Victoria Falls River Lodge
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Victoria Falls River Lodge

 

Nestled amongst verdant trees on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the luxury tented Victoria Falls River Lodge is situated in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwean side). Offering something for everyone - it is the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls and merges the African Safari experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the spray of which can be seen in the distance!

The combination of personal service, incredible wildlife viewing, exclusive access to a private island, a significant array of onsite recreation options, fine dining, luxurious accommodations and revitalising Spa treatments - along with easy access to a smorgasbord of adventure activities, vibrant market-places and historical sites - ensure an unforgettable experience that will leave guests wanting to return again, and again.

Country

Zimbabwe

Highlights

 

  • Situated in a National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River, in Zimbabwe
  • The closest game park to Victoria Falls
  • World Heritage Site
  • ‘Blue Ribbon’ designed kitchen
  • Exclusive access to a private Island
  • Breath-taking game and bird viewing in camp from each secluded luxury tent
  • Lodge transfers by boat (optional)
  • Toa Spa – utilising world renowned, all-natural, Africology products

Need to Know

 

Visas

Although entry into Zimbabwe is straight forward and hassle-free for the majority of foreign visitors, certain countries do however require Visas.  It should be noted that entry into Zimbabwe will be denied should the guest not be in possession of a valid passport and – where applicable – a Visa.

For more specific information regarding whether or not a Visa to travel to Zimbabwe is required – kindly see http://www.experiencezimbabwe.com/guide/visa-requirements/ and/or consult your local Embassy or Travel Agent.

 

Malaria

Zimbabwe has been identified as a country affected by Malaria. The good news is that it is preventable, so if you are prepared there is no reason why you should not have a healthy and happy trip to Victoria Falls.

It is recommended that you visit your local Doctor, Travel Clinic or Pharmacist – ideally 2-6 weeks prior to travelling – and advise them that you shall be travelling to Zimbabwe-Zambia.  They shall be able to assist you with the appropriate prophylaxis.

For more information: http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/malaria.html

 

National Park Fees

Per Zimbabwe National Parks, the following Conservation Fees currently apply for entry into:

Zambezi National Park

Accommodated Visitor

International Visitors - USD 8.00 per person per night - Children 6-12 years is USD 4.00 per person per night

Regional Visitors - USD 6.00 per person per night - Children 6-12 years is USD 3.00 per person per night

Zimbabwe Residents - USD 3.00 per person per night - Children 6-12 years is USD 1.50 per person per night

 

Day Visitor

International Visitors - USD 15.00 per person per day - Children 6-12 years is USD 7.50 per person per day

Regional Visitors - USD 12.00 per person per day - Children 6-12 years is USD 6.00 per person per day

Zimbabwe Residents - USD 5.00 per person per day - Children 6-12 years is USD 2.50 per person per day

 

Rainforest (wherefrom ‘The Falls’ may be viewed):

International Visitors - USD 30 per person per entry - Children 6-12 years is USD 10 per person per entry

Regional Visitors - USD 20 per person per entry - Children 6-12 years is USD 8 per person per entry

Zimbabwe Residents - USD 7 per person per entry - Children 6-12 years is USD 4 per person per entry

 

The above rates are subject to change without prior notice and are not controlled/ cannot be influenced by Victoria Falls River Lodge.

Please enquire direct (reservations@zambezicrescent.com) for further information. 

 

SADC rates

Reduced rates are available to locals and guests travelling under the passports of SADC member countries.  Alternative inclusions and exclusions however apply.

For more information and Frequently Asked Questions – please visit: http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/faqs/


SafarisSafaris


 

Our trained Field Guides offer guests several safari options. 

A choice of 2 of the following game activities – per person per day is included in our accommodation rate:

  • Morning / Afternoon Game Drive
  • Sunrise / Sunset River Cruise

 

Game Drives

  • Snacks and selected beverages are served on Game Drive
  • Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on game drives

 

  • Junior Discoverers Drive (incl. snacks and soft beverages)
    • Aimed at children aged 4-7 years accompanied by at least 1 parent - subject to vehicle capacity
    • Outside of standard Game Drive times – timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management
    • Families wishing to take children aged 4 - 7 years on game drive during standard early morning / late afternoon game drive times (i.e. not Junior Discoverers Drive) will require a sole use game viewer.

 

  • ‘Standard’ game drives for children aged 8 years and older are included in the rate
  • Management reserves the right to remove any unruly / disruptive children from the vehicle and return them to Camp before resuming the game drive.

 

For more information:  http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/big-5-safaris/

 

River Cruise

  • Snacks and selected beverages are served on River Cruises
  • Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on game drives
  • Children aged 4 years and older are permitted on the River Cruises
  • Management reserves the right to remove unruly / disruptive children from the vessel and return them to Camp before resuming the cruise.

 

For more information:  http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/river-cruise/

 

Included in the overall accommodation rate, Victoria Falls River Lodge’s “Little LivingstonesChildren’s Activities are a smash hit with our younger visitors. 

The programme is specifically geared towards the more junior explorer and its Junior Discoverer’s Drive, Young Bushwackers and Fables by Firelight are sure to keep the littler guests fascinated and entertained. 

Various books and games are also available – for indoor entertainment.

For more information:  http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/kids-on-safari/


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

 

Victoria Falls River Lodge is situated in the Zambezi National Park, home to some of Africa’s most fascinating animals.  Elephant, hippo, crocodile, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, sable, kudu, impala, waterbuck, wild dog and the occasional big cat can be viewed in the park (to name but a few).

The Zambezi National Park is also renowned as a bird watchers paradise.  In a comparatively small area around Victoria Falls, birding enthusiasts will be able to view a great diversity of birds within the rain forest, riverine, gorge and savannah habitats.  Local species include Rock Pratincole, Schalow’s Turaco, African Finfoot, Half Collared Kingfisher, Thick Billed Weaver, African Skimmer, Pels Fishing Owl, collared Palm Thrush and Western Banded Snake Eagle (to name but few).

Guests at Victoria Falls River Lodge have the opportunity to access these various areas by game viewer, by boat and on foot.  They seldom have to travel too far from their private decks however, as the lush foliage around Camp offers ample opportunity to enjoy many of the spectacular array of birdlife and game species that Zimbabwe have to offer.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

 

Additional Safari Activities that are offered onsite include:

  • Upper Zambezi Canoe Safaris (various options available)
  • Fishing Safaris (from either the jetty or from a boat)
  • Walking Safaris

 

For information on the applicable Rates, Terms and Conditions please feel free to visit our website http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/lodge-safari-activities/

FacilitiesFacilities

 

After a day full of excitement guests can rest and recharge in cool sanctuary of the spacious, open plan river-side lounge or bar, indulge in a sublime Spa treatment, take a stroll around the lodge or unwind alongside the pool with a favourite book.

 

Onsite facilities include:

  • Sparkling Infinity pool
  • Free WiFi Internet access in public areas (intermittent at times owing to Lodge’s location)
  • 24 hour Reception
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities – surcharge applicable
  • Information service (activities information & booking facility)
  • Spacious, open plan dining and lounge areas
  • Riverside bar
  • Toa Spa – utilising world renowned, all-natural, Africology products
  • Ceiling fans
  • Bonfire area
  • Wood fired pizza oven – for delicious gourmet pizzas and breads
  • Tree Hide overlooking a waterhole, for reflection and solitude
  • A variety of board games
  • Payment facilities
    • Cash (US Dollars)
    • Credit card machine – MasterCard & Visa

For more information:  http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/lodge-facilities/

AccommodationAccommodation

 

Constructed of canvas, glass and wood, built on raised decks and sheltered by vast thatched roofs - the 13 luxurious tents are well spaced and air-conditioned.  Extending onto a private deck with its own plunge pool, each boasts uninterrupted panoramas of the river and natural bush.

Stylish and spacious, the rooms are an interesting fusion of European and African décor with clean lines, soothing hues and a fresh, earthy feel.  All offer a larger than king size bed, comfortable sitting area, open plan bathroom with twin vanities, freestanding bath and both indoor and outdoor showers.  Twin bedded sleeping configurations are also possible.

5 Of the tents are family-friendly and feature an adjoining children’s alcove – with a bunk bed and single (3/4 sized) bed – which can accommodate up to 3 sharing children (younger than 17 years) comfortably.  Although the bathrooms are open plan and shared, curtains may be drawn across this – and the entrance to the children’s bedroom area – for added privacy.

Standard to each tent are mosquito nets, repellent, a mini bar, electronic laptop safe, tea/coffee making facilities, a hairdryer, ceiling fans, air-conditioners and international adapters, robes and slippers to help make your stay as pleasant and possible.

For more information:  http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/zimbabwe-lodge-accommodation/

AccoladesAccolades

 

  • Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014
  • Winner of Safari Awards Best Family Experience Zimbabwe 2015
  • Winner of a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

SeasonSeason

 

Tourism Seasons in Zimbabwe may be described as follows:

Peak            :        July – October

Low             :        November – June

 

Mid             :        April – June (bush staring to dry out)

Green          :        November – March (rainy season)

 

For more information about the weather and what to pack, please feel free to visit our website: http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/zimbabwe-weather/

Average StayAverage Stay

 

Although there are no restrictions placed on the number of nights booked at Victoria Falls River Lodge; owing to the vast array of activities, sights and experiences on offer a minimum of a two night stay is highly recommended.

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

From USD 441

  • Rates include VAT and are:
    • quoted, invoiced and payable in US Dollars ($)
    • quoted per adult sharing per night
    • single supplement + 25% per person per night

For information on the rate inclusions and exclusions please feel free to visit our website http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/zimbabwe-accommodation-rates/

Children PolicyChild Policy

 

0 – 3 year olds: Accommodated at no extra cost.  4 – 11 year olds:  accommodated at 25% of the adult sharing rate, when sharing with their parents (or 2 x adults) within a Family Suite.  12 – 17 year olds:  accommodated at 50% (half) of the adult sharing rate, when sharing with their parents (or 2 x adults) within the Family Suite.  18 years and older: persons aged 18 years and older are considered adults and will therefore require their own room/suite at the applicable adult rates. 

Children accommodated in their own tent will be charged the full adult rate (i.e. the first two occupants of a tent (regardless of age) shall be charged the full adult sharing rate where after the age appropriate discounted sharing child rate(s) shall apply where applicable.

 

NOTE: owing to the Lodge being unfenced and located in a National Park – and given that the tents are spaced between 40-60m apart – it is not recommended that children younger than 16 years occupy a tent on their own (without an older sibling / adult present).

Family rooms can accommodate up to 3 children - under the age of 18 years (sharing with adults) - in a smaller room adjoining the main bedroom area.  This alcove is separated from the main area by a curtain and contains a bunk bed and one single bed.  The bathroom is open plan and shared. 

Camp cots are available with prior arrangement and each accommodates a maximum of one child.  Child minding services are available at an additional cost and are conducted by lodge staff. 

 

NBChildren are the responsibility of their parents/guardians.  The camp is situated in a National Park and is unfenced.  The pools too are not fenced or manned by staff.

For information: http://www.victoriafallsriverlodge.com/operators/

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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