Sited on the edge of the Zambezi River, 30 mins drive from Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, Waterberry Lodge offers a simple but comfortable retreat in lovely quiet gardens surrounded by trees.
There are just 7 rooms, including a honeymoon suite, all having private viewing decks. Some look over the river and others a small lagoon or the garden. The rooms are chalet-style made of stone and thatch, with mosquito nets over the beds. All are en-suite. There is a decent-sized swimming pool and lovely bar area with views over the water. Dining is al fresco whenever the weather allows, but otherwise there is a small open dining room.
Two activities a day are included such as a visit to Victoria Falls or a sunset cruise (see In Details for the list). Other adventure activities and excursions (such as whitewater rafting) in the area are available but must be separately booked when you are there.
Cultural visits to the nearby village and school can be arranged and local people are involved here, both being employed by the lodge and supplying materials and groceries.
We find that Waterberry offers and good standard of accommodation for a reasonable price, and with welcoming hosts who make sure that their guests enjoy their stay.
Open: All year round.
Location: On the banks of the Zambezi River about 30 mins drive from Livingstone.
Rooms: 7 lakeside and riverside rooms.
Activities: Two activities a day are included in your 'fully inclusive' stay. These 'in-house' activities include: a tour of Victoria Falls, daytime and sunset cruises, island picnics, fishing, guided village and bird walks, and a tour of the local villages and markets. Optional extra activities available are adrenalin adventures (bungee jumping), whitewater rafting, jet boating, safari experience, helicopter and microlighting over the Falls.
Facilities: There is a cosy upstairs lounge with river views, an indoor and outdoor dining area and floating pontoon where sundowners can be enjoyed. There is a large swimming pool set in the gardens and the lodge has some boats on the river for guest use. A laundry service is available.
Dining: This is a full board lodge, and meals are served in the dining area or al fresco on the sun terrace overlooking the river. Guests can also have private dinners on their terraces or on one of the secluded pontoons. Drinks are extra.
Children: The camp accepts children of all ages. Please be aware the camp is unfenced and children need to be supervised at all times. Children under 12 yrs sharing a room with an adult are discounted.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is limited mobile reception and complimentary WIFI.
From Victoria Falls to Chobe and the Okavango Delta and on to the Boteti River near Makgadikgadi.
"Wonderful place! Expensive but still good value. They had thought ahead and helped us to make the most of our short visit. Service was superb and very friendly."