Kanyemba Lodge

Chalet in Lower Zambezi National Park

Boasting a wonderful waterfront location, Kanyemba has a relaxed garden resort atmosphere that's both social and family-friendly. Its main hangout is its cool infinity pool and spa overlooking the Zambezi. The thatched, air-con rondavels have all the mod cons and phenomenal river views. If you don’t have your own wheels, pick-ups are available from Chirundu (US$20) and Lusaka (US$100).

While you're here, take a guided canoe safari, try your luck at tiger fishing or down G&Ts on a sundowner cruise.

If you're after more seclusion, Kanyemba has its own rustic bush camp (per person US$410), where shower heads are stuck onto the branches and trees protrude into the bathrooms in a secluded corner of the island just across the water from the lodge. You’re sure to see loads of animals, especially elephants and hippos, out your door.