Royal Zambezi Lodge

Where luxury meets the wild Royal Zambezi is the perfect lodge to stay at on the Lower Zambezi if you fancy high comfort levels whilst experiencing all that the area has to offer. Including some of the best fishing on the river, a great bush spa and plunge pools for each luxury room, the lodge is also the favourite hang out spot for the elephants in the area! You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own room to spot wildlife.

Why we love Royal Zambezi Lodge!

Royal Zambezi is one of those places where it really feels like home with exceptional attention to detail and a wonderful personal touch. It is somewhere I would go back again and again!

– Last visited by Mike Varndell, Managing Founder – Nov 2018 –

Experience Rating

Experience Ratings Explained

The star ratings are based on a variety of different criteria.

Namely it is a comparative aspect against the other lodges in this country and/or area. We like to think of this rating as a mix of the accommodation (please do remember just because the rating is lower doesn’t mean it is a bad lodge more that it maybe more of a rustic nature), guiding and wildlife in the area, food, safety and general vibe.

The lower ratings tend to either be due to being a rustic lodge or being in e.g a busy area of the park. This should be used as a general guide but please do contact us for more detail or check out the reasons why we love these lodges.

Fast Facts


Lower Zambezi National Park


8 Deluxe Suites (Of which 2 are inter-connected for family room), 7 Presidential Suites (Honeymoon)

Avg. room price

From $590 (ppn)

Great for

Fishing – best on the river as well as exceptional elephant sightings

Children welcome

Yes. Over the age of 8 is recommended (Younger on request)


All year round

Ideal length of stay

4 nights





Lodge Key Features


Based on the river, the location of Royal Zambezi is perfect for those interested in water activities. With some of the best fishing on the river as well as epic sunset boat cruises you can’t fault the lodge for where it is situated! Although it is just outside the park in a GMA you wont compromise on wildlife sightings and of course you can get straight to the water if you want to explore by boat or canoe!


The lodge combines the perfect balance of keeping in theme with its surroundings with a beautiful modern simplistic style with extreme comfort. The views of the surrounding wilderness are epic, with elephants as regular sightings you can enjoy wildlife viewing from the minute you enter your room! With all rooms overlooking the river and the luxury suites having their own plunge pool and outdoor showers, you would be forgiven for skipping a drive and staying put watching the animals as they visit the river sipping on a cold drink from the pool!


The guides at Royal Zambezi are outstanding, all of whom have been there for a long time. They know the area like the back of their hand and can identify the individual animals they have watched for years. Each activity has specialist guides from those who are experts at birding to those who know where the best spots are for tiger fishing, game drive guides, walking guides, canoeing guides-they have them all! They pride themselves on their guiding and have purposely chosen to staff a larger guiding team than the norm, which really sets them apart from its competitors and means guests are well looked after and almost guaranteed to see/do exactly what they want to (within reason- sadly they cant produce miracles or unicorns!).

Client Reviews

  • If you want wildlife and luxury this is the place

    The Royal Zambezi is in a class of its own. I imagine most if not all the guests arrive by airplane provided by the Royal Zambezi Charter Company, a great introduction in itself. After landing we were greeted by the staff and after a quick filling out of forms, we went to our rooms. The filling out of forms involved one of the local elephants coming onto the grounds and looking at us while we filled in those forms. The Royal Zambezi is a gem. If you are contemplating the trip of a lifetime, this is a great candidate for one of the stops.

  • Looking for “Royal” treatment – Stop at the “Royal Zambezi Lodge”

    My wife and I were a part of the motley crowd of 30 people that spent 2 nights at the Royal Zambezi Lodge last week on an exciting fishing expedition. The list of compliments are endless, but I would highlight a few that remarkably stood out.
    • Despite being vegetarians, the chef’s culinary talents caressed our appetites with passion.
    • The ethnic vibrancy of the lodge’s interiors, levitates you to a bygone era of simplicity.

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  • Life at Royal

    Our stay at Royal for four nights was an absolute dream from the moment we arrived with the royal airplane it was an experience we will never forget luxury really does meet the wild at Royal and the food the rooms the staff is all out of this world top class and nothing less, we would definitely return to this paradise for great tiger fishing excellent game viewing and delicious food.


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