I have just returned from a month long trip. I was in VF mid October.
We stayed at Ilala Lodge which was superb in every way.
We took the elephant safari, helicopter flight of angels and the Zambezi river cruise.
We were and felt safe, the street sellers could be imtimidating if you have not experienced this before but they mean no harm and most will have a good humoured chat.
I will not go into great detail but any questions please ask, I will be happy to help you.