Rating: Modest Price from: £70 pp bed & breakfast
Maramba River Lodge offers a good value option just 4 kms from Victoria Falls, within Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park.
This lodge on the outskirts of Livingstone offers safari tents and chalets in an attractive riverfront setting. There are 6 luxury tents, spacious and individually decorated, with en-suite tiled bathrooms and showers open to the sky. There are 9 chalets which sleep up to 4 people, so are ideal for families. These are rustic in style, with ensuite bathrooms, mosquito proofing and ceiling fans. All have views of either the Maramba River or the waterhole. For the more budget conscious there are smaller safari tents, also with ensuite facilities.
The lodge is set on a bluff overlooking the Maramba River and enjoys a shaded woodland setting. The camp's resident wildlife includes elephants, who wander through the grounds at certain times of year.
The Activity Centre can arrange a wide range of excursions and activities in Livingstone and at Victoria Falls. There is a curio shop selling local crafts, books and maps. When not visiting Livingstone or the falls, guests can relax in the grounds and take a refreshing dip in the natural rock pool.
Open: Open all year.
Location: On the banks of the Maramba River in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just 4km from the Victoria Falls and just outside of Livingstone, Zambia.
Rooms: 6 luxury tents (sleeps 2 with en-suite bathrooms, 9 chalets (sleeps 4 with en-suite bathrooms), 10 safari tents (sleeps 2 with en-suite bathrooms), 5 dome tents (sleeps 2 with shared ablutions).
Activities: Game drives, guided walking safaris and birdwatching. Victoria Falls tours, canoeing, elephant-back safaris.
Facilities: There is a bar and also a swimming pool.
Dining: The riverside restaurant offers all meals from breakfast to dinner.
Children: The camp accepts children 12 years of age and over. As the camp is unfenced, children need to be supervised at all times.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: Free wireless internet from 6am to 10pm.
A great way to enjoy a mobile camping trip without breaking the bank. This trip takes you to Botswana, Namibia and Zambia, finishing up at the mighty Victoria Falls.
"Maramba River Lodge was great, the staff were lovely, very helpful and professional. We only had one bit of a problem when the helicopter flight we had booked got cancelled and we were not informed, however the ever helpful receptionist did rearrange it for us. The setting of the Lodge is just beautiful, to sit at the bar by the river with an ice cold bottle of Mosi beer or a gin and tonic was just breath-taking, with a view of baboons and crocodiles. One night after the evening meal the waitress informed us that a hippo was grazing just outside the restaurant, and there it was - amazing! Most of the food was really nice but a couple of the meals were just average. The setting couldn't be faulted though. The accommodation was excellent."