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Masuwe is set within its own private concession that adjoins Zambezi National Park, just 7 km (4.4 miles) from Victoria Falls. The lodge is surrounded by natural bush teeming with wildlife and offers views over a small waterhole, the Masuwe River, and the national park beyond. It's a haven of peaceful greenery just a short hop from the town of Victoria Falls. The lodge has nine 'wilderness' chalets, one 'hide-away' chalet, and a 'family nest', all built of stone with vaulted thatched roofs and shaded by mature trees.

The wilderness chalets are compact yet comfortable and include a twin or double bed, dressing area and en suite shower. Glass sliding doors open onto a private deck with bush views. The hide-away is a slightly larger room, tucked away with a view over a small waterhole. This room is ideal for couples in search of privacy and includes an indoor double shower and outdoor bath. Finally, the family nest is set well away from the main area of the lodge and is named after the weaver birds that live in the surrounding trees. There are two bedrooms, sleeping up to five people, each with their own bathroom, a central living room, plunge pool and BBQ area.

The central part of the lodge has shady gardens which surround a stone swimming pool. Under the thatch you'll find a small library, an open bar and a dining area.

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Rooms

There are nine 'wilderness' chalets, one 'hide-away' chalet and a 'family nest'. Each room is constructed of stone and canvas with a high thatched roof and private deck. The hide-away is tucked in a private corner of the lodge grounds, and has a double indoor shower and outdoor bath plus a view of the waterhole. The family nest has two bedrooms and two bathrooms plus its own living room, kitchenette, plunge pool and BBQ area.

Location

Set within its own private concession, Masuwe borders Zambezi National Park and is just 7 km (4.4 miles) from Victoria Falls. The lodge is surrounded by natural bushland where animals roam freely. Regular sightings include impala, bushbuck, warthog, hyena and abundant birdlife. There's a small waterhole just in front of the lodge which is lit by a spotlight at night.

Food and Drink

Traditional African dishes are served alongside a more international menu. Masuwe serves a continental buffet with an optional cooked breakfast; a relaxed lunch is usually enjoyed on the shady deck and after a day of activities, sunset drinks are served prior to a hosted three-course dinner.

Families

Children aged six and above are welcome at Masuwe, but some activities are limited to those over 12 years old.

Our opinion

We have a soft spot for Masuwe, as it was one of the first bush lodges in the Victoria Falls region. We like that it offers the opportunity to stay in a bush environment within such easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its activities. The staff are its real forte, however: some of them have worked at the lodge since it opened in the 1990s, and will greet you with good old-fashioned Zimbabwean hospitality.

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