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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Ranked #8 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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79 reviews
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“A nice thatched roof lodge”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

We chose Safari Lodge over other hotels because it is somewhat out of the village and has a watering hole that attracts a variety of wildlife. The lodge was comfortable and the watering hole did not disappoint. It was a very pleasant experience sitting in the open restaurant/bar have a meal or a drink and watching for different animals to show up at the watering hole. The breakfast was good with a wide variety of fresh and cooked items. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only negative I had was that the bedroom was lower than the hall and bathroom. The three steps leading up to the hall created a potential hazard in the middle of the night with no light to see by. I always put a night light in the bath, but had no place to put one to illuminate the hall.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Hi Marwin. Thanks for the review. It seems you had the quintessential Safari lodge experience and we are very glad the waterhole did not disappoint. It's always the perfect setting for a drink, meal or just to relax and watch the wildlife go by. We have noted your feedback regarding the steps and lighting and will look into this shortly. Looking forward to having you back soon.

Jonathan Hudson
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gm@saflodge.co.zw
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

Wow...What a place! After staying a night at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel, we decided to spend a few more nights at the Safari Lodge, and were happy we did. The enormous thatched roof and layers of walkways within were spectacular, with views of the game at the watering hole throughout. The suite was one of the nicest places I've ever stayed, with a draped, 4 poster bed, huge tub for two in the master suite, and downstairs living room. I would be happy if I could live the rest of my years in a house like this! The lodge's main restaurant was delightful, and very busy each night with a changing menu and live entertainment. The morning buffet featured the best home-made granola I've ever had, pancakes, bloody Mary's, and many delightful treats. The bar was a favorite spot with an amazing hand stitched tapestry of a Cape buffalo...it looks like a photo!
I love the pool too...beautiful design, natural & perfect to cool off!

Room Tip: The suites are really great.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Hi in California. Thanks for the review. Yes, our rooms are always a hit with guests - and glad you decided to spend more time with us once bitten by the Safari Lodge bug! Come again and we can guarantee even more fun and relaxation here in wild Africa.

Jonathan Hudson
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

The rooms have all the WOW factor one could want! All rooms open up to a balcony overlooking the bush to a waterhole. A herd of kudu were just below our room while we were unpacking and at sunset, a very large herd of buffalo came down to the waterhole. What's not to love!

The hotel is beautiful with manicured lawns "trimmed" by the warthog and a delightful pool area. We ate in the restaurant for breakfast and a dinner - and the food was very good with friendly and efficient staff eager to make our stay an enjoyable one!

We used their guest services to book outings - which made life so easy! We were in a helicopter over the Falls within an hour of booking! It was a wonderful stay where we experienced a true Zimbabwe welcome.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Thanks so much for your review. Our rooms looking over the waterhole are certainly something that makes us unique. And we are glad your experience was no exception. Look forward to having you back!

Jonathan Hudson
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Lake Wales, Florida
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

A great place to stay and see Victoria Falls. Its all good. Zimbabwe is in terrible shape but its people are amonst the nicest one is going to meet. Hotel is near a watering hole for the abundance of wildlife in the area. Food was very good. The monkeys were truly amazing and very quick. A great experience. Go and see the beautiful falls. But remember, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) was once the bread basket of Africa. We can only hope that things get better is this spot in the world. The people deserve so much better.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Hello there in Florida. Thanks for the awesome review. So pleased you enjoyed all the experiences - Victoria Falls truly is a once in a lifetime experience. And we are glad that we could be there to share it with you.

Jonathan Hudson
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gm@saflodge.co.zw
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Sandton, South Africa
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The views from the room is spectacular.
Unfortunately I found the service just a tad slow all around from getting my bed turned into a double bed to ordering food from the bar which took forever to arrive.
I would suggest they work on spraying the room with mosquito repellant as when I walked in, there were tons of mozzies in the room. In addition, take care of your mozzie nets, there was a hole in mine, which defeats the purpose of having a mozzie net ! The spa had only 1 therapist available so only 1 person could go in at a time.

Room Tip: Go for the club rooms
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Hi to you in South Africa. Thanks four you review of our lodge and glad that you enjoyed the overall experience. If you could please email me I'd love to address some of your issues individually. Unfortunately mosqitos are a part of life in the bush and they do tend to get in and around rooms, especially if you leave doors open. We will check the netting in your room and address the problem immediately.

Jonathan Hudson
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gm@saflodge.co.zw
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Wappingers Falls, New York, United States
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

I stayed at the lodge for one night at the end of August while visiting the falls. The hotel is beautiful and the location near the watering hole is great for wildlife viewing. It appears as though every room as a view to the watering hole, although if you can I suggest asking for an upper level room. The staff was very friendly, and I especially surprised by the entrance from our van. The front desk already had our names and information ready for us. Since we we got there before our rooms are were ready, we had lunch and a few beers. While we were eating reception came over and let us know our rooms were good, and our bags had already been delivered, Fantastic.
The shuttle works as promised, dropping guests off at various locations in town and at the fall themselves. At night turndown service comes by to check on the rooms.

We also had dinner at the Boma restaurant, the food was very good, more of a buffet style. They put on a great show while your eating too.

In the morning we drank coffee and watched as herds of buffalo and impala came for a drink, it was fun to watch.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Hi there. Thanks for your review. It looks like you had a truly great time and we are so happy that we could facilitate this. Even if only for the one night!

Jonathan Hudson
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gm@saflodge.co.zw
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Zimbabwe is a wonderful country, truly wrecked by its political upheavals that has divided the country between those who have and those who do not have. We stayed at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge - a spectacular Hotel situated on a Ridge overlooking the wilds - Yes you could sit on your balcony and look at the Elephants, deer or if you are lucky at a cheetah that come to drink at the lake below. While we sat on the balcony, guards with quaint muskets patrolled below to shoot at baboons that sometimes come into the rooms. We were advised not to leave the doors or windows open. The sunsets also from the balcony are also noteworthy. The Hotel has a wonderful swimming pool rather deep and built into the façade. Breakfast is passable nothing to write home about. A little could be done on the cleanliness and upkeep of the hotel. A special mention of the staff especially the General Manager Jonathan Hudson, who personally came to greet us; something that we did not experience in any of the other hotels during our stay in the country.

Room Tip: Choose a Room on the upper storey, from where you would see a larger area of the grassland.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, General Manager at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Hi to you in India. Thanks so much for your comprehensive review of our lodge. You make some great points, and we are glad that the overall experience was up to your standard. We'd love to hear more specific feedback with regards to cleanliness - if you would not mind emailing me the details. Thanks for your kind words about the staff, we love to make you feel at home.

Jonathan Hudson
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gm@saflodge.co.zw
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Property: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
#4 Spa Hotel in Victoria Falls
#5 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
#8 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Victoria Falls Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 72
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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