Phezulu Guest Lodge Victoria Falls

Article and Images by Shannon Wilson

Yellow flip flops, an orange comb, a blue comb, a photograph of marmite and bovril are framed and colourful woven baskets decorate the bar. On arrival, Simba offers me a blended cool fruit juice, its brightness contrasting with the iridescent blue pool outside.

Having opened on 1st August 2018, Phezulu Guest Lodge is the sister lodge of the already established Bayete Guest Lodge, a mere five-minute walk away.

Local fine art photographer, Tami Walker has a unique and beautiful take on all things Zimbabwean and it is her paintings that adorn the walls in the main area and the outdoor veranda, adding to Phezulu’s modern and elegant ethnic look.

The large glass doors which mirror the lush green foliage, open up to the area surrounding the pathways that lead to the veranda, pool and bar. The 20 bedrooms include one triple room (with baby cots available on request), making it the perfect accommodation for couples, families and touring groups.  Each room is equipped with a sizeable shower and a bath amidst ornamental red, blue, orange and beige tiles. An air con is essential in Victoria Falls and Phezulu has some state-of-the-art facilities available in this regard. My room was always at least 15 degrees cooler than the ambient October heat. The blue and green circular print cushions still have that delicious brand new scent and bring a touch of colour to the crisp white sheets and the beige rimmed mosquito net that covers the expansive four-poster double bed. Complimentary tea and coffee are provided in the rooms and the same is also available throughout the day near reception.

If you have come for work or play, Phezulu has it all. For any guests in need of contact with the outside world, there is no need to fret as the Wi-Fi at Phezulu is outstanding! My favourite spot to do some computer work was next to the pool under a large white canvas umbrella.

The days are action packed in Victoria Falls and Phezulu ensures that you do not go out their door hungry! The most important meal of the day is served over-looking the pool and offers a selection of yoghurt, cereals, croissants and juices in a buffet style breakfast from 7AM to 9:30AM. Bacon, egg, tomato, beans, sausages and omelettes are all available to order, according to your liking, and are accompanied by two slices of hot toast with butter.

Seeking adventure? Phezulu have you covered.  Activities ranging from bungee jumping, gorge swings, lion walks, white water rafting and helicopter rides.  

As I was there on a business trip, I only managed to wander around the falls themselves, but Klara, who is often seen manning the reception desk, gave me a few ideas on the guest’s most popular choices. Klara explains that while the helicopter flight is a bit pricey, it is certainly worth seeing Victoria Falls from this incredible angle. If you have come to Africa, a safari is a must and last, but not least, the river cruise! What a way to experience the mighty Zambezi on a luxurious boat with a cocktail or beer in hand as you watch the golden sun setting over the river.

Outside of these popular attractions, there is Devil’s Pool, which I highly recommend as there is nothing more exhilarating than sitting right on the edge of the magnificent Victoria Falls!

A canoe safari offers close up views of hippos and crocodiles and a visibly stunning evening surrounded by nature.  For thrill seekers, the gorge swing, flying fox and zip line are all available, and later, a traditional style dinner with great entertainment is offered at the Boma restaurant.  The Phezulu staff are happy to organize all of these activities on your behalf ensuring that every moment in this special part of Africa is lived to the full.

Chic, modern and simple elegance perfectly complimented by an array of vibrant Zimbabwe print baskets and fun splashes of colour that all make up the beautiful Phezulu Lodge. Don’t take our word for it, when you are in Victoria Falls be sure to visit this new guest lodge.

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