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The River Club

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The River Club has a magnificent vantage point on an elevated bank of the Zambezi River, its views extending out over the water and well-named “hippo island”. Housed in a restored 1940s homestead, the main lodge has retained its Edwardian feel with glass doors opening onto wide green lawns that are trimmed and ready for a game of croquet.

There are many activities to choose from: the mighty Victoria Falls lie a half hour’s drive away, you can visit a local village or go game viewing at nearby Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. But amongst all this buzz and excitement, one of the real highlights of staying at The River Club is simply spending time on the river or ending your day with a peaceful sunset cruise.

There are 11 luxury chalets spread along the riverbank, while the main lodge Zambezi House has a comfortable sitting room and well-stocked library. Along with an impressive collection of books and journals, you’ll find fascinating photographs, old maps and memorabilia from the lodge’s colourful history. For the energetic there’s a 2.2km running track around the property, as well as an all-weather tennis court and small gym.

Meals are usually served out on the wide terrace or beneath the trees around the swimming pool. But on some evenings all the guests get together in the dining room, where they’re hosted by the owner of The River Club Peter Jones. After a wonderful evening of excellent food and good South African wine, it’s back to your chalet for a sound night’s sleep alongside the wide Zambezi.