We were allocated #7 lodge, and were we surprised at the coziness of the lodge! Both rooms are of a reasonable size, the bathroom was spacious bathroom as shown in other travelers' photos, the living room has several large couches, but the best part was the verandah. We went to Lokuthula just for the falls, but we ended up spending the first afternoon sitting at the verandah admiring the bushbuck, waterbuck, warthogs and babboons at the waterhole. Admittedly, closing and zipping up the canvas leading to the verandah was a bit of a pain, but hey, that's part of bush-living!
Rooms have no air-conditioning but just a ceiling fan, so can get quite stuffy at night. I don't understand why they still provide heavy duvets, or even sleep on mattresses (this weather calls for bamboo mats!). Rooms have no mosquito net on windows, so yes, you can get bitten indoors. The fridge didn't feel cold enough, but strangely when you put your foodstuffs in there long enough they get very (and properly) chilled.
Shuttle leaves every hour at :45, and drops you off either at the downtown shopping strip / supermarket, the craft market or Victoria Falls park entrance. The route then just services Victoria Falls Lodge starting from the 6:45pm shuttle. But drivers are actually quite flexible and we managed to get him to send us to VicFalls Lodge in the afternoon. I really don't see why not being in downtown is a drawback.
We also had dinner at the much-raved Boma, but found the food only so-so (lots of game steak) though the overall atmosphere was great with a lot of dancing, fortune-telling and hair-braiding (USD30 per head if you stay with the lodge). We also tried Mama Afrika in downtown, which serves authentic African food at tourist prices (USD20 per head). The shuttle driver recommended us his favourite local eatery Comfort Catering (USD3 per head!), but unfortunately we were not able to locate it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lokuthula Hotel Victoria Falls