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…
In my blog post about Vic Falls Safari Lodge I said that “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.”
If you want all the above, but with an even more special, intimate touch, the Safari Lodge’s swanky older brother, Safari Club, is the ideal place to stay. (African safari specialists Sikeleli Safaris offer both options for itinerary customisation.)
Like the Lodge, Safari Club looks out over the game-filled Zambezi National Park. But unlike the Lodge, the Club offers the small number of guests an exclusive butler service.
This is just one way in which staff go the extra mile. But there’s so many small but telling examples too: the way they brought me a freshly squeezed lemonade when sunbathing, the instant memorisation of my name, the sweetness with which they made breakfast work around me even upon showing up late…
The breakfast buffet is as fresh and varied as you’d expect from a Tripadvisor ‘2015 Certificate of Excellence’ winner.
And the public areas are very cool – striking the perfect balance between luxurious and down to earth.
They are appropriately intimate and hold host to both complimentary afternoon tea and pastries (3.30-4.30pm) and complimentary cocktails and snacks (5.30-6.30pm). There’s truly no need to leave the premises.
But if you do want to, there’s an hourly shuttle bus, shared with the Safari Lodge, that takes you to town and the falls.
The bedrooms themselves are steeped in sumptuousness.
The club rooms come complete with insanely comfortable beds and private balconies, whilst the club suites are a little more spacious, thanks to an adjacent sitting room.
Facilities are endless (Nespresso machine, in-room docking station) and the design is modern (plus African print-filled).
But don’t hit the sack before journeying to The Boma. The authentic Zimbabwean restaurant is difficult to do justice with words or pictures – the interactive extravaganza is so much more than an epic buffet.
Seating up to 300 each evening, the entertainment on offer ranges from traditional Amakwezi dancers to a fortune teller, whilst the food ranges from warthog to mopani worms.
The latter, a typical Zimbabwean delicacy is made more tempting by the awarding of a ‘Boma Diploma’ for eating one. Yes, that’s right, you earn a certificate by eating a worm.
One member of staff I asked estimated that about three-quarters of Club and Lodge guests go to The Boma. Unless you’re incredibly old and conservative, you can’t fail to have fun – the atmosphere’s unbeatable.
You will end up drumming, you will end up dancing and you will end up having an unforgettable night.