Our tour group of 22 people stayed at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for 2 nights in August during a 15 day tour with Gate1. It is about 30-45 minutes from the Victoria Falls Airport and about 15-20 minutes from the Town Center and Victoria Falls. A shuttle is offered that can take you into town. The internet access is limited and offered at a reasonable price. I paid $5 and that lasted me the whole 3 days. The Lodge is beautiful in a rustic way. The watering hole is what truly makes it amazing. Just amazing sitting on your patio or even at the bar/lounge/pool/restaurant (ordered a bream fish for lunch, very tasty) and seeing the animals come and go. My favorites to watch were the elephants and water buffalos. Seeing the animals appear out of nowhere to get their thirst quenched is truly unforgettable. BOMA restaurant is within 5 minutes of the Lodge-that was a fun experience. The grounds and décor are okay too. Rooms and bathroom (shower and bathe separate) are clean; mosquito netting around the bed-a bit on the firm side but I slept okay. I liked that they provided insect repellant in the bathrooms-ever on guard against mosquito-don’t want anyone catching malaria. Nice pool/lounge area. Breakfast options vary and were good. The staff was helpful but not overly friendly, just barely polite. Quite different from the staff we encountered at the hotels in South Africa. Beware of the monkeys on the property; they will snatch your things. One gave us quite a scare on our first night and we had the pleasure of watching one having an apple on our porch. We were advised to be careful walking around at nights since we were actually in a National Park where many animals live. So I have pointed out all the positives, now for the negative which by the way I should point out would not prevent me from staying there again because I am too fascinated with the watering hole to stay elsewhere. On check-in instead of being given the chance to grab our bags we were herded to the restaurant for complimentary drinks and introductions, room keys handed out etc. As a result some folks including myself bags were sent to the wrong rooms or plain left standing at the entrance of the hotel. Folks please insist that you get your bags first before collecting room keys! A group member had a large sum of money and personal items stolen. Staff was very helpful in getting him in touch with local police to file a report so that he could get back his money from insurance. His bill was also settled by the hotel given his great loss. For additional details see my trip report in the forum. As always be careful with your belongings when traveling anywhere in the world. Overall I’d say this was a good hotel choice by Gate1.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted the best Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe for 20 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 22nd 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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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Falls Safari Hotel Victoria Falls