A comfortable and relatively tranquil place to stay for visitors to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. An imposing wood-and-thatch building, it has spectacular views over the bush, the national park and a waterhole that attracts game all year round. With its location on the boundary of the national park, overlooking its own waterhole, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge makes you feel that you are still on safari, even though you are in an international-style hotel. You do sacrifice some convenience in terms of visiting the fall, but this is compensated for by a more peaceful location.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Resting on the southern banks of the Zambezi River at the western end of the eponymous falls, this popular touristtown is compact enough to walk around and makes an ideal base for travellers exploring the seventh wonder of theworld, the unfathomably vast Victoria Falls. About two-thirds of the falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean sideand, while the falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area provides both adventure seekers and sightseerswith plenty of opportunities to warrant a longer stay. Popular activities include scenic flights over the falls inhelicopters or microlights, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting (seasonal), and day tripsto Chobe National Park. The town itself offers some excellent accommodation and restaurant options as well as aneclectic variety of African curios and authentic art sold by friendly Zimbabwean locals who are wonderfullywelcoming and eager to help you enjoy your stay.Day ItineraryOvernight: Victoria Falls Safari ClubBuilt on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is just 4km from the majesticVictoria Falls and offers a unique wildlife experience.We’re proud to have been voted Best Safari Lodge/ Resort Hotel in Zimbabwe for 21 consecutive years and lookforward to welcoming you to our wonderful destination. Our staff are warm and personable, and will ensure yourholiday is hassle-free.Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Ourrooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observeherds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.DiningDining options include the a la carte MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma–Dinner& Drum Show. The Boma Café, set ina tranquil garden setting and located close to the Lokuthula Lodges, offersbreakfast and light meals until 4.30pm
RaIkane Sunset Cruise
Enjoy a brief history of the river with a cocktail in hand as you set out on the Sunset Cruise. Snack on delicacies fromthe high tea selection, as well as other delectable snacks, and be treated to any of the thirst-quenching beveragesfrom the fully-stocked bar, while you take in the wild Zambezi
This award-winning restaurant is open on three sides and overlooks the waterhole atVictoria Falls Safari Lodge,offering a unique opportunity to view elephant and other wildlife as you enjoy your meal–truly some of the finestdining in Victoria Falls.The a la carte dinner menu includes popular dishes with a local twist such as flame-grilled warthog, Zambezi bream,seared kudu fillet and crocodile stir-fry, while the lunch menu offers a selection of pies, salads and a sushi platter.Breakfast consists of an extensive continental buffet and an a la carte selection of cooked dishes, such as the‘Livukile’ breakfast of soft poached eggs on toasted brown bread, with honey glazed ham and grilled tomato toppedwith hollandaise sauce.MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant is open for breakfast from 7am to 10am, lunch from 12.30pm to 2pm and dinner from7pmto 10pm. Bookings are essential for dinner. The dress code is smart-casual
Guided tour of the Falls (Zimbabwe)
A view of the Victoria Falls is something you will never forget and the best way to see them is on a guided tour.Discover how the Falls were formed and what local customs and traditions surround them. These tours areextremelyinformative and end with a visit to the local art and crafts centre.
Enjoy dinner and dancing in the elegant Edwardian Livingstone Room,with classic a la carte and tables d'hotemenus. Whilst the Livingstone Room reflects the century old hotel's style of grandeur and opulence, the dress codehas been relaxed for the convenience of the guest. A fine selection of wine and liqueurs are available. Maximumseating capacity of 120 pax
Chobe Day Trip
The ultimate safari experience unfolds ona day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana, which boasts the world’slargest elephant population. The game cruise on the Chobe River brings you close to brilliant bird life, pods ofwallowing hippos, primeval crocodiles and elephants in their sheer number. The afternoon land-based safari headsdeeper into the Park to spot the elusive big cats that call Chobe their home
The Boma Restaurant
The Boma–Dinner & Drum Show is a “must do” Victoria Falls dining and entertainment experience, specializing intraditional African food, drumming and dancing. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavishfeast, including irresistible desserts.On arrival, you are dressed in a chitenge (traditional sarong) and welcomed into a vibrant atmosphere in which thetantalizing aromas of local dishes andgame meat on the braai (barbecue) fill the restaurant, which is partially opento the star-filled African sky.Your meal begins with a mouth-watering platter of starters whilst the buffet includes soup from the campfire, arange of salads, game meat cooked on a braai (barbecue), followed by desserts. Vegetarian options are alsoavailable, as well as local dishes such as peanut butter spinach.You can also look forward to outstanding performances by traditional singers and dancers, and enjoy an energizinginteractive drumming show. A face painter, storyteller, hair braider and fortune teller also form part of this festive evening
Evening Game Drive & Bush
DinnerDuring the drive guests may see the Big 5 along with a variety of antelope and exceptional bird life. Open four wheeldrive vehicles venture on a safari along the shores of the scenic lake, and through basalt plains into teak forests. TheVictoria Falls Private Game Reserve offers an excellent opportunity to see the rare and endangered Black Rhino. Noevening game drive is complete without a stop for snacks and drinks. The evening game drive is special becauseguests have the opportunity to see nocturnal animals unlikely to be found during the day. After the exciting gamedrive, guests can sit down for a bush dinner to recap on the sightings.
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We travelled with Falcon Safaris in Zimbabwe and Botswana for 16 days. Falcon designed a wonderful trip with private guide to the most interesting sites in both countries. The organization of the whole trip was excellent, flights within the country, accommodation and activites. The guides were very knowledgable and told us a lot about the countries, their history, people, economy and much more. Wevisited the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, the Victoria Falls and a number of national parks in both countries.
Rhino tracking was a real adventure! We had tremendous further game drives and saw very many animals - we did the Big Five. We had much more activities than planned and enjoyed very much.We strongly recommend Falcon Safaris to everyone planning a trip to Southern Africa and East Africa.
Our Consultant Vimbai was very helpful and accommodating. We stayed at the Elephant hills hotel which was nothing short of amazing.Our activities included a helicopter flight, dinner cruise as well as a morning game drive. All the activities were absolutely amazing.
We worked with Gertrude to schedule and organize everything and she did an excellent job. I asked a lot of questions via e-mail and she answered everyone in a timely helpful manner. Our guide at Victoria Falls was also great. He met us at the airport, provided a thoughtful tour of the Falls and got us to our next guide in Botswana. Our lodgings at River View Lodge were just as described- very comfortable and excellent food. All the staff were so pleasant and helpful. If I had to do it again I would arrange a morning boat ride as well. We only did the sunset boat rides and they were the high point of our entire trip- we saw so many animals and our guide was very knowledgeable. Just a great experience. Our lodgings at Oddball's Enclave was rustic and we loved it. So great to disconnect from the world for a bit. Leo, our guide, was the best - got us out and about, saw fantastic wildlife and got back to camp safely each time. Doc manages the camp so well. This whole trip was planned and organized by Falcon Safaris and we could not have been happier.
Falcon safaris have given my the correct advice with excellent service. The only suggestion will be to work closer with the lodges to confirm bookings as soon as possible. We have booked and pay our deposit a year in advance. We have only receive our final convermation from Chobe Safari lodge a week before departure. I do realize its not within your controle but with limit alternatives and a group of 14 people it becomes an issue to find alternative accomodation if the booking was cancelled.
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