I stayed here for two nights as parts of a Gate1 tour package in early June 2014. Overall, I was very pleased with the place.
The lodge is located inside a game preserve and you can see elephants, hogs, and other animals. Hence, it is very scenic. The other hotels that I saw are in town and you do not get the scenic view like this place.
Suprisily, the Wifi is excellent even in the rooms. I was in Room 58 which is about 70 yards from the main building. Speed was very good. I was expecting snail speed.
Breakfast is a mixture of buffet of cereal, fruits, rolls/bread. Eggs or cooked items are a la carte. You have to order via a waiter. The service is a little slow but this is Africa. You just have to accommodate for it.
Not sure if it is on a daily basis but they feed the vultures at 1pm the leftover meat. It is quite impressive wating the vulture circling above and then swarming down to get at it. I viewed from the deck in the restaurant. Some people were able to go down and get within about 50 feets of the action. I was impressed just from where I was but I am sure those people down there got an eye full.
The rooms are nice. You have a balcony with chairs which you can sit it that overlook a very scenic countryside. The beds have mosquito netting which the staff put down at night and pull up during the day. The room had a phone but do not recall a television though there may have been one in the room. I do not watch television so I not pay attention to it. The room is not totally flat. There are 3 steps you have to go up to get to the main foyer where the front door and bathroom is located. The bathroom is decent with a nice shower.
The hotel provides a continoue shuttle between the town of Victoria Falls and the lodge. It has several stops it goes to in town and goes by them on an hourly basis. From I recall the lodge is not that far from town. Probably at most a 10 minute ride to town.
The staff at the lodge were friendly and very helpful. I have limited vision and the restaurant helped me a lot in getting me to my table and getting my food. There are a lot of steps to the restaurant and within it.
FYI - Zimbabwe deals strictly in US Dollars. Everything is priced in USD and it is expected to be paid in USD. Any other currencies, such as South African Rand, British Pounds, EU, etc, are converted to USD.
There is a decent shop in the hotel though you can not negotiate the price like you can the markets in town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted the best Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe for 20 years running, the world-famous Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers easy access to the iconic Victoria Falls, coupled with a wildlife experience that is truly unrivalled. Now in its 22nd year of welcoming guests, the Lodge is built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park with endless unspoilt views to the horizon, just four kilometers from the Falls. This is the only sunset facing hotel in Victoria Falls, and the newly-renovated rooms and balconies are built up above a central waterhole which attracts herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, as well as night-time predators, such as lion and leopard. Our warm and personable staff are our greatest pride. Past guests frequently comment on our team's sublime hospitality and seamless delivery. The main areas of the lodge, such as the MaKuwa-Kuwa restaurant and the homely Buffalo Bar, are rich in ambience and also overlook the central waterhole, where drinks and dinners are often shared with wildlife meandering down to the water each day to quench their thirst. ... more less
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