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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONVictoria Falls, ZimbabwePOOLYes Main Lodge Pool & Private Plunge Pool in suites
BIG 5 GAME RESERVENoSPAYes - TOA SPA AT VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE
OFF ROADNoAIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDNoCELLPHONE SIGNALNo
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages welcomeMALARIA AREAYes


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • Tucked into the banks of the Zambezi River, Zambezi Crescent Victoria Falls River Lodge is close enough to the magnificent Victoria Falls to see the spray in the distance, and yet secluded in a remote corner of Zambezi National Park
  • Relax in the plunge pool of your private deck and admire the magnificent birdlife on the river’s banks.
  • The main lodge and bar areas have been designed to look out over a popular elephant route, so sit back with your favourite cocktail and watch as they take their evening sundowner stroll




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
1 June - 31 October 2018
21 December 2018 – 06 January 2019
Luxury Tent / Tented Family Suite From $ 435 pppn sharing special rates for advance bookings (SADC Residents)
01 November - 20 December 2018 Luxury Tent / Tented Family Suite From $ 348 pppn sharing special rates for advance bookings (SADC Residents)
*surcharges may apply on all rates and special offers over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

RATES INCLUDE
• Luxury tented suite accommodation
• Return Transfers (shared) from/to the Victoria Falls Airport
• All meals
• Selected Local beverages
• An optional daily transfer from camp (typically departing at 10h00 and returning at 15h00) to Victoria Falls town
• A Tour of the Falls (part of daily transfer to town) – the entry fee into the Rainforest is for guest’s own account
• Transfers to/from National Park Gate / Jetty for 3rd party activities
• Two game activities – i.e. a choice of either a morning/afternoon game drive in the Zambezi National Park, and a sunrise/sunset river cruise – per person per day (subject to availability). Snacks & local beverages are included on the game drives and/or the sunset river cruises.
• Afternoon Tea
• Bird watching on Kandahar Island
RATES EXCLUDE
• All unspecified flights/transfers
• All National Park entrance fees / Conservation fees / Heritage fees
• Customs and Visa fees (where applicable)
• All unspecified beverages
• Shop purchases
• Spa treatments
• Additional unspecified game/other activities
• All off-site activities
• All other / unspecified extras
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
For a special discounted rate for single accommodation please contact us on 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) | +2711 468 3476 (International) or email info@bushbreaks.co.za.
CHILD POLICY
0 – 3 year olds: Accommodated at no extra cost.
4 – 11 year olds: Accommodated at 25% of the adult sharing rate, with their parents (or 2 x adults) within a Family Suite.
12 – 17 year olds:Accommodated at 50% (half) of the adult sharing rate, with their parents (or 2 x adults) within the Family Suite.
18 years and older: persons aged 18 years and older are considered adults and will therefore require their own room/suite at the applicable adult rates.
Children accommodated in their own tent will be charged the full adult rate (i.e. the first two occupants of a tent (regardless of age) shall be charged the full adult sharing rate where after the age appropriate discounted sharing child rate(s) shall apply where applicable.
NOTE: owing to the Lodge not being fenced and located in a National Park – and given that the tents are spaced between 40-60m apart – it is not recommended that children younger than 16 years occupy a tent on their own (without an older sibling / adult present).
Family rooms can accommodate up to 3 children - under the age of 18 years (sharing with adults) - in a smaller room adjoining the main bedroom area. This alcove is separated from the main area by a curtain and contains a bunk bed and one single bed. The bathroom is open plan and shared.

Sharing children rate inclusive of:
• Transfers (shared) to and from the Victoria Falls Airport
• All meals
• Filter coffee, tea, fruit juice served during breakfast
• Optional daily transfers from camp (typically departing at 10h00 and returning at 15h00) to Victoria Falls town
• Tour of the Falls (part of daily transfer to town) – entry fee to Rainforest for guest’s own account
• Bird watching
• Transfers to/from National Park Gate / Jetty for 3rd party activities
• Afternoon Tea
• A choice of 2 x Game Activities (i.e. morning / afternoon game drive and sunrise/sunset river cruise) per person per day – subject to availability and the below conditions:
• Game Drive (incl. snacks)

Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on game drives

Junior Discoverers Drive (incl. snacks)
• Aimed at children aged 4-7 years accompanied by at least 1 parent - subject to vehicle capacity
• Outside of standard Game Drive times – timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management
• Families wishing to take children aged 4 - 7 years on game drive during standard early morning / late afternoon game drive times (i.e. not Junior Discoverers Drive) will require a sole use game viewer at an additional cost

‘Standard’ game drives for children aged 8 years and older are included in the rate
Management reserves the right to remove any unruly / disruptive children from the vehicle and return them to Camp before resuming the game drive.

Boat Cruise (incl. snacks)
▪ Children aged 0-3 years are not permitted on river cruises
▪ Children aged 4 years and older are permitted on the river cruises
▪ Management reserves the right to remove any unruly / disruptive children from the vessel and return them to Camp before resuming the cruise.

“Little Livingstone’s” Children’s Activities
▪ Junior Discoverer’s Drive (mentioned above)
• Embrace the outdoors like a true African Explorer
• Join your Guide in his trusty 4x4 and bravely head into the ‘great unknown’ - learning all about the fascinating fauna and flora of its wild surrounds
• Aimed at children aged 4-7 years accompanied by at least 1 parent - subject to vehicle capacity
• Outside of standard Game Drive times – timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management
▪ Young Bush Wackers
• Take a walk on the “wild side” and discover innumerable natural wonders right at your doorstep!
• Conducted by qualified Guide within camp surrounds and river banks immediately in from of the Lodge.
• Geared for children ages 4-11 years (although older siblings and parents are welcome too!)
• Timing is seasonal and in consultation with Management
▪ Fables by Firelight
• End off a day of epic adventuring with traditional tales from Africa whilst toasting tasty treats over the bonfire
• Weather permitting
▪ Various books & games - for indoor entertainment
All activities / excursions are subject to the above conditions (and those below) and with parental supervision only.
ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Searching for a holiday destination that caters for the whole family isn’t always easy. Finding activities that excite adventure seekers and comfort lovers can in fact be hellish. Victoria Falls River Lodge Luxury Tented Suites seamlessly solve this age-old traveling dilemma.

Activities – For Adventure Seekers:
Bungee Jumping: Dive off the Victoria Falls Bridge and experience 111m of pure adrenaline filled excitement.
Helicopter Flights: Viewing the eye-watering beauty of the Victoria Falls from the air will leave you in awe.
Gorge Swing: Ever wanted to swing off the edge of the world? Well here’s your chance. The gorge is a stomach churning 316m wide and 120m deep. This wild ride involves a 70m freefall followed by a hair-raising 95m pendulum swing over an abyss.
Zip Lining: This little adventure will take you over a 425m gorge at a top speed of 106kph. A need for speed fulfilled.
Canopy Tours: Enjoy a bird’s eye view of some of the most spectacular sites while traversing 9 slides and a cable bridge walkway. Definitely a walk in the clouds.
White Water Rafting: Just below the Victoria Falls, you will find some of the best white water rafting around. At a grade 5 rating, this is as wet and wild as it gets!

Activities – For Peace Seekers:
Fishing: With over 75 species of fish, this is truly a fisherman’s nirvana. Bring along your own equipment or take advantage of the fishing poles and tackle provided by some operators.
Canoeing: ½ day trips along the river provides the opportunity to see a multitude of wildlife in the most picturesque of settings.
Game Viewing: Embark on either a driving or walking tour, depending on how up close and personal you would like to get.
River Cruise: A number of operators are available to guide you along the river. Islands, channels, and beaches with crystal clear waters abound. Being within a hairs breath of stunning wildlife while sipping wine and nibbling on exotic edibles is as close to heaven on earth as you are likely to get.
IMPORTANT NOTES
• Unless otherwise stated, all rates listed are based on a minimum 2 night stay. Surcharges may apply for a 1 night booking.
• Rates quoted are only applicable to SADC Residents. Discounted special rates for International Residents are available on request.
Per Zimbabwe National Parks, the following Conservation Fees currently (as at January 2017 & subject to change without prior notice) apply for entry into:
Zambezi National Park:
Accommodated Visitor
International Visitors USD 8.00 per person per night - Children 6-12 years is USD 4.00 per person per night
Regional Visitors USD 6.00 per person per night - Children 6-12 years is USD 3.00 per person per night
Zimbabwe Residents USD 3.00 per person per night - Children 6-12 years is USD 1.50 per person per night
Kindly note:
The National Park Fees (quoted above) cover onsite activity options available to guests accommodated at Victoria Falls River Lodge.
Rainforest (wherefrom ‘The Falls’ may be viewed):
International Visitors USD 30 per person per entry - Children 6-12 years is USD 10 per person per entry
Regional Visitors USD 20 per person per entry - Children 6-12 years is USD 8 per person per entry
Zimbabwe Residents USD 7 per person per entry - Children 6-12 years is USD 4 per person per entry



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE:
Commercial Flights into Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe.
Complimentary Return Transfers (shared) from/to the Victoria Falls Airport to the Lodge are included in the rate.

ACCOMMODATION
8 x Thatched luxury tents, 110 square meters each, with a private deck and plunge pool.
5 x Family Thatched luxury tents, 113 square meters each with private deck and plunge pool.

ABOUT VICTORIA FALLS RIVER LODGE:

A Luxury Safari Lodge On The Edge of The Mighty Zambezi... Victoria Falls River Lodge Luxury Tented Suites are the first private game lodge to be built in the Zambezi National Park. This luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance!
 
The Victoria Falls River Lodge Luxury Tented Suites are nestled on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, one of the most famous rivers in the world.
 
Built upon raised decks, and sheltered by an extensive thatched roof, the 13 luxurious ‘tents’ are tastefully decorated in earthy hues with liberal splashes of crisp white, soothing sage and duck egg blue.
 
Each offers a larger than king size bed (twin bed configurations are also possible in all rooms), comfortable sitting area, indoor and outdoor showers and a private viewing deck with plunge pool whereupon guests are able to sit comfortably and watch the hippos wallowing.
 
The only thing that resembles a tent in these 5 star rooms is the canvas on the outside!
 
Luxury Tent (Thatched Tent)
 
These luxurious thatched tents at Victoria Falls River Lodge Luxury Tented Suites are well spaced and air-conditioned. Constructed of canvas, glass and wood each extends out onto a private deck with its own plunge pool and boasts uninterrupted panoramas of the Zambezi River and natural bush.
 
Stylish and spacious, the rooms are a fascinating fusion of European and African décor, with clean lines, soothing hues and a fresh, earthy feel.
 
All Luxury Tents offer a larger than king size bed, comfortable sitting area, open plan bathroom with freestanding bath and both indoor and outdoor showers. Twin bedded sleeping configurations are also possible.
 
Each of the rooms affords spectacular views of the Zambezi River and surrounding natural flora and inviting guests to sit back and relax whilst watching the hippos wallow.

Family Suite (Thatched Tent)
 
Family Suites at Victoria Falls River Lodge Luxury Tented Suites offer an adjoining tented room, with one single (3/4 sized) bed and one bunk bed, where up to three sharing children younger than 17 years old can sleep comfortably; allowing their parents a bit more privacy whilst still being at arm’s length. Similar to the luxury tents, the Luxury Family Suites also have a private deck and plunge pool.
 
Victoria Falls Activities:
Guests have access to on-site (offered by the Lodge) and nearby Victoria Falls activities (offered by Lodge partners) which include but are not limited:

On Site Activities:
  • Tour of Victoria Falls 
  • Victoria Falls Safari 
  • Zambezi River Cruise
  • Zambezi Canoe Safaris 
  • Zambezi Fishing Safaris
  • Walking Safaris
Nearby Activities:
  • Bungee jumping
  • Walking safaris
  • Canoe safaris
  • Zambezi River rafting
  • Bird watching
  • Helicopter Flights
  • Canopy Tours
  • Ziplining
  • The Flying Fox
 
Lodge Features:
Excellent proximity to Victoria Falls
Expertly guided 4x4 game drives in Zambezi National Park
Idyllic boat cruises on the Zambezi River
Fine-dining restaurant
On the doorstep of Africa’s adventure sports capital
Outdoor showers & family tents
Bar
Beauty or Wellness Therapist 
Curio / Gift Shop
Swimming Pool
WI-FI Available 
 
Tented Suite Features:
 
  • Air conditioning
  • Stocked mini bar facility
  • Ceiling fan
  • Electronic laptop safe
  • Laundry facilities are available at an additional charge
  • Hair dryer
  • Mosquito net & repellent in every room
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • International adapter
  • 2-Way radio
  • International telecommunications system, for direct contact with front desk
  • Mobile LED lamp light
  • Robes and slippers
  • Twin vanities
  • Freestanding bath
  • Indoor and outdoor showers
  • Private W/C

ABOUT THE LOCATION

VICTORIA FALLS IN ZIMBABWE


Mosi-oa-Tunya - THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS – VICTORIA FALLS
The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (Tokaleya Tonga: the Smoke that Thunders) is a waterfall located on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Falls are believed to be the largest in the world in terms of the volume of water that flows over them.
 
These ancient and truly spectacular Falls were first made known to the outside world in 1855 by Scottish explorer extraordinaire, David Livingstone. Livingstone had been attempting to find a route to the East Coast of the African continent. Travelling south-east from Luanda to Sesheke, he encountered this most magnificent waterfall and renamed it The Victoria Falls after the British Monarch, Queen Victoria. Livingstone was led to The Falls by the Makalolo tribe’s people in a dug-out canoe.
 
Soon after Livingstone’s reports about the Victoria Falls spread across borders, The Falls began to attract Anglo traders. A rustic trading settlement was set-up on what is now the Zambian riverbank and became the original Victoria Falls town called Old Drift. The number of foreign visitors rose steadily and people walked, rode on horseback or travelled by ox-wagon from the Transvaal in South Africa to view The Falls. Malaria began to take its toll on the settlement and at the turn of the century, Old Drift was shifted to the site of the present-day town of Livingstone in Zambia.
 
There are two islands on the crest of The Falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood: Boaruka Island (or Cataract Island) nearest the western bank and Livingstone Island near the middle—the point from which Livingstone first viewed The Falls.
 
The Zambezi River, upstream from The Falls, experiences its rainy season between late November and early April. The river’s annual flood season is from February to May, peaking in April. The spray from The Falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 48 km (30 mi) away.
 
During the flood season, it is impossible to see either the foot of The Falls or most of its face and the walks in the Rainforest along the cliff opposite it are in a constant shower and shrouded in mist. However, as the dry season takes effect, the islets on the crest become wider and more numerous, and in September to January up to half of the rocky face of The Falls may become dry. It’s during this time that the bottom of the First Gorge can be seen along most of its length.

THE ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK - ZIMBABWE

The Zambezi National Park is a 56 000ha (138 350 acre) game reserve, a few kilometres upstream from the Victoria Falls. The Zambezi National Park was split off from Victoria Falls National Park in 1979 so that Victoria Falls town could be extended to the river. The main road to Kazungula runs through the park, dividing it into two sections – the riverine side and the Chamabonda Vlei section.
 
Experiencing The Zambezi National Park
 
The best way to experience the Zambezi National Park is during the Lodge game drives and whilst enjoying the half-day canoe trips, which are launched within the park. The riverine area is excellent for bird watching. There are a number of riverside camp sites which can be booked at the park gate.
 
The game drives in the park follow extensive networks of roads along the river. These roads are accessible and controlled through the main gate of the Park. There are also a number of picnic sites along the Zambezi River which guests can fish from as well
 
Animals Found in The Zambezi National Park
 
Most of the Zambezi National Park consists of Mopane Woodland with a thin strip of Riverine Bush along the edge of the river. A wide variety of larger mammals may be found within the Zambezi National Park including elephant, lion, buffalo and leopard. In addition, herds of sable antelope, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala, as well as many of the smaller species of game, can be viewed.
 
The Zambezi River is also home to over 75 species of fish and is famous for its bream and fighting tiger fish.
 



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