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Lokuthula Lodges
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

My wife and I spent 6 days at Lokuthula - not enough time! Our lodge was wonderful - clean, inviting and very spacious with a full kitchen. It was serviced beautifully every day by, as I recall, Evans - and it was wonderful to be constantly surrounded by all the animals and birds. The two meals we had at The Boma were superb, and a lot of fun too.

The complimentary shuttle into town was a big bonus, and the meals at the nearby Safari Lodge were truly excellent. We had a wonderful time and so a big thanks to ALL the staff, who - without exception - were welcoming, flexible and very professional. Well done indeed - I highly recommend Lokuthula!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Lokuthula Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 16 October 2012

Hello Brian in Florida
Your review of our Lokuthula self-catering lodges is greatly appreciated and when you still want to stay longer after six days then that speaks volumes. When people book for a lower-cost self-catering unit they usually have visions of a scruffy backpackers lodge in mind; then on arrival they are surprised at the quality of the lodge and the natural EXPERIENCE it provides.

Canvas zip-up walls on the verandas can be daunting for some people who love their lock-and-key comfort zone, but that is part of the wonderful bush experience that you so loved. Indeed, of our 49 reviews for Lokuthula 46 have been 4 or 5 stars: Excellent or Very Good. Only one has ever rated it terrible; but they were obviously not keen to be so close to the bush!

With best regards from Victoria Falls where the summer rains are starting to roll in
Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw

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Reviewed 21 September 2012

Just finishing a medical mission trip with LEAP-Foundation in Harare, Zimbabwe, 7 of us came to Lokuthula for 4 days of vacation and de-programming. We were overwhelmed with joy when we entered our #20 lodge. The lodge was clean, spacious and comfortable. We stopped in town and grocery shopped so our kitchen was stocked and ready for our vacation. Each morning we raised the tarps, (basically the walls) to enjoy the visits from Wort hogs, Monkeys and other animals while we had our breakfast. Upon returning from our excursions each afternoon, our lodge was cleaned and tidy. The price was very AFORFABLE and I would stay there again!! The main lodge was within a 10 minute walk and had a beautiful pool and deck for relaxing; great food and internet access for a small fee. There is also a free shuttle that runs from the lodges to the main hotel and main hotel to Victoria Falls all day. We were 6 Americans and one Australian...LOVED THIS PLACE!! Be sure to use your bed netting..lots of mosquitos in the evening. Boma, the African experience restaurant was 5 minutes from our lodge, suggest doing it one of the first nights you arrive..very interactive and fun. There is another pool near the lodges that was very nice and clean.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Janet C
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Lokuthula Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2012

Hello Janet in Texas

If ever our team could stand very tall and proud it is after your marvellous review of our Lokuthula self-catering lodges. I have shared it with all of them; it means a lot when guests respond as enthusiastically as this, so we thank you very much.

It is particularly wonderful when a guest’s expectations are surpassed. Maybe because Lokuthula is so very affordable people think they may be going to something of dubious style and standards? You said it all: “We were overwhelmed with joy when we entered our room.”

You six Americans and one Aussie showed your adventurous spirit and relished the experience!

My warmest regards
Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw

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Reviewed 18 September 2012

We stayed two nights with our two young girls Helen and Kathryn (11 & 9) in lodge No 4. Very clean and comfortable with great views from our veranda of a new waterhole. Warthogs and banded mongoose grazing around the lodge was brilliant for a first timer in Africa. All the staff we met were friendly and very helpful. We ate at the Boma on our first night and the safari lodge the next. Both meals were excellent. Breakfast in the safari lodge the first morning was mind blowing with the views we had overlooking the main waterhole. The children loved the pool whilst we relaxed after the long journey from the UK. Shuttle service into town was available if needed so access to the falls was easy. A truly wonderful place to start our trip in Zimbabwe.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Lokuthula Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2012

Dear Gilly and family in Cheshire

Your glowing 5-Star review of our very cost-effective self-catering units at Lokuthula has made us all proudly shine too! I have showed it to as many staff as I can and they all just beamed! Thank you for your most generous comments on all aspects, including your delight in watching the warthogs and mongooses on the lawns near your lodge. Sometimes the small animals can be just as enchanting as the elephants and lions!

Your enthusiasm as a family shines through and your statement that ours was “a truly wonderful place to stay” will do us a power of good. Conversely I really loved visiting Chester many years ago – really beautiful with great ambiance.

Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw

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Reviewed 12 September 2012 via mobile

These self catering lodges are very clean, tastefully furnished an a lot of fun. We had a two bed room lodge which sleeps 6.

The grounds are very well maintained but still very authentic. There are Water Buck, monkeys, warthogs and more literally on your door step.

It is very close to the main attractions and the parent hotel is a minutes walk away as well as the Boma restaurant

We would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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2  Thank acekicker77
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Lokuthula Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2012

Hello acekicker!
Wish I knew which country you are from?! Many thanks indeed for your 5 Star review of our self-catering Lokuthula Lodges which you rated as very clean and "a lot of fun." You mention that waterbuck, monkeys, warthogs and more literally come to your doorstep....you may be surprised to learn that on occasion elephants, buffalo and even lions have been close to the lodges! Thank you for telling the world that you would 'definitely stay here again"...though watch out for those lions when next you are enjoying a BBQ overlooking that superb vista!

My warmest regards
Jonathan Hudson
Gneeral manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw

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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We stayed at Lokuthula a couple of weeks ago with our kids. Everyone had a great time at the Lodge and at Victoria Falls in general. The lodge staff were very helpful and obliging and we found the Victoria Falls people to be friendly and honest. Prices for the touristy things e.g Falls entrance were on the high side but we got some good deals at the Open Market. We didn't have any monkeys visit our lodge, but did have mozzies. Lots of them. So bring out the spray. We brought the majority of our food and supplies from Johannesburg, but the Spar in Vic Falls seemed to be well stocked up.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Wayne88
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Management at Lokuthula Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review of Lokuthula Lodges after your recent stay. We are so glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit.

We hope you choose to stay with us again.

Regards,
Claire Wright

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Reviewed 11 July 2012

We stayed in a three bedroom lodge for four nights and had a pretty good time. The free shuttle into town leaves every hour and is great for getting your groceries etc

some of the rooms are open to the outside but we had no issues with bugs or cold, actually we were quite toasty in our loft room in the middle of winter! The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking and the Bomoa and main lodge are also close by (well within walking distance) so we ate there a few times too.

The main lodge had some construction going on which would have been nice to know about prior to booking as the shop was closed and the restaurants had been closed / relocated during the week we were there. This didn't distract us too much and should be finished soon anyway.

Overall a good stay and would probably stay here again if returning.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 13 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind review of Lokuthula Lodges following your recent stay with us.

We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and didn't have any problems with the cold.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has just undergone a refurbishment of the central block but I'm happy to inform you that this has now been completed and the lodge looks fantastic.

We hope you visit us again soon and have a chance to dine in our refurbished lodge.

Regards,

Claire Wright

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Reviewed 2 July 2012

I think this is the best place on the Zimbabwe side of the Falls for a family to stay. The setting is very pretty, and the thatched-huts are comfortable, well-furnished and stylish in an appropriate "African bush" way. Winter nights can get a bit chilly because there is no heat and no way to completely seal up the units, but blankets will keep you warm enough.

Because the hotel operates a free, hourly shuttle bus into town, the out-of-town (just a few miles) location becomes a plus. You're not stranded out there, and it's much more pleasant and prettier than in town (which has more than its fair share of mildly annoying touts and young men trying to sell you old Zimbabwe currency). I highly recommend a dinner at their famous Boma restaurant/show, and the 25% discount you receive for on-site meals makes it relatively affordable ($30 for adults, kids about half price). For other meals, I'd recommend going into town to buy food and using the braai in your backyard.

We didn't see that much wildlife at the water hole behind the hotel (go to Kruger if you want to see animals), but it was certainly a pleasant place to hang out. We also did not see any major wildlife looking over the electric fence at our villa.

There is currently some major construction/expansion on the hotel side of the compound, so I agree with the previous poster about asking for a quiet unit.

My only real criticism would be that the owners should undertake increased pest control. We did encounter a few bugs in our unit, including a couple of roaches, something we did not find in other southern Africa accomodations.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Management response:Responded 4 July 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Lokuthula Lodges following your recent stay with us. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit and the local dining options available to you.

We greatly appreciate your feedback regarding pest control, this information has been passed to the Lokuthula Lodges Manager who will immediately look into the situation so that no other guests are inconvenienced.

Your compliments to the Boma restaurant have been passed on to the team who wish to be associated with my thanks.

We hope you visit us again soon.

Regards,

Claire Wright

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Address: | Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Region: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 38 Speciality Lodging in Victoria Falls
Price Range: £125 - £175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lokuthula Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a natural bush environment adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, Lokuthula’s luxurious self-catering lodges offer stylish comfort, flexibility and privacy. The 2 and 3-bedroomed lodges, sleeping 6 and 8 respectively, are furnished in a riot of African colours and are fully equipped and serviced daily. 8 of the 37 lodges may be booked on Bed and Breakfast basis. Additional facilities include a 3-tier swimming pool and children’s playground. The Boma – Place of Eating and MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (both award-winning restaurants) are on the same resort complex. Situated just 4 kilometres from the mighty Victoria Falls, Lokuthula Lodges are ideally situated for families and groups to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer in the region. Lokuthula Lodges have consistently been awarded RCI (Resort Condominium International) Gold Crown status. ... more   less 
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