Royal Zambezi Lodge is an award-winning luxury safari lodge on the Zambezi River in Zambia. This is Zambian safari accommodation at its best, where you can drink in the unforgettable Zambezi sunrise and be lulled to sleep with memorable bush sounds. The lodge offers walking, driving and river safaris and is just 5 minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park. Fly to the lodge from Lusaka or Livingstone using their airline, Royal Air Charters.
Royal Zambezi Lodge is on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park, just across the river from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. It combines outstanding hospitality with nature's most amazing creations. With their thatch roofs, the buildings boast natural but sophisticated furnishings and luxurious details.
Luxury presidential suites with a lounge and lots of living space
Deluxe suites at one with the surrounding private wilderness areas
Deluxe family suites nestle under mature trees
Open all year round, Royal Zambezi Lodge is on the edge of the Lower Zambezi National Park and offers a rich wildlife and birding experience just across the river from Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The restaurant features well-sourced, fresh local ingredients in exciting and healthy combinations.
At the Royal Zambezi Lodge, you can sip an ice-cold G&T or other beverage of your choice at the legendary Sausage Tree Bar, and enjoy a dip in the long oval infinity pool.
Royal Zambezi Lodge awards history
Luxury Travel Guide
2018 country winner, the private luxury retreat of the year
Select from 7 presidential & honeymoon suites that epitomise the luxury safari experience and feature outside showers, copper baths, and plunge pools.
Royal Zambezi Lodge is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo. It also offers frequent lion and leopard sightings. The qualified guides come with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi valley. There are various activities offered on safari to satisfy different interests, including birding safaris, photographic safaris, and game drives.
Home to large herds of elephant and buffalo
Guides with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi valley
Frequent lion and leopard sightings
Far more than just a luxury safari lodge, Royal Zambezi offers walking safaris, driving safaris and river safaris. Just five minutes from the Lower Zambezi National Park this lodge sits on the Zambezi River and offers a rich wildlife and birding experience.
The location of Royal Zambezi Lodge was specifically chosen for its positioning which allows for a wide variety of safari activities. This is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo with frequent lion and leopard sightings. The qualified Royal Zambezi guides come with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi valley. Activities include:
Birding and photographic safaris
Game drives throughout the day (morning, afternoon, evening and after dinner)
Fly and course fishing for Chessa, Bream, Vundu, Barbel and of course the famous Tigerfish!
Morning, afternoon and sunset boat cruises
Morning guided bush walks
Morning mountain walking
The Royal Zambezi bush spa
Canoeing into the beautiful Inkalange channel, bursting with wildlife and birds
Island dinners (unless the river is too high)
Royal picnic lunches, afternoon teas or evening dinners – on your private deck, in the bush or in the water!
Any or all of these activities can be part of your unique safari experience whilst at the Royal Zambezi Lodge.
The Royal Zambezi award-winning luxury bush spa, situated close to the Lower Zambezi National Park, is built on top of a high anthill overlooking the mighty Zambezi River. Treatments take place on the deck, or inside the minimalist (but air-conditioned) treatment room. The Royal Zambezi is the only safari lodge on the river with a spa.
Uses Dermalogica as its chosen product brand
Frequently uses local indigenous ingredients from the African bush
An attentive team of qualified therapists on hand
Inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds the lodge, the spa's minimalist design exudes an air of balance, peace, and tranquility. This is a refuge to restore the mind, body and spirit and the perfect way to while away lazy afternoons.
The spa has won two World Luxury Spa Awards - 2015 WLSA, country runner up, luxury safari spa and 2013 WLSA, global winner, luxury safari spa. It has also won the Safari Awards 2016 country winner, the best safari spa/retreat.
The bush spa uses Dermalogica as its chosen product brand. In fact, this lodge is the flagship for this product range in Zambia. Dermalogica 'redefines' your skin and is an internationally trusted product brand. Dermalogica has never taken part in animal testing and is free of common irritants and ingredients that could cause breakouts (including lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, artificial colors, and fragrances).
Now in its twenty-fifth year, Dermalogica has become the number one choice of skin care professionals worldwide, sold in over 80 countries and prescribed more often than any other product available.
Additionally, many treatments use local indigenous ingredients from the African bush. An attentive team of qualified therapists are on hand to offer a wide variety of massages, facials and other therapeutic and beauty treatments.
The spa offers two treatment rooms, a cooling plunge pool with river views, outdoor jacuzzi and a beautiful lounge area where you can relax sipping fresh juices.
Hand and foot treatments
Waxing and tinting
Package treatments for ultimate pampering sessions
At the Royal Zambezi Lodge expert guides lead fishing excursions on new, fully-fitted aluminum boats. Guests new to fishing or fly fishing have the chance to receive instruction and assistance. Rods, tackle, and flies are provided although fishing enthusiasts are welcome to bring their own. All fishing is on a catch and release basis.
Offers one of the finest freshwater angling experiences in the world
Refreshments and meals organised for guests on fishing excursions
Tiger fishing season: September - March
Fly fishing and coarse fishing are both available at the Royal Zambezi Lodge. The Lower Zambezi River offers one of the finest freshwater angling experiences in the world. Although it is a year-round activity, the best time for tiger fishing is between September and March.
You don't have to be an expert to join in, as guests new to fishing or fly fishing have the chance to receive instruction and assistance.
Time on a boat on the Zambezi River is one of the best ways to experience the true beauty of the river. It also provides a great chance to get close to Zambia's enchanting wildlife. Whilst fishing at the Royal Zambezi Lodge you are likely to catch:
Royal Zambezi Lodge offers seat-in-plane charter flights to connect all travellers from Lusaka and Livingstone to any destination in the Lower Zambezi National Park, and Royal Zambezi Lodge itself. Land at the tarred Royal Airstrip. Royal Zambezi Lodge guests will be met by guides for the short drive to the lodge and other passengers will need to make their own transfer arrangements.
Scheduled flights between Lower Zambezi National Park, Lusaka and Livingstone
Providing easy access to Lower Zambezi National Park
Travel comfortably and efficiently to Lower Zambezi National Park
Getting to Lower Zambezi National Park and Royal Zambezi Lodge
The schedule connecting Lusaka with the Royal Airstrip and Lower Zambezi National Park operates all year round. Flights take approximately 30 minutes.
The schedule connecting Livingstone with the Royal Airstrip and Lower Zambezi National Park will be available during high season safari months only. High season runs from the 1st of April to the 31st of November 2019. Flights take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Strictly 15kg baggage allowance
Water and light snacks provided
The flight is comfortable, with friendly and professional staff and beautiful aerial views of Zambia
Allow a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure for check-in