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Old Drift Lodge Victoria Falls- 3 Nights

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Name Inclusions Price
Pricing From Johannesburg
  • Return flights to Livingstone
  • Return resort transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in a Tented Suite
  • Breakfast
  • lunch
  • dinner & drinks daily
  • Morning & afternoon game drives
  • Morning & afternoon River Safari
  • Guided tour of the Falls
  • Guided Walking Safari

ZAR16,200.00

ZAR15,900.00

 

Overview

WELCOME TO VICTORIA FALLS

Locally known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, translating to the ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, Victoria Falls are deservedly one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Forming a natural border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, fed by the mighty Zambezi River, the Falls are a sight to behold!

The 100m vertical chasm spanning the full one and a half kilometre width of the river, creates the biggest curtain of falling water in the world and one of the most extraordinary displays of nature’s might and magnificence. Despite the beauty of the Falls themselves, this region warrants the reputation as an adventure centre, offering a plethora of adrenaline-inducing activities both in and around the Falls. The best time for viewing the Falls is from July to October when the water levels are high but the mist has subsided, offering clearer views.

LANGUAGE

The indigenous languages are Ndebele and Shona but English is the official language and is widely spoken and understood.

CULTURE

One arrival in Victoria Falls you will be greeted by some of the friendliest people in the world. The predominant religion is Christianity, with traditional beliefs in rural areas, and some Hindu, Muslim and Jewish minorities.

CLIMATE

Victoria Falls is situated in a summer rainfall region. Instead of differentiating the climate according to the conventional spring/summer/autumn/winter divide, locals consider there to be two distinct climates - the dry season and the wet season. The dry season begins in May and extends through autumn and winter into October. The early part of the dry season is a temperate time with daytime temperatures in the early 20°C range and the mercury often falling to single digit figures at night.

Generally, the rains begin during the course of November and, by December, the wet season has usually set in with hot daytime temperatures, lightened by torrential downpours that generally take place during the late afternoon. At night, temperatures are an average 18°C and, during the day, the temperature can rise into the 30’s. Visiting the Victoria Falls during the wet and dry seasons is a markedly different experience. In early summer, the water level in the Zambezi is at its lowest, and the spray from the Falls is least dense, allowing for more visibility and better photographic conditions. Low water levels mean that parts of the Falls dry up, particularly on the Zambian side, but this is when Devil’s Pool is accessible. During late summer, when the Zambezi is pumping, the spray from the Falls is intense and any visitor to the rainforest can expect to be soaked.

Best time to visit Victoria Falls

May to November are the best months for most visitors but…

  • If you want to see the Victoria Falls in full power, go between March and May.
  • If your main reason to visit is for the white water-rafting, go between August and early January when the rapids are at their best.
  • If a safari is your priority, go between May and October when the vegetation is low and animals are more easily spotted.

CURRENCY

The Zimbabwean dollar is no longer a valid currency and almost all transactions are conducted in US Dollars. The currencies presently used in Zimbabwe include US Dollars and South African Rand. Make sure you have a sufficient amount of foreign currency in your possession, prior to entering the country due to a cash shortage and the fact that many ATMs will not accept international cards. Do not change foreign exchange with moneychangers on the street, as this is illegal. It is best to travel with small denominations of foreign currency.

ELECTRICITY

240 V. square pin adapter (same plugs as UK).

MALARIA

As Victoria Falls is situated in a malaria zone, it is recommended that you consult your physician on the correct preventative medication required before you travel.

TIPPING

Bring small denominations for tipping purposes as small change is very rarely available locally. Whilst not compulsory, it is enormously appreciated and often contributes a substantial amount toward ensuring that those working in the service industry earn a living wage. Just make sure that a service charge hasn’t already been added to your bill.

WHAT TO DO IN VIC FALLS

Victoria Falls will not disappoint; whether you’re seeing the Falls for the first time or planning a hair-raising bungee jump, there is so much to do and see! Your visit will be jam packed with adventure so plan wisely. These are our top recommendations:

  • See the Smoke that Thunders
  • Take a Sunset River Cruise
  • Go white-water rafting
  • Enjoy the Flying Fox cable slide
  • Do a bungee jump (111 metres – eek!)
  • See Vic Falls from a helicopter – the famous "Flight of Angels”
  • Be daring with a gorge swing

WHAT TO PACK

  • As a guide, the maximum weight for checked luggage is 20kg in economy class and 30kg in business class
  • Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg and needs to be small and compact
  • Casual, comfortable clothing is suitable throughout the year
  • Jeans or trousers for evenings and cooler days is recommended * In more upmarket hotels and restaurants, elegant casual outfits are recommended for dinner
  • Sunglasses, suntan lotion and insect repellent are a must
  • Please note that camouflage clothing is banned in Zimbabwe
  • Throw in a few warmer items between April and August, especially for early mornings and late evenings
  • Don’t forget any medication that you might need, and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
  • Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV channels in your hotel may be limited)
  • A hat or cap
  • Some sturdy walking shoes
  • And don’t forget your binoculars

TRAVEL TIPS

  • Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage in case of baggage delays
  • Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
  • No sharp objects are permitted in your hand luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
  • Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford it, you can’t afford to travel!
  • Travelling with kids – please check that you have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
  • Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and jewellery in your carry-on bag.
  • It’s often a good idea to let your bank or credit card company know that you’re going overseas
  • Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have the best time ever!
Facilities
  • Mini bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • In room safe
  • En-suite bathroom with indoor & outdoor shower
  • Outdoor bath with a view
  • Private plunge pool
  • Private lounge with tea/coffee station
  • Ceiling fan
 
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OLD DRIFT LODGE

WHY WE LIKE IT

Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls in the Zambezi National Park lies a pristine piece of land on the banks of the Zambezi River. Nestled within this wild paradise is the Old Drift Lodge, a place frequented by elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, lion and many other animals. The lodge is suitable for families and offers spacious tented suites with an array of activities to experience Victoria Falls at its best.

DESCRIPTION

 

LOCATION
Victoria Falls

ACCOMMODATION

 

10 Twin/Double Tented Suites
A spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom equipped with indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor bath with a view plus private plunge pool.

 

4 Family Suites
Consists of two inter leading en-suite tented suites consisting of 1 double and 1 twin. Each suite is equipped with a spacious bedroom with en-suite bathroom equipped with indoor and outdoor shower, an outdoor bath with a view plus private plunge pool.

ROOM FACILITIES

  • Mini bar
  • Air conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • In room safe
  • En-suite bathroom with indoor & outdoor shower
  • Outdoor bath with a view
  • Private plunge pool
  • Private lounge with tea/coffee station
  • Ceiling fan

DINING
Main restaurant and bar area under canvas with sweeping views of the Zambezi River.

WI-FI
Free of charge

FACILITIES

  • Floating star gazing and fireside deck
  • Water-hole south of the lodge
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Two scheduled game activities per day
  • Lunch at Look out Café
  • Guided tour of the falls
  • River Safari
  • Guided walking safari

PLEASE NOTE
As Old Drift is unfenced and located in the Zambezi National Park, it is not recommended that children younger than 16 years occupy a room on their own (without an older sibling/adult present).

 

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