Old Drift Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zambezi National Park

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Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls in the untouched natural beauty of the Zambezi National Park lies a pristine piece of land on the banks of the Zambezi River.  Nestled within this wild paradise is Old Drift Lodge, a place frequented by elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, lion and many other animals. 

The activities offered at Old Drift Lodge emphasise the rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roams through the Park and swims the Zambezi River. The Zambezi National Park can be explored by road, river or on foot, - providing something for every guest.  

Old Drift Lodge speaks to the rich heritage of the area. A ‘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, the Old Drift (originally known as Sekute's Drift) was used as a crossing point over the Zambezi River between what was then Southern and Northern Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe and Zambia). The drift was at a point on the river, 7 kilometres above the Falls, where the river is wide but runs low enough during certain periods for safe crossing.

Only 4.5 kilometres from the town of Victoria Falls, Old Drift Lodge is the closest lodge within the National Park to Victoria Falls. Luxury boats transport guests to our natural utopia where we are able to accommodate guests. 

The main lodge area has 360 degree views, north-facing onto the Zambezi & south-facing onto a water hole.  It consists of a dining and bar area under canvas with sweeping views of the Zambezi River, and al fresco dining deck and a floating star gazing and fireside deck  Wireless Internet facilities are available throughout and there is a spa and a gym.

Old Drift Lodge offers family-friendly accommodation, in 10 double tented suites and 4 family suites.  Each air-conditioned suite is decorated with stylish furnishings, fitting of the bygone eras, which blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. The spacious canvas en-suite rooms all have a private lounge, indoor and outdoor showers, plunge pool and an outdoor bath overlooking the Zambezi.

Rates are all-inclusive of accommodation, all meals and drinks (including complimentary mini bars in the suites), return Victoria Falls / Livingstone Airport transfers, transfers to Victoria Falls town, laundry, Emergency Medical Evacuation, VAT and 2% Tourism levy.

Old Drift Lodge is owned by tour operator Wild Horizons, and some activities are available at no extra charge to guests.  These include:-

- Two scheduled game activities per day (River safari, Guided Walking safari & Game Drives on offer)
- Lunch at the Lookout Cafe - On Request (Including drinks)
- Guided Tour of the Falls – Zimbabwe (Excluding Rainforest Entry Fees)

Guests will be required to pay their own entry fees for the Victoria Falls Rainforest, a Conservation Levy, an extra charge for private vehicle use, and for any expenditure on gratuities, curios and items of a personal nature.

CHILDREN AT OLD DRIFT LODGE.  Children over the age of 7 are most welcome at Old Drift Lodge. If they are between 7 and 16 years (inclusive), they will be accommodated at 50% of the adult sharing rate.  Family Suites can accommodate up to 4 guests.  Children under the age of 16 years are not permitted on any Walking Safaris.

As Old Drift Lodge is unfenced and located in a wilderness area, it is not recommended that children younger than 16 years occupy a room on their own (without an older sibling / adult present).
Children are the responsibility of their parents/guardians. It is important to note that none of the plunge pools are fenced or manned by staff.


Related articles:-

Old Drift Lodge: a soothing soul escape  (Travel Blog Nov 2019)

Old Drift Lodge is simply stunning!  (Travel Blog - August 2018)

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Stacey W, Via Trip Advisor - Zimbabwe 30 May 2018
Exquisite property with an amazing staff. We seriously did not want to leave. We were one of the first guests to stay at the Old Drift Lodge and everything was top notch including the staff, food, and wildlife right outside your door. If you are going to only one safari resort, this is it! The outdoor shower and plunge pool were a nice touch. A Transformative Experience! Dear Stacy, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review on Trip Advisor. As you well know, the Old Drift Lodge has just opened and we are delighted that it has opened on such a positive note. Guest satisfaction is top of the list at the Old Drift and our staff will be delighted with your very kind comments! Thank you for recommending us so highly. We would love to welcome you back. With warm regards, Management and Staff, Old Drift Lodge
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Telephone +263 83 2844426
Mobile +263 782 787052
Skype Wild.horizons.lodges or wild.horizons.lodges2
Price Top-end
Full Catering
Honeymoon Suite


Book a three night stay and pay for two nights only at any of our properties during the above dates. Properties are The Elephant Camp Main, The Elephant Camp West, Old Drift & Imbabala Lodge with all except Imbabala Lodge interchangeable. This offer cannot be combined with other specials. Valid: 01 Nov - 20 Dec 2019; 11 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 and 01 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 Expires: 20 December 2020
Spend two nights at Old Drift Lodge & two nights The Elephant Camp and enjoy a COMPLIMENTARY Helicopter Flight of Angels*. Special valid for any new bookings made for travel between 15 March 2019 and 10 January 2021. Specials & Packages are not combineable. *Excludes Helicopter Park Fees Expires: 10 January 2021
Celebrate your new marriage at the luxurious Old Drift Lodge! The bride or groom receives 50% off the nightly per person rate for a honeymoon safari at our luxury lodge. Old Drift Lodge captures a bygone era of safari romance, where crimson sunsets and sweeping savannas set the scene for an idyllic honeymoon. It's the adventure of a lifetime at the start of your adventure of a lifetime. *T&C apply Expires: 31 December 2020
The “Bring the whole herd” family special offers a fantastic, affordable, all-inclusive Victoria Falls Experience for travel in the “Green Season” at Wild Horizons properties. Children stay free with adults (sharing a family unit) at Old Drift Lodge, The Elephant Camp & Imbabala Lodge. Valid: 1 Nov - 20 Dec 2019; 11 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 and 1 Nov - 20 Dec 2020 (T&Cs available on request) Expires: 20 December 2020

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