You’ll fall for the Falls when vis­it­ing Zam­bia

African Independent - - BUSINESS -

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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