A neighbor to Tongabezi, with even better views, this romantic retreat on the banks of the Zambezi is the most overtly colonial of the Zambian lodges, and a top choice. Set amid lovely lawns, the main house is filled with period pieces that evoke a distinctly Edwardian atmosphere. Meals are elegant affairs, particularly dinners, after which you may choose to take a drink in the library, partake of a game of moonlit croquet, or flop into your huge bed, romantically swathed in mosquito nets. During the day, enjoy a rejuvenating riverside massage treatment, or laze around in the gorgeous pool, located on the high bank of the river. The open-sided split-level bungalows are built overlooking the Zambezi; Victorian bathrooms, almost touching distance of the river, are a real highlight (for best views, request the Edward suite). Note: If the price strikes you as a tad steep, take a look at the other Wilderness-Safari option, Toka Leya, which enjoys an equally good location on the river banks, about 10km (6 1/4 miles) upstream from the falls. It's not the colonial luxury of River Club, but it's a gorgeous-looking camp, with great staff. Given that certain activities are included in the rate ($950 double, year-round), it's an excellent value.
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- Very Highly Recommended 2010