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Seclusion, tranquility and luxury meet at Victoria Falls Island Lodge, an oasis hidden along the banks of the Zambezi River. “Your feet will never touch the ground,” is the promise, and with three exclusive Treehouse Suites embedded on the river, canopied by trees and connected by a labyrinth of wooden walkways, it’s a promise delivered.
A dream getaway on the Zambezi? Coming right up! Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
Zambezi River, Zimbabwe
It doesn’t get more natural and untouched than the setting and layout at Victoria Falls Island Lodge. One wonders how luxury was so seemingly integrated into spaces that are designed to conform to and not disturb nature’s own architecture.
Waking to the sounds of rousing nature scored by a hippo’s rumbling exhale can only be bested by a cruise along the waters that house these majestic brutes. Nothing is more enchanting that a sunset seen from a cruise along the Zambezi’s bush-flanked crystal waters as nature retreats into itself and the sky hangs up its lanterns – such is the romance of the Victoria Falls Island Lodge experience.
Sleeping outdoors, the luxurious way Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
Zimbabweans’ signature warmth is on display at Victoria Falls Island Lodge where, from guide to chef, understated excellence prevails. You only have to probe your sunset cruise guide to learn the secrets of the land or your chef to discover the ingenuity of dishes made from locally sourced produce. Whether it’s this property’s superior recruiting or a nature indigenous to this beautiful country, the ability to create an atmosphere of relaxation and comfort delivered with an approachable confidence is certainly commendable.
The Lodge was constructed so as to not disturb or alter its natural surroundings Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
Three Treehouse Suites on the banks of the exclusive Kandahar Island, each with a plunge pool and private deck. Perfectly located in a private island with sightings of hippo, zebra and elephants along the shore. Guests can enjoy guided game drives and river cruises to explore the Zambezi’s plentiful wildlife.
“Zimbabwean skies are always on your side'” they say (and by ‘they’ we mean us). Our last visit to Victoria Falls was in June and there was still plenty of sunshine during the day and sunsets were as breathtaking as ever. If anything, these winter months offer more seclusion and a lower volume of crowds – one of our favourite ways to safari. That said, jumpers and jerseys are must for morning and evening drives as warm days make way for nights that can get quite chilly in winter. Definitely, a year-round destination.
Out in the open. Nature is an integral part of the decor. Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
The lodge lies inconspicuously along the banks of the Zambezi river Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
Fly into Victoria Falls International Airport. The team at Victoria Falls Island Lodge will pick you up on arrival and drop you off when it’s time to leave. The hotel is less than an hour’s drive from the airport.
There are three visa categories for Zimbabwe; countries whose citizens don’t require a visa, can receive a visa at port of entry – airport or border post- and countries whose citizens must get a visa before traveling. All categories need a passport valid for at least 6 months from your date of entry, a return ticket to your country (or enough money to buy one), sufficient funds to cover your stay and enough blank pages in your passport to fit the required entry visa.
Some aspects of the lodge resemble a tropical island paradise Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
Victoria Falls Island Lodge has private plunge pools for each suite and guests are serviced by a personal butler (1 butler per 2 rooms/ 4 guests). All the elevated suites are connected to a dining area and sunset bar through a raised walkway. WiFi is also available.
All Island Lodge Treehouse Suites are river facing and fitted with plunge pools and a private deck from where sightings of game on the banks can be enjoyed. The decor is minimalist and modern, with polished finishes and delicate, natural textures. Each structure is designed to blend into the surrounding nature. The bathrooms are styled in the manner of a luxury spa and come with oval freestanding bathtubs and organic toiletries.
Morning rays streaming into the main area Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
Food is made from the freshest, locally-sourced produce Photo credit: Victoria Falls Island Lodge
The chef uses locally-sourced produce to create fresh and authentic dishes that are refined and yet accessible and extremely delicious. Breakfast served in the main area near the river is a highlight – from a selection of fruits, health juices and grains to hearty fair in the form of eggs, breakfast and other English Breakfast staples. Dinners are served under candlelight with guests offered a choice of decadent starters, mains and desert.
Romantics, couples and honeymooners – we can’t imagine a dreamier setting. To find out more about this divine hideout, click here.
Practically got your bags packed to visit this island-style paradise? Contact one of our expert consultants to plan your stay at Victoria Falls Island Lodge.
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An enthusiastic globe-trotter born in Mpumalanga, South Africa, Thanda is back in Cape Town after a year of amazing adventures abroad. When not scouring Soundcloud for her next music obsession, she’s plotting a weekend sho’t left or scrambling to keep track of friends who're scattered all over the world.
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