There are countless ways to explore all that Zambia has to offer. Safari lodges, guest houses, bed and breakfasts and major hotels are all prolific in and around the capital city of Lusaka and the Victoria Falls city of Livingstone, as well as throughout the several other regions of Zambia, each with their unique natural and cultural offerings and hospitality. Whether it’s relaxing on the river just north of Victoria Falls or planning your safari at a luxury adventure lodge to one of Zambia’s 20 national parks, a vacation in one of Zambia’s many luxury hotels is sure to be unforgettable. Here are 6 of the consistently top rated luxury hotels, complete with unique sights and adventures to get you daydreaming about your next getaway.
Zambia’s cool dry season of May-August can offer some of the most serene stays at Tongabezi Lodge. Bask in the beauty of Zambezi River in your secluded luxury riverside accommodations and take advantage of stellar spa services offered before dining in the splendid onsite restaurant. Tongabezi Lodge offers a one-of-a-kind experience and countless activities day and night. Rooms feature picturesque canopy beds under thatched roofs and beautiful decor. Tongabezi offers the perfect balance of family adventure lodge and relaxing luxury resort.
The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls
The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls, hosting the only private entrance to Victoria Falls, offers a unique experience. The hotel offers excursions to the falls via their private entrance as well as train excursions on scenic railways. Immersed in the diverse natural beauty of Zambia alongside the Zambezi River, this luxury hotel & winery offers classic Victorian elegance, African & European dining and accommodations feature private terraces to enjoy the incredible sights of the Zambezi.
Kanyemba Lodge and Kanyemba Island Bushcamp
For a unique experience on the Lower Zambezi, but not far from the capital city of Lusaka, your stay at Kanyemba Lodge and Kanyemba Island Bushcamp will have opportunities for safari, river canoeing, angling, and tours of local banana farms and villages. At the lodge, immerse yourself in rustic luxury by the beautiful outdoor pool or dine al fresco under a large mango tree with exquisite Italian cuisine. The lodge is also dedicated to their extensive wildlife conservation programs. Offering stays in a small number of private “Rondavel” chalets with private river decks with décor and furniture created by local artisans, Kanyemba lives up to many traveler’s expectations.
AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Relax in style amidst one of Zambia’s beautiful national parks at the sleek AVANI Victoria Falls Resort. One of Livingstone’s most prolific resorts, AVANI has a reputation for contemporary Zambian décor, luxury accommodations and exclusive activities like horseback riding and Victoria Falls tours year round. the hotel is also proud to offer playgrounds and family friendly vacations. Guests can relax in loungers by the beautiful outdoor pool, be immersed in the natural wonders of Zambia, or fill their stay with countless adventure opportunities.
The River Club
The River Club in Simonga is known for some of the most incredible stays near Victoria Falls. With ample picturesque views and sunsets over the Zambezi River viewed from private gardens or the on-site authentic restaurant, this lodge is true local hospitality. It offers spacious accommodations with canopied beds with Edwardian style décor in converted 1940s farmhouses. Yoga, village tours, kids activities and an al fresco restaurant await all guests.
Islands of Siankaba
Looking for one of the most exclusive and private luxury resort experiences in Zambia? A stay at Islands of Siankaba’s private and remote luxury bush camp is like no other. Located between Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, Islands of Siankaba is made up of two private islands with footbridges and elevated walkways through lush grounds and beautiful gardens. Guests can stay in their own cottages on the riverbank with a private valet, then immerse themselves in the exquisite nature of Zambia by lounging in hammocks by the pool, canoeing down the river, or taking a bike tour.
This article originally appeared on Demand Africa.
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