One of Zimbabwe’s trophy features, is the mighty Victoria Falls. This is one of the World’s 7 Natural Wonders. As I live in Zimbabwe, I have visited the Falls several times, however, on this one particular occasion – I was taken in by Africa Albida’s Tourism and given a treat of a lifetime.
Taking in the beautiful views from the Victoria Falls Safari Club balcony.
Africa Albida Tourism boasts of a range of top end accommodation properties. The group has won several awards. In 2019, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, was been named among Africa’s top five resort hotels by the high profile US magazine Travel + Leisure. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was the only Zimbabwean property to feature in this category, taking fifth place. Leading UK newspaper The Telegraph also named three Africa Albida Tourism properties – Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club and Ngoma Safari Lodge, in Chobe, Botswana – in their Best Hotels in Africa list. In addition to that, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has been voted Zimbabwe’s Best Safari Lodge/Resort for 22 years running.
I stayed at The Victoria Falls Safari Club. I understood immediately how and why the group of hotels earned their awards. The Safari Club has top of the range Executive Suites, with a fully stocked mini bar and tea bar offering top range teas and coffees and nespresso machine.
Coming back to my room after a day of adventure was always a pleasure as it offered so much comfort and luxury you wish the nights were longer so you could sleep in and just enjoy the luxury.
Every morning, I would wake up and sit on the balcony and just be still, and listen to the sounds of nature. If you want to disconnect with the world, and have uninterrupted views of the bushveld and spectacular sunsets and wake up to the sounds of birds, this is the place to stay.
The Safari Suites are also top of the range luxury rooms suitable for families as they have two and three bedrooms. Africa Albida Tourism pays attention to the finest detail and needs of customers, so the rooms have TV gaming rooms for the children as well!
The Lokhutula Lodges are self-catering and are perfect for families and couples or groups as they are also two and three bedrooms. Lokhutula means a place of peace. And peaceful it is! There were actually bush buck and warthogs grazing around the Lodges. The Lodges are fully equipped and well-furnished to create a perfect stay, home away from home.
Lameck the resident bush buck will often be seen grazing outside the Lodges.
One of the activities I enjoyed the most, that I had never done before was The Hide. This is a shelter like structure that looks like a termite mound and it’s built near a watering hole.
So you go there with a hunter in the late afternoon and sit and wait for the animals to come to the watering hole. My thrilling moment, was walking from the hunter’s truck to the hide and back again. It was a short distance, but the thought of walking in the wild, where Africa’s top 5 roam freely had my blood rushing with both fear and excitement. We sat in there for a couple of hours but, unfortunately, on this day just a warthog came and some impala. I also saw a couple of crocodiles probably waiting for some game too.
Twenty minutes after leaving The Hide, there was a massive storm. I was told this is the reason we did not see any animals. Apparently, animals go towards a storm when it is about to rain. This was the first storm of the season for Victoria Falls.
Sunset moments before a heavy storm.
What was absolutely beautiful, and evident from my usual morning balcony spot in my room, was the vegetation that had been turned green overnight by the storm. Natures wonders in its purest form!