The first thing you notice when disembarking from your transportation is the view of the Zambesi - wide, calm, ageless...it flows along like a matriarch, witnessing human history yet somehow above it all.
We were so delighted, on our first evening, to go out on the boat with one of the lodge's wonderful guides and witness a herd of elephant playing on the river bank. We could have stayed there for hours but darkness falls quickly in this part of the world and we had to go back to the lodge on the opposite bank. The next couple of days were filled with equally wonderful sights and sounds as we flew over Victoria Falls in a helicopter, visited four local villages and went back in history at the Livingstone museum to discover Livingstone's hand written letters, his family history and the impact he had made on this part of Africa.
All this was made possible by the marvellous team at Waterberry Lodge. Charlotte leads them with quiet confidence and efficiency. She is extremely knowledgeable as one would expect from a third generation White African Lady who has travelled extensively throughout the continent and is also widely read. Her right-hand woman is Amy, a warm, friendly girl who greets every guest with enthusiasm and her own special brand of hospitality. Their staff are extremely well-trained, articulate and enthusiastic about their country and what it offers and are reliable and safe drivers,too!
The cottages are comfortable, beautifully situated on the banks of the river, offering privacy and seclusion and neatly kept. Bathrooms are well appointed. The bedroom is spacious with mosquito nets (although we didn't need them) a comfortable bed and a small wardrobe and drawer unit. Laundry can be done at no extra charge.
Meals are taken in the central lodge which is charming - has a terrace overlooking the river and an upstairs area set out with easy chairs and binoculars! A mother hippo and her baby wallowed in the middle of the river on several occasions when we were there.
Food is good and well-presented. There were special touches such as birthday cake for my husband and a singalong from the staff to accompany it! Guests very soon find themselves chatting easily with complete strangers on nearby tables and soon join tables to share the wonderful experiences they have enjoyed in Zambia. The whole place encourages such camaraderie and relaxation.
We stayed for three days. My only regret was that we were not there for longer. Next time it will be a week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Waterberry Zambezi Hotel Livingstone