We checked in at the lodge on the 19th December 2012 and we were welcomed by the cheerful Zimbabwean smiles, a glass of cold drink and a wet hand towel to cool off from the heat of the day. The receptionist was quick to check us in and we were settled in within 10minutes of our arrival….wonderful surprise considering some of the negative reviews posted on trip advisor. Our stay was none other than phenomenal to say the least. We went to the Boma which is a restaurant within walking distance and prides itself of serving wild game meat (warthog, eland etc) on the buffet menu along with roast pig and a variety of other Zimbabwean foods. The drum-beat performance was interactive, entertaining and much needed after a delicious feast.
Although the rooms felt a tad-bit old they were very comfortable and provided a sense of “African adventure”. We had a suite with a great view of the watering hole (I think all the rooms have a fairly decent view of it). It had an ensuite bedroom upstairs and a lounging room downstairs. The monkeys were not as problematic..phew thank God. Makuwa Kuwa restaurant served mouth-watering meals, I ordered a pumba dinner on the first night which comprised of warthog and veggies, can’t remember the rest…., the wife ordered crocodile curry… very pleasant.
We did not have any significant internet access issues despite the less than encouraging reviews posted. All in all the stay was a pleasurable 5 days; however the only minor complaint we have was a misunderstanding regarding the massage bill. It was charged to another room, and unfortunately we didn’t realize it on the day we checked out. Wiring that money is an inconvenience, but we were pleased with the massage service and will find a way to pay what we owe. Moral of the story: check your bills on check out and make sure all activities and meals have been applied correctly.
No Fitness center in the complex but VFSL clients can go to the Elephant hills. I do not recommend it as the facility is below standard.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Falls Safari Hotel Victoria Falls