Perched high on the edge of the Zambezi gorges, Gorges Lodge offers a different perspective to other lodges in the area with unbeatable views.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set high on a plateau just three kilometers from Victoria Falls town. The plateau forms a natural boundary to the unfenced Zambezi National Park, allowing for sweeping views of the surrounding landscape from the lodge, whose thatch and timber building spans seven levels. A waterhole in front of the lodge attracts a variety of game during the dry season, including elephant, buffalo, impala and kudu.
The property has the feel of a large safari lodge, with the spacious en suite rooms featuring hardwoods, thatched roofs and an African-themed décor. All rooms look out across the park, while the Buffalo Bar faces the setting sun, making it a scenic spot for enjoying sundowners.
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Rooms all look out over the park and are decorated with soft, earthy colors to complement the property’s traditional African style. Amenities in each room include air conditioning, fans, safes, mosquito nets, minibars and tea/coffee making facilities, as well as insect repellent and either double or twin beds.
Standard rooms are 25 square meters in size, offering en suite bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers and private balconies facing the sunset. Deluxe rooms span 35 square meters, with balconies overlooking the waterhole and larger bedrooms. The duplex-style King Suites are a spacious 59 square meters, featuring an open-plan lounge opening onto a private balcony overlooking the waterhole. The bathroom has a bath tub and massage shower.
At an elevation of 942 meters, the lodge enjoys uninterrupted views of unspoilt bushveld, spectacular African sunsets and a waterhole. A complimentary shuttle service transports guests on an hourly basis throughout the day to both Victoria Falls rainforest and the town center, which is around three kilometers away. Victoria Falls airport is 24 kilometers away and the Zambian border is five kilometers away, where you’ll find the historic town of Livingstone.
Food and drink
Makuwa-Kuwa offers continental breakfast buffets and à la carte lunches and dinners consisting of international dishes with an African twist. You can enjoy views of the waterhole and surrounding landscape as you dine. Buffalo Bar offers snacks during the day and sundowners at sunset, boasting its own game-viewing platform overlooking the waterhole. The Boma offers local and international cuisine, cultural dance performances, storytelling and drumming for an atmospheric Zimbabwean experience.
Deluxe rooms can include an additional roll-away bed to accommodate a child aged under 12. A babysitting service is available if booked in advance.
Facilities and activities
There is a library, TV lounge and internet lounge, as well as a two-tiered pool built into the rocks and a sun deck overlooking the waterhole on which to relax. The complimentary shuttle service into Victoria Falls operates hourly each day, and reception is open 24 hours a day, with staff happy to recommend things to do and see in the area and book activities for you. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout the lodge.
Activities such as guided bush walks can be arranged on the reserve surrounding the lodge, while the shuttle bus service makes it easy for you to take advantage of the activities on offer around Victoria Falls town. The Activities Desk can help you to arrange activities such as white-water rafting, canoeing, game drives, sunset cruises, helicopter flights over the falls, bungee jumps and gorge swings.
Whilst located farther away from Victoria Falls than some of the area’s other accommodation options, we think this characterful lodge will particularly appeal to those preferring a safari-style atmosphere to a standard hotel experience.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
With the mighty Victoria Falls just a stroll away, Ilala Lodge is ideally placed for visiting this natural wonder and the nearby town, providing a relaxing setting in which you can lie back and listen to the roar of the falls.
A small, welcoming lodge set in its own private wilderness area that's within easy reach of Victoria Falls. Masuwe offers great value and a relaxing place to stay before or after a safari.
Steeped in history and boasting one of the closet positions to Victoria Falls of any hotel in the area, The Victoria Falls Hotel is full of charm, and staying here takes you back to a bygone era.