You’ll fall for the Falls when visiting Zambia
Christelle Conradie is to matching guests’ taste to expectations. You can be sure that is a priority, and I can’t imagine anyone not loving this elegant, chilled and luxurious little world – part of the Robin Pope Safaris portfolio of lodges in Zambia, neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi. Hippos snorting, lions roaring (on the other side of the electric fence) and bird calls are the only disturbances.
The open-sided, triple-volume thatched lodge building is where you find comfy spots to relax – in the building, around the rim-flow pool or the fire-pit in the evening, or on the oversized, elevated daybed. There’s wi-fi to keep in touch with the world outside, wine, local Mosi beer, fine food. With the Zambezi in sight, I felt fish was the way to go, and particularly enjoyed the baked tilapia and savoury rice I had for dinner and the fish goujon with lemon butter sauce and salad at lunch. There is always a vegetarian option, even if you didn’t specify your dietary requirements when booking, and the carrot and ginger soup is recommended.
Exercise may be required to counter the kilojoules. There’s a small fleet of mountain bikes and Jele took me to Mukuni village, where Livingstone stopped before his sighting of the falls in 1855.
Guide Janine Muchindu was a mine of information and the outing more than stretched my legs. So did other activities – the Flying Fox, zip-line and, especially, the practising-for-suicide gorge swing.
The complimentary – and efficient, of course – laundry service is a boon. It means you can pack a lot lighter, though you may leave a little weightier and a lot happier.
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