I chose Lorries as it is reasonably priced and it has air-conditioned room. The alternative would have been at the Elephants. However, I can vouch that Lorries room has no musty smell. The air-con worked just fine and there was no problem with mosquitoes even without mosquito net.
We arrived in Livingstone (from JNB); took a cab to the border. Took another cab from Zambian border to Zimbabwe border - no way my family nor I will walk with my luggage on that hot and dusty road. After a similar quick and easy clearance on the Zimbabwe side, took a cab to Lorries. On the way, stopped at Shearwater to confirm and book for our adventure package.
Lorrie herself greeted us and Clive showed us to our rooms. That afternoon, we went for the helicopter spectacular and the river cruise before returning to Lorries. Luckily, Lorrie had anticipated and cooked us dinner. We have to pay, of course - LOL. My wife reminded me to commend that Lorrie is a good cook. we loved the mushrooms. You must ask her to make tiramisu pudding, which I had the following night.
Lorrie then helped me to confirm my booking at Chobe with the Botswana organiser. Note there is no wifi available. Also, she got a driver, Peter, to see me. Incidentally, we had Peter to help us on our remaining two days when we returned from Chobe. She kept our luggage for us during our absence. She got up early the following morning to make breakfast for us so that we can be off at 7.30am.
On the day of our departure, we left the place at 6 am for the Lion encounter. We did not have breakfast at Lorries.
Note that accommodation and food is not cheap. I sincerely hope that there will be places for tourists just to lay their heads for the night without frills. However, with good bargaining skills, the curios are cheaper here than in Mpumalanga, South Africa where it is near impossible to bargain.