Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Written by: on May 2nd, 2013 in LodgesSafariVictoria Falls
Rated: Last update: May 23rd 2013
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  • Time: 24/d 365/year
  • City: Victoria Falls
  • Address: 471 Squire Cummings Road
  • Phone: +263 13 43211/20
  • Website: Visit Website

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located on an elevated plateau in the unfenced Victoria Falls National Park 30 minutes drive from the airport. The lodge is one of the best rated resorts in Victoria Falls alongside its newly built Victoria Falls Safari Club located next door. The lodge is located right in the middle of the bush giving guests an unparalleled genuine African experience (see Waterhole below). When at the lodge which is built on the plateau, guests have sweeping panoramic views of the national park.

The views obtaining at Vic Falls Safari Lodge are just amazing and arguably the best compared to other hotels. Other hotels such as Victoria Falls Hotel also have very competitive, alternative and certainly unique views of the Vic Falls.The location of the Safari Lodge 10 minutes from the actual falls gives it a serene and tranquil wilderness experience. Visiting the Victoria Falls rainforest where the falls is located is fairly easy using the Safari’s complimentary shuttle which runs on the hour.

Quality of Service

Staff at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is professionally trained and put under ongoing intensive training. The fruit of this investment is well evident for anyone visiting the Safari Lodge. Staff is friendly, polite, attentive and outgoing all the way for the guests. In fact, the resort takes customer service extremely serious that management uses guest reviews positive and negative as case studies during training. One would say the lodge’s success is firmly anchored in quality of service and the amazing safari views.

As mentioned, Vic Falls Safari Lodge has a complimentary on-the-hour shuttle giving a 10-minute hop to the falls itself or the town center. This is a highly appreciated service by guests as it allows easy access to the center of town and the rain forest (where you have the falls).

Watering hole

The watering hole is certainly one of the main attractions when staying at the safari Lodge. It is a man-made mini-dam in the middle of the animal wilderness filled with water. This is the place where all kinds of animals come day and night to drink and “bath”. Sightings at the waterhole include elephants, Kudus, Impalas, buffaloes, hyenas, lions and even crocodiles. Activity at the waterhole is rife through out the day and night. The most exciting thing about the lodge is that guests can enjoy these amazing views from private balconies in rooms, pool area and restaurants. Just about all public areas at the lodge offer these views. The entire design of the lodge was put together to afford guests these precious views. This is what makes Victoria Falls Safari Lodge tick among other things.

72 Rooms: Standard rooms + Deluxe + suites + Deluxe suite + amenities

The resort has a total of 72 en-suite (bathroom with tub and shower) rooms with varying amenities based on room type. However, even the standard rooms representing the entry point to luxury, tranquil, and peaceful stays at the Safari Lodge are comfortable and spacious. Most rooms have a good view of the wilderness some certainly being better than others. All rooms are en-suite, very clean, with beautiful decor and daily housekeeping service. The Safari Lodge was scheduled to complete a remodeling exercise of all the 72 rooms in July 2013 after having retouched all the public areas at the lodge in 2012.

Since this is a Safari in the wild set-up, rooms have no TV. Satellite TV for those wishing to catch up with news and other events from around the world is situated in the public lounge. The Lodge maintains that this is a long standing policy to upload the quest for peace and tranquil sought after by many guests who come far and wide to the Safari Lodge.

The hotel offers a turn-down service at close of day. This is were staff close shutters, drop mosquito nets and takes a sweeping look around the room to check everything is geared-up for the night. It is also during this visit that staff drops a few chocolates on the bed. A nice treat! The lodge has introduced a tradition of reserving special rooms with the best views for travelers celebrating special occasions for example an anniversary. Be sure to mention yours on booking.

Dining: Makuwa-Kuwa restaurant + Boma Restaurant + Buffalo Bar

Dinning at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is in itself an experience. The food served at the lodge is exceptional with a variety to pick from including game meat such as Impala and even crocodile meat. There are two restaurants available namely the a la carte Makuwa-Kuwa with spectacular views of the waterhole and the very popular Boma Restaurant the highlight of dining when in Vic Falls. Boma is open to diners from other hotels and lodges and therefore tends to be extremely busy. Booking is necessary in order to dine at the Boma Restaurant. It is also at Boma that guests will have a close encounter with African music, dance and art over and above African cuisine.

The food and quality including breakfast is very good and talked about much by different guests. The Buffalo Bar is an open plan bar and serves all types of drinks. The highlight of the bar is its own game-viewing platform that overlooks the waterhole.

Conference Facilities

The Safari Lodge has good conference facilities which can accommodate maximum 200 guests seating in a certain arrangement. The venues for conferences are the boardroom (20pax), Indaba Conference room (100pax) and the Amphitheater (200pax). The lodge is suitable for retreat meetings combined with fun and activities on offer.

Activities + In-house booking

There is just so much to do in Victoria Falls. The lodge through its guest services desk provides professional and friendly advise and tips when booking for activities. The hotel also works with top rated activity companies namely Shearwater and Wild Horizons to book activities for guests. These companies pick participants up from the lodge. Some of the things to do when in Victoria Falls include;

  • Helicopter flight
  • Microlight flights
  • Bunjee jump
  • Gorge swing
  • Day game drive
  • Night game drive
  • Bush dinner
  • Cultural village tour
  • Visit to baobab famous tree
  • Victoria Falls town tour
  • Visit craft market
  • Falls tour (actual falls)
  • Crocodile farm tour
  • Boat cruise
  • Sunset cruise
  • Elephant riding
  • Walk with lions
  • Cheetah walk (also available at Elephant camp)

Red Hot Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Tips

  •  Tours booked by the hotel are automatically charged to your room, advise the lodge otherwise if necessary.
  •  Early morning visits to the falls will also guarantee an unparalleled experience. Seeing the falls early morning is just fantastic (rain forest where the falls are opens at 6am).
  • Monkeys sometimes scurry over the thatched roof in case you hear some noises at night
  •  Keep room door closed at all times when not in room to prevent monkey entry
  • The lodge accepts credit cards even when booking activities
  • Not all rooms are equal in vintage views. Aim to get rooms closer to pool as they have great views of the waterhole. Room two could be the best.
  • To get best views during dinner in Makuwa-Kuwa restaurant, reserve front table(s) in advance which are overlooking the waterhole
  • Daily at 1pm there is the vulture feed drawing hundreds of vultures for a feed. Amazingly around that time, the birds create a spectacle as they descend onto trees ready to feed. Not to miss for bird lovers and enthusiasts.

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