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Last updated: 28 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes

As the first private lodge to be built in the Zambezi National Park, a short way upstream from the Victoria Falls, this riverfront escape has an enviable location on the banks of the Zambezi River. And it’s put to good use in the bold Scandi-chic suites, that take full advantage of glorious river views.

There’s a wonderful range of accommodation on offer too, from under-canvas tented suites suitable for families – with lovely, private plunge pools – to the romantic Treehouse Suites set on a private island.

The Starbed Suites are unforgettable, with a rooftop deck and bed above the forest canopy.


Surrounding area

Although the lodge is just 10 minutes’ drive from the town of Victoria Falls, the bushveld setting feels a world apart from the tourist bustle. It’s close enough to drop into town every day for adventures, but a sanctuary of peace and quiet to escape to after.

Suites are perched on the riverbanks, surrounded by lush indigenous forest and birdlife, while the wilderness of the national park extends beyond to offer hours of safari adventure.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Free on request
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Cruise on the Zambezi

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[4.6 miles]

Scenic cruises and game spotting on one of Africa’s greatest rivers, just made for sundowners.

Best for ages: 4+ | £35 | 1+ hours

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Royal Livingstone Express

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[6.9 miles]

Fine-dining aboard a lovely colonial-era steam train as it chuffs for 15km through the game-rich Zambian bush.

Best for ages: 13+ | £150 | 4 hours

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Golf course next to the Zambezi river with hippos in the water

Golf at Elephant Hills

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe[5.8 miles]

Designed by golfing legend Gary Player, the 18-hole Elephant Hills course upstream from the Falls is one of the wildest golf courses in Africa, and players will have to mind the antelope and crocodiles as carefully as the water hazards.

Best for ages: 13+ | £10 | 2-4 hours

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The outside of the David Livingstone Museum

David Livingstone Museum

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[7.4 miles]

There’s not much to recommend the town of Livingstone, but Zambia’s largest and oldest museum is certainly worth a visit for its collection of original David Livingstone artefacts, including tools, journals and maps.

Best for ages: 18+ | £5

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Traditional African wooden masks

Dambwa Market

Livingstone, Southern Province, Zambia[7.7 miles]

Enjoy a taste of local living at the Dambwa market in Livingstone. This is where locals come to shop, and you’ll find everything from fresh produce to wooden carvings. Guided tours are available if you’re unsure about exploring on your own.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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The famous afternoon tea stand with sweet treats

Afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel

Victoria Falls Town, Matabeleland North, Central African Republic (CAR)[8.5 miles]

Dating back to 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel occupies a dramatic promontory above the Batoka Gorge. It’s a view best enjoyed over the decadent platters served for afternoon tea, a much-loved tradition.

Best for ages: 13+ | £15 | 1-2 hours

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Destination guides including or relevant to this place to stay

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The world-famous Victoria Falls is also Africa’s adventure playground, offering an array of brilliant adrenalin-packed adventure activities plus Big Five safaris.

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