To book a stay at The Islands of Siankaba Lodge is essentially to rent a private island smack dab between one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and one of Africa's most renowned national parks. All of a sudden, that penthouse suite in New York City seems almost quaint.
Halfway between Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park, Siabanka Lodge occupies two lush islands in the Zambezi River, linked by a footbridge to the best restaurant you'll ever require a footbridge to reach. There are only seven chalets in total, poking out from the dense jungle canopy like something out of Avatar.
Tours of Victoria Falls, which compares in height to Niagara Falls like Yao Ming compares to Napoleon, are wrapped into the cost of your stay. Tours of Chobe National Park are extra, but equally essential. This is where you'll find the world's largest concentration of elephants, along with scores of other animals including lions, hippopotamus, and impalas.