Royal Zambezi Lodge
Royal Zambezi Lodge is a striking combination of contemporary style and comfort in a completely unspoiled bush environment. Offering king-size beds in large, fully netted, canvas tents under thatched canopies, the lodge is a luxurious base from which to explore this beautiful area. This is not to mention the open space of the central Lodge itself, featuring an infinity pool, a stunning sausage tree bar, unique Bush Spa, reception, dining and lounge areas, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. The design of Royal Zambezi Lodge allows nature and the environment to play a leading role in ensuring the relaxed pace and magical experience enjoyed by guests, featuring over 3.5 km of unspoiled river frontage and the stunning backdrop of mountains in the valley escarpment. Stunning park setting aside, the Royal Zambezi Lodge also boasts a close location to the Mana Pools in Zimbabwe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the world famous Lower Zambezi National Park for an exceptional game-viewing experience. Jonathan, the resident Giant Kingsfisher would certainly agree!
Game drives at the Royal Zambezi Lodge are a particularly thrilling activity, with the property extending over 200 hectares of the prized Chiawa Game Management Area on the Northern bank of the Zambezi River. The lodge also offers specialised bush walks, mountain hiking and river safaris for unbeatable, up-close game viewing. Birders will be happy to hear that over 300 unique species of bird can be found in the Lower Zambezi National Park, a boast few regions in the world can match. Other activities include mokoro trips (in traditional canoes), fishing, cultural village tours, luxurious spa treatments and scenic evening sundowners. This is an ideal place to stay when combining a visit to Victoria Falls with other destinations in sub-Saharan Africa.
The River Club, located in Zambia, is a member of ‘Classic Portfolio’, the leading collection of eco-sensitive camps, lodges, private game reserves, luxury hotels, secluded beach retreats and renowned wine estates in Southern and East Africa. Steeped in history, Peter Jones and the members of The River Club and Wilderness Safaris are able to provide an intriguing insight into the rich and colourful history that surrounds the Victoria Falls. The main building, known as the Zambezi House, is a gorgeous Edwardian-style building featuring high ceilings, a sprawling veranda, tennis courts, nature trail and manicured croquet lawn. Teak furniture adorn the dining and lounge areas for easy relaxation during the warm afternoon hours, with meals served outdoors on the verandah or by the poolside throughout the day. The swimming pool itself boasts a gorgeous view over the Zambezi River, with afternoon tea served post-morning safari adventure.
Activities abound at the River Club. Of particular acclaim are the sunset cruises along the Zambezi River, quietly passing elephant, hippo, crocodile and an abundance of birds. People travel to Africa from all over the world to see the Schalow’s Loerie and the African Finfoot, both of which are resident at The River Club. Other birds in the area are the African Skimmer whilst the Taita Falcon and Black Eagle can be found in the gorges below the Victoria Falls, also available for upclose viewing! Game drives are approximately three hours long: the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park sports some of the few remaining white rhino in the world. The park is also home to animals such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, elephants and buffalo. Fishing on the Zambezi River is optimal in the period between June and September, with guides, equipment and refreshments provided. Lastly, the River Club is proud to offer visits to the local villages of Simonga and Sinde, which they support through their Social Development Project: building water supply systems, houses, libraries and canteens in school and providing high school student sponsorships.
It is also worth noting the vast number of activities available in the Victoria Falls area as a whole. These range from helicopter flights over the Falls, microlight flights, white water rafting, river boarding, jet boating, an excursion to Livingstone Island, canoeing safaris, quad biking and elephant safaris. We would be more than happy to advise on and arrange these!
Bomani Tented Lodge
Having only opened in 2013 Bomani Tented Lodge is one of Hwange’s newest safari offerings. Although situated just outside of the national park, Bomani benefits from being on its own private concession and guests can expect an exclusive game viewing experience during their stay. Adjacent to Bomani are the Ngamo Plains, well known for big game, especially elephant. Bomani is simple yet comfortable and very remote. Take a game drive on the ‘Elephant Express’ train and see the incredible variety of game in the region, ranging from big cats, to plains grazing animals, to truly unique bird life and flora.
Faircity Quatermain Hotel
The Quatermain Hotel in Sandton fuses elegance and nature, offering guests large, spacious gardens, accommodation and easy of access across the Sandton region of Johannesburg. Offering standard, deluxe and suite rooms, guests have access to to a well-equipped gym, the famous Sel et Poivre restaurant, a business centre, swimming pool, lap pool, library, conservatory and hospitality room for early check-ins. The Sel et Poivre Restaurant is outsourced to award-winning Chef Coco Reinarhz. Offering a French inspired menu, the restaurant serves delicious English and Continental breakfasts and a la carte lunches and dinners. Indoor and outside seating (beneath an ancient oak tree) ensure a truly memorable dining experience under the stars.
As for the area, Sandton is truly alive with vibrant restaurants, bars and hot spots! Hotel staff will gladly arrange complimentary shuttle transfers in the area on your behalf as well as additional arrangements for destinations further afield. Further recommended attractions include Constitutional Hill (Old Fort Prison Complex prior to 1994), the Apartheid Museum, the Johannesburg Zoo, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, the Lesedi Cultural Village, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve (game reserve in ancient volcanic crater), the Rhino & Lion Park (wild animal feeding & photos with lion cubs available), the Cullinan Diamond Mine (home of largest diamond in the world), the Sterkfontein Caves, the Gold Reef City, a crocodile farm, the Cheetah Research Centre, the Lion Park (with a rare white lion), a Soweto and Johannesburg tour, the Elephant Sanctuary, the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, the FNB Stadium (2010 World Cup soccer stadium), the Coca Cola Stadium, the Parkview Golf Club, the Woodmead Golf Course, the Wanderers Club (traditional 122 year old cricket club), Johannesburg Country Club, the Inanda Polo Club, and numerous shopping centres. Quite the lengthy sentence! As you may imagine, a number of attractions are available in the immediately surrounding area, making the Faircity Quatermain Hotel quite the hot location for a visit to Johannesburg.
Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge
Deep in the bushveld overlooking a waterhole and an open plain, lies a lodge that pulses to the rhythm of Africa’s heartbeat. Bush Lodge has earned a reputation of a “luxury home in the bush”, service excellence, personalised attention and offers an unrivalled family safari. Each stunning air-conditioned suite features sumptuous linens and fabrics, beautiful leather and wood furnishings, and an en-suite glass fronted bathroom with indoor and al-fresco shower leading onto a private patio. Families with children of all ages are welcome and well-catered for at Bush Lodge and at the EleFun Centre where fun and games with trained caregivers are aimed at nurturing a deeper understanding and love for the surrounding bush. There is ample space to relax, unwind and savour the tranquility of the bush.
The two swimming pools and enormous covered viewing decks overhanging the Msuthlu riverbed are an invitation to cool off in the filtered water or sit in comfort while spotting game at the nearby pan. An exquisitely furnished lounge, atrium and intimate bar area are perfect meeting places for friends old and new. As an extra indulgence, the Amani Spa at Bush Lodge offers the ultimate African spa experience. Sabi Sabi is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife – including over 200 mammal and 300 bird species. Morning and evening safaris are enjoyed in open safari vehicles where close encounters with the Big 5 are a regular occurrence.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
The Victoria and Alfred Hotel is a luxurious and perfectly situated accommodation located in the core of Cape Town’s idyllic waterfront district. A short walk to some of Cape Town’s most renowned restaurants, craft markets, harbours and designer stores – the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is central to the city’s largest entertainment hub and a short ferry ride from the infamous Robben Island. The Victoria & Alfred Hotel offers a variety of features for guests to enjoy at their disposal. These include the ever-relaxing Designer Spa, Treatment Rooms, and Gym that every guest can indulge in throughout their stay. In addition to the unparalleled waterfront views, the hotel has a pool area located at the centre of manicured gardens, with a pool bar that serves both beverages and food. If you are planning a romantic evening meal, or beautiful family dinner, you may be interested to try the Alfresco dining that is available at the OYO or Dash Restaurants. The fine cuisine served on dockside terraces with harbor views specializes in seafood and cocktails, and on special nights, guests can enjoy live music performances.
Nearby attractions in Cape Town include: visits to Peace Square, the Two Oceans Aquarium, world famous beaches, the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre, boat cruises, gold courses, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek winelands, Table Mountain, Cape Point, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Township tours and the World of Birds!