While we were in Zambia, we were persuaded not only to do a safari, but to visit Victoria Falls. We decided that we would make this an early anniversary trip. We only went for four days, but they were the best four days we have had in a very long time. We spent the first two nights at a very budget motel and then splurged the last two nights on a hotel that was out of this world. Well, let me be more accurate, we stayed at a luxury chalet. Oh baby!!! We would normally never be able to afford a place like this, but one of our dear friends at Northrise University helped us to get a massive discount. It was one of the best gifts we have ever been given.
Our first night we enjoyed the splendor of Victoria Falls and got sufficiently soaked. Seriously, we had two rain coats on and we were still soaking wet! Then the next day we went on our day safari. The next morning we left for our luxury chalet. We had no idea what to expect, but we were not disappointed. We spent an hour driving to the most remote hotel I have ever stayed in. Then we turned off the main road and basically went four wheeling for about thirty minutes. Eventually, we pulled up to the front gate of the Islands of Siankaba where we were greeted by our hosts. Our bags were taken away and we signed in at the front desk. We were then led out to the docks where we boarded a boat that speed upstream.
We eventually came to an island in the middle of the Zambezi River and my breath was completely taken away. There was a large sweeping veranda with plush sofas and large cushy chairs. There were fire pits everywhere, and off to the right were swinging rope bridges that lead from one island to the next. On the next island you could see the chalets peeking out of the tree tops. It was like a luxury Swiss Family Robinson. I was in awe.
Our room was this amazing tent that had a heated bed, a beautiful claw-foot tub, and a porch that over-looked the river where hippos came in at night. We woke up each morning to tea being delivered to our room and we would sit and watch the sun come up as monkeys played on our porch. It was surreal. We took walks around the island, got massages, and were able to go out to the village of Siankaba where we met the most amazing people. The hotel staff were all a apart of the Siankaba tribe and they take great pride in their village. My favorite part of the whole trip was meeting all the children who attend the local primary school. The sang and danced for me and Ben and my heart completely melted. I wanted to take all of them home with me! Those two days were filled with fun as we adventured around our tiny island. I felt like a kid chasing monkeys and searching for hippos.
There was no TV, internet access, or phone signal so it was just me and Ben and nature. It was two of the best days we have ever had together. Since it was an all-inclusive hotel, we were able to enjoy all sorts of activities for no extra charge. We ate the most amazing food, went on sunset river cruises each night, and just enjoyed the company of the other guests on the island. The most amazing part of the whole trip was our last night when Ben and I happened to be the only guests staying on the island! The staff went out of their way to make it a special night for us. They set up an enclosed gazebo for us so we could have an intimate dinner together. They lit lots of candles and served us the most delicious dinner. We even tried crocodile tail (a bit on the chewy side, but pretty tasty)! After dinner we crossed over the rope bridges and headed off to our what was our private island for the night. Talk about a once in a lifetime opportunity.
I could have stayed there forever, but alas, we had to return to Cambridge. I have never stayed anywhere with better service, more delectable food, or a more peaceful environment. It was the best early anniversary gift we could have given each other. I don’t know if we will ever be able to return, but I know I always remember those two days at Siankaba as two of the most relaxing, most romantic days we have shared together. What can I say, luxury suits us well!
Here are some pictures from our trip, but please take a look at the webiste as I couldn’t even capture how beautiful this place was! http://www.siankaba.net/