Situated just upstream from the iconic Victoria Falls, honeyed timber structures and raised walkways are nestled among the trees along the banks of the exclusive Kandahar Island.
Surrounded by the flowing waters of the mighty Zambezi, and accessible by boat only, Victoria Falls Island Lodge is the Zambezi Crescent Collection’s most luxuriously intimate experience yet.
Panoramic vistas of the ever-changing hues of Africa’s molten skies can be enjoyed from any of the elevated Treehouse Suites. Constructed predominantly of wood and glass – each Treehouse Suite boasts an elegantly appointed sitting area and private deck with plunge pool. Relax and drink in the magnificence of the surrounds.
VICTORIA FALLS ISLAND LODGE
Exquisite open-plan Treehouse Suites nestle within the cool green recesses of the private Kandahar Island’s leafy canopy.
Accommodating a maximum of 2 guests, 16 years and older, the elegantly appointed elevated Treehouse lodgings – each boasting a host of luxury amenities – are connected to voluminous lounge, dining and sunset bar areas via raised walkway.
The absolute serenity of the surrounds is completed by warm and personal services of a butler (1 butler per 2 rooms / 4 guests) – ensuring that guests enjoy a truly relaxing and pleasurable stay.
The discreet stilted structures of Victoria Falls Island Lodge are enhanced by an organic palette of warm woods, earthy tones of blue and green, interspersed by bursts of sunny yellow and the burnished glow of polished copper, and blend seamlessly into the pristine Island setting.
The dining, lounge and elevated sunset bar areas have been designed to offer guests calm and contemplative spaces completely enveloped within the sun dappled setting of the surrounding giant Ilala Palms, Natal Mahogany and African Ebony trees.
Benefiting from its location in the Zambezi National Park and right on the banks of the river, guests have the opportunity to pick and choose between game drives and river safaris. Night drives and walking safaris are also offered at an additional cost. There are a range of activities on offer for children including grass weaving, bead-making and fishing.
Sightings in the National Park improve year on year. While great elephant sightings are guaranteed, the river is home to a healthy population of hippo and crocodile. On land, kudu, buffalo, giraffe amongst others are regular sightings. If you are lucky you may spot lion moving through the area, one of the resident, but elusive leopard, or even, with increasing frequency, a marauding pack of wild dog.
Being so close to Victoria Falls Town, guests can enjoy all of the activities on offer there such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter trips over the falls and visiting the local crafts market.
When to go
There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celcius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.
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