Siavonga has a nice place to camp in Zambia that’s close to the massive Kariba Dam wall. While many visitors to the country head straight for the Victoria Falls at Livingston, Siavonga is certainly worth a stop-over or a camping holiday. Campers will enjoy their visit at Eagles Rest Resort. Fortunately, the destination is useful, as it’s not far off the main road to Lusaka, nightlife, and the international airport. Travellers who come through the border post from Zimbabwe will discover a town that’s ideally situated for a stopover before pushing on to Lusaka. The town has shops, a bank, hotels, filling stations and a stunning view of the lake.
About Eagles Rest Rest, Siavonga
Eagles Rest Resort is one of the first resorts on the eight-kilometre drive from the border and the dam wall to the town. The setting is on four hectares of the African bush in a small bay. The hosts, Peter and Karen Fagyas and Steve Thompson are wise in the ways of African travel and are very hospitable. In fact, Eagles, as it’s affectionately known, has a laid-back but homely atmosphere. Additionally, the resort offers the only camping facility in Siavonga.
Campsite Facilities at Eagles Rest
The campsite, which is set in woodland a short distance away from the main buildings, has a nice view of the rest of the resort across the bay on one side. A view across the lake is on both sides of the camping area. There are male and female ablution blocks with hot and cold water, toilets, washbasins, and showers. The sites have barbecue facilities, an ideal setting while you enjoy a sundowner and listen to the hippos grunting. Wake up to the thrilling calls of the African Fish Eagles.
Amenities For Campers at Eagles
Campers who wish to make use of the beach bar will find a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Palm trees, sand, and a beautiful view make for a nice place to meet some of the local characters while you enjoy a cold beer or a meal. The bar area is the central hub of the establishment. Up a short flight of stairs across from the carpark, the inviting swimming pool has a deep and a shallow end, so you can enjoy a cool swim on hot days.
Beyond the pool, the dining room area entices with delicious cooking smells. Meals are wholesome and the area is cool. You get a good view of the lake from there. As a plus point, free WiFi is available at the bar and in the restaurant.
Eagles Rest Resort is a pleasant spot for fishing. You can take your own rods or just hire them from the resort. You can also book a fishing trip through reception. This is your opportunity to catch some of the iconic fighting tiger fish. Speak to Peter to find out if he can arrange a trip down the Zambezi to get into some river fishing.
Sunset cruises can be arranged through reception, or ask at the bar. The sunsets on Lake Kariba are stupendous in good weather. The cruise is a lovely way to end the day before heading back for a barbecue or just chill in the beach bar.
Canoeing is available, so once again, ask at reception or the bar if you want to have a fun on the water. You’ll get some good advice from your guide so your trip is as safe as possible.
Take a houseboat trip
Ask about the houseboats. Eagles’ managers have years of experience as houseboat hosts. While wildlife is not abundant in the area, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the birds, fish, relax, and even get out for some biking and walking. Explore the islands, follow footpaths through the bushveld, or stay cool in the pool.
Book your houseboat experience through Cruisin’ Kariba who happen to operate from Eagles Rest. Your hosts at Eagles Rest Resort will also be on hand to arrange your trip. Book for a day trip or stay out on the lake overnight.
The Southern Belle
The Southern Bell moors close to Eagles Rest. Managed by Kevin Immelman, the Belle is a luxury experience. Incidentally, the huge vessel is open to the public for access to the bar and restaurant meals when in harbour. They also offer overnight charters. The river-boat themed vessel is one of the largest in southern Africa and comes with a pool, luxury rooms, and a stunning restaurant.
Destination Rating for Eagles Rest Resort as a Camping Venue
If you love camping, Eagles Rest Resort should be on your itinerary when you visit Siavonga in Zambia. Definitely, it’s a great place for families, backpackers, or fishing enthusiasts. The shady environment is neat and tidy and the facilities are well-serviced. Your hosts are friendly and knowledgeable. Therefore, why not put the Eagles Rest Resort to the test and book your next trip somewhere different for a change? My personal rating on the resort as a camping experience is very good.
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