The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers great view over the Zambezi National Park...
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: Our full report
High up on a plateau bordering the Zambezi National Park, the relaxed Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers a comfortable but relatively tranquil place to stay for visitors to the Victoria Falls. 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.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located 3km from Victoria Falls Town, and 4km from the Falls themselves, so while not close enough to walk to the Falls, it is far enough away that you don’t hear the helicopters and microlights that hover over the Falls, lending a more peaceful atmosphere than you would find in town.
The lodge – more of a hotel in style – consists of 72 rooms: 51 standard rooms (including one designed for those with limited mobility), 15 deluxe rooms and six suites. Every room has a balcony overlooking the Zambezi National Park towards the sunset and most face the waterhole.
All the rooms were refurbished and restyled in 2013, and now boast a contemporary, smart décor. Each is equipped with twin or king-size beds, air conditioning, hairdryer and a minibar, which is complimentary in the deluxe rooms, but costs extra in the suites. The en-suite bathrooms have a flush toilet, single washbasin, bath and separate shower.
The main area of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set out across different levels. Upstairs from the reception area with views towards the waterhole is the Makuwa-Kuwa restaurant, which offers a buffet breakfast, and à la carte lunches and dinners, at individual tables topped with brightly coloured tablecloths.
Dinner may also be enjoyed in the Boma restaurant, which specialises in traditional Zimbabwean dishes cooked on a barbecue. The cultural experience extends to traditional dancing and singing, and after dinner guests are invited to join in with some local drumming.
Two floors below the Makuwa-Kuwa restaurant is the Buffalo Bar, where drinks and snacks are available all day. Guests often enjoy sundowners and pre- and post-dinner drinks on the large deck here, while watching game around the waterhole.
At the very top of the structure is a small deck referred to as the library. While curiously absent of books, it does have some comfortable furniture and great views, and it’s possible to eat up here on special request. There is also a curio shop, an internet café and a television lounge, and WiFi is available throughout the lodge.
To the side of the main area is a two-tier swimming pool, its pools connected by a small water feature. Surrounding the lower pool is a sunny deck area with plentiful sunloungers.
The hotel has much more of a safari feeling than properties in Victoria Falls Town, a feeling enhanced by the waterhole in front of camp. There is a small hide next to the waterhole that you can visit with a guide, and while it may not be as productive as those in some of the larger national parks, it’s still an interesting and relaxing place to spend the afternoon. For those with an interest in birds, there is vulture feeding at 1.00pm every day.
Regular, complimentary shuttle buses run from the lodge to various locations in Victoria Falls, conveniently stopping at the main points in town such as the market and the Falls.
Our viewWith 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 Falls, but this is compensated for by a more peaceful location.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: B&B
Food quality: On our last visit to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in May 2016 we didn’t stay at the lodge long enough to be able to sample any of the cuisine. Given the quality of the rest of the lodge, however, we have no reason to doubt that the food will be of a similar high standard.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining
Cost of meal e.g. lunch: £15-20
Drinks included: In the deluxe rooms and suites there is a complimentary minibar stocked with wine, beers, soft drinks and water. Drinks from the main bar, and the minibars in the standard rooms, are not included. Bottled water is supplied in all of the rooms, and is readily available from the bar.
Attitude towards children: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has a relatively informal atmosphere, and families with younger children are welcome.
Property’s age restrictions: None
Special activities & services: The lodge does provide babysitting facilities, although guests should be aware that the babysitters may not be trained up to UK standards.
Equipment: Cots are available for the rooms, and high chairs for the dining areas.
Generally recommended for children: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has a welcoming atmosphere and is generally suitable for families with younger children.
Notes: There is an unfenced swimming pool, and with the multi-level design there are lots of steep steps. In addition, wildlife such as warthogs are commonly seen in the grounds, so younger children will require supervision at all times. There is a shallower children's pool in the hotel, but this is less than 3m away from the deep end of the adult pool with no barrier in place between them.
Power supply: Mains Electricity
Power supply notes: The hotel has mains power 24 hours a day, and a back-up generator in case this fails.
Communications: There are several televisions with DSTV in the main area, as well as a computer with free internet connection. There is complimentary WiFi throughout.
Water supply: Mains
Water supply notes: All the bathrooms at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge are fully plumbed in. The tap water is safe to brush your teeth with, but bottled drinking water is readily provided.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: There is a doctor on call 24 hours a day.
Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk
Security measures: 24-hour security personnel patrol the premises and there is a boom gate at the entrance which is constantly manned.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers outside each room.
Disabled access: Not Possible
Laundry facilities: Included and free of charge.
Money: Each room has its own safe. There are bureau de change’s in the town of Victoria Falls itself, but these can be unreliable, and won’t offer you favorable rates.
Accepted payment on location: VISA, Amex and MasterCard are accepted.