Victoria Falls Safari Club | Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
Located just 4kms from Victoria Falls, and situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort.
The Safari Club comprises 16 Club Rooms & 4 Club Suites. The luxurious rooms have uninterrupted views of the unspoilt bushveld and spectacular sunsets. All rooms have three-quarter beds that can be converted into king beds. There are 2 sets of interleading Club Rooms and 2 sets of Club Suites interleading into Club Rooms. Room facilities include: complimentary mini bar which is re-stocked daily with local beer and soft drinks, house wine and bottled water, digital safes large enough to hold laptop computers, international multi sockets, beverage station including Nespresso machine, LED lighting, gauze screens and sliding glass doors opening out onto a private balcony, complimentary WiFi, and air-conditioning. The Club Suites offer the same facilities as the Club Rooms, but also include a spacious adjacent sitting room.
The Safari Club has its own Club Lounge, and offers a butler-style service, complimentary afternoon tea and pastries served 15h30 to 16h30, complimentary sundowners and canapés served from 17h30 to 18h30 and a complimentary shuttle service to the Victoria Falls, town centre and markets. Light meals are available from 11h00 to 21h30 and bar service from 11h00 till late.
Victoria Falls Safari Club
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The 16 club rooms are decorated with stylish African prints and colours, with sliding glass doors and gauze screens to a private balcony. They each have two three quarter beds, which may be converted to a king-size.
The design of the rooms is modern and open, giving a sense of abundant space. Coupled with uninterrupted views of bushveld and sunset, you will feel completely removed from the hustle and bustle of every day life. Each room has:
A fully stocked mini bar.
Digital safe large enough to hold laptops.
International multi sockets.
Beverage station including an espresso machine.
Extensive range of customised toiletries.
The four superior suites offer the same facilities as our club rooms but also include a spacious adjacent sitting room, making them incredibly spacious and comfortable
There are 2 sets of inter-leading Club Rooms and 2 sets of Club Suites inter-leading into Club rooms.
24-hour Security, Bar, Conference Centre, Disability Services, Eco Friendly, Internet Access, Meal on Request, Mobile Connectivity, Pool, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Complimentary Wi-Fi, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Internet, Lounge Area, Mini Bar, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle, Babysitting Service, Credit Card, Laundry Service, Room Service, Travel Desk
A sit in the Siduli Hide at the edge of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge waterhole offers the incredible opportunity to watch wildlife at very close quarters for a sustained period of time.
Designed to look like a termite mound, guests are concealed inside the hide, from where they may closely observe large herds of elephant and buffalo, as well as kudu, warthogs, crocodiles, marabou storks, vultures and more.
The hide sit, ideal for keen photographers and wildlife enthusiasts who seek a unique and exclusive way to enjoy wildlife while visiting Victoria Falls, is run by professional guide Charles Brightman.
The two-hour activity, which is available to groups of up to six, is best done in the early morning or late afternoon.
Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the spectacular sight of hundreds of vultures swooping down and feeding on leftover meat scraps and bones from the on-site restaurants in front of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge at 1pm daily.
As well as providing the opportunity for visitors to spot white headed vultures, hooded vultures, lappet faced vultures and white backed vultures, this supplementary feeding program aids the survival of these remarkable, but endangered birds.
The activity, which is free and appeals to all age groups, begins with a briefing on a deck beneath Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, about the ecological importance of vultures and the plight they are facing, before guests take a short walk down a bush path to a hide to view the vultures feeding.
Vulture populations are dwindling due to a variety of human created issues, including electrocution by power lines, loss of available and safe food supply, direct and indirect poisoning and the use of their parts for traditional medicines.
Bed and Breakfast
1x Club Room
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 20
Special Interests: Big 5, Birding, Flora, Gourmet, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife
The Hide | Hwange National Park
Located in a prime position in Hwange National Park, The Hide offers a life-enriching safari experience for its guests, from its fantastic game viewing right on your doorstep, to a variety of daily activities to suit everyone and the warm and welcoming staff, who make you feel like family from the minute you arrive.
Guests are accommodated in 10 beautifully-furnished deluxe tents, all boasting en-suite bathrooms and private verandas overlooking the busy waterhole. As well as 2 exclusive use options for private groups or families. Keep your binoculars on hand, as elephant, lion and buffalo can often be seen satisfying their thirst.
Adventures include day and night game drives, guided bush walks and exceptional game viewing in the seclusion of the camp’s unique underground hides. For those who are a little more adventurous, The Dove’s Nest Treehouse is available at no extra charge. Located 10 minutes away from camp, this rustic gem sleep out has the perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely, quietly.
After an exhilarating day of game viewing, guests can retreat to the cool refuge of the camp’s swimming pool and can enjoy delectable meals savoured al fresco or in the elegant dining room.
The Hide sleeps up to 20 guests in ten comfortable and spacious deluxe, family deluxe and honeymoon deluxe tents. The tents have a myriad of different configurations with indoor and/or outdoor bathtubs and showers. They are fan cooled for your comfort in summer and have extra warm blankets and hot water bottles for the cool winter months. Each has a private veranda from where guests may be entertained by the comings and goings of a large variety of game at the waterhole. One tent is wheelchair friendly.
Tom’s Little Hide is best suited for 6 adults and up to 4 children.
Rooms 1 and 2, both double en-suite bedrooms, form the main part of Tom’s Little Hide and can also accommodate one child in each on a roomy day bed. The bedrooms are linked by a dining room and outside veranda, complete with sparkling swimming pool.
Room 3 is more of a family tent with an outside bathroom and inter-leading children’s room, which can accommodate two children. Room 3 and 4 are entirely enclosed for the safety of the family and children.
Tom’s Little Hide comes with its own private guide and vehicle, in order for you to take full advantage of all the activities, at your own pace. Booking is done on a minimum of 4 pax.
*Special Children under 10 stay for free. 01 January 2020 - 31 March 2021*
When using The Private Hide, guests stay in The Hide’s tents – Tent 7, 6, 5 and/or 4, depending on the numbers. Tents 7 and 6 are large deluxe or family tents, which can accommodate two adults and two children in full-size beds. Each room has its own en suite bathroom – indoor bath, inside and outdoor shower and hot water all day. All rooms are mosquito-proofed and have fans for your comfort during the warmer months. It can be booked on a minimum of 2 pax.
Private safari vehicle & Professional Guide
Private & flexible dining
Children of all ages are welcome
*Special Children under 10 stay for free. 01 January 2020 - 31 March 2021*
Tom’s Little Hide has been created along the Safari House concept and includes its own lounge, dining room, swimming pool and accommodation.
Booked by a minimum of 4 full paying guests, Tom’s Little Hide accommodates up to 6 adults in three beautiful ’safari-chic’ rooms overlooking the waterhole. The third room is a tented room with an inter-leading passage to a children's room. Tom’s Little Hide is ideally suited to no more than 10 guests including children (children of any age are welcome). Should there be more than 6 adults, The Hide's adjacent Tents 10 and/or Tent 9 may be used as additional accommodation.
Tom’s Little Hide professional guide will passionately offer the guests a true wilderness and wildlife experience that Hwange National Park is so well known for. With up to 4 activities included in the rate per day there is ample opportunity to view some of the 100 plus mammal and 400 bird species. The activities include bush walks with your Zimbabwean Professional Guide, day and night game drives or underground 'viewing hide’ sits.
The Private Hide is an 'exclusive use facility' which includes a dinning room, lounge, swimming pool and fire pit. The Private Hide comes with a Zimbabwean Professional Guide and private vehicle.
The accommodation used for The Private Hide are the adjacent tents numbering from tent 7, 6, 5 and/or Tent 4, depending on the number of guests. Tents 7 and 6 are large Deluxe Suites or Family Tents. The Family Tents can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children in full size beds. Children of any age are welcome. Booked by a minimum of 2 full paying guests.
The Private Hide’s professional guide will enthusiastically offer the guests a true wilderness and wildlife experience that Hwange National Park is so well known for. With up to 4 activities included in the rate per day there is ample opportunity to view some of the 100 plus mammal and 400 bird species. The activities include bush walks with a Zimbabwean Professional Guide, day and night game drives or underground
'viewing hide’ sits.
Our little secret, the Dove’s Nest, is just about the best way to get away from it all. There are few things more exciting than spending a night out in a tree-house. Overlooking the open tree-lined vlei and pan where giraffe and elephants commonly come to drink, this rustic gem is a perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely, quietly. Just the two of you. Kept simple, as a tree-house should be, the bedroom of the Dove’s Nest is reached by a wooden stairway and trap door. You won’t have to forego your hot shower and warm bed and the location is second to none.
24-hour Security, Bar, Conference Centre, Eco Friendly, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Complimentary), Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Restaurant, Secure Parking
Balcony / Deck, Bath, Disabled Rooms, En-Suite, Fan, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Lounge Area, Outside Shower, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Verandah, Wheelchair Friendly
Morning and afternoon guided walks are offered at The Hide Safari Camp.
The Hide Safari Camp is fortunate to have the best of both worlds. While located within the Hwange National Park, it is also surrounded by a private concession which allows us to offer activities not otherwise permitted. Hwange is a vast playground worth exploring so you don’t have to worry about being bored. Early morning walks are there for the thrill of encountering wildlife on its own terms and exploring the little surprises of the bush.
Morning and afternoon game drives as well as night drives with a spotlight are offered at The Hide Safari Camp.
Days can be spent further afield on game drives in search of predators and prey alike. We like to do things properly so sundowners are an important part of the experience. Enjoy the natural beauty with a cold drink in hand. The guides at The Hide are very much part of the family and have been with us for many years. They have undergone some of the most rigorous training in Africa and their passion for and knowledge of the bush is often what makes a safaris so special.
You’re sitting on the deck at The Hide ‘A’ frame. The sun has just set, its residual warmth a soft tinge of pink in the sky. Just then, a family of elephants strolls into the scene and up to the waterhole. You watch, fascinated by their interactions. Now, here’s where you jump into action. Without the need for a guide or host, you can go directly from the deck into the underground hide and observe the elephant family from up-close. Just step off the deck and slip down the steps into a whole new world. Along a tunnel, you’ll walk for about 10 metres under the surface of the earth – and then emerge into a “window on the waterhole”, where you can sit quietly, the unobserved observing. It’s a special new addition and makes the experience of “game viewing” more intense and personal.
Along the same tunnel, guests are delighted to find, hidden away in the wall, a real wine cellar. Perfectly cooled at a steady 17 degrees Celsius, ambient-lit and stocked with a small selection of fine wines from around the world, this is a welcome addition to an already all-sensory experience at The Hide. Guests are invited to choose the wine they’d like with dinner – or suggestions are made based on wine pairing experts’ recommendations.
Our little secret, the Dove’s Nest, is just about the best way to get away from it all. There are few things more exciting than spending a night out in a tree house.
Overlooking the open tree-lined vlei and pan, this rustic gem is a perfect vantage point from which to view wildlife safely, quietly. Just the two of you. Kept simple, as a tree house should be, the bedroom of the Dove’s Nest is reached by a wooden stairway and with a closeable door. You won’t have to forego your hot shower and warm bed and the location is second to none.
Going on safari is an exciting prospect and, for many, when the dust has been wiped off your boots and the hat hung up till next time, there is no greater pleasure than poring over the special moments you’ve captured on camera.
A native Zimbabwean, Neil Fairlie is a professional wildlife documentary filmmaker with a profound knowledge and deep respect for Africa and its wildlife. His formal experience spans a decade, including the recent Netflix series Our Planet, but his intimate knowledge of the bush, natural instincts and his skill in capturing unique moments of animal behaviour on film make him a brilliant photographic safari guide.
If you enjoy taking photographs in the wild or love the idea of it, there are a few factors we’d like to focus on!
This is a rare opportunity for groups or individuals to benefit from Neil’s skills, both behind the lens and in the bush…
The Hide's Restaurant
The hub of the camp is the signature “A” frame which houses the dining area. Most meals are served in unsurpassed elegance and style around our magnificent 22 seater teak dining room table or in a private setting out on the deck under the moonlight. We try to cater to our guests' needs wherever we can and our incredible in-house chefs are able to fulfill many dietary requirements.
Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
1x The Hide Safari Camp: Deluxe Tent
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 13
Special Interests: Birding, Flora, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife, Wine
John's Camp | Mana Pools National Park
Mana Pools National Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River where you will find John's Camp nestled amongst canopies of Trichelia and Mahogany trees. It is a truly natural wilderness and the only wild walking National Park in Africa. Across the vast floodplain, one can walk with the giants - African Bull Elephants, dine amidst herds of buffalo, gaze upon a pride of lions, enjoy sundowners with hippos on the banks of the Zambezi River and bird watch over 400 species of birds. The camp comprises of 12 beds, made up of 6 twins or double en-suite Meru-style tents, a common dining area and a star gazing sleep-out platform for the more adventurous safari traveller.
Walk-in Meru type Safari Tents
24-hour Security, Battery Charging Facilities, Communal Dining
En-Suite, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Pure Cotton Linen, Shower
Major highlight of Mana Pools is the walking experience in this remote wilderness.
Explore the Mana Pools on a game viewing vehicle
Canoe the Zambezi River and explore Mana Pools from a different angle.
Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
1x Standard Room
Spoken Languages: English, German
No. Rooms: 6
Special Interests: Birding, Flora, Hiking, Nature, Wildlife
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge | Gonarezhou National Park
Chilo Gorge is a luxury safari lodge on the edge of the stunning wilderness of Gonarezhou National Park, in South-East Zimbabwe. We offer guests access to the pristine wilderness of Gonarezhou, with the authentic animal interaction which goes with a park which is rarely visited. Gonarezhou is a gem amongst African parks, and offers experienced safari travellers and increasingly rare ability to explore untouched Africa. In addition, through the work of Chilo director, Clive Stockil, there is a very powerful community and conservation story which is at the centre of how the lodge operates.
Chilo Gorge Tented Camp is a semi-luxury seasonal tented camp on the banks of the Runde River. This is an 'old Africa' camping experience, with a good standard of comfort, and a great place from which to explore Gonarezhou by vehicle and on foot.
Ivory Trail Adventure is a mobile fly camping experience, allowing experienced safari travellers the ability to explore remote corners of this large park at a relaxed pace.
Our beautifully appointed, thatched Luxury King/Twin Lodges are largely inspired by nature, but with a designer’s passion for elegance, simplicity and luxurious touches. Locally crafted intricate reed weaving, individually carved jacaranda headboards, luxurious cotton bedding, and a mini bar have all been carefully chosen for your comfort and enjoyment.
Each Lodge has its own private balcony offering spectacular sunrises or sunsets and the opportunity for you to relax watching our resident elephants, crocodiles and hippos in the Save river that flows all year, or to observe the diverse number of other river visitors throughout the day.
Each lodge also includes a mini-bar, Tea & Coffee facilities, mini-safe, en-suite bathroom with spacious shower and separate w.c., and complimentary toiletries.
Boasting one of the best locations within Gonarezhou National Park, Chilo Gorge Tented Camp at Mahove offers guests the opportunity of experiencing this pristine wilderness area at close quarters.
A semi-luxury seasonal Tented Camp, situated on the banks of the Runde River, offering accommodation in 4 Twin Bedded en suite (shower & flushing toilet) Tents.
Meals are taken under the shade of trees, or in a canvas boma in inclement weather.
Daily activities include Game Walks with our resident Professional Guide, Game Drives & Birding, to the Chilojo Cliffs and to the nearby water pans.
Chilo Gorge Tented Camp is open 1st May to 31st Oct.
Immerse yourself in this truly authentic and thrilling mobile camping experience. The Ivory Trail Adventure provides safari enthusiasts the ability to explore remote corners of this pristine wilderness at their own pace. The exact route and campsites will be tailored to take advantage of seasonal hot spots, and to accommodate your specific requests. And the mix of Game Walks and Game Drives can be tailored before and during the trip to match your requirements.
Your camp comprises 2-man dome tents, with enough height to stand-up equipped with a 2 stretcher beds, foam mattress, sheets and blankets/duvet (depending on temp/season). There is a bucket shower, with canvas frame to give privacy, and duckboards underfoot. Each campsite has well-constructed and safe bush loos (long-drops). Enjoy the rustic simplicity of mealtimes under the shade of a gazebo, or under the stars. The fly-camp comes equipped with LED lights for tents, kitchen & service area. There is an Invertor on the game vehicle for camera battery charging. There will be 2 vehicles for these trips - the 9-seater safari vehicle for guests, and another vehicle for the equipment and staff, who go on ahead and set up for lunch / campsite, as appropriate.
The Ivory Trail Adventure is available all year round, however the stable weather and cooler nights of the dry season (April to October) often provide an excellent time to enjoy this itinerary.
For those who would like to be more independent, our self catering lodges, Nhambo, offer practicality as well as spectacular views.
Each Lodge sleeps 2 and boasts its own en-suite bathroom and private balcony. There are four of these Lodges, with a shared kitchen, dining area, braai area as well as a plunge pool.
Our Family Lodge at Nhambo sleeps up to 6 and is a roomy and private house, with its own kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and private garden.
All guests at Nhambo are welcome to take meals at Chilo Gorge Luxury Lodge, or take activities with the Chilo Gorge guides, but should request at time of booking.
Clients wishing to self-drive in Gonarezhou should note the Save River is normally only fordable between late June / early July and late November / early December.
24-hour Security, Bar, Barbeque Facilities, Communal Dining, Conference Centre, Internet Access (Complimentary), Laundry Service (Available), Library, Pool, Private Vehicle Available, Secure Parking
Balcony / Deck, Clothes Press, Electrical Outlets, En-Suite, Fan, Fridge, Hair Dryer, Mini Bar, Mini Bar (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Pure Cotton Linen, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee, Verandah
Airport Shuttle (Available), Credit Card
At over 5,000 km², Gonarezhou is the second largest National Park in Zimbabwe, cutting a swathe of sandstone cliffs, scrub and baobab trees along the country’s southeastern border with Mozambique. Largely undiscovered by the outside world, this striking land is one of the last great pristine wildernesses in Africa and takes in a huge diversity of habitats. Lions, cheetah, wild dogs, hyena, buffalo, hippo and giraffe can all be seen within the boundaries of Gonarezhou, but this country is known, first and foremost, as the Land of the Elephant. These massive, intelligent creatures are called Nzhou in Shona, and give their name to the National Park where they number in their thousands. Gonarezhou National Park is one of Africa's last remaining true pristine wilderness areas.
Morning, Afternoon and Full Day Games Drives into Gonarezhou National Park, with our resident Guides.
There is no better way to explore an area than on foot. Chilo Gorge offers morning and afternoon Game Walks in Gonarezhou National Park, with our resident Professional Guides. Explore the Runde river floodplains from Chilo Gorge Tented Camp, or some of the more remote corners of Gonarezhou when on the Ivory Trail Adventure fly camping experience. Game Walks are also available for guests staying at the Main Lodge.
Min age of 12yrs.
A full day excursion to the Red sandstone Chilojo Cliffs, situated in the heart of the Gonarezhou National Park on the banks of the Runde River. Visit the Tembahata and Machanu Water Pans offering unrivaled bird watching & view large herds of Elephant and Buffalo. A picnic lunch is served at the spectacular Chilojo Cliffs, followed by a sundowner game drive back to the lodge.
Available in the dry season: April to November, with the top of the Chilojo Cliffs normally only accessible between June/July to November when the Runde River is fordable.
The intimate working relationship between the lodge and the local Shangaan community, makes a visit to Mahenye Village a uniquely rewarding cultural experience. This is the birthplace of the CAMPFIRE concept, which has since been replicated thousands of times around Africa. At it's core is the concept of "Community Led Conservation", and for his work setting up this initiative, and his ongoing commitment to conservation, Chilo Gorge Founder and Director, Clive Stockil, has won numerous international awards.
It will be a colourful and informative visit, likely to include the Secondary School and local Clinic, and guests are encouraged to interact with the local villagers. This is a unique opportunity to spend time exploring an authentic village, and watch daily village life in one of Zimbabwe’s remotest corners.
There is also a potential to visit the local palm forest, to meet the resident palm wine maker. Your guide will explain how palm wine is produced, together with providing different samples for tasting.
For those with a penchant for something a bit more active, the 2.5km hiking trail from the lodge to the beautiful Chivalila Falls is a great way to start or end your day. Trekking through a rugged landscape will lead you to a view point overlooking the Falls. As the water cascades over age-old rocks, take in the sights and satisfy your thirst with some well deserved refreshments.
The three major rivers, the Chilojo Cliffs and the vast water pans in the park support a rich variety of birdlife, including Kingfishers, Hornbills, Eagles and Raptors. Over 450 species have been recorded in and around Gonarezhou, making it one of Southern Africa's top birding destinations. The rivers attract many waterbirds from herons, storks and egrets to waders, African Skimmers and nesting Southern Carmine Bee-eaters. Purple-crested Turacos flash crimson through the denser riverine and Grey-headed, Brown-headed and Meyer’s Parrots squawk and shriek. The Chilojo Cliffs and the surrounding areas offer common sightings of Verreaux’s Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, Black Storks, swifts and other raptors, including Bat Hawks and Taita Falcons. And the local Sacred Sand Forest also provides sightings of specials such as the Green Malkoha, Narina Trogon, Chestnut -fronted Helmet shrikes, and Square tailed Drongo.
Fully Inclusive - Bed, All Meals, Fees and Activities
1x Luxury Lodge - Room
Spoken Languages: English
No. Rooms: 10
Special Interests: Adventure, Birding, Flora, Hiking, History & Culture, Indigenous Culture / Art, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife