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FAST FACTS
LOCATIONVictoria Falls Private Game Reserve, ZimbabwePOOLMain Lodge swimming pool
BIG 5 GAME RESERVEYesSPAin room treatments (on request)
OFF ROADYes (Limited)AIRCONYes
CAMP FENCEDYesCELLPHONE SIGNALYes
CHILD POLICYChildren of all ages welcomeMALARIA AREAYes
WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLYNoWI-FIYes


UNIQUE SELLING POINTS
  • Personal and private, with only four separate Rooms, encouraging guests to settle in and enjoy a home away from home feeling.
  • Primely located 15-minutes away from the area’s namesake Victoria Falls – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and acclaimed Natural Wonder of the World. 
  • Guest of all ages are welcome, and well-catered for with family-friendly accommodation, meal, and activity offerings.
  • Access to a Private Travel Desk taking care of all guest arrangements, from activities on and off the property, and restaurant reservations, to travel transfers.
  • Complimentary, shared airport transfers between the homestead and Victoria Falls International Airport, and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (formerly Livingstone Airport).
  • The homestead is both an ideal base from which to explore and a quiet retreat in one of the continent’s most visited destination. 




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DATE ROOM TYPE RATES RULES
01 November - 20 December 2019 Standard Room $ 115 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 139 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including dinner, bed & breakfast
21 December 2019 - 03 January 2020 Standard Room $ 127 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 152 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including dinner, bed & breakfast
04 January - 31 March 2020 Standard Room $ 114 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 127 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 153 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including dinner, bed & breakfast
01 April - 30 June 2020 Standard Room $ 120 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 133 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 159 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including dinner, bed & breakfast
01 July - 31 October 2020 Standard Room $ 125 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 139 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 168 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including dinner, bed & breakfast
01 November - 20 December 2020 Standard Room $ 114 per person per night sharing last minute special rate - bookings within 7 days of travel including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 127 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including bed & breakfast
Standard Room $ 153 per person per night sharing Special rate for advance bookings including dinner, bed & breakfast

*ALL RATES & SPECIAL OFFERS LISTED ABOVE ARE VALID FOR SADC RESIDENTS ONLY – PROOF OF SADC RESIDENCY WILL BE REQUESTED UPON BOOKING.

*surcharges on all special rates and a minimum 3 night stay will apply over peak holiday periods and long weekends.

BushBreaks can tailor make you a Victoria Falls Package to suit your needs, including flights, transfers and accommodation at Ursula's Homestead within the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve in Zimbabwe - Contact us now for a package quote on 0861 00 44 55 (South Africa) or +2711 468 3476 (International) or email info@bushbreaks.co.za


RATES INCLUDE
Bed & Breakfast includes:
• Accommodation
• Breakfast Daily
• Scheduled shared Victoria Falls Airport / Town transfers (3 transfers per day)
• Government Levy
• Emergency Medical Evacuation
• Wi-Fi

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast includes:
• Accommodation
• Breakfast & Dinner daily
• Scheduled shared Victoria Falls Airport / Town transfers (3 transfers per day)
• Government Levy
• Emergency Medical Evacuation
• Wi-Fi
SINGLE ACCOMMODATION
• There will no single supplement applicable for travel over 01 November to 20 December 2019 & 04 January to 31 March 2020.
• For single traveller bookings over other travel dates, please contact BushBreaks for a special discounted rate.
CHILD POLICY
• Children of all ages welcome at Ursula's Homestead (On request and subject to availability as only 1 room is able to accommodate children sharing)
• Children aged 0 - 5 years stay free of charge .
• Children aged 6 -15 years pay 50% of the adult sharing rate.
• Children aged 16 years and older pay the full adult rate If two children under 16 are in a room on their own, the first child pays full adult sharing rate.

GAME DRIVE POLICY FOR CHILDREN:
• For safety reasons, children aged 5 years and younger cannot participate on game drives and safari activities.
• Children 6 - 11 years will be permitted on game drives and safari activities at the discretion of the Game Ranger.
AREA ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
All activities below (at an additional cost) can be arranged at Ursula's Homestead.

- Morning game drive, with breakfast (optional water safari on the lake)
Departures: Daily, year-round
Minimum number of guests: 2
Times: 06h00 for 06h15* pick-up from the hotel, and returning around 10h30
Duration: 4,5h – including transfers
Minimum guest age: 3 years (exceptions can be made for private vehicle hire)
Inclusions: Transfers, tea, coffee, fruit juice, water, snacks, bush breakfast on return
*Pick-up times vary between summer and winter, and can be confirmed at the Private Travel Desk

- Evening game drive, with boma dinner (optional water safari on the lake)
Departures: Daily, year-round
Minimum number of guests: 2
Times: 15h30 for 16h00* pick-up from the hotel, and returning around 21h30
Duration: 4,5h – including transfers
Minimum guest age: 3 years (exceptions can be made for private vehicle hire)
Inclusions: Transfers, soft drinks, local beers, wine, spirits, water, snacks, three-course bush dinner on return
*Pick-up times vary between summer and winter, and can be confirmed at the Private Travel Desk

- Walking safari
The walking safari takes place on Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve. You are accompanied by a highly-trained field guide, who will introduce you to the many mammal and bird species, as well as draw your attention to the diverse plant life,
on the reserve.
Our Private Travel Desk also partners with the best tour operators to offer you:

- Birdwatching safari
Over 130 bird species have been recorded in a single day! Catering for the keen twitcher, the birdwatching safari is a tailor-made experience. By open safari vehicle, boat or on foot, head into a variety of habitats for chances to spot an array of beautiful, unique and rare species.

- Zambezi fishing
The Zambezi River is renowned for the quality of its tiger fishing. It has become a bucket-list destination for avid fresh-water anglers determined to ‘take on’ this ferocious game fish.

- Tour of Victoria Falls
Walking through the riverine forest and along the falls, you’ll learn more about this environment and its history, before arriving at Dr Livingstone’s statue. Standing next to this landmark becomes nostalgic when considering a lone man made his way through deepest Africa, coming across tribes he could not communicate with and battling illness, to be the first non-African to lay eyes on the falls.

- Helicopter flight: Flight of Angels (12 minutes)
Explorer and missionary Dr David Livingstone, on first seeing the Victoria Falls in 1855, famously wrote: “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” Little did he know that, 160 years later, we mere mortals would have a chance to soar above them. The pilot flies left- and right-hand circuits over the falls to give you the best perspectives, up the Zambezi River and over the Zambezi National Park, where you’ll spot game on the plains below.

- Helicopter flight: Zambezi Spectacular (25 minutes)
The pilot flies left- and right-hand circuits over the falls to give you the best perspectives, over the Zambezi’s Batoka Gorge, and following the river downstream as its carves its way between steep cliffs. On the return leg of the trip, you’ll fly over the upper stretches of the river and over the Zambezi National Park, home to an abundance of wildlife.

- Victoria Falls canopy tour
Whizz through the forest and out over the Zambezi rapids, catching a glimpse of Victoria Falls Bridge and the dense spray from the falls beyond. Along the way you’ll likely encounter small woodland animals and plenty of birds, like the Knysna turaco and purple turaco louries.

- Flying fox (cable slide)
Take a running jump into the air and soar over a 200m-wide gorge, with the mighty Zambezi River gushing 120m below. This is a great way to test your nerve before trying the zip line and George swing.

- Zip line (foofie slide)
This is the longest zip-line ride in the world. Zipping across the 425m-wide gorge, above the spectacular beauty of the Zambezi River, at speeds reaching 106km/h
induces a serious adrenaline rush!

- Gorge swing
Leap off the edge of the Zambezi River gorge to free-fall 70m, before swinging high above the rapids. The views will take your breath away – if this ride hasn’t already!

- White-water rafting
The wildest white water in the world! Victoria Fall’s mile-long curtain of water thunders into the Zambezi River gorge below, creating an environment for white-water rafting unlike unlike anywhere else on earth.

- Chinotimba Township Tour
‘Chinotimba’ in the local Nambya language describes the roar of the water from the mighty Victoria Falls. The Nambya and the Tonga are the original people of the Victoria Falls area, and the majority live in vibrant Chinotimba. On a tour here, you’ll visit some of its oldest houses and taverns, the local market, its churches and a primary school to give you insights into township life.

- Meet the People Village Tour
Experience the warmth of Zimbabwean hospitality when you visit an authentic rural village, approximately 20 km from Victoria Falls Town. You’ll experience its people’s culture by visiting them at their homes, watching them tend their fields, and possibly helping them with some of their day-to-day tasks. A highlight of the tour is a chance to meet and chat to the village chief, who’ll tell you more about their way of life.

- The Art Village Tour
The Ndebele people’s art is an expression of their culture, and gives great insight into their way of life. Join this multi-faceted and interactive tour to experience their culture first-hand. Lead by chief Mpsis, you’ll explore the village, before taking an art workshop with his son. The piece you produce is to take home with you as a memento. The day ends with a traditional dinner, prepared by the woman of the village, and upbeat entertainment of drumming and dancing.

- Zambezi sunset cruise
A leisurely pursuit; float down the Zambezi, coming across hippos bobbing in the water and birds foraging onshore, while minding the sly crocodiles. Drinks and snacks are served on board, and it’s an idyllic way to soak up the last rays of the sun and toast another adventure-filled day in Victoria Falls.
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 rates for International Residents are available on request.



INFORMATION
GETTING THERE
  • Flight from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls International Airport which is located 20km from Ursula's Homestead
  • Complimentary return shared transfers from Victoria Falls Airport to Hotel
  • Transfers from Livingstone Airport can be arranged on request

ACCOMMODATION
  • 4 x Standard Rooms, each with a private terrace, en-suite shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, tea/coffee-making facilities, minibar, telephone and safe
  • All rooms can be configured as double or twin

ABOUT URSULA'S HOMESTEAD
Ursula’s Homestead is located on the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve in Zimbabwe, is an intimate retreat – ideal for families and friend groups.
 
The homestead is a smaller, more private option than its sister property the Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel and can be booked out on an exclusive basis.
 
What makes Ursula’s Homestead distinctive?
  • It is personal, private & intimate, with just four rooms
  • It is situated on the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve – a 2500-hectare (6 200-acre) Big Five Game Reserve, which borders the great Zambezi National Park
  • It offers an environment of peace and tranquillity, while being just minutes from the busy town of Victoria Falls and the surrounding area’s attractions
  • It is located 8,5km/5mi (25 minutes) from the Victoria Falls
  • It is located 20km/13mi from Victoria Falls International Airport in Zimbabwe
A closer look at Ursula’s Homestead:
 
  • Four rooms, each with: a private terrace, en-suite shower room, air conditioning, ceiling fan, tea/coffee-making facilities, minibar, telephone and safe 
  • All rooms can be configured as double or twin
  • A dining room – serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • A lounge area, with satellite television
  • An outdoor relaxation area, set around a fire pit – serviced
  • A swimming pool and loungers – serviced
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the homestead
  • Complimentary transfers (shared) between Victoria Falls International Airport and the homestead
  • Complimentary transfers (shared) between the homestead and Victoria Falls town
FOOD & HOSPITALITY
  • Dining room – serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Country homestyle cuisine, with a local flair, prepared with only the freshest ingredients
  • In-suite dining or private al fresco dining, with your table set out in the homestead gardens
  • Daily-changing set menus
  • Selection of quality South African wines available
  • Guests also have the option of enjoying lunch and dinner at Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel’s restaurant, overlooking the waterhole (the hotel is 1km away and complimentary transfers can be arranged)
  • Food and beverage service available at the swimming pool
  • Food and beverage service available at the outdoor relaxation area, set around a fire pit
  • After dinner, enjoy a digestif with the other guests around the fire

ABOUT VICTORIA FALLS
Zimbabwe’s most renowned tourist attraction and one of the most astonishing natural world wonders, Victoria Falls is an unsurpassed African destination for adventure, leisure and business. The hub of a great regional wildlife region, Victoria Falls is located centrally at the point where Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia meet and makes regional get-togethers a breeze.
 
A 1,7km stretch of thunderous water tumbling over a sheer basalt cliff-face, Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and rates high on the list of ‘must experience’ destinations among travelers the world over. A friendly, bustling resort town just a few minutes from the Falls and the legendary Zambezi river, Victoria Falls is also an acclaimed World Heritage Site. Besides it natural beauty and the sheer marvel of its cascading thunderous sheets of water, it’s the unchallenged adventure capital of Africa with more than 50 activities available – and the list is growing.
 
There is something for everyone. Adrenalin junkies favour the famous 111m bunji-jump, wild white-water rafting and high wire swings across the vast gorge, while those preferring quieter pursuits can enjoy river cruises, scenic flights over the Falls, elephant-back trails, golf and a plethora of other air, land and water activities.
 
Victoria Falls is also famed for its range of safari activities – walks with lions, elephant interactions, day and nocturnal game drives, bush walks, canoeing and even aerial safaris!
 
The highest falls water levels are February – through to April. During this period, the spray is heavy, so prepare for a drenching – part of the total Falls experience! Raincoats and umbrellas are available. In the drier months, river levels fall, allowing for an appreciation of the cavernous Batoka Gorge and spectacular photographic opportunities. We advise you to try out the Falls in different seasons.

LODGE FEATURES
Dining room
Lounge
Outdoor relaxation space with a firepit 
Pool

ROOM FEATURES
Private terrace
En-suite shower
Air conditioning 
Hairdryers
Tea/coffee station
Minibar
Telephone
Safe 
 




GETTING THERE


DIRECTIONS
Access By air:
• Guests can fly into Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA), Zimbabwe or Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), Zambia
• A complimentary, shared shuttle service (excluding UNIVISA) is available to transfer guests between Victoria Falls International Airport and the homestead, 20 minutes away
• A complimentary, shared shuttle transfer (excluding UNIVISA) between Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport and the homestead, 45 minutes away, can be arranged
• Rovos Rail luxury train service operates a four-day journey from Pretoria, South Africa to Victoria Falls town, Zimbabwe
• A complimentary, shared shuttle service is available to transfer guests between the station and the homestead, 10 minutes away

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