THE ELEPHANT CAMP VICTORIA FALLS

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WHERE: VICTORIA FALLS

WHO VISITED: Lauren Richmond from Shire Travel

WHEN: June 2015

WHAT WE LOVED
Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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Rooms
24 guests are accommodated in 12 luxury tented suites each with private indoor and outdoor shower and bath, and mini bar.

All suites are gorge facing and have a private viewing deck, plunge pool and private lounge area. The suites are equipped with air-conditioning & ceiling fans.

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Pools
Each luxury tented suite has its own plunge pool

Spa
Selected spa treatments are available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge).

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Dining
Dining here is characterized here by seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the lodge gardens. Traditional African dishes and accompaniments, such as Sadza (African-style polenta) and Chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) deliver a taste of the real Africa.

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Guests can choose to take their meals at the main lodge, with sweeping views across the savannah with the spray of the falls as a backdrop, or as a romantic meal for two on the private deck of your room.

Recommended Experiences
Sundowners and tasty canapés at the Batoka Gorge Guests enjoy a short transfer to a scenic spot on the property overlooking the Gorge and surrounding bushland.

Final Word
This is a stunning lodge with luxury tent accommodation inside a private concession. The property’s resident Cheetah Ambassador, Sylvester, provides an unexpected guest experience here when he is brought out onto the main deck like a domestic pet cat.

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THE VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL

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WHERE: VICTORIA FALLS

WHO VISITED: Lauren Richmond from Shire Travel

WHEN: June 2015

WHAT WE LOVED
The Victoria Falls Hotel, built by the British in 1904, was originally conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway. It is famous for its Edwardian heritage and dramatic views of the gorges of Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls. It is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

The Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned for impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exceptional facilities, including complimentary wi-fi for all guests.

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Rooms
The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 rooms and suites in 9 different categories from Standard right up to the Royal and Presidential Suites.

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We stayed in the Stable Rooms which would be my pick of all of the room types available. They were beautifully furnished with modern touches that pleasantly contrast the property that harks back to a bygone era.

Pools
The Victorian-style pool was lovely, the perfect place to enjoy a few Pimms from the Pool Side bar.

Spa
The hotel’s quaint spa consists of two massage beds in the hotel and one poolside. Guests may also choose the option of having manicure and pedicure treatments in their rooms.

Dining
The hotel has a number of dining options including room service, a poolside outlet and the following:

Stanley’s Terrace: Offers the hotel’s famous High Tea and light meals throughout the day with spectacular views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray from the Falls below.

Jungle Junction: Buffet options showcasing a fusion of African flavours with nightly entertainment and views over the gorge and the spray of the Falls.

The Livingstone Room: The Edwardian-style Livingstone Room was totally refurbished in 2013, seats 120 and opens only for dinner, featuring a la carte and table d’hôte menus.

Final word
The hotel is beautifully maintained, the grounds are beautiful and look right down to the Falls. You can see the spray and all the gorges from the main public areas. There is a real sense of history here evoked by the colonial feel of the property.

We didn’t have time for the hotel’s famed high-tea but would recommend it as an essential experience here.

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THE VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE

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WHERE: VICTORIA FALLS

WHO VISITED: Lauren Richmond from Shire Travel

WHEN: June 2015

WHAT WE LOVED
Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises over seven levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Just 4 kilometres from Victoria Falls, this is a beautifully decorated and furnished lodge-style property oriented towards a natural waterhole as a central feature.

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Rooms overlook Zambezi national park with nice balconies for spotting game.

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The Lodge operates a 24-hour reception service and free hourly shuttle into Victoria Falls town for guests.

Rooms
There are 72 en-suite bedrooms with private decks in 3 different categories. All have air conditioning, fans, hairdryers mosquito nets, customised toiletries including insect repellent, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and fully stocked mini bars.

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Pools
A two-tiered swimming pool built into the natural rocks and sun deck overlook the resorts central waterhole which attracts an abundance of wildlife throughout the year.

Spa
The Safari Spa is located on the property.

Dining
MaKuwa-Kuwa: With no windows or walls, the a-la-carte MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant serves up all-day dining with exceptional views of wildlife and natural landscape of the Zambezi National Park.

Buffalo Bar: A great place for sundowners and snacks with superb views of wildlife at the waterhole.

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The Boma: African-fusion cuisine, spirited dance performance, interactive drumming and traditional storytelling.

Final word
Highly recommend dinner at The Boma even if staying elsewhere in Victoria Falls.

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