Arriving at the A'Zambezi River Lodge is a treat. There is a warm and friendly welcoming and everything is done to ensure your comfort during the (admittedly somewhat lengthy) check in process. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful and will do everything in their power to make your stay a comfortable one. The rooms are lovely, modern and clean, with crisp bedding and fluffy towels. The open-plan public areas are beautiful and well-maintained, with pristine lawns stretching all the way to the mighty Zambezi river.
The breakfast buffet is comprehensive and will have something for even the most picky eater. Every other night the lodge has a dinner buffet that offers the standard fare, as well as local dishes such as fried crocodile or warthog, the latter of which I highly recommend. The only real trouble came in on À la carte nights when a large portion of the dishes on the menu wasn't available and the service incredibly slow. However, despite the stress, staff remained friendly and kept our hands busy with local Zambezi lager, which is another must.
Besides for being right next to the river, the lodge is also only a few minutes drive to Victoria Falls town and the Rain Forest where you can see the wonder of the falls itself. The lodge runs a regular shuttle service with knowledgeable and accommodating drivers who can give advice and make slight adjustments to their route for the comfort of guests.
The lodge has an upmarket, yet relaxed atmosphere and retains a sense of privacy and isolation, despite being almost fully booked. There were always couches available in the bar and places at the pool. I found it to be the ideal accommodation for a family of backpackers who wants some comfort without the crowds.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A'Zambezi River Lodge, is a recently refurbished 4 star Hotel situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, 5km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- a`Zambezi River Hotel Victoria Falls
- Mercure Victoria Falls