Written By Adam Garden
As I stepped out of my short taxi trip to Shongwe Lookout, all I could think of was how I was about to be received considering I was over 3 hours early. It was December and I was half expecting to be sent back out to town into the heat but the Shongwe team had different ideas. To my great surprise, the staff went all out to keep me happy. I hadn’t even blurted out my name before I was offered an ice cold welcome drink and a comfortable seat away from the harsh Zimbabwean sun; their staff well aware of the conditions a visitor to Victoria Falls would encounter. Before I knew it, I was walking to my room through the vibrant garden which had an assortment of birds singing out and a relaxed aura in comparison to the bustling Victoria Falls town.
My room was a gem; a comfortable king size bed was the centerpiece and I could do nothing to stop myself from throwing myself onto it which made me want to cancel my entire afternoon just to lie there. Fully air-conditioned, any negative feeling I had about the morning’s heat was quickly taken away and replaced with all the happy memories I had experienced visiting the Falls.The room was semi-open plan with the toilet tucked away in a separate corner room and the bathroom partially concealed by an artsy divider. Like a bride on her wedding day, the veil only added intrigue to the real beauty that lay behind it. The bathroom was modern and pristine – uniquely shaped sinks added a lovely touch of style to the large elegant bathtub and shower; its tiles made the whole bathroom a piece of art and I couldn’t take my eyes off it.
This room was a slice of heaven and bonus points given to the large 2L glass bottle that had replaced the single use water bottles – what a lovely touch! Shongwe Lookout, a lodge recently built in early 2019 boasts 23 new rooms, all exquisitely furnished and conveniently placed around their small garden plot. A well-stocked bar in the centre of the complex allows guests to enjoy a refreshing drink whilst taking in some sun next to the pristine infinity pool that sat alongside it. To me, there was nothing better than to sit next to it on their lovely sun beds and finish off my latest book.
© NZiRA Travel Zimbabwe Issue 15
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