The David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa luxury beside the Zambezi MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

Discover Luxury on the Banks of the Zambezi at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa

Welcome to the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa, a hidden gem nestled on the picturesque banks of the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia. As I embarked on my weekend getaway, my senses were inundated with opulence, delectable cuisine, and exceptional hospitality.

Upon arrival at the magnificent wooden doors of the lodge, we were greeted with warm towels to rejuvenate after our journey. To kickstart our adventure, we were treated to vibrant cocktails that were reminiscent of out-of-this-world concoctions. Keith Rissik, the Three Cities’ game lodges’ operations manager, welcomed our media group with his infectious smile and witty banter, instantly making us feel at home.

As I strolled through the entrance, I couldn’t help but pause and soak in the breathtaking scenery. The David Livingstone Lodge offers a stunning view of the Zambezi River and Siloka Island. The neatly sloping lawn sprawls out from the charming lodge made of wood and thatch, leading to a crystal-clear pool and a spacious deck that sits right at the water’s edge. Keith gave us a word of caution, advising us against lounging on the small beach area in front of the pool due to the presence of crocodiles in the Zambezi. However, he did entice us with a promise of $1000 if we dared to swim across the river and back. Unsurprisingly, nobody saw this as a tempting opportunity to earn some quick cash.

The lodge has a total of 77 rooms, each with its own bathroom. One of the things I loved about this place was that every room was strategically designed to offer a breathtaking view of the river from its private balcony. Imagine waking up in the morning, rolling over, and being greeted by the stunning sights of Zambia right outside your window. It truly was a sight to behold.

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Now, I have to admit, I was a little bit worried about visiting a malaria area for the first time. The thought of mosquitoes buzzing around and potentially biting me was not exactly appealing. However, Keith, one of the staff members, reassured me that as long as I wore my Zambezi perfume, also known as insect repellent, I had nothing to worry about. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I decided to trust his advice.

I have to say, Keith was absolutely right. I am someone who always seems to attract mosquitoes, no matter where I am. If there’s even one mosquito in a room full of people, it will find me. But during my trip, I didn’t get a single mosquito bite. Not even a tiny red dot. It was incredible!

When I stayed at the lodge, the food was one of the many luxuries I enjoyed. The meals were served buffet-style, and they were absolutely delicious. Whether it was breakfast, lunch, or dinner, there was always a wide variety of options to choose from. Fresh fruit, refreshing salads, and mouthwatering hot dishes like chicken curry, grilled fish, and ribs were just some of the highlights. And if that wasn’t enough, there were also a la carte options available, such as pork chops and pesto pasta, not to mention the delectable desserts.

One of my favorite dining experiences was on the Gwembe Terrace, where I could peacefully enjoy my lunch while taking in the serene surroundings. As I sat there, I could hear the gentle sounds of the water and watch colorful sunbirds flitting around the vibrant red hot pokers. It was a truly delightful way to relax and recharge between exciting activities.

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The lodge itself is located in the breathtaking Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, which only adds to its appeal. There are so many incredible activities to choose from, including lion walks, elephant and horseback safaris, and sunset cruises along the Zambezi River. And, of course, no visit would be complete without a tour to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of Victoria Falls.

Last Saturday, my friends and I had a relaxing cruise down the Zambezi River aboard the Lady Livingstone. This three-story boat offered breathtaking views of the river. As luck would have it, we even spotted an elephant on the riverbanks. We also came across numerous crocodiles, a hippo splashing in the distance, and a variety of beautiful birds like goliath herons and pied kingfishers.

Our guide for the trip, Houston Luwndu, was absolutely amazing. He shared fascinating facts about the wildlife in the area and their peculiar habits. For instance, did you know that the temperature of a crocodile egg determines the sex of the baby crocodile? Houston’s entertaining stories and insights transformed our cruise from a typical party ride into an enlightening adventure.

I was really sad to leave Zambia and The David Livingstone Lodge. I hope to go back and visit soon. The staff was friendly, the accommodations were excellent, and I had some truly unique African experiences that will definitely be the highlight of many people’s trips after me.


David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa

Central Reservations

Tel: 0861-000-333

Lodge: +260-213-324601

Email: [email protected]


Thanks to Zambezi Airlines, it’s now easier than ever to reach Livingstone from Cape Town and explore the amazing wonders of Zambia.

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If you’re looking for more accommodation options in Livingstone, you can find them here.

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