Waterberry was recommended and booked for us by Audley Travel in UK as a chance to relax following 2 safaris in Botswana. After an 8 km drive down a bumpy dirt track I was beginning to wonder where we were going (and would we ever return!). However we were warmly greeted by Charmane (apologies if spelling error!) and the sight of lush green grounds with a swimming pool beckoning. We were shown to the outside dining and lounge area for a welcome drink and a spectacular view of the Zambezi river.
The rooms are individual 'huts' with all the facilities required, including ceiling fan and air con, clean and comfortable.
Ours was an 'all inclusive' package which, as well as all food and drink, included various activities such as sunset river cruise, visit to Victoria Falls, visit to local village and school. There were also optional extra activities (to be paid for) such as helicopter trip, visit to Livingstone Island, which they were happy to arrange on our behalf.
We spent the first day 'doing' Victoria Falls and our last day doing nothing - Waterberry Lodge is perfect for doing nothing. Beautiful grounds and very peaceful - with the Zambezi flowing by and occasionally, you could see elephants having a splash on the other side of the river!
If you do visit Waterberry DO do the village and school (which Waterberry sponsor) trip. Very interesting and the kids are enchanting. They rush up to you shouting "photo-photo" as they want you to take their photograph (see attached photo). All smiles and if you're lucky they'll do a dance too!
Food excellent and all staff very friendly and helpful. Hint - DON'T have the local 'beer' made from maize. Weird stuff! The proper beer 'Mosi' is fine however.
A wonderful way to end a hectic 2 weeks in Africa. Highly recommended.
- 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