Located 4Km outside of Victoria Falls town set on a hillside overlooking the savanah and waterhole. Large in comparison to all other lodges we stayed in - this is perhaps more of a 'hotel' with conferencing facilities and 70 rooms though does still retain the 'safari lodge' appeal with its views and wildlife roaming close by.
Room was very comfortable and well maintained, nice bathroom and lovely large and powerful shower. Each room has a balcony although visits by the local vervet monkey (that can get a bit nasty) meant we didn't use it as often as we may have liked other than to view the countryside and waterhole. Beds were comfortable and the linen and towels were all of good quality.
Vic Falls has both bar food and a restaurant - we had crocodile paella and bream one night - very nice.
The bar staff werent always as attentive as you would expect, tended to focus on the larger groups and ignored us as a couple. Needed to go to the bar rather than being served at the table. Wide choice of food at breakfast with a great range of fruit, meats, cereals, cakes, breads plus some great hot cooked breakfasts.
At 1pm there is a real treat - bit of a Vulture fest. We had wondered why we saw a regular number of vultures around the waterhole. As part of the lodges conservation effort they feed the vulture and Maribou population to help maintain their numbers. An astonishing sight from no more than 10m to see 50+ vultures gorge themselves on scraps from the hotel.
The waterhole only had occasional visitors perhaps due to the proximity of the Zambezi. We did see elephant, kudo, water buffalo, impala, baboon, plus the birdlife as above. There is a hide adjacent to the waterhole that costs $40 for a 2 hour visit - many folk would have only seen Maribou for 2 hours so you would have to be lucky to see much else. When the buffalo did arrive in numbers they must have been there for 10-15 minutes max and there is then no chance to get close. The waterhole isn't particularly close to the lodge and so bino's are a must and pictures of animals would tend not to be great - best get yourself on a game drive to get better views although still makes for a lovely view from the bar/restaurant. Free shuttle bus every hour down to the town and back.
Would recommend this as a great base around Victoria Falls.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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