Wild Horizons opens Old Drift Lodge

Wild Zambezi - Wild Horizons • 3 May 2018

Tour operators Wild Horizons have just opened their latest Victoria Falls property - Old Drift Lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River only 4.5 kms from the town of Victoria Falls.

‘drift or ‘ford’ is a shallow place in a river or stream where it is possible to cross safely without using a boat. 

Around 1898, before the construction of the existing Victoria Falls bridge just below the Falls, the Old Drift was used as a crossing point over the Zambezi River between Southern and Northern Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe and Zambia). The site was the busiest crossing point of this period as supplies were ferried and cattle were swum to the opposite bank.

The rustic settlement of Old Drift was eventually abandoned as settlers relocated and the town of Victoria Falls began to transform into the adventure destination it is today, . While the rest of the world moved forward, Old Drift was reclaimed by nature and returned to its original state. 

Now the Old Drift Lodge stands on this historic site, carefully designed to fit into its natural surroundings within what is now the Zambezi National Park.

Accommodation consists of 10 double canvas suites and 4 family suites all air-conditioned, with a private lounge, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool and an outdoor bath overlooking the Zambezi River. 

The main lodge area has 360 degree views, north facing onto the Zambezi & south facing onto a water hole.

Transfers to and from the lodge are by luxury cruise boat and take approximately 15 minutes from Victoria Falls

Activities on offer include game viewing (4 x 4 vehicle & river safaris, guided tour of the Victoria Falls & Lookout Café lunch).

For bookings and more information, contact Wild Horizons lodges@wildhorizons.co.zw

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