August and September at The River Club
Keeping busy at the lodge
We have been keeping very busy during this time with many upgrades and plans in the pipeline. Most recently, we added brand new curtains to all of our suites to add an extra flair. We are also looking at putting a new roof over the terrace to shield from the African sun.
Our staff gardens have also been in good use. The Lionda Staff/Vegetable Project is still flourishing with our team there daily, picking the best and freshest ingredients. Our Head Chef Tawanda has also been busy in the garden, picking some great ingredients for his meals. He has also been sharing some of his sweet recipes – check out our social media pages to give them a try yourself!
Last month our Sales Representative, Daina, and The Explorer Club Africa Sales Manager, Cara, attended PHA Connect, a trade show with agents from all over the world. It was a great show and the team was able to make some great contacts, both trade The River Club has worked with before and some new faces!
The sales team then began to prep for We Are Africa, which started on 6 September 2021. The excitement was palpable as the team set up their meetings. Again the team had some fantastic meetings with many new contacts as travel slowly starts to open up around the world.
The positivity from the trade was overwhelming with many travellers keen to visit southern Africa within the next year. We cannot wait to welcome international guests back to the lodge.
Of Kind Souls and Generous Hearts
Tim and Lori Hughes from Kentucky came to stay in June and are still telling others about the wonderful time they had in Zambia and at The River Club. During the stay they visited Simonga Village, and being the kind souls they are, decided to gather together an extraordinary goodie-package to send from the USA all the way back to Zambia, especially just for the children taken care of by the Simonga Orphanage.
Included in the parcel were activity books and crayons donated by the Kentucky Soybean Board (Tim works in agriculture), along with a couple of boxes of snacks made by businesses in Kentucky. The Hughes’s Gideon Ministry sent 25 New Testament bibles, and are glad to know they are impacting the lives of children and people in Zambia.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Tim and Lori sent hard-copies of the lovely photographs they took while visiting the orphanage with enough copies to give each child captured by their lens.
The most awesome of all though, was the hard-cover book of photos of the youngsters of Simonga Orphanage taken during the visit; a wonderful reminder and memento of this special visit. The photo-book will forever be cherished by everyone at the orphanage.
From all of us here at The River Club and Simonga Orphanage, heartfelt thanks go out to Tim and Lori and those Kentucky businesses who added to the parcel. Your thoughtfulness and generosity is appreciated more than any of us can express.
Wishing you all every Blessing and hope to see Tim and Lori again one day.
COVID Testing for Arrival and Departure
We are receiving a lot of questions regarding arrival and departure in Livingstone with regards to COVID testing.
With regards to arrival, into Livingstone, please note that the current visa regime remains in place. All travellers coming into Zambia using ground crossings and airports will be required to provide a negative-result SARS CoV2 PCR test certificate from the country of departure conducted within the previous 72-hours.
With regards to departure, many visitors require a fresh COVID-negative certificate in order to leave the country. The River Club can assist with planning the logistics around getting this certificate. Private or public testing is available for guests and our Lodge Ops will facilitate the process. We are also able to call out a private nurse to the lodge should guests prefer to do this.
Please do enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to find out more information or have a look at our COVID Testing for Departure document.