A very quick comfortable flight on Royal Air and you are greeted with a great welcome from the Royal Zambezi Lodge guides in their game viewers
Another quick trip to the lodge and more welcomes with cool face cloths and a cool juice.
Within 10 minutes of us being at the lodge an elephant has come to say hello, right off the veranda… Great excitement for some, others not so much.
Martin gives a superb safety talk and updates the group on what’s what around the lodge. 24/7 assistance due the wild life. A choice of 5 activities, game viewing, canoeing, fishing, nature walk, boat cruises, and the most important one of all DNA, Do nothing at all. Teas/Coffees/Cappuccinos whatever you require, its there for you, self service or one of the friendly waiters can assist you.
With the new refurb of the lodge, all rooms Deluxe and Presidential have plunge pools to cool off in the hot months. A breeze continually flows off the Zambezi to respite the heat of the day.
After a welcome talk and a familiarization around the rooms we were given a delicious tea before our game drive
What a fantastic experience the game was prevalent around the waterhole, great elephant activity as well as kudu, impala, warthog, zebra, and we even spotted Samango monkey. There is a superb hide that we went into at the waterhole and again, the activity was great. One could have sat there for hours watching all the animals playing in the mud and the water, but the gin and tonic for the sundowner was calling.
Joe took us up to the hill so we could over look the valley and the ice cold gin and tonic was a welcome relief from the heat.
A night drive on the way home to the lodge was also a welcome relief from the heat of the day, a huge herd of buffalo had moved into the waterhole where we were earlier, so we avoided those!
On arrival back at the lodge the tables were set for dinner and not much time to change before we feasted on our delicious 3 course meal. Crayfish, followed by pork wrapped in bacon and a cheese platter to finish. My bed was calling but the elephant had other ideas and it was quite a wait before I was allowed to head back to my room. The security guard gingerly walked me to my Kansanshi suite with a few diversions on the way. A little scary but the guard assured me I was in safe hands.
The copper baths in the presidential suites are something else! Had to have one of those with plenty of delicious bubbles. It was time for bed and slipping into the crisp white cotton sheets was just what the doctor ordered. I fell asleep to the sound of the elephants having a good feast outside my tent!
Early morning start with a yummy on tap cappuccino and some of the homemade signature muesli. Off we went for our boat cruise. The Zambezi is something all should experience, the bird life, crocs hippos and elephants are abundant and its all so very peaceful.
The heat soon kicks in and almost too hot, so back to the lodge for a few hours rest before another delicious meal for lunch.
It was sadly time to leave this special place, our flight was waiting….
A very special experience, staff, ambiance it was all there, next time there will hopefully be more time to visit the spa!
A place very much worth visiting.
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