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Batonka Guest Lodge

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- Friendly, privately-run guesthouse
- Well located for Victoria Falls and town
- Lovely gardens and pool

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Batonka Guest Lodge is a small, independent guesthouse in the town of Victoria Falls, northwest Zimbabwe. Built in a colonial style, this eco-friendly lodge is situated in a quiet, yet central, residential area, only 3km from the majestic Victoria Falls and with straightforward access to the town and its facilities. A great lower cost option, Batonka offers friendly, personalised service, a swimming pool and gift shop, and 22 well-appointed rooms with private verandas, all overlooking the property’s picturesque gardens.

The lodge’s guest areas include a reception area and a welcoming lounge with an open fireplace and comfy sofas. Breakfast, including the option of a full English, is served in the indoor dining room or alfresco on the spacious terrace, which has views of the pretty gardens and swimming pool. Home cooked lunches and dinners are available upon request. There is a small gift shop on site, selling Zimbabwean arts and crafts. The lodge employs eco-friendly initiatives, including solar heating, recycling and irrigation systems.

A wide range of activities is available locally, all of which can be booked via reception. A scenic helicopter tour (known as Flight of Angels) over Victoria Falls is a must for any visitor. Walking tours of the falls, river cruises, and canoeing are available, along with game drives, horse riding, and cultural visits to the nearby Chinotimba township, home to many of the area’s indigenous residents. Adrenalin seekers can test their nerve with bungee jumping, white water rafting, microlight excursions, and white knuckle zip wire rides over the falls. Note that activities are not included in the price of your stay.

Accommodation comprises 22 contemporary twin or double rooms, all with private verandas overlooking the lovely gardens. All have ensuite bathrooms with double basin, WC, and shower/ bath and shower. Each unit comes with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV and tea and coffee facilities.

Children are extremely welcome at the lodge. A number of interconnecting rooms are available, which are ideal for families.

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