastefully placed on the covers.
All photos courtesy of Wilderness Safaris