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“Ants to Eleph-ants”
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Lokuthula Lodges
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

We spent 3 nights (Fri,Sat Sun) at these self catering lodges as a family of 7 with two children aged 2 and 4 - having previously stayed as a couple at the sister Vic Falls Safari Lodge Hotel and others previously - so we know Vic Falls area well. It was disappointing that the Lodge could not, before we arrived, guarantee that we would get adjoining lodges, but it proved not to be a problem when we got there. We were allocated Lodges 44 and 45, well away from the construction taking place at the Hotel and away from the drumming we knew would resound from the Boma restaurant - a "must" experience for anyone visiting either lodges. Our first night was a disaster as we were invaded by ants - not a few but a few thousand. One guest awoke covered in the little blighters and one moved out of her room to sleep in the lounge. Another, complete with child, not only had to move out of the bedroom but couldn't use the lounge couches and spent a most uncomfortable night sleeping (or not sleeping) on top of the large coffee table, with two chairs pushed together for the child. I woke up covered in ants.

The following morning the staff (as always very friendly in Vic Falls area) were quick to apologise and moved us to Units 16/17 were we were ant free for the rest of the stay (turns out they had to call pest control to de-ant the original rooms).

We were then able to enjoy the rest of stay, see the magnificent Victoria falls and even watch elephant from the hotel terrace bar. The kids loved the pool areas - as did we all. The lodges are very comfortable and very well equipped. Beware - he warthogs are not tame that come into camp are very protective of their young!! The monkeys are definitely cheeky and you must zip up before you leave - even for your afternoon nap.

The construction work restarted on the Monday morning and I was glad we were leaving that day.

Despite some hopefully non repetitive trauma this is normally a very relaxing place to stay.

Room Tip: The camp is split into two halves and we would advise staying in Lodges 9 -30 they have a feeling of...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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8  Thank Taffyrob
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Lokuthula Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Trip Advisor following your recent stay at Lokuthula Lodges.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused when your lodges were invaded by ants. Unfortunately we sometimes come across things like this being based in the ‘bush’ but I am glad that you were immediately moved to other lodges and were ‘ant free’ for the rest of your stay.

We are glad that the children enjoyed the pool areas and that you generally had a comfortable and relaxing stay.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

Management Team

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Reviewed March 6, 2012

well worth the price, the lodge had everything we needed even (ANTS) heaps of them. they did invade our kitchen every night. always nice to wake to to the sound of the animals, the service was a little lacking, we had to call the cleaning stuff in to clean on the two mornings we we here but apart from that it was great

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank dwayne d
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AfricaAlbidaTourism, Manager at Lokuthula Lodges, responded to this reviewResponded April 7, 2012

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review on Trip Advisor. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and being surrounded by animals.

Please accept our sincerest apologies for the service levels you received. Your feedback has been passed on to the Lokuthula Manager who wishes to be associated with my apologies.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Loved staying here in a three bedroom lodge with seven of us in all. We didn't have any instructions or orientation and went to sleep in our room without zipping up the front canvas. We had failed to notice that the canvas could be drawn up and zipped. Then we were awakened with a phone call at 2AM and asked to zip up the front out of concern for bandits or burglars.

The county of Zimbabwe is in serious decline due to government corruption and the fact that Zimbabwe has become a kleptocracy. Therefore, power outages are pretty much a daily a reality. This makes keeping food refrigerated a challenge. Our refrigerator smelled of spoiled food, and was not cold.

We enjoyed using the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge as our restaurant. We also were entertained by watching the watering hole and observing a wonderful lightning storm from the safety of the Vic Falls Lodge.

As a value, Lokuthula lodge was a good choice and I would definitely recommend it as one of the better values in Victoria Falls.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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6  Thank hawk4grace
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

This place is lovely, and will deff recommend to anyone else. The lodges are well equipped, (kitchen stuff in particular!) and anything that is missing, will be replaced right away if you let a staff member know. There is lots of open space around the lodges meaning you have a lot of wildlife coming through.....for example, we had Gineau Fowl, Warthogs, Monkeys and baboons all outside the back of our lodge.

The staff are all very welcoming, and so helpful. The manager came to introduce himself in person to us, and at the time, we had a sprinkler malfunction, meaning the water started to spray everyone and the manager dived onto it to stop it, whilst appologising over and over again. Any problems are dealt with straight away, and everyone is very friendly.

It is also the home of the famous BOMA restaurant, which is a must do when there. It is such fun to have such a great african experience in a restuarant, with dancing, drumming, game meats, and so much more, This is a MUST for anyone staying here. Great fun.

The pool/s are lovely, and you can also oversee the water hole from the hotel bar, which is fantastic. Close enough to the city, so you can organise any activities you want to do.

Highly recommend this place and wold love to go back! :)

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Louise2186
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

The lodges are just all u will be looking for a holiday,we enjoyed guys and at peace,very calm,u can enjoy your valley ball before jumbing into the pool,well done guys,the place is well well mantained

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Reviewed December 29, 2011

My experience was just awesome,the welcome was perfect.............Forche Tours you are just excellent guys especially your coodination with the lodge,our itenerary.....Chobe trip,BOMA woooo dinner not to be missed when u visit Vic Falls.The rooms were just good,kitchen utensils we had all we wanted and the latest brands.Cleaning was always done n on time,towels were lots n lots and always changed n clean,swimming pool was just all we wanted and we enjoyed valley ball thats just a place to be.Above all the place is just peaceful u really feel relaxed.Just noted that you might need to work on your outside lighting lodges 20/21 it was a bit dark outside considering there could be animals,etc....Thanks Lokhutula guys we enjoyed our stay and many thanks to Fortune-Forche tours for tuning us to Lokhutula.Had a memorable christmas

Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
1  Thank memozenda
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

We had a lovely time here, it helps that they have running hot water that never finishes no matter how many people bath before you. I loved it guys...No self catering and house keeping comes in everyday to fix you up. I loved it, well manicured lawns too...

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Lindsay M
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Address: | Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Victoria Falls
Price Range: $180 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lokuthula Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in a natural bush environment adjacent to the Zambezi National Park, Lokuthula’s luxurious self-catering lodges offer stylish comfort, flexibility and privacy. The 2 and 3-bedroomed lodges, sleeping 6 and 8 respectively, are furnished in a riot of African colours and are fully equipped and serviced daily. 8 of the 37 lodges may be booked on Bed and Breakfast basis. Additional facilities include a 3-tier swimming pool and children’s playground. The Boma – Place of Eating and MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant (both award-winning restaurants) are on the same resort complex. Situated just 4 kilometres from the mighty Victoria Falls, Lokuthula Lodges are ideally situated for families and groups to enjoy the wide range of activities on offer in the region. Lokuthula Lodges have consistently been awarded RCI (Resort Condominium International) Gold Crown status. ... more   less 
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