Climate in December
December at The River Club was a warm and balmy month, with the mean average temperature reaching 24 degrees Celsius - the highest average temperature was 30 C while the lowest was 19. We received a nice amount of rain - 169mm for the month and the humidity was quite high, being 71%!
Around The River Club
The two honeymoon chalets, Livingstone and Rhodes, have each had a beautiful new sundeck and a large splash pool built. All guest chalets also have had the showers refurbished and bathrooms painted.
With the rain season, the scenery around the Zambezi River is totally transformed. All the trees are bushy and green which contrast beautifully with the blue sky - and very dramatically when the sky is grey and heavy with clouds.
One of the most exciting moments ever happened when the birth of a baby hippo in the Zambezi was witnessed from the lower deck of the swimming pool. It doesn't get better than that!
The Victoria Falls have returned to their full glory with approximately 7 million square metres of water pouring over the rim every minute!
Guest comments in the visitor book:
"The hospitality was fantastic, nothing could be faulted and the company was delightful? and that isn't to begin on the superlatives of the position. What an experience, dining al fresco in the Gazebo overlooking the river listening to the birds calling was pretty much perfection. We have travelled a lot but this place is special and one day we hope to return!" - The C Family, UK.
Simonga Village Project Update
Progress has been made on a number of fronts:
The Police Station has been completed and is ready for commissioning.
The foundations for the nursery school are complete and the building can start to take shape. The education department will provide the furniture and a specific donation has been made to provide necessary equipment for cooking food for the nursery school children.
Simonga Basic School will reopen on 12 January where the newly formed PTA will approve the school registers. The River Club 'guest donations' will once again pay for the examination fees for grade 8 and 9 pupils and will also provide transport costs for those pupils attending school in Livingstone . Emphasis this year will be on monitoring pupil progress and this will be achieved by fully involving the PTA in decisions with the Village Project Manager regarding funding for specific pupils.
The donations of stationary, mosquito nets and clothing received last month were very much appreciated by the schoolchildren and the villagers. It was a wonderful way of finishing off 2008.
Here's how the Zambia Daily Mail described this exciting event:
Extracted from page 3, Zambia Daily Mail on Wednesday 3 December 2008:
RIVER CLUB DONATES TO SIMONGA BASIC SCHOOL
By Ndubi Mvula
Livingstone's River Club yesterday donated 348 mosquito nets and education stationery worth K15 million to Simonga Basic school pupils. The Company's village project manager Christelle Belot said K12 million was spent on mosquito nets while K3 million was used to buy educational material.
Ms Belot said her resort made the donation because it was aware that malaria was a killer. She said children are at risk of suffering from malaria because of the rains, during which mosquitoes breed.
"If children suffer from malaria, then their education is affected. And once that happens, there will be low turn-out in class. This is the reason we decided to contribute these nets... we want the children to stay healthy."
"We get these donations from our guests who come to spend some time at the lodge and the village," Ms Belot said.
School head-teacher, Chester Mufalali, commended River Club proprietor Peter Jones for the donation.
"River Club is an all-weather friend to the school and the surrounding community. We are so grateful, especially that the mosquito nets have come at the right time," he said.