Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s Vibrant New Look Celebrates Zimbabwean Hospitality and Culture

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s new look, following the completion of a refurbishment of its rooms and central areas, pays homage to Zimbabwe with its vibrant colours celebrating both the warmth of local hospitality and the Ndebele culture.

Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) director Ross Kennedy said the refurbishment, which showcases the work of local artisans, was part of the hospitality group’s continual reinvestment in its properties and products to ensure its offerings remained world class.

“We are constantly enhancing our offerings. In a very competitive destination in an equally competitive market and region, it is important to listen to your trade partners and your guests, and keep the offerings and products fresh and vibrant,” Mr Kennedy said.

“At the same time, we watch and listen to trends and tastes and always seek to not only keep pace with, but ahead of our competition,” he added.

Interior designer Belinda Jones said she had wanted to do justice to the key elements of this iconic thatched structure which soars seven levels, such as the rough textures, grass, gum poles, timber, woven basketry and leather.

“The main theme has always been Ndebele. We have reintroduced those vibrant colours and traditional elements,” Mrs Jones said. “Large canvases pick out elements of Ndebele art and traditions.”

She drew her inspiration for Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s new palette from the changing colours   of the sky, which, along with the wilds of the Zambezi National Park, including a waterhole frequented by elephant, buffalo and a variety of other game, make up its spectacular vista.

“The hotel is westward facing with views of the bush and the vast sky stretching into the horizon. We are celebrating all of the hues of the sky from the deep morning blues to the extraordinary sunset colours,” she said.

“With views over the waterhole, and small game on the property, we are spoilt with so many animals around. They too have been celebrated in the hotel, photographically and in the artifacts,” she added.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s new look also features furniture and fixtures in rich and contrasting pale timbers with repurposed woven details and vibrant fabrics, while decorations include traditional utilitarian basketry and objects.

The newly renovated waterhole facing and standard rooms exude an elegant and soothing ambience, and each one has been masterfully designed to create an oasis of comfort, while the suites offer the perfect blend of comfort and luxury, where every detail has been thoughtfully curated to ensure a memorable stay for guests.

The Buffalo Bar, the destination’s most popular sundowner spot, has been enhanced, while guests at MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant can now indulge in a culinary journey in the refreshed dining area, with its panoramic views that provide a breathtaking backdrop.

The main reception incorporates a seamless fusion of contemporary design and traditional African elements to create an inviting ambience, while the refreshed boardroom is the ideal venue for small meetings, with superb views over the lodge’s onsite waterhole. 

The library and mezzanine lounge, where stunning views of the waterhole and surrounds from the apex of the lodge can be enjoyed, has also been given a fresh new look.

The improvements are expected to elevate the overall guest experience. The awe-inspiring natural wonder that is the Victoria Falls, combined with Victoria Falls Safari Lodge’s new look, promise an unforgettable experience that will create precious memories.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is AAT’s flagship accommodation offering, while the hospitality group’s portfolio also includes Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges, The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show and Victoria Falls Safari Spa.

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