The River Club was awarded the inaugural Zambian Heritage and Culture Award in 2009 for all the work carried out in the Livingstone area preserving the heritage in the town as well as being involved in cultural and support efforts in the nearby village. The lodge is also listed as a member of the ECO-LUXURY group of lodges from around the world in 2009, all of whom work to preserve the environment and support local people in the areas we operate. (see

The River Club has been involved with the local community since 2000, helping improve the lives of the people who live there. This Social Development Project has been hugely successful largely due to the generous donations from guests who have stayed at or been connected to the lodge.

Projects with just some of the many sponsors include

  • The building of a Health Post and supplying of equipment in it (BELRON SA, YESNER
  • Pharmaceuticals Aust, CEO Group USA)
  • The construction of a Police Post at the request of the villagers themselves (JACOBS UK)
  • The renovation of the water supply system that now provides 50,000 litres of clean water each day to the villagers (ZURICH and ADAMSON UK, de ALBA BARNOLA Mexico)
  • Providing 300 children with Solar Study Lamps so that they can do their homework at night (Geoff/Bonnie MORGAN and sponsors)
  • The building of a library and canteen at the school (GREG CARR Foundation USA)
  • Providing breakfast for 400 children daily during term time (SONDLAND/DURANT Foundation)
  • Building of a goat shed for animal husbandry studies (UNUM)
  • Sponsorships for 50 children to high schools in Livingstone town (SLOAN Scholarship)
  • Construction of a Kindergarten classroom for the village pre-school (Norwich Union now AVIVA Insurance)
  • Sponsorship of 3 teachers through University courses (SLOAN Scholarship)
  • Provision of gardening tools for the growing of vegetables by the students for the school (STONEY Ireland)
  • Paying for the exam fees for those children sitting for their annual tests
  • Construction of a Community Hall for 250 people
  • Provision during each term time of pencils, pens, books, maps etc for each of the grades
  • Construction of houses for two of the leaders of the area (SATORI)
  • Transport for the students to attend sports matches and scholastic competitions.┬áThe lodge also hosts students from abroad to come and spend time on VOLUNTOURISM tasks assisting children at the school with sports and extra teaching.