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“WATERBERRY WONDERFUL”

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Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
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Devon, United Kingdom
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“WATERBERRY WONDERFUL”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

A great place to stay upstream on the Zambezi. Not too far from the Falls and transport in and out provided. Accommodation is in thatched lodges which are lovely and beautifully furnished. The grounds are immaculate, as is the service and hospitality. The food was the best I had in Zim and Zam with Moses the Chef cooking special veggie meals for me-although I think all the carnivores were very happy too. A beautiful pool, well kept and very clean, as was the lodge. Great views to the Zambezi and in peaceful surroundings with cruises out on the river to see some animals (it was the green season so not too many) but lots of birds and beautiful sunsets with canapés, G&T's and wine. Visits to "real" local villages and schools which was great to do. What could be better. Followed by a lovely dinner and drinks around the fire. They also help the local community, which is good to know. I highly recommend it and would stay again.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Schwabach, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2014

After spending a magnificent holiday 2011 at the Waterberry Lodge, I came back with my family to try out the new River Farmhouse which was built in close vicinity to the Waterberry Lodge.

What is already accomplished at the Waterberry Lodge is taken to perfection in the Farmhouse. The building combines the luxurious contemporary comfort and charm of its natural surrounding yet on a top level without spoiling the traditional and regional input. The whole setting seems to belongs exactly at that beautiful spot at the river banks of the Zambesi River.

There are dozens of things worth mentioning, starting with the big five ;-)
- House is designed to host a group or family of max. I guess 8. This is your private retreat without other guests.
4 Bedroom each located in the house corners and therefore named after the cardinal direction. Each room is unique furnished and has its own bathroom. The shower is marvelous!!
Since you do not only stay in your room, you find yourself spending a lot of time on the terrace: on modern lounge style furniture you sit with a breathtaking view overlooking the Zambesi. You should take you binoculars and you can watch while sipping you tea elefants, girafes and hippos and the river banks. (IMHO: The noises the hippos make are as soothing as whale songs.)

- The food: I gained weight. No need to go further.
No kidding: Food is excellent. The Farmhouse has its own kitchen and the designated cook prepares the meals. It starts out with a various breakfast in the sun beside the pool and goes on until a yummy desert after dinner.
My tipp: Get surprised, do not interfere. It will be very good.

- The Pool: You can have a pool and you can have an infinity pool. At the Farmhouse it is the latter. First of all - you do not expect it. Second - if you do not dare to jump into the world famous "Devils Poll" at the Victoria Falls, this is just as good and far less dangerous. Look at the picture, it is stunning.

- Activities: You will find a book with all kinds of activities. From romantic (Evening cruise!!!) to adventurous (Under the spray !!!) and all kinds of things in between. The staff will give advice in order to get the best tours for you and your family.

- Save the best for last - the Staff: The reason we are coming back to this lodge is the crew that keeps the Lodge and the Farmhouse running. I deliberately do not name any of them, b/c I could forget one and that would be a shame. The whole team - from kitchen, to maintaining, showing around, driving, management - they are perfect because they are for real. You do not find unnatural trained behaviour - you get genuine friendliness and hospitality.
Yes, you are a guest. But during your stay, they make you feel special.

Put simply, perfection is a blend of various features and not just a check on a list. That perfect blend you'll find at the Riverfarmhouse & Waterberry Lodge. I will definately come back soon.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Colerne, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

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.

Room Tip: 'Swallow' is closest to Zambezi with stunning views.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

The lodge certainly had a lot of charm to it, as it lies right on the edge of the Zambezi river with cottages spread out on its property.The service was good & the food excellent.Amy,the in charge would greet us enthusiastically every time we returned from a trip.The ambiance was that of a small charming personalized lodge.The only drawback was their definition of an "activity"!Even a visit to the Museum coupled with a visit to the Victoria Falls was classified as two activities.A drop and pick up for a "paid safari" was likewise considered as an activity.We exhausted are 2 free activities per day included in our package fairly rapidly.In my opinion a more practical definition of "activity" needs to be adopted!

Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Frodsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

We went to this lodge after a fairly long journey to South Africa and a hectic few days of game drives. We were ready for a rest and this place provides that. The location is good for looking out over the Zambezi and the food is also of a high standard.

The main drawback is that most of the included activities are outside the lodge and involve a three quarters of an hour trip to get to Livingstone. 10-15 mins of this are over a rough dirt road. This is fine if you are only doing it once of twice but becomes a bit of a pain if it has to be done more often.

Room Tip: All rooms were good as far as we could see. None being far from the dining/communal area.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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maddox49, Owner at Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, responded to this review, 28 March 2014
I'm glad this guest enjoyed his rest after a hectic holiday overlooking the beautiful Zambezi. Yes we are 6k off the main road down a dirt track to the riverbank - this is one of the reasons for the peace, quiet and solitude you find at Waterberry. Our included activities are a balance between those available on site (dawn, daytime and sunset river cruises, guided birding, a visit to our local very Zambian village, fishing) and those that have to be done in town - a tour of the Falls, a tour of the town and markets to see the Zambian way of life. There are many other wonderful activities centred around the Falls (such as helicopter flights, visits to Livingstone Island, and so on) and we plan thoroughly to make sure that people enjoy these activities all on the same day. I don't remember this particular guest but it seems he chose to travel into town more than once. It's a choice - the first line on our website points out that we are 30 minutes from Livingstone (hence the total peace and quiet). People who don't want to travel have a huge choice of places to stay in town with buzzing activity and a different ambience.
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Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

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.

Room Tip: Ask for a cottage near the river bank but they are all very nice so there is little to choose betwee...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

My wife and I started our African holiday at the Waterberry Lodge and what a great recommendation it turned to be. The setting is truly wonderful on the banks of the Zambezi. The management organises a very interesting group of trips, including of course to the Falls.The sunset boat cruise and visit to a group of local villages were memorable experiences. We also did a helicopter trip around and over the Falls which was amazing.

All of the staff are delightful, charming and helpful. The food is very good.

Altogether a lovely experience which I can't praise highly enough.

Stayed March 2014, 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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