Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game lodge to be built in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance!
Built upon raised decks, and sheltered by an extensive thatched roof, the 13 luxurious ‘tents’ are tastefully decorated in earthy hues with liberal splashes of crisp white, soothing sage and duck egg blue.
Each offers a larger than king size bed (twin bed configurations are also possible in all rooms), comfortable sitting area, indoor and outdoor showers and a private viewing deck with plunge pool whereupon guests are able to sit comfortably and watch the hippos wallowing.
The only thing that resembles a tent in these 5 star rooms is the canvas on the outside!
VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE
Location: Zimbabwe, Africa
Nearest Airport: Livingstone Airport
Prices: From $441.00
There are thirteen spacious, luxury tents, and five luxury family tents all complete with plunge pool overlooking the banks of the Zambezi River. While each room is covered on the outside by canvas,
this is the only tented aspect of them. Inside, a high a-frame thatch structure maintains a cool interior in the day and a warm and cosy atmosphere in the cooler winter nights.
Each tent has been tastefully decorated in earthy hues and offers a large king size bed, freestanding bath, comfortable sitting area, indoor and outdoor shower and a private deck where guests can sit and watch the river flow by.
The family tents have added space for two bunk beds
All rooms are air conditioned and have ceiling fans and mosquito nets and cots can be provided for infants upon request.
The main lodge is a large, open plan area, set back from the river, an excellent location from which to relax with an evening drink and watch animals graze along the bank. Follow the deck out to the pontoons and you'll find a comfortable viewing platform, built above the river itself.
Food is taken very seriously at the Victoria Falls River Lodge. The professional kitchen has been designed by US chef Bruce Bromberg, and the menu provides a variety of locally sourced and freshly prepared dishes.
For those after a little pampering, a selection of in-room massages and spa treatments are offered.
A tour desk can arrange any number of local activities in the local area and there is a small gift shop with a selection of high quality arts and crafts all made by local artists.
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.