The gym is called “Gin” and the spa is called “Tonic”. They are appropriately right next to one another and the name is inspired by the Queen Mother. Peter Jones, part owner of the River Club, is a British Royalist. He absolutely loves and knows everything about the Royals, which makes him very interesting to talk to on this subject. Royal is how you feel at The River Club.
The River Club is famous for many things, one of which is the iconic photograph of the infinity swimming pool that overlooks the Zambezi River. The other iconic shot has to be the 1929 Rolls Royce. It is just grand and spectacular.
We spent the day with Peter and his team and went through everything that the lodge has to offer. To begin with we explored the library which has an impressive selection of books, periodicals, and an old manual typewriter. The scary thing is that I actually know how to use one of those! Shows how versatile our generation is – we can type on a manual typewriter and we can type on a tablet! Off from the library is the lounge on the one side and the dining room on the other. Beautifully appointed in an Edwardian-style that shows lots of silver, old art and décor that tells a story of an elegant era long ago. Everything has a story to it. I could imagine sumptuous dinners being served at the long dinner table while classical tunes floated off the keys of the piano and guests talked late into the night!
There are a total of 10 rooms of which one is a family room and two are suites. The family room has a king size bed in the main room and two singles in the adjoining section. Separate bathrooms for each with an outdoor shower in the children’s section. The family room also has a plunge pool as do the two suites. All the bathrooms have both baths and showers with a view over the river. All rooms have river and sunset views.
Overlooking the croquet lawn (where you can play Boule too) is the Summer House. The open verandah is lovely to lounge in with a good book or to play some board games or cards. The snooker room adjoining is quite versatile insofar as it can be converted into a conference room for up to 12 delegate’s board-room style. All the necessary equipment available i.e.: screen, projector, computer points, wireless internet, large screen TV and DVD player etc. In keeping with The River Club it is very smartly and elegantly transformed from billiard room to conference room.
You have two options for the nature walk, either a 900 m or a 1.2 km trail. And you can choose to jog it a few times if you need the exercise! Or you could play a game of mixed doubles on the tennis court followed by a Pims or a Gin and Tonic on an afternoon’s sunset cruise. As you are on the mighty Zambezi River, a tour of the Falls from the Zambian side is a must. All these activities, as well as a game drive to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, are included in the rate.
But that is not all you can do, there are all the activities that are not included in the rate, but are on offer from Victoria Falls/Livingstone area including adventurous activities of bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swing, river rafting, etc. And sporting activities such as golf or horse riding and much, much more. The list is extensive so a two to three night stay is ideal.
I loved staying at The River Club – I loved the ‘olde-world’ feel of it. There is a lot to do, and there is also the option to just relax and take in the beautiful setting.
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