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Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
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Kendal, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Start of a trip in Zambia”
Reviewed 7 December 2013

I booked a safari holiday with Yellow Zebra tour operators, but wanted to spend a few days in Livingstone to visit the Falls, do 1/2 day volunteering with Lion Encounter/Lion Alert. James at Yellow Zebra recommended The Waterberry as an alternative to the more expensive establishments.

I am really happy that I followed this recommendation because the Waterberry is all and more that the reviews say. Warm welcome - like coming home to family after a long trip - excellent food, spacious and comfortable rooms, lovely bathrooms, enchanting gardens and grounds, and some of the best staff that I have encountered in my Africa (and elsewhere) travels.

A fabulous place to either start or end a safari holiday - easy access to Vic Falls activities, sunset cruises from the lodge's dock, good company and new friends. Try and visit the school the lodge supports - it is worth the visit! And now that the River farmhouse is open and ready to receive guests, I will be gathering up my family and coming back.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We had a wonderful 3 day stay here but could have easily stayed longer as there is so much to do in this area and it is such a lovely relaxing place to stay. The setting on the edge of the Zambezi couldn't be bettered. The outings were superb and all arranged by the lodge. The management led a very happy team of staff and the food was lovely. This was an ideal end to a fairly exhausting 9 day safari holiday in Botswana. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Rhinebeck, New York
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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

Waterberry lodge fulfills beautifully it's role a a relaxing mini resort on the zambezi river about 20 km upstream from the mighty Victoria falls. The service is impeccable. Food was excellent, laundry service convenient, evening boat rides informative and relaxing. We did as many do, used it as a post safari unwinding spot. After several days out in bush country,dry and dusty, it was pleasant to clean up, visit Victoria Falls,( even it is was the dry season), and generally relax in verdant ,quiet setting that is Waterberry Lodge.
We sat around the evening campfire and chatted with other guests, a highlight of trip for me to meet such interesting characters( one gent has travelled to over 150 countries, while spotting over 6000 species of birds!)
Wonderful people in a wonderful setting...wish I could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 November 2013

We had a fantastic stay at the Waterberry Lodge and the River Farmhouse (the two properties at Waterberry)!! There were four of us, two sets of mother-daughters, and we all had a wonderful time...very relaxing and it was the perfect way to end our two week Zim/Zam tour. I’ll review the Lodge first and then the Farmhouse…they were both wonderful with very high standards, but have different features.

*The Lodge:
Upon arrival, the lovely managers, Claudia and Kevin, greeted us with a warm welcome and a cold drink. This set such a positive tone for our stay at Waterberry! While our luggage was whisked away, we were taken to the patio overlooking the Zambezi while we enjoyed our drink and Claudia gave us some information about the Lodge (i.e. don’t wander by the water’s edge, and when breakfast will be served). Then we were led to our rooms to freshen up before walking down to the dock for the sunset cruise.
The rooms are very airy and open, with great décor (see the pics). Our room had a back patio that we could sit outside and read with a cup of tea (let’s be honest…a gin and tonic). We had two wide twin beds, great pillows, and mosquito nets. They also supplied us with a map of Livingstone, info about the community school Waterberry supports, all the bug spray we needed, bottles of water, a flashlight (sorry British friends… “a torch”), a candle, and matches.
The bathroom was a simple design, but with lots of little details...the fresh leaf under the soap on the soap dish, the feather on the roll of TP, the locally made bathrobes (so cute!), and nice towels. There are no little travel size shampoo and conditioners, but a dispenser in the shower with both + shower gel. I liked this eco-friendly touch. The rain showerhead was perfect. Also, Claudia offered to supply us with a hair dryer too when we mentioned we didn’t have one.
The food was delicious and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had veg options for the two vegetarians in our group. It wasn’t à la carte dining, which I appreciated because then the chef really focuses all his effort on one or two dishes and it really shows! We had a curry one time, pasta another, stuffed zucchini …all very good! Breakfast and Lunch were a more relaxed affair, but just as delicious and all served at our table. The breakfast options were great (go for the omelet!) and lunch wasn’t too heavy, perfect for pool time after.
Everyone at Waterberry goes out of his or her way to make sure you’re enjoying yourself. The managers ensured that everything was going smoothly and arranged all transportation/activities (i.e. white water rafting, Livingstone island), so we were truly on vacation and didn’t have to worry about a thing. The activities they organized were really great, but I would have been just as content to not leave the poolside, as this was the last stop of our trip and I was in desperate need of some downtime! The staff are all very friendly and attentive…. constantly coming out to the pool to see if we wanted a drink, putting down the mosquito nets while were at dinner and always smiling! Webby and Chris took us on the sunset cruises and are full of information on the wildlife and birds (luckily, since one of the women in my group is obsessed with birds).
And the grounds are of course, gorgeous. All the beautiful plants and flowers really make this a spectacular place to walk around. The open air lounge above the dining area (also a bar) was a great place to read in the afternoon, overlooking the river.
Did I forget anything? All in all, the Lodge was an amazing place to stay and I’m already trying to plan my next trip back!

*The River Farmhouse:
The Farmhouse was within walking distance to the Lodge, but we didn’t return there until the last day to stop by reception. With a house full of staff and our own chef, there was no need! [Also, we felt really safe with the guards at night…not guarding us against other people, but the animals. We were sitting out by the fire pit one night (another highlight!) and heard a couple elephant tearing down huge branches just a few hundred meters away! Oh, and of course, those hippos can be aggressive.] Because the Farmhouse is new, the flowers and plats aren’t as well-established as at the Lodge, yet, but in no time, I’m sure they’ll be just as spectacular.
The Farmhouse would be great for groups, but after traveling together for a couple weeks we really enjoyed the privacy here. We each had our own room and bathroom (it’s a four bedroom house). The living room, sitting area, and indoor dining area were all really nice but we spent most of our time outside (though when it gets “cold” (ha) I’m sure we would have enjoyed the fireplace). There’s a great outdoor living room (on the patio, in the shade) and dining area (we ate outside every night). The best part about the Farmhouse, however, was our private infinity pool overlooking the Zambezi. I mean, c’mon, can you get any better than that?? The staff moved the dining table out there every morning so we could have our breakfast by the pool with a great view.
The rooms were very spacious and it was nice to spread out, have a closet to myself and take a bath in the huge tub. As with the Lodge, they came in every evening and put down the mosquito nets and cleared the bed.
The service and attention to detail were just as impeccable as when we were at the Lodge. We had our own dock and the option to go on the sunset cruise, which we of course chose. This is a must. Little snacks and sundowners are the perfect way to end the day.

Ok, phew. That was a lot of info to cram in, but hope it helps. We really loved our time at both the Lodge and the Farmhouse and now I want to start planning my next trip :)

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

This is my first review ever about anything but this place is worth the effort.

We went there as a first stop of our honeymoon and have to say we really liked it and we will of course, recommend to everyone.

The staff is so polite, welcoming, helpful and always with a smile in their faces. The honeymoon room we were staying in was cosy with amazing views and out of the main part of the lodge which is great as it gives you even more privacy.

The food was super!! (I was worried before we arrived there and it was such a good surprise! Real variety and quality)

They have great activities like fishing, sunrise cruise, sunset cruise... all highly recommended and the guides are very knowledgeable and again lovely people.

Overall, a great experience. Loved talking to the local people who worked there about their lives and villages... So much to learn and so much we can do for them.

Waterberry lodge supports one of the local schools and we donated few things and they were very grateful.

Hope to come back one day

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Luanda, Angola
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

We stayed at Waterberry with our two kids (10 and 7) and we found the whole experience very relaxing. Waterberry is a small lodge - and for us felt more like a home than a hotel. Being small you need to be aware that as a family group you represent a sizeable chunk of the guest numbers, but that was not a problem to us or the lodge. The staff were very accommodating of the children and we had the Owl room which was a great size for a family. The most important thing about Waterberry is that it is somewhere to relax. We felt that to get the most out of it, you needed to build in time at the lodge (we had two spare afternoons just to enjoy the lodge) and we were glad that we stayed here at the end of our trip. Sundowners on the river are a must and we also found the walk to the village very interesting. Our day at Victoria Falls was perfect (Livingstone Island and Devil's pool a must). The only thing we would have done differently was to hire our own car - which we would consider for a future trip. Thank you also for showing us the new farmhouse. Wow! Hopefully we can stay there one day!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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England
Level 4 Contributor
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Reviewed 20 October 2013 via mobile

We didn't want to stay in a large hotel in Livingstone and so chose Waterberry because it sounded more personal and was right on the river. We were glad we did. For those who want absolute luxury found in big hotels, they may find the rooms rather small. For those who can't think of anything worse than large hotels when visiting Africa, Waterberry is a great place to go. We are in the second group.

Kevin was brilliant. We made many last minute decisions about what we wanted to do and he just got it all sorted for us. We stayed 3 nights which was ideal. The best thing we did was Microlight over the falls, you have to do that! The other definite must do is the trip to livingstone island. Go for breakfast, you aren't there for the food, but you're there to be right on the edge.

Food at Waterberry was good, we loved the evenings in front of the fire. The lodge is about 30 mins from the falls, but the lodge provides transport. The nice atmosphere and pleasant surroundings was worth the extra time to get there.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
Address: Old Constantia Farm | Nakatindi Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
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Ranked #1 of 84 Speciality Lodging in Livingstone
Number of rooms: 8
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A secluded, family-friendly lodge in the heart of the wild on the banks of the Zambezi. Good food, lovely en suite rooms, friendly, helpful staff. Come here and enjoy river cruises, fishing and birdwatching plus all the activities around Victoria Falls, or just sit back and enjoy the view. ... more   less 
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