Lodges

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

The hotel

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.

The rooms

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.'

On safari

Experiences

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.

When to go

Victoria Falls by month

January

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot but comfortable, humidity varies throughout the month and there is a 1 in 2 chance of rain, although it usually falls at night.
  • The Zambezi River's water levels begin to increase, improving the Victoria Falls spectacle.
  • White water rafting is good at this time of year particularly in the first half of the month.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

February

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot but comfortable, humidity is unpredictable and rain falls regularly but usually at night.
  • The water level of the Zambezi River continue to climb, enhancing the Victoria Falls spectacle.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

March

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot but comfortable, humidity has dropped and rain is falling only a couple of afternoons a week.
  • The Zambezi River water levels are nearing or at their peak, providing views of Victoria Falls at its most impressive.
  • A great time to fly over the falls in either a micro light, helicopter or a light aircraft, offering a unique aerial look at this natural wonder.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

April

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are high but comfortable, with little to no humidity, cloudy skies and rain is still a possibility.
  • The water level of the Zambezi should be at its peak, showcasing Victoria Falls in all her glory.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

May

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures begin to cool with the onset of the dry season, rain is unlikely.
  • The Zambezi River is near its peak but starting to recede, providing breathtaking views of Victoria Falls.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • A great time to fly over the falls in either a micro light, helicopter or a light aircraft, offering a unique aerial look at this natural wonder.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

June

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures are warm and comfortable with little to no chance of rain, potential for morning frosts.
  • Victoria Falls provides incredible spectacle, with the Zambezi River level still being high.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.
  • Enjoy the intensifying game densities along the water's edge with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.

July

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures are warm and comfortable with little to no chance of rain, potential for morning frosts.
  • The Zambezi River level is slowly dropping but still high enough to inspire awe and wonderment at Victoria Falls.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • A great time to fly over the falls in either a micro light, helicopter or a light aircraft, offering a unique aerial look at this natural wonder.
  • Take advantage of the peak game densities along the water's edge with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

August

Season: Dry
  • Day temperatures begin to heat up but are still comfortable with little to no chance of rain.
  • The Zambezi River waters have receded somewhat but still offer impressive spectacle.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'The Angel's Armchair', a pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a little closer to the drop off.
  • Take advantage of the Victoria Falls spectacle with an aerial view from either a light aircraft, helicopter or a micro light.
  • Enjoy a boat, canoe or horse riding safari, with game viewing at its peak along the water's edge.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

September

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are high with relative humidity, there is little chance of rain.
  • The last opportunity to experience Victoria Falls before the full extent of the dry season sets in.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • Zambezi River rafting is approaching its best, but can get busy, so book early.
  • Experience wildlife densities along the water's edge at their peak, with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

October

Season: Dry
  • Temperatures are at their hottest, with humidity reaching an all year high before the fall of the first rains, usually towards the end of the month.
  • Victoria Falls does not offer the same spectacle during this month, with water levels low and in dry years, the falls can dry up altogether.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • Zambezi River rafting is at its best, with exciting rapids and drop-offs, be sure to book early and beat the crowds.
  • Take advantage of the peak game densities along the water's edge with a boat, canoeing or horse riding safari.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

November

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot and humid for the first half of November, becoming less intense with the increase of rain throughout the month.
  • Victoria Falls does not offer the same spectacle during this month, with water levels low and in dry years, the fall's can dry up altogether.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • Zambezi River rafting is at its best, with exciting rapids and drop-offs, increasing the thrill factor.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

December

Season: Wet
  • Temperatures are hot with unpredictable humidity levels and high evening rainfall is to be expected.
  • After the dry season, the Zambezi River water levels begin to increase in late December, improving the Victoria Falls spectacle.
  • Water level dependent, visit 'Devil's pool', a rock pool on the edge of Victoria Falls providing high excitement for those looking to get a thrill closer to the drop off.
  • The rapids and drop-offs provide high excitement for river rafting down the Zambezi at this time of year.
  • Partake in the numerous adventure activities like bungee jumping, jet-boating, quad biking or zip lining.

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