Zimbabwe has had its fair share of upheaval in recent years, and it’s because of this that many tourists have chosen, or been forced to avoid the country, in spite of its incredible landscapes and breath-taking wildlife. Thankfully, as the dust settles on years of upheaval, Zimbabwe’s tourism industry is rising once again, and now is the perfect time to explore the wonders of a country that has been hidden from the outside world for too long. In terms of accommodation, there are so many wonderful places to stay in Zimbabwe, but here are just a few of our favourite lodges that you should consider including for your next holiday to Zimbabwe.
1. &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge, Victoria Falls
Upstream from Victoria Falls and situated on a private game reserve, &Beyond Matetsi River Lodge is a haven of tranquillity that enjoys 15 kilometres of exclusive river frontage. The falls themselves and the various activities in the area, such as helicopter trips, are easily accessible and guests can also enjoy game drives and walks on the 50,000 hectare reserve where elephants, lions and more can be found. The lodge is actually two camps each with nine suites and its own guest area overlooking the river. The two camps share a central lodge area with a swimming pool, gym and wine cellar. The spacious and luxurious suites, including two bedroom family suites, all face the river and have a contemporary design with unique works of art. If you are looking for more exclusivity look no further than the River House which can accommodate four adults and four children and has a swimming pool, a private chef and butler and a dedicated guide and game drive vehicle.
2. Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange National Park
Set in one of Hwange National Park’s last remaining well-protected and un-spoilt acacia woodlands, Camelthorn is a paradise for birders and those who are looking for a less traditional safari experience. The lodge is set 1km from the nearest waterhole, so animals cannot be seen directly from the lodge, however this protects the forest from the elephants and means that birdlife can be found in abundance. A specially designed hide looks on to the waterhole and guests can be escorted up here whenever they wish to view the animals coming in to drink. Accommodation is in 8 luxuriously furnished villas that each have fantastic views out into the forest and their own maisonette areas where guests can relax, enjoy their meals and even sleep out under the stars.
3. Gorges Lodge, Victoria Falls
Gorges Lodge sits on the rim of the Batoka Gorge, 250 metres above the mighty Zambezi, giving it a location unique amongst all African Lodges. The ten stone and thatched cottages that make up the lodge sit along the rim of the gorge and with their own private garden and veranda, this is an ideal location to sit and enjoy the stunning views with a gin and tonic in hand. The birding is a real attraction here, with regular sightings of Black Eagles and a variety of raptors soaring high above the gorge. Guests also benefit from a regular shuttle service into Victoria Falls where they have the chance to enjoy the adrenalin fuelled activities for which the town is so well known, as well as the chance to explore The Falls themselves.
4. Bomani Tented Lodge, Hwange National Park
Commanding a wonderful location in a 5,000 acre private concession of the Ngamo Forest, Bomani Tented Lodge is perfect for visitors looking for a laid back safari experience. The emphasis here is on flexibility, with guests being offered the chance to tailor their safaris and activities around what they want to do. Whether this means a full day out on game drives or a quiet morning taking breakfast on your private veranda, the staff will be able to arrange this for you. In addition to the adventurous safari options on offer, guests can take a tour to the local village where many of the lodge’s staff are drawn from. Accommodation at the lodge consists of Nine tents and one thatched bungalow. All are similarly equipped with simple, comfortable furnishings and en-suite bathrooms. 5 of the tents are raised 5 feet from the floor, with the other 4 set at ground level.
5. Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge is a famous and beloved Lake Kariba accommodation brand and has been since first opening in 1975. The panoramic vista from the pool, bar, dining deck, spa and all premium rooms is simply astonishing and would be difficult to surpass by any safari lodge on earth. After some years of neglect the lodge has been totally revitalised to luxury levels never seen before, including a breath-taking signature infinity pool with incredible views of the lake. Accommodation consists of 10 premium rooms and 10 garden rooms. The premium rooms offer Stunning lake views, individual balconies, en-suite bathrooms with separate shower, king beds, rooms are very spacious. The lodge also has its own aircraft, making access simple from Victoria Falls Airport.
If you are interested in booking any of the luxury lodges mentioned in this blog, please get in touch with our Africa Travel experts on 020 7843 3500 and they can start planning your Zimbabwe adventure today.
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