The Zambezi Waterfront is located on the Zambezi River just a few short miles from Victoria Falls with immediate access to the entrance of Mosi-o-Tunya National Park. The Waterfront presents visitors with three different accommodation options, with each providing guests with an economical benefit for their stay in Livingstone.
Three of my first four visits to Victoria Falls resulted in a stay at the Waterfront. My first visit to Victoria Falls and stay at the Zambezi Waterfront was a choice made strictly based on economics. However, both economics and appreciation of the property led to subsequent stays in future visits.
The Zambezi Waterfront is comprised of a series of two-story a framed chalets nestled throughout the rain forest along the Zambezi River. Each chalet overlooks the river, a pond or the rain forest giving visitors an intimate encounter with nature.
The chalets feature twin beds with mosquito netting draped over the bedposts protected travelers while they sleep. Each chalet has a bathroom with heated water for showers or baths. A nice soak in the tub can be relaxing after a long day hiking around Victoria Falls or riding on safari through the national park.
Elevated bridges and walkways take people through the forests to each of the chalets and back to the main lodge. Monkeys, who escort you around the property looking for opportunities to sneak a snack, frequently accompany guests on the lodge patio.
The lodge consists of covered or patio dining with both overlooking the Zambezi River. Visitors will also find a bar, a small pool, a business center, and an activities desk making your exploration of the area easier.
The lodge and patio are constructed in wood logs and feature a thatched roof that lets you know you are right in the middle of Africa. If the monkeys have not visited you along the paths they are certain to be hanging around the lodge for your added entertainment.
In addition to the chalets, the waterfront also offers two different camping experiences. The first is a tent seated on a raised platform about 2 feet off the ground. I selected the tent accommodations for each of my three stays at the Zambezi Waterfront.
The platform tents include two twin beds with a nightstand and lamp seated between them. Visitors who opt to stay in the more economical tents have access to public showers and toilets. It should be noted that you should plan on spraying for mosquitos before going to sleep.
The second camping option includes campsites where visitors can pitch their own tents. This is the most economical option, however it also includes access to grills for cooking meals and to the public restrooms for showers, sinks and toilets.
My first two stays involved the public showers in water that was not heated, which made for a very cold time of bathing. By my fourth visit, the waterfront had built nice sized bathrooms with multiple showers, stalls, and sinks. There was plenty of hot water for nice warm showers.
The Zambezi Waterfront also features a first class sunset cruise experience. Guests can choose a sunset cruise alone or opt for paying just a little more and enjoying food and snack as they watch the glorious sun setting on the Zambezi River. This is a must do experience, particularly if you like sunsets at all.
I have done this three times with each providing a different experience. On each outing I saw wildlife including hippos, crocodiles, and elephants. On one of the excursions to see the sunset, I also saw buffalo. Although there is a good chance of seeing wildlife, the reason to embark on this endeavor is to witness the sun setting on the river.
Travelers looking for economical options when visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world can trust the Zambezi Waterfront as their choice with confidence.
Whenever I visit a natural wonder, I am always looking for authentic places to stay that provide me with a true feeling of the expected adventure. The Zambezi Waterfront excels at delivering a genuine African experience while providing travelers with relief on their pocketbooks.
Without hesitation and without reservation, I can gladly recommend the Zambezi Waterfront for a comfortable and economical choice for accommodations without giving up the true African experience.