Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, ZimbabweThis massive wood and stone building is perfect for viewing the Vic Falls. It’s a short drive away, with a regular free shuttle service to take you there and back, or to drop you off in the town of Victoria Falls itself.
The hotel has 72 bedrooms, two small swimming pools and conference facilities, and it's been voted the best Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe for 18 years running.
Meals are served in the MaKuwa-Kuwa restaurant or the Buffalo Bar that spills onto a terrace. But the first meal was for the vultures, in a daily ritual that’s fascinating and rather pungent as perhaps 100 of the giant birds fight for scraps served up from the restaurants.
Their feeder, Alec Zulu, pours out bags of meat as the vultures impatiently edge ever closer. Then wings flap, beaks clash, squabbles break out and the photo moment is lost in a frenzied dust cloud.
Alec acted as my guide the next day to show me around the viewing paths at the Falls and so I could admire the thundering cascades from every angle. As we walked he shared a lifetime of anecdotes and history, talking of battles raged around the land before the white men came and explaining the topology of the river.
A sister attraction to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is The Boma, which turns your evening meal into a complete experience. It’s a merry place where dancers and drummers provide the exuberant African entertainment while you eat from a vast collection of exotic meats along with a selection of vegetables and desserts.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is operated by Africa Albida Tourism. Details from www.africaalbidatourism.com.