The River Club (Livingstone)

The River Club

The River Club is a boutique, kosher-friendly; owner-run luxury lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River; just outside Livingstone and Victoria Falls; which is the largest body of falling water; so it is a magnificent sight to see. It is the ultimate destination for that perfect mix of idyllic relaxation and adventure travel; along with unbeatable sights.

Soaked in ambiance and history, the restored 1940s homestead has a comfortable lounge, dining room, library, and veranda; where guests enjoy breakfasts and teas.

Only 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the town of Livingstone in Zambia and the mighty Victoria Falls, a World Heritage Site and one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. A highlight of any safari to Africa is seeing the magical Victoria Falls; also called Mosi-oa-Tunya; meaning the smoke that thunders. Escape the crowds in Livingstone with this tranquil location, with spacious suites and a magnificent perspective of the Zambezi River.

Victoria Falls is about twice the height of Niagara Falls and well over twice the width of its Horseshoe Falls. The Falls form the border between Zimbabwe (the town called Victoria Falls) and Zambia (the town called Livingstone). The River Club forms a perfect end to a safari circuit in Southern or East Africa. It is an idyllic retreat for families or honeymooners.

The main lodge is surrounded by serene gardens; beneath the indigenous riverine forest. Wander the pathways listening to a chorus of birdsong or relax on the main terrace; overlooking the water or in the privacy of the balcony in front of your suite. There are no early wake-up calls unless you request them.

A host of activities await young and old, on the property as well as in the nearby area.

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The River Club Accommodation

A total of 11 x spacious suites overlook the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park in Zimbabwe. The rooms are named after people who in their day; played a special part in the history of the country.

All Suites have overhead fans above the beds, air-conditioning units; cool or warm; a safe, hair-dryer, a mini-bar fridge, and tea/coffee making facilities.
In the event of power outages, each room has 24/7 mains back-up in the form of an inverter/solar battery system; that runs the overhead fan as well as certain lights and plug sockets.

Room Types

River Suites

Perfectly positioned on the banks of the Zambezi River, River Suites offer seclusion and unimpeded views of the Zambezi River. They are west-facing to take advantage of the spectacular African sunsets.

The River Suites are split level. Features include a sitting area with spectacular views over the river through full-length glass doors; opening onto the private balcony; to enjoy the fresh air and the sunset. Swathed in a walk-in mosquito net, choose between an Empire King Bed or twin single beds. There are two bathrooms; a shower, basin, and toilet upstairs, and a full bathroom downstairs that has a shower, basin, ball & claw bath with a view, and a toilet.

The River Club Accommodation
River Suites

Luxury River Suites

Two Luxury River Suites have spacious, open-plan interiors offering the ultimate space in which to relax and unwind; after a day spent exploring Victoria Falls, playing lawn games, or visiting other nearby attractions. Tastefully decorated with furniture made from Zambezi Teak; these rooms also feature a living area and one queen-size bed swathed with a walk-in mosquito net. Both suites have a full bathroom.

One has a glass front while the other one is gauze-fronted; with an additional half bathroom; as well as room to accommodate an extra single bed.

Days are spent languishing on your secluded private deck, dipping into the private pool, and gazing over the Zambezi River.

The River Club Luxury Accommodation
River Club Luxury Suites

Luxury Family River Suite

The Luxury Family River Suite is a spacious and open-plan unit with two semi-private, en-suite bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen double bed; the other has twin beds; which can become a triple with an additional single bed. Walk-in mosquito nets drape the beds. A small sitting area is located between the two bedrooms.

The main bathroom has a double vanity, bath, separate shower, and toilet. The second bathroom (down one step) has a single vanity, bath, lavatory, and separate open-air balcony shower.

Glass doors open to a private outside deck and private plunge pool with unimpeded views of the Zambezi River beyond.

The River Club is the ideal escape for families with a wealth of things to do, both on the property; croquet, snooker, tennis, fishing, and nature walks and nearby; village trips, game drives, and other off-site outings.

Luxury Family Suite accommodation
Luxury Family Suite

Princess Mary Suite

A luxurious double-story 2-bedroom villa situated in a secluded garden with a private pool, the Princess Mary Suite offers an intimate experience for families or groups of friends seeking privacy and space.

Named after the Royal Princess Mary; who represented the Queen at Zambia’s Independence in 1964; the suite is just as enigmatic and charming as the person to whom it pays homage.

Upstairs is the Master Double Suite; with a king-size bed wrapped by a walk-in mosquito net. The full en-suite bathroom has a shower, double vanity, private toilet, and a ball-and-claw bath; with views over the river. The upstairs master suite also has a private balcony facing the River.

Downstairs, the second, private bedroom has twin single beds; enveloped by a mosquito net, a lounge/living area, a mini-bar, and a dining area. The second bathroom which is not en-suite; has a double vanity, large walk-in shower, toilet, and a dressing room.

The suite can accommodate two to six guests by adding two additional single beds in the downstairs living area.

Guests may choose to dine privately in the comfort of the suite or join other guests at the main lodge.

Princess Mary Suite with private pool
Princess Mary Suite with private pool

Kosher-friendly Accommodation at Victoria Falls

For those seeking to visit the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls, while remaining observant; The River Club’s Kosher ‘Lite’ and Dedicated Kosher kitchen options offer a variety of mouth-watering menus; you won’t find ‘chazerei’ here.

The history of Zambia’s small Jewish community is a personal passion for Peter Jones, an owner of The River Club. His enthusiasm for the subject has led him on a journey from the past to the present. Peter decided The River Club would offer an opportunity for those seeking to visit the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls; while remaining observant.

KOSHER CUISINE

Kosher Culinary Options

There are 2 kitchens; both of which are laid out according to kosher rules. All cutlery, crockery, utensils, equipment, etc are stored permanently in these kitchens and used only for Kosher catering. All food and ingredients are strictly kosher.

The lodge especially imports beef and lamb. Delicious fresh whole skin-on Zambezi Bream comes from a fish farm nearby. Sadly, kosher chicken is not available in Zambia. Fresh vegetables and fruit are seasonal and in plentiful local supply. All dairy products are kosher, and purchased locally, so some items are subject to availability.

Kosher Kitchen 1 is an affordable option; aimed at groups as small as 1 person up to 10 at an additional supplement. It serves excellent Kosher cuisine prepared by lodge staff who are trained in Kosher catering.

If you wish for your Kosher food to be overseen by a Mashgiach; then Kosher Kitchen 2 is for you; however; with a higher supplement and subject to a minimum of a 3-night stay and 4 guests. It is sealed after use and no one is allowed in during the interim. Expenses are higher due to hiring, accommodation, travel, and transfer expenses of the Mashgiach; which are usually shared between members of larger groups. From 4-nights, the supplement is much lower so with good planning; it is a better option.

The River Club Activities

There is a variety of on-site facilities available for all guests to enjoy; chill at the infinity main area swimming pool with forever-views over the river; play croquet or boulés on the lawn; board games in the library such as chess or backgammon or just read a book; make use of the tennis court, the gym, the nature / running trail, and the Summerhouse; or play snooker in the Snooker / TV room. The TV is seldom utilized as there is so much to do at The River Club!

Other on-site activities include; evening sunset cruises, catch-and-release tiger fishing, Island Picnic Lunches on the island in front of the lodge; in low water season; or book a massage or other treatment. You can even send the children off for a KIDS @ THE CLUB guided walk.

Canoeing on Zambezi River
Canoeing on Zambezi River

Activities that require road transfers include a guided tour of Victoria Falls, a trip to the local Simonga Village; where many of the staff live; a game drive in the local nearby National Park plus all the adrenalin activities that are found in Livingstone.

Other activities are to explore Livingstone Town which offers interesting places like the Livingstone Museum, the local Reptile Park; which kids love, a curio, and a cultural market.  A tour of Jewish Areas or just visit the Railway Jewish Museum.

The River Club Accommodation Rates

Accommodation rates at The River Club are either on a bed & breakfast or fully inclusive basis. Below are the indicative rates per person sharing per night in US Dollars. Children under 16 pay 50% of the adult rate.

2022 Bed & Breakfast Rates

2022 The River Club Bed & Breakfast Rates11th January until 31st May 2022 and 1st November until 19th December 20221st June – 31st October 2022 and 20th December 2022 – 10th January 2023
River Suite$510$535
Luxury River Suites or Luxury Family River Suite$580$610
Princess Mary Suite1st 2 people$630$665
3rd and 4th adult$510$535

Bed & Breakfast rates at The River Club include:

Accommodation, daily breakfast, afternoon tea, laundry, Wi-Fi, sunset boat cruises (includes snacks & house-brand drinks), activities on the property such as croquet, tennis, snooker, boules & nature trail.

2022 Fully Inclusive Rates

2022 Fully Inclusive Rates11th January until 31st May 2022 and 1st November until 19th December 20221st June – 31st October 2022 and 20th December 2022 – 10th January 2023
River Suite$625$655
Luxury River Suites or Luxury Family River Suite$705$745
Princess Mary Suite1st 2 people$770$820
3rd and 4th adult$625$655

Fully Inclusive rates at The River Club include:

Accommodation, daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, house drinks such as beer, wine, soft drinks; laundry, Wi-Fi, one activity per night of stay from the list below, facilities on property for example; croquet, tennis, snooker, boules & nature trail.

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES:
Choice of one activity per person per day, all include transfers to & from the activity and exclude park fees:
Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River
Shared guided tour of Victoria Falls (Zambian side)
A tour of Livingstone Town
Game drive in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
A visit to the local village
Fishing on the Zambezi River (not available from December until February)

Both rates exclude:
Tourism Development Levy of US$ 10 per adult per night & US$ 5 per child per night, all transfers; except on included activities on fully inclusive rate; imported drinks, spirits, and drinks not mentioned, shop purchases, spa treatments, levies, park fees, visas, items of a personal nature, meals & activities not mentioned above.

The River Club Accommodation Special Offers

GROUP GETAWAY

15% off group stays of 8 people or more traveling together (minimum 2-night stay applies)

HONEYMOONERS

Honeymoon guests receive a complimentary upgrade if available & a bottle of sparkling wine (minimum 2-night stay applies)

3-NIGHTS @ THE FALLS

Complimentary transfers between Livingstone Airport (LVI) and The River Club
Plus; 1 additional activity per person per stay from the list above for All-Inclusive guests.

Weddings at Victoria Falls

We also do weddings at The River Club.

The River Club (Livingstone)
The River Club
Nakatindi Road
Simonga Zambia

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