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“Waterfalls, big game, zip lining, lion sanctuary etc” 5 of 5 stars
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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   471 Squire Cummings Road, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Victoria Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Goodyear, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Waterfalls, big game, zip lining, lion sanctuary etc”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Wonderful hotel. The food, service and location on a bluff - overlooking a waterhole for elephants etc - couldn't be better. Just spent 3 days there after a Sabi Sands safari and should have stayed a day or two more.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Hello Carole
It's amazing how many Americans we have had as our guests for the past year and the reaction has always been the same - you all seem to love Victoria Falls and our beautifully-located lodge. Thank you for your very generous 5 star review and for your high commendation of our food, service and location.

Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Recommend this property if visiting Victoria Falls. Away from the town centre. Staff is very friendly and helpful. The waterhole can be easily seen from the open sided restaurant, bar and pool area. Rooms have balcony that looks onto the natural vegetation and animals roaming around the "bushes and trees" below your balcony.
As mentioned there is a shuttle that takes you into the main town and the Falls.
The local vendors can be a bit of a problem, as they constantly "hound" you to buy something.
Just be firm and walk away as quickly as possible. No point talking back as they seem to become more assertive.
The restaurant food and breakfast was ok, nice presentation-considering no other choice to eat nearby.
This property met our needs and expectations for our short stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
Hello Toronto
Thank you for your high praise of our lodge and especially the five-star location rating. It's hard not to exclaim WOW when you first walk out onto the terrace and see the beautiful stretch of pristine African wilderness before you, including the waterhole from the bar, rooms, dining room.

Hope you enjoyed the awesome Falls and all the exciting things to do and see all around.

I hope you keep following us on Facebook and also our Blog as we have lots of interesting elements that will unfold during this year, including a revitalisation of all 72 room at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We never actually stayed here but in the Lokuthula Lodges situated on the same premises but we did spend quite a bit of our time at the lodge as the complimentary shuttle bus departed from this point. We loved this lodge, the food very good, drinks on the deck watching the wildlife and sunsets very special, the service and management staff friendly and professional and the setting truly amazing. Being the rainy season the wildlife around the waterhole was sparse but we did still see impala, kudu, warthogs, bush bucks, mongoose, vultures, owls and other beautiful species of birds. The monkeys kept us highly entertained at breakfast but the staff was not amused and kept very busy keeping them away from the food and the guests. But hey this is Africa and they are part of the experience. The drivers of the shuttle bus deserve special mention as they were all so helpful and friendly. This is the place to stay in Victoria Falls

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Hello Bernadine

It's certainly been a wonderful start to the year as far as our lodge and team are concerned. Your five-star review adds to this heady mix and I have shared it with the staff on our notice board and have made certain that I have personally complimented our shuttle coach drivers as they rarely get a mention. We know they take great pride in their jobs and in helping our guests with friendly advice.

Again that word "amazing" comes up and we are very proud of the unique location we have that always evokes special mention and that feeling of real WOW in the African wilderness.

Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We have been coming to this Lodge for the sixth time and it never varies in service and pleasure ,a wonderful place for a few days stay and the Boma dinner,Vulture feedings scheme and the waterhole view.

Room Tip: no spa or gym i know of and the rooms on the right of the lodge reception have a better view of the...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Greetings Carol

How remarkable that you have stayed at our lodge six times and still retain the same real pleasure at our incredible location, friendly staff and general experience. This makes your review all the more unique and meaningful and we know it will inspire others who are considering a visit to Victoria Falls. Thank you very much and best wishes for the year ahead.

Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw
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Sydney, Australia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Have travelled a lot. Have been in many hotels (different categories and standards), but Victoria Falls Lodge falls in the very special category of hotels in my heart. So close to nature, very helpful staff and its signature feature - the water hole (or as we call it in Australia - billabong). It was attracting the animals from dawn to dusk and one could not stop watching changing the scenery every so often.. just like in a movie.. first a herd of elephants, then making space for monkeys, then cudos, hyppos..... One has to be there to appreciate the magic of the place. I still haven;t seen a photo that can reflect the mystery of the place.. And not to forget - one of the best coffees that you can have in Africa.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with the view to the "billabong"
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hello Australia
As a seasoned traveller we deeply appreciate the value of the glittering review you have afforded VFSL. We agree, it's like the Victoria Falls themselves - impossible for a photo to portray this masterpiece of nature.

When it comes to nature and a glorious vista over our "billabong" and a vast tract of African bush then our lodge indeed reigns supreme at Victoria Falls and we're delighted you enjoyed our "movie."

Jonathan Hudson
General Manager: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Resort
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I always have such a great stay at the Victoria Falls Safari lodge, the rooms are so clean, the staff are wonderful and the food excellent. I stay there often as I have to travel to the Victoria Falls often, I have business to do there but always retreat back to the lodge, have a relaxing drink whilst watching the animals slowly moving around the water hole. Great view and experience right in front of you every evening.

Room Tip: You don't have TV in your room but it adds to the safari lodge atmosphere.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Hello Phil

When other potential guests are evaluating which hotel to stay at I think the one word you use will be the critical factor - EXPERIENCE. Because of our supreme hilltop location overlooking a wildlife waterhole it is indeed an experience that unfolds in front of you every evening.

Our genuine usp is that we are the ONLY hotel or lodge in the area that commands such a vista and that faces west and therefore the sunset at what is always a very special cocktail hour! Indeed it's our well-acclaimed signature feature that may be viewed from the deck, the Buffalo Bar, the Makuwa-Kuwa dining room, most of the 72 rooms, the pool deck, the boardroom, the library.

Jonathan Hudson
General manager: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Resort
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed 3 days on a tour at this unusual hotel about 4 kilomters outside of town. The biggest attraction is the wonderful scenery and views you get from the rooms and open air restaurant and bar. You can sit and marvel at the variety of animals that are attracted to their waterhole. At 1PM every day you can watch up close or from a distance the feeding of the vultures.

Rooms have balconies where you can sit outside and shutters and quaint mosquito netting over the beds to protect against bugs (there are a few which is to be expected since you are right by a jungle area). The rooms are a little tight, have no TV, but do have a safe and a coffee maker. Buffet breakfast is adequate--go early since it gets crowded and they do not restock some items once they run out. Dinner in the restaurant is good and moderately priced with a charming waiter named Wayne. The whole staff are pleasant and helpful especially Gibson, one of the desk clerks.

They run an hourly shuttle into town--go see the wonderful 1904 Victoria Falls Hotel with its great views also. The rest of the town turned us off because of the very aggressive vendors who try to sell anything from wooded carvings to worthless local money.

Wifi costs $5 for 80 MB--it worked well in our room but some people complained it did not work for them.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, January 24, 2013
Mr Miller sir!
With 950 Trip Advisor reviews under your belt you are a very prolific and vastly experienced reviewer and traveller. Therefore your four-star review of our lodge is greatly appreciated and of high value. Our location wins great acclaim from almost every guest and is certainly unmatched anywhere at the Falls when it comes to the raw, authentic African bush and the wildlife.

However, you give good advice for our guests to go and see the grandeur of the Victoria Falls Hotel and their unique view of the bridge and spray of the falls.

With warm regards
Jonathan Hudson
General Manager
jonathan@saflodge.co.zw
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Address: 471 Squire Cummings Road, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
#7 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted the best Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe for 18 years running, the world-famous Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers easy access to the iconic Victoria Falls, coupled with a wildlife experience that is truly unrivalled. Now in its 20th year of welcoming guests, the Lodge is built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park with endless unspoilt views to the horizon, just four kilometers from the Falls. This is the only sunset facing hotel in Victoria Falls, and the newly-renovated rooms and balconies are built up above a central waterhole which attracts herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, as well as night-time predators, such as lion and leopard. Our warm and personable staff are our greatest pride. Past guests frequently comment on our team's sublime hospitality and seamless delivery. The main areas of the lodge, such as the MaKuwa-Kuwa restaurant and the homely Buffalo Bar, are rich in ambience and also overlook the central waterhole, where drinks and dinners are often shared with wildlife meandering down to the water each day to quench their thirst. ... more   less 
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