VICTORIA FALLS AREA CAMP
Lying just 4 miles from the rumble of the mighty Victoria Falls on the banks of the Zambezi River.
This stylish lodge is one of a handful of camps within Zimbabwe’s Zambezi National Park, with regular visits from elephants to the lodge, especially later into the dry season.
Overlooking the Zambezi River, the 14 tented chalets are all spaced out along the riverfront. These chalets are luxurious and stylish. colored canvas and high ceilings create a well-lit space, with a four-poster mosquito net enveloping a large king or twin beds, plus bedside tables, in the centre of the room. Four of the chalets have a second en-suite bedroom, catering for families, or couples traveling together. A seating area affords space for relaxation, with comfortable armchairs and a coffee table, locally made wooden desk and dresser, plus a minibar and tea and coffee station.
To the other side of the tent a sliding canvas door opens into the en suite bathroom, equally spacious, with twin sinks, a toilet behind another sliding door, and a large glass-screened shower cubicle. Step outside and you’ll find an outside shower, as well as a free-standing bath on the deck, with canvas curtains should you prefer a little more privacy.
A lot of thought has gone into the little touches in each room: the tents are well-stocked with amenities, with toiletries, dressing gowns and slippers in the bathrooms, and mosquito repellent, hairdryer and even hair straighteners! There’s also a charging station by each desk, and international and USB plug sockets next to the beds.
Linking the chalets to the expansive tented main area are wood-effect walkways, with regular breaks allowing access for the natural animal migration routes of elephant, and sometimes buffalo, down to the river. Large wooden doors open into the main area itself, with cream canvas walls, whitewashed wood floors and folding glass doors opening the full length of one side. Wrought-iron lights hang over comfortable chairs and sofas, piled with cushions and soft blankets for the colder evenings, and surrounding a central fireplace – which creates a focal point in front of a bar and small library. Friendly staff – ever present but unobtrusive throughout our stay, are on hand to bring drinks and nibbles, attend to guests’ queries and offer assistance.
In the dining area to the other side of the main tent, tables are placed under ceiling fans, as well as on the deck looking over the river. Outdoor lounge areas, with a mix of wooden and wicker furniture, are shaded by large cream umbrellas on a series of split-level decks leading down to a fire-pit and jetty
Your days will no doubt be filled with activities, but for guests spending their siesta at the lodge, sliding glass doors lead out from each tented chalet to a wooden deck, with loungers placed to look out to the river. It’s a great spot for birdwatching, with plenty of pied kingfishers, bee-eaters and swifts flying past. Though it was a little on the cool side for swimming when we were last at the lodge, in the hotter months the small plunge pool on each deck will no doubt be a welcome relief from the midday heat.
Activities include morning and afternoon game drives along the banks of the Zambezi River and within the Zambezi National Park. The animals you can expect to see include the likes of general plains game such as impala, eland, dazzles of zebra and warthogs to the larger game such as buffalo, elephant, lion and even on occasion cheetah.
Due to its close proximity to Victoria Falls, you have ample opportunity to enjoy a vast array of activities – from the adrenaline fueled bunji jumping, canyon swinging and white water rafting to the more sedate historical tours, river cruises and much more.