Stanley Safari Lodge
The classic adventurer's hideaway
Stanley Safari Lodge
For modern day explorers of Victoria Falls, the Stanley Safari Lodge ticks quite a few boxes. Located on the edge of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, views take in acres of unspoilt bush framed by the glinting Zambezi in the distance and that eponymous misty spray. A 20 minute drive takes you straight to the heart of the action where tours of the Falls, helicopter flights, river cruises and rafting await. Then again, there’s nothing stopping you from relaxing by the pool or on your private veranda and watching the dazzling sunsets… The choice is yours.
At the lodge
Not surprisingly, every corner of the open-sided main house makes the most of the panoramic vistas and the classic African style décor lets the view do the talking. For prime sunset watching, head to the upper deck with a sundowner and during the day, the well-stocked library is a good spot to relax. There’s also an infinity pool and pretty manicured gardens that attract a variety of equally as pretty birds if you’re keen to tick some species off the list.
There are 10 rooms in total (4 suites and 6 cottages) all of which have been individually designed in a unique Afro-chic style. The closed rooms are air-conditioned which comes in useful in the hot season, however the open-sided rooms are a real treat for bush-lovers. All rooms have private seating areas and spacious bathrooms, but for something extra special, book the honeymoon suite complete with private plunge pool, cosy sitting room & fireplace and the ultimate ‘loo with a view.'
There’s an activity for everyone at Victoria Falls and all of them can be done from Stanley. Included in the rates are a guided walk around the Falls and a village tour and for all other activities Stanley will transfer you into Livingstone, the adventure capital of the continent and a 20 minute drive away. High on our list of recommendations are helicopter flights above the gorge or a slightly more sedate river cruise, both of which can be booked in advance.