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Batonka Guest Lodge

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8/10

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Highlights

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

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Overview

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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Average Rating

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(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

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