Welcome to thethoughtfultraveller.com’s Zimbabwe accommodation series!
Thanks to the wonderful Sikeleli Safaris, this lucky blogger has gained an exclusive insight into the best safari camps, lodges and hotels that the country has to offer.
Stay tuned for Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls highlights…
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Zimbabwe that’s close to the mighty Victoria Falls, near to a bustling town and yet is tucked away in the midst of the African bush, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is for you.
Overlooking the Zambezi National Park, the lodge is just one of many accommodations offered by Sikeleli Safaris in the region.
It really does fulfil all your needs. Not least relaxation ones, thanks to a gorgeous two-tiered pool (one tier of which is depicted below).
A main draw for me was the sprawling balconies. In both public spaces and rooms, they face both the bush and the setting sun. Oh, and a central waterhole attracting wildlife aplenty.
Even though the lodge contains a massive 72 en-suites, the comfy public areas and friendly service make it feel surprisingly intimate.
Where breakfast is served, for instance, seats many people yet still feels cosy and welcoming.
The breakfast buffet itself is super cute. It sums up the impressive food variety on offer at the lodge, containing multiple gluten free options and a fun ‘make your own bloody mary’ option.
There’s also every hotel service that you could require, from room service to an on-site souvenir shop to a babysitting service.
The most useful of these is the hourly shuttle bus, which drops you at both the town centre and the falls themselves.
When the shock of the falls’ beauty (and dampness) wears off, you can collapse into one of the Safari Lodge’s lovely standard rooms, deluxe rooms or king suites.
They all come equipped with every amenity you’d expect – hot drinks facilities, mini bars, air conditioning and more.
Not that you’ll spend long there – there’s simply so many activities on offer (I’ll endeavour to cover some in the next few blogs). A really different and interesting one is a historical talk.
Pick a guide as good as Mark Geraghty and it’s immeasurably less dry than it sounds. A licensed ZTA guide, his talks about the scramble for Africa and Livingstone’s history are passionate, articulate and genuinely fascinating.
Another great activity, involving far lesser brain engagement, is a Zambezi Explorer Cruise.
The company offers various different boat trips, but I went on the sunset one, so am therefore 100% biased in declaring it the best.
As it’s website loudly proclaims, it’s consistently rated the best Vic Falls activity on Tripadvisor. But it’s difficult for it not to be with such majestic views, such delicious cocktails and canapes (yep, we saw a crocodile then ate one on skewers) and such tremendously warm staff.
As the photos illustrate, Vic Falls is quite the magical place. There’s no denying the Safari Lodge’s ability to help you fall in love with it.
To book Vic Falls Safari Lodge please visit Sikeleli Safari’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.