Victoria Falls River Lodge (Zambezi Crescent)

Victoria Falls, Zambezi National Park

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Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, upstream from the Victoria Falls, the luxury Victoria Falls River Lodge is a pioneer in many ways.

As the first privately owned lodge to be situated in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwean side), Victoria Falls River Lodge is the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it combines the African Safari experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the spray of which can be seen in the distance!

The combination of exceptional wildlife viewing, fine dining, personal service, luxurious accommodation, an abundance of nearby adrenaline (and other) activities and several historical attractions ensures an unforgettable experience that will leave guests wanting to return again, and again.


The Victoria Falls River Lodge is divided into three sections:-. 

1. The Mainland Lodge  
This has 13 Luxury Tented Suites (canvas-under-thatch - double or twin-bedded).  5 of these are Family Suites which can accommodate 2 adults and up to 3 children 17 yrs and younger, with an adjoining children’s alcove typically including a bunk bed and 1 x single bed.  

All the tents are set on raised decks on the banks of the Zambezi River.  1 x camp cot may be placed in the room for a sharing child younger than 3 yrs – at no extra charge. Air-conditioning and ceiling fans.  Open plan with sitting area, tea/coffee making facilities, laptop safe, hairdryer, minibar, private deck with plunge pool. Open plan, en-suite bathroom with freestanding bathtub, twin vanities, indoor & outdoor showers and a private W/C.

The mainland lodge has a spacious, thatched, central dining, sitting, bar & central pool areas with Wi-Fi facilities overlook the Zambezi River. The Toa Spa offers guests the opportunity to truly relax and unwind.  The lodge is popular as a Wellness/Safari combo retreat for groups with their own Mindfulness or Yoga guide.

2.  Hippo Creek Exclusive Riverside Villa  available for sole or shared use.  Sleeps up to 6 adults and 2 children (17 years or younger). This villa is designed for multi-generational families, friends and smaller groups looking for a more private experience. It has private dining and lounge facilities, 2 twin/king suites and 1 family suite, and a private butler service.  Activities, including a tour of the Victoria Falls, bird watching, game viewing and river cruises are included and are private if the villa is taken on a sole use basis.

3. Kandahar Island lies in the middle of the Zambezi River a short boat-transfer across from the mainland lodge. Here, 6 timber and glass Island Treehouse Suites offer a luxury and exclusive retreat - all built on elevated decks nestled into the the thick island vegetation overlooking the River.

Each Treehouse Suite accommodates two guests (king or twin-bedded), with an air-conditioned bedroom, sitting area, and a private deck and plunge pool. The open plan, en-suite bathroom has a freestanding bathtub, spacious vanity area, rain shower and a private W/C.  Facilities include tea making facilities, Nespresso coffee machine, laptop safe, hairdryer and mini bar.

Two of the Treehouse Suites are double-storey Starbed Treehouses with a rooftop sitting area and signature Starbed.  The open plan, en-suite bathroom also has a freestanding bathtub, but with twin vanities, twin rain showers and a private W/C.

The main sitting, dining and bar areas are spacious and open-plan, with panoramic views of the river, and a special sunrise-sunset viewing platform. All the suites are connected to the main guest areas by raised walkways through the woodland. 

Transfers to the Falls can be undertaken by river, using the lodge's powerful speedlaunch, or, in a more leisurely fashion by road through the National Park (an enjoyable 10km-long leisurely game-drive).

Activities include:- sunrise and sunset river cruises on the Zambezi; guided morning and afternoon game drives into the nearby Zambezi National Park; wildlife viewing from your own deck and a guided tour of the Victoria Falls.

Optional activities (available at an additional cost) include: a guided excursion to Cateract Island at the edge of the Victoria Falls, to explore the spectacular scenery where the "new Falls" is forming, spa treatments, fishing safaris, guided walks, scenic helicopter flights over the Falls, guided canoe safaris, white-water rafting, zip-lining and canopy tours, bungee jumping, bridge swinging and other Victoria Falls Bridge activities, arts and crafts shopping and historical tours in Victoria Falls town.


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Brainsandalex, UK 12 September 2022
What an entrance, greeted at arrival dock to be taken up Zambezi to the lodge on exclusive launch. Felt like royalty on arrival and everyone so friendly and attentive. Accommodation just blew us away. First guests to stay at newly opened Hippo Creek lodge. Aptly named as built by a creek overlooking the Zambezi and yes, we actually had hippo by the creek. Also below us we had buffalo, crocodiles and warthogs. Personal guide, butler, chef, domestic and security guard. All charming, knowledgeable, friendly and made the stay fun for the whole family. Exquisite decor and 5 star service without any fuss. Cannot recommend the experience enough for anyone looking to enjoy the very best.
Mark K 7 January 2018
A 5* experience. We stayed two nights at the new Island Lodge. It was a huge mistake... We should have stayed longer. This is one of the most spectacular hotels I have ever stayed at. There are 5 'treehouse' suites on the island. Each one has a beautiful bedroom, luxurious bathroom and a deck with plunge pool. All this overlooking the Zambezi river. Delicious meals are served outside on a covered deck. Thank you, chef Leo. The bar is a few steps up in another treehouse. The gin selection is top-notch and they also make a great Bloody Mary. But, what really makes the lodge so special is the staff. The General Manager, Roddy, was a genial host (and sometime bartender) who helped us plan our activities during our stay. Our guide Polite was our driver (both on land and river) as well as a knowledgeable tour guide at Victoria Falls. He always knew where to take the best photos. Mathius and Obert were there making sure no details were missed. We can't wait to return.
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Holidaying with the family? We have the perfect special for you! Book your trip today and your youngest child will stay for free. Applicable to new bookings for guests staying between 7 Jan and 31 March 2023. With included activities such as River Cruises, Game Drives, a Guided Tour of the Falls, books, board games and more. There's plenty for kids to enjoy and discover. Ts & Cs apply Expires: 31 March 2023

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