Stanley Safari Lodge

Reviews of Stanley Safari Lodge

Excellent(96%) From 20 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 20 of our travellers who have visited Stanley Safari Lodge, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs L from Surrey
Arrived on: 17-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Our final stop at Victoria Falls

Stanley runs more as a hotel than the other RPS lodges and does not have such a great location. Nevertheless we were well looked after and our driver Babylone was most helpful. We enjoyed our walks at Vic Falls (Zambia and Zimbabwe sides) and our sun-downer at the Royal Livingstone Hotel.

Unfortunately, due to poor communication about the options for our Zimbabwe excursion and the guide being booked for only 2 hours, we didn't get to have morning coffee at the Victoria Fall Hotel as expected and our visit seemed so hurried for the costs involved in going to Zimbabwe for such a short time.. A contact card with a number for our driver or the lodge would have been useful to resolve this whilst we were in Zimbabwe. We would have been happy to have self-guided if we had been properly briefed.

The open cottage was not like Nsefu or Nkwali and the insects were very active. We were moved at their suggestion to a closed cottage which helped, although the effect of the smoke from the many mosquito coils lit for us at night is still trapped on our non-washable belongings nearly a week later!

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Mrs N. from Chicago
Arrived on: 14-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Stanley Safari Lodge review

This was our first time in Africa and this lodge was the perfect place to start our journey. We stayed in the Victoria and Mukuni open cottages. We loved everything about it and we will definitely stay there again. Here is why:
The room: wonderful, private with a beautiful view. It was nice to have a mini fridge to have a beer or a glass of wine while we unwind-ed after an excursion at the end of the day. Of course we could also had a drink at the main lodge but it was nice to have the option while we relaxed and showered (plenty of hot water by the way!). The heating blanket in the bed at night was a really nice touch.
Diner and lunch: We really liked the privacy as every group ate separately. Although, it would have been nice to have a late afternoon tea with everyone to share experiences. We managed to discuss with the others guests anyway but it took a conscious effort to do so. We changed table within the lodge for diner which was nice, my favorite was when our table was set by the pool. The food WAS EXCELLENT. Great service too.
Location: perfect. Very close to every activities. Beautiful view. Wonderful serenade by the lions in the mornings and evenings.
Host: Estelle (?) and husband Jon - not sure of the spellings - They made us feel at home. very personable. They also gave us some great advice for the activities and else.

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Mr E - Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stanley Safari Lodge review

Wonderful Staff. Extremely accommodating and friendly. Very nice facility but not as luxurious as others on the trip. About 1/2 hr from the airport. The grounds were quite nice, but we did not use the trails or other parts of the camp other than the living areas.

Not all tours included in price.

Suggest visiting the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides of Victoria Falls at the same trip instead of separately Ideally, this would be one of the included tours. Had to pay a second park entry fee to the Zambia side when returned to visit the Zimbabwe side the next day.

Trip to " authentic village" was very cursory appeared to be a means to get you to visit the market there, which did have some good items. However, a couple who visited the village the previous day reported a very different and worthwhile experience.

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Mr and Mrs Y - Pennsylvania
Arrived on: 12-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Very pleaseant and helpful staff.

Would recommend standardization of village tour as experiences there varied significantly based on the person doing the tour.

Village market at the end is like being unleashed to the wolves.

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Mr & Mrs C. from Chicago
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
Overall:
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Elegant and refined.

We very much enjoyed our stay at Stanley Safari Lodge.

The main building and the grounds are very elegant, superbly manicured and well laid out. Each room is very private. Our room was cute, with a stunning view, although the lodge might update some of the accessories and details given the price point. The staff and management could not have been more welcoming, friendly and helpful, and catered to us at every step.

The only real issue we experienced, which is why we did not give this property 5 stars, was a mosquito infestation that was highly distracting and annoying. Apparently there is a water treatment facilities a few kilometers away that has become a breeding ground for mosquitos – and there were truly extraordinary numbers of them in our room and throughout the property. The staff did the best they could with insect spray, mosquito coils and mosquito netting, but it was a hopeless battle. As we were leaving they had brought in an exterminator to work on it, and hopefully they'll be successful. It's a beautiful place with a great team. It would be very peaceful and relaxing without the mosquito swarms – and we would have happily given it 5 stars but for the mosquitos.

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Mr I. from London
Arrived on: 17-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Fabulous secluded Lodge

This is a quality lodge run expertly by the management.

We had our own personal "butler" called Peter who was one of the nicest, most friendly and helpful people we have ever come across. If you are planning to go to Stanley, you MUST ask for Peter and tell him that the Shiner recommended him.

Each individual "hut" was self-contained, large, well furnished, comfortable and blended with the environment. The units we stayed in were open to the elements (although the Lodge has a fence to prevent wild animals coming into the camp), and this was a great appeal.

Food was exceptional too and our dietary requirements were accommodated.

We were delighted to have chosen this Lodge and would recommend it most highly.

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NYC mom
Arrived on: 23-Jul-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Food:
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relaxing stay at stanley...

Beautiful room, terrific view, accommodating hosts.

We used it as a place to relax, not to do many activities. I'd skip the river safari (pretty but not a "safari").

Wonderful staff.

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SoCal Girl
Arrived on: 14-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Stanley Lodge Review

Amazing experience. Incredible attention to detail and customer happiness. Food was amazing.

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Mr&MrsJ. from Rugby
Arrived on: 5-May-2016 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Unforgetable at Stanley Lodge

We thought it could not get better after a wonderful safari but to see the rhinos and calfs plus a sable antelope superb

We then went to the Victoria Falls photagraphs,videos cannot describe the exhilaration of standing there with roar of the falls and spray coming down like a tropical storm it was the perfect end to our holiday

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KK&J
Arrived on: 13-Apr-2016 Stayed for: 4 nights
Overall:
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Service:
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Food:
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Generous Hospitality at Stanley

We were beautifully looked after in every way.

We were especially impressed with how sensitively they handled a health crisis. The back office staff and the Manager Jason all played their part efficiently and reassured me at a very trying time. (we got home safe and are now receiving NHS care).

Our arrival at 5 pm off the Lusaka flight was perfectly timed for the sunset backlighting the main building in the most dramatic fashion. We were blown away. Also thanks for giving us the Honeymoon suite....it made for a perfect romantic stay. The fishing we asked for was arranged and all the other activities were of the right duration and made it such fun. We had a blast.

The food was good...there was too much of it but that's hardly a fault! Sometimes the meat was a little tough but TIA!

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