Victoria Falls Safari Club

This US$ 2.7 million exclusive new luxury 20 roomed club was opened on 15 August 2012. The new luxury Victoria Falls Safari Club 20-room block is situated within the magnificent grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort, overlooking a private waterhole. This superb Club is set to be THE showcase accommodation at next year’s United Nations World Tourism Organisation general assembly to be co-hosted by Zimbabwe and Zambia. The Victoria Falls Safari Club is a place where African history and the enchanting power of nature bring an atmosphere of exclusive African distinctiveness.

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Victoria Falls Safari Club
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Victoria Falls Safari Club

Pioneers Camp

Wild Frontiers Zimbabwe have birthed of a new camp - Pioneers Camp, Zambezi River, Victoria Falls. The camp is due to open in December 2012, and special introductory rates will be available. The camp will be located just 17km from Victoria Falls town, inside the Upper Zambezi National park, and has the most incredible views available on this stretch of river and we have 1.5km of river frontage with a private lease on the site. Nestled under large, shady trees the original site is well documented as a resting point for early explorers and pioneers of the 1900?s. To start, the camp will have only six spacious and airy tents, designed to take full advantage of the river views – with all the necessities of comfort being taken care of. It is solar-powered and eco-friendly, in line with company conservation policies. Activities will include game-drives, boating, fishing, sunset cruises, canoeing, walking and of course simply relaxing. As we are close to the Falls, we plan
to offer a daily shuttle into ‘town’ for activities.

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Pioneers Camp

A’Zambezi River Lodge

This recently refurbished lodge is located in Victoria Falls, just 25km from the airport, nestling on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River within the periphery of the Zambezi National Park. The imaginative architecture with its sweeping curve of grass thatch blends well with the lash green lawns. A’Zambezi is the perfect retreat to relax and unwind in the quiet ambience of the African wild life and nature, whilst enjoying renowned services. The A’Zambezi is the only hotel with a river frontage and jetty site in Victoria Falls.

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Zambezi river lodge
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Zambezi river lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge

The luxury tented Victoria Falls River Lodge is the first private game lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This newly built 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! Uninterrupted panoramic views of African sunsets and exceptional wildlife viewing makes this uniquely located lodge the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it combines the safari experience with one of the world's most famous tourist destinations.

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Victoria Falls river lodge
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Victoria Falls river lodge

New GM at Vic Falls Hotel

The Victoria Falls Hotel has appointed Mr. Guilio Togni as the new General for the hotel. Mr. Togni brings many years' experience in hospitality management, most recently as Manager of The Royal Livingstone Hotel just across the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia. He has been in the industry for almost 20 years. He will be spearheading the 2012/2012 refurbishment and the continuous upgrading of all aspects of The Victoria Falls Hotel - an essential component in their drive to ensure that the hotel is second to none.

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Full Moon Madness

Mad bungee jumpers recently threw themselves off the bridge (but had strings attached!) – into a dark void – in the name of charity (to raise money for abandoned babies in an orphanage as well as assisting more than 70 local children from Chinotimba school with school fees and clothing – and towards a new library)

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Bungee jumpers
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Bungee jumpers

Train and Tram

Shearwater in partnership with the Victoria Falls Steam Train Company has launched two brand new products - the Victoria Falls Tram Morning Bridge Tour and the Victoria Falls Tram & Bridge Champagne Sunset Tour. Steeped in history, the Victoria Falls Tram Bridge Tours are a unique journey into the adventure and romance of a bygone age. Both morning and sunset tours begin with a stroll down the red carpet path which links the iconic, 108-year old Victoria Falls Hotel to the train platform at Victoria Falls Station. After refreshments, the 19th century-style tram begins its gentle, twenty minute meander through the vibrant town of Victoria Falls, looping through classic African bush often habituated by wildlife and passing the Victoria Falls Rainforest. Its final destination is right in the middle of the Victoria Falls Bridge which straddles the line dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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Victoira Falls Tram


Shearwater’s new baby rhino Bambi arrived at Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve recently, much to everyone delight. This 4 000 hectare reserve is home to over 2 000 animals including 6 black rhino (4 of which have been breed on the estate)
The Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust has a diverse and interesting range of wildlife on the sanctuary and after cameras were set up they captured some great images of animals ranging from cheetahs to leopards, serval cats and their kittens, civil cats, caracals and kittens, aardwolves and hyenas – as well as elephant, giraffe and many other wildlife species.

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Baby Rhino

Christmas Specials

Varden Safari Christmas Camp

Varden Safaris is very excited to announce that they will be operating a temporary tented safari camp over the 2012/2013 festive season. Dates from 20th December to 10th January (others dates possible on request) at the New Umfurudzi National Park just an incredibly short 1.5 hours out of Harare on the Shamva Road.
In the past 18 months 1600 new animals have been introduced to Umfurudzi including Buffalo – Eland – Zebra – Kudu – Wildebeest – Waterbuck – Tsessebe - Impala not to mention the existing residents including Hyena – Leopard - Bushbuck and awesome Raptors.
Activities on offer will include Game drives - walking – bird watching – viewing of rock paintings – and incredibly interesting historic monuments and ruins.
That’s not to mention the fantastic food and drink that will be on offer – including Christmas Day with all the trimmings.
Also on offer will be a special Wild Spa therapy tent for bush massages – pure bliss.
This is an ideal location to bring visiting family and friends from overseas.

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Varden Safari Camp
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Varden Safari Camp

Around Zimbabwe News

Birders and Baby season

This is the season for birders to visit – with lush thick bush making it paradise for birds and birders alike – as well as a change to see the animals all robust and healthy with new babies all around – it is common to see lots of baby impala and cute little warthogs running around with their tails in the air!

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Bird Season

Rhinos have Rights Too!

There is a campaign to protect the remaining rhinos at Whovi Game Park, Matobos.  52 kms of fence line is needed – and any donations to this very worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.

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Rhino Rights

KITFT – Kariba Invitation Tiger Fish Tournament

In October this year, amidst the heat and the incredible beauty of Lake Kariba, many Tiger Fish (Hydrocynus Vittatus) were caught and a lot of fun had in this 51st tournament to be held.  For avid fisherman this international tournament, which is growing each year in many ways, is well worth planning your trip around.

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Lake Harvest Kariba Half Marathon Fun Run and Walk

The half-marathon was held in August in Kariba – and whole families joined in. The highlight this year was Steven Mazhingi made a guest appearance and there were lots of fun prizes.  Many of Zimbabwe’s finest athletes were there.

Khulu Ivory Lodge

This new upmarket addition to the Amalinda group of quality lodges will be opening in February 2013. Located in Hwange, the lodge is strategically built over a water hole so that guests can watch by flood-light, wildlife at play. Activities will include game-drives, visits to the painted-dog project, village tours and game walks.

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Khulu Ivory Lodge

Changa Safari Camp

The recently opened Changa Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp situated on the shores of Lake Kariba within a private 5sq km concession in the north-eastern section of the Matusadona National Park. It has magnificent views looking out across Hydro Bay towards the Matusadona Mountains. Accommodation is in four large, East African style luxury canvas tents, all overlooking the lake. Each tent has its own en-suite bathroom, with indoor shower, flush toilet, his and hers basins, outdoor bath tub and outdoor shower, all heated by gas, with piping hot water all day! All tents are mosquito-proofed and have fans. The spacious bedrooms are very tastefully furnished, each with its own unique décor.

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Changa Safari Camp

Chilo Gorge Lodge

The lodge is set high atop the cliffs, looking down on the Save River in southeastern Zimbabwe. Here, on the edge of the Gona-re-Zhou, Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park, guests can truly feel part of the untamed Africa. Also in this area are the majestic Chilojo Cliffs, form an impressive backdrop to the meandering Runde River. In contrast to the wild outdoors, this stunning new lodge is comfortably furnished and decorated to reflect the culture of the Shangaan people. Game drives and guided walks are taken in the northern sector of Gona-re-Zhou National Park. The park is host to enormous herds of elephant and buffalo and some of the best birding in southern Africa. The Save River and its seasonal waters offer the opportunity for game cruises up the river to the magnificent Chivirira Falls.

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Chilo Gorge Lodge
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Chilo Gorge Lodge

Rhino Safari Camp

The camp is an old-fashioned bush camp exuding a luxury rustic charm, is owner managed and situated on the shores of Lake Kariba. Visitors enjoy a highly personalised photographic safari experience, guided walks, game drives and evening cruises on the lake, fishing, birding and superb relaxation, close to nature. Accommodation is in thatched stilted platforms with en-suite facilities, with freshly prepared home-style meals, all within the unspoilt wilderness of the Matusadona National Park. Guests can enjoy close encounters with the Big Five, tracking the endangered black rhino, stargazing and dinner beneath the stars.

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Rhino Safari Camp
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Rhino Safari Camp


Houseboats are a great way to traverse the vast lake Kariba – and at the same time see the lake and the wild life as you moor at a different site each evening.  An opportunity to explore the lake edges on a tender boat, stopping to fish en route or simply sit still in the animals’ habitat and watch the elephants and other animals drink and eat around you.

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House Boats
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House Boats


KLM | Emirates | LAM | Air Namibia | Air Botswana

The skies are a-buzz with flights coming in and going out in all directions.  There was much excitement when Emirates launched their flights into and out of Harare from multiple routes, and in October, KLM followed suite and launched their flights – which has really opened up the skies into and out of Zimbabwe.  LAM is flying from Zimbabwe to Mozambique – creating a great “bush and beach” option.  Air Namibia carries passengers to and from Zimbabwe and Namibia, as does Air Botswana – with a flight between Maun and Victoria Falls.  And there are more options on the horizon as other airlines look to coming into Zimbabwe.


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