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6 Luxury Hotels Zambia Has Been Hiding All This Time

There are countless incredible ways to explore all that Zambia has to offer. Safari Lodges, Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts and major brand-named Hotels are all prolific in and around the capitol city of Lusaka and the Victoria Falls city of Livingstone, as well as throughout the several other regions of Zambia, each with their unique natural and cultural offerings and hospitality.

Zambia has a humid subtropical climate with two major seasons: Rainy and Dry. The Rainy Season spans from November-April and the Dry Season from May-October. The Cool Dry Season between May and August is considered the most optimal time to travel.

Whether it’s relaxing on the river just north of Victoria Falls or planning your Safari at a Luxury Adventure Lodge to one of Zambia’s 20 National Parks, a vacation in one of Zambia’s many luxury hotels is sure to be unforgettable.

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Traveler’s looking for a getaway to Zambia’s luxury hotels find themselves surrounded by natural beauty and engaged in an adventure filled vacation they wont soon forget. Home to some of the most diverse wildlife and most spectacular natural wonders in the world, Zambia has countless unique experiences to offer. Here are 6 of the consistently top rated luxury hotels, complete with unique sights and adventures to get you daydreaming about your next getaway!

Tongabezi Lodge

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Zambia’s Cool Dry Season of May-August can offer some of the most serene stays at Tongabezi Lodge. Bask in the beauty of Zambezi River in your secluded luxury riverside accommodations and take advantage of stellar spa services offered before dining in the splendid onsite restaurant. Ranked the #1 Safari Lodge in Zambia and one of the Fodor’s Top 10 Hotels of the World, Tongabezi Lodge offers a one-of-a-kind experience and countless activities day and night. Rooms feature picturesque canopy beds under thatched roofs and beautiful decor.  Tongabezi offers the perfect balance of family adventure lodge and relaxing luxury resort.

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls

One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Victoria Falls stretches 1,708 meters wide & 108 meters tall. The incredible waterfall sits on the border of Zambia & Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is undoubtedly one of the most populated tourist areas. There are countless Lodges & Resorts to choose from. The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls, hosting the only private entrance to Victoria Falls, is one of the most unique Victoria Falls experiences.

The Royal Livingstone offers excursions to the falls via their private entrance as well as train excursions on scenic railways. Immersed in the diverse natural beauty of Zambia alongside the Zambezi River, this luxury hotel & winery offers classic Victorian elegance, African & European dining & accommodations feature private terraces to bask in the incredible sights of the Zambezi.

Kanyemba Lodge and Kanyemba Island Bushcamp

For a unique experience on the Lower Zambezi, but not far from the capitol city of Lusaka, your stay at Kanyemba Lodge and Kanyemba Island Bushcamp would be complete with opportunities for Safari, River Canoeing, Angling, and tours of local Banana Farms and Villages. At the Lodge, immerse yourself in rustic luxury by the beautiful outdoor pool or al fresco dining under a large mango tree with exquisite Italian cuisine from the Lodge’s restaurant. Kanyemba Lodge and Island Bushcamp is also very dedicated to their extensive Wildlife Conservation Programs. Offering stays in a small number of private “Rondavel” chalets with private river decks with décor and furniture created by local artisans, Kanyemba lives up to many traveler expectations as an incredible Zambia Getaway experience.

AVANI Victoria Falls Resort


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Relax in Style amidst on of Zambia’s beautiful National Parks at the sleek AVANI Victoria Falls Resort. One of Livingstone’s most prolific resorts, AVANI has a reputation for contemporary Zambian décor, luxury accommodations and exclusive activities. Offering horseback riding and Victoria Falls tours year round, AVANI is also proud to offer playgrounds and family friendly vacations. Relax in loungers by the beautiful outdoor pool, immersed in the natural wonders of Zambia, or fill your stay with countless adventure opportunities. AVANI caters to every travelers desired experience.

The River Club

The River Club in Simonga is known for some of the most incredible stays near Victoria Falls. With ample picturesque views and sunsets over the Zambezi River viewed from luscious private gardens or the on-site authentic restaurant, The River Club is true local hospitality. The boutique owner-run Luxury lodge offers spacious accommodations with canopied beds, Edwardian Style décor in converted 1940’s farmhouses. For the most widely regarded experiences in Zambia, a stay at The River Club is a must. Yoga, Village Tours, Kids Activities and an al fresco restaurant await at the luxurious setting at The River Club.

Islands of Siankaba

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Looking for the most exclusive and private luxury resort experiences in Zambia? Islands of Siankaba is consistently rated as one of the most luxurious vacation experiences.  A stay at Islands of Siankaba’s private and remote luxury bush camp is like no other.

Stay in your own cottage on the riverbank with a private valet and it is sure to be an experience you won’t forget. Located between Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, Islands of Siankaba is made up of two private islands with footbridges and elevated walkways through lush grounds and beautiful gardens. Guest can immerse themselves in the exquisite nature of Zambia lounging in hammocks by the pool, canoe through the River, take a bike tour or travel a short distance to Victoria Falls. The tranquility of life at Islands of Siankaba is world-renowned. No matter which you choose, your Luxury Resort experience in Zambia is sure to be world class.

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Have a Zambia Getaway you LOVE that you don’t see above? Let us know where you LOVE to stay in Zambia! Your suggestion could be included in future featured articles about Zambian Travel!

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