The Islands of Siankaba Lodge is located on 2 untouched islands in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River situated 24 miles from the magnificent Victoria Falls, and just 30 miles from the world famous Chobe National Park.
The islands are linked by a suspension bridge leading to an overhead walkway in the tree canopy.
Some of the activities offered include tours to the Victoria Falls or the Mosi-O-Tunya and Chobe National Parks; birding and tree walks; guided fishing trips; dugout canoe trips around the islands with your own private paddler/guide; cycling; sunset river cruises; elephant back safaris and white water rafting.
Cultural village walks can also be arranged, which is a fantastic way to experience real Zambian culture and hospitality within a rural way of life.
The design and landscaping of all the facilities incorporates the use of natural materials that blend in with the feel of the surrounding bush and takes full advantage of the beauty of the riverine site.
The 7 luxurious and secluded chalets are fashioned in teak and canvas. Unwind while enjoying the view from your private deck overlooking the serene and majestic Zambezi River.
After a full day of exploring, guests can enjoy a relaxing dinner in the fine haute-cuisine restaurant, which has earned its reputation for offering excellent food and wines.
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General Information For Guests
Please note that Victoria Falls is a malarial area, so please contact your doctor prior to travelling regarding taking the necessary precautions.
Please note as of the 1st of January 2008, all banks in Zambia will no longer accept travellers cheques. The only method of payment available in Zambia will now be credit cards or cash. Diners Club credit cards are, however, NOT accepted in Zambia.
The whole visa waiver system has now been abolished for all visitors to Zambia. This change means that every visitor is obliged to pay for his or her visa either in advance or on arrival in Zambia. The current visa costs (as at 20 November 2008) are as follows :
All nationalities: $50 for single, $80 for double and $160 for multiple entry.
It is best to obtain visas prior to travel in order to avoid any potential problems with the airlines or with the Zambian Immigration Authorities. Visas can be obtained from your country's Zambian High Commission. Single entry visit visas are available at all ports of entry, but multi-entry visas are not so these must be applied for before travelling. The Zambian immigration website still has the old fees advertised but we are told it will be updated shortly. It is important to carry the exact amount with you, as change may not be available.
There is also a Departure Tax and Security Charge payable upon leaving the country at the airport - please ensure you have sufficient dollars in cash available for this - allow US$40 per person (to be on the safe side).
The privately owned islands are located in a wilderness area, therefore the emphasis is on the scenic beauty of its riverside setting as a place to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the African bush. However, a host of exciting activities are available both at the lodge and in nearby Livingstone Town: Tours to Victoria Falls, Mosi-O-Tunya and Chobe National Parks, Canoeing, Village Walks, Nature Trails, Fishing and Sunset Cruises, Elephant Back Safaris, Microlighting, White Water Rafting, Jet Boating, Helicopter Flights, Abseiling, Bunji jumping.
Electricity - The Islands of Siankaba are connected to the national grid. The electricity supply is 240 Volts. The square shaped 3 pin British standard plugs are used. Please ensure that you have the correct battery charger for your camcorder.
Please note a new law has been passed in July 2006 that it is illegal to wear (or even have in one's possession) camouflage-style clothing if you are planning on travelling into Zimbabwe. It is an offence to be in possession of a "camouflage uniform" which is defined for legal purposes as any piece of "apparel" bearing a camouflage print or pattern. Should you be found in possession with any camouflage-style clothing you could receive a fine, 6 months in jail or both. They hold the right to detain passengers for up to 48 hours in prison before charging them. This is very important - no camouflage prints on board shorts, trousers, shirts, hats, bags etc.