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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Best for: Culture History, Spectacular scenery, Family
Positioned on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, Gorges Lodge offers stunning views over the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls Town, this lodge offers peace and tranquillity with warm and welcoming hospitality.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Offering arguably the finest views in the Victoria Falls area, Gorges Lodge occupies an extraordinary position on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, 250 metres above the Zambezi. Comprising ten beautiful stone and thatch chalets dotted amongst beautifully landscaped gardens along the rim of the gorge, Gorges Lodge is a place to retreat from the crowds and watch black eagles and lanner falcons soar overhead. Each en-suite cottage is beautifully finished with double beds and furniture and boasts a private garden and decked veranda where you could sit to watch the sun rise.
The main lodge teeters on the very edge of the gorge, built on a stilted decking of indigenous hard wood, and includes an elegantly decorated lounge, dining room and bar. The atmosphere is unpretentious with an emphasis on the views rather than the thread-count. Sister property Little Gorges is located a short walk through the gardens and offers guests a slightly different experience in permanent canvas rooms.
Many guests come just to relax, absorb the incredible scenes and enjoy the delicious homemade cuisine. Others choose to swim, read a book and wander round the gardens, soaking up some of the most remarkable scenes in Africa. Several tame bushbuck, baboon and vervet monkey also roam the grounds, in the hope of finding a treat. Along with visiting the Falls, there is also an opportunity to visit nearby Chisuma Village, whose residents are directly supported by Gorges Lodge in the first example of community focused tourism in Zimbabwe.
When to go
There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celcius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Free Accomodation for Children at Gorges Lodge
Children sharing with an adult/s will be offered free of cost accommodation at Gorges Lodge, Zimbabwe during certain dates in 2020. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
Stay 4, Pay 2 at Gorges Lodge
Stay 4 nights and only pay for 2 when you stay at Gorges Lodge, Zimbabwe. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
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Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi
Take to the water towards the end of the day for an atmospheric cruise on the mighty Zambezi before watching the sunset over a cold drink. Make sure you keep your binoculars and camera handy as there is plenty to see along the river.
During low water (August-January), take a dip in the ultimate infinity pool whilst visiting Livingstone Island perched on the lip of Victoria Falls. Not for the faint heart, an exhilarating plunge into the pool is our top Livingstone recommendation.
Ra-Ikane River Cruises
Cruise along the mighty Zambezi River in the Ra-Ikane, a luxurious boat fashioned after David Livingstone's exploration boat. Reminiscent of the rich history of the explorers of Victoria Falls, this is the perfect opportunity to spot incredible wildlife.
Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls to witness one of the seven wonders of the natural world from the air. A flight over the Falls gives a dramatic perspective of the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Microlight flight over the Victoria Falls
Experience the majestic Victoria Falls in a truly unique way from the open cockpit of a piloted microlight where you can hear the roar of water right below your feet and see the falls from a whole new perspective.
Bungee Jumping in Victoria Falls
For the thrill seekers out there, can you find a more spectacular setting to experience a bungee jump than from the Victoria Falls Bridge? For those who dare, this is a 111 metre jump of pure adrenaline.
White-water rafting on the Zambezi
Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Zambezi River on the rapids below Victoria Falls. This stretch of water is home to the largest number of high volume Grade 5 rapids on the planet. An adrenaline fuelled experience in a dramatic setting.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Victoria Falls, Hwange and Mana Pools
The perfect adventure, starting with the wondrous Victoria Falls before going on an exciting walking safari in Hwange National Park. You then take to the water on a canoe safari down the Zambezi through Mana Pools - a truly thrilling safari awaits.
Experience an unforgettable adventure in Zimbabwe, from the incredible views of Victoria Falls to the unique beauty of Hwange National Park where you can truly get off the beaten track and the diversity of game and wildlife will not fail to amaze you.