This privately owned property is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, bordering the Lower Zambezi National Park (a ten-minute drive). Sited at one of the rivers broadest points with over three kilometers of river frontage and stretching over 200 hectares, this lodge is a true treat for all your senses. From wherever you are in the camp – perhaps your private deck, or in your outdoor bathtub – you will fully enjoy Royal’s prime location boasting outstanding bird and wildlife views, with the scenic mountain backdrop of the valley escarpment. And although the camp offers a wide range of safari activities, you can also decide to embrace the lodge’s DNA-policy (Doing Nothing at All). However, you will have a hard time doing nothing. With elephants and other animals roaming the camp on a daily basis, you probably want to, at the very least, keep constantly photographing. Then again, you can always escape to the Bush Spa where ‘doing nothing at all’ might be easier achieved.
There are fifteen tented rooms and suites that include a family unit and three Presidential Suites. All stand-alone and spacious, the large green canvas tents under thatch roofs are positioned for maximum views and complete privacy. All tents are impeccably furnished with a contemporary style, comfort and muted bush colours. With size and en-suite facilities being the differentiating factors, all tents and suites include king size beds, comfortable sofas and airy verandahs. Tents are also equipped with mosquito nets, fans and hairdryers (on request). The central building with its lofty thatched roofs and open-plan is comprised of a reception area, dining room with fireplace and elegant lounge with more cushy sofas. This is surrounded by a wide shady deck with copper roof for al fresco dining or afternoon tea. Timber decks and terracing extends over the floodplain where there is evening campfires. Last but not least: this camp offers amazing spa-treatments. The Royal Zambezi Bush Spa won several awards over the years and includes two treatment rooms, a steam room, jacuzzi and refreshing plunge pool. Pamper yourself with a recovering body massages, or a nourishing sea mud wrap; all therapists use local products enriched with indigenous ingredients.
A river safari is never predictable, but even when knowing this upfront, the encounters with wildlife are mind blowing. What might look like tranquil waters in the morning can become a watery stampede of zebras in the afternoon. Or how about a complete elephant family crossing the water, with their trunks snorkeling for air? Good thing the location of the Royal Zambezi Lodge was chosen for the opportunities to experience a wide variety of activities. Game drives are still the best way to view and photograph large predators like lions. Or request a night game drive to spot leopards. Flexibility is the backbone of this lodge, so the possibilities are endless. After a game drive, you can decide to go on a canoe trip or sunset river cruise. Game viewing from this lower perspective is magical, as you are truly up-close-and-personal with wildlife. Explore the channels and true beauty of the river and get even closer to herds of elephant, buffalo or hippos that line the river banks. Besides these activities, walking safaris, fishing, fly-fishing and a cultural village tour are also offered. Or just opt in for the earlier mentioned ‘DNA activity’ and pamper yourself with a spa treatment. Together with a dedicated staff, excellent food and even better views, you will feel like a royal during your entire stay.
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