- Tranquil hillside location
- Great access for Victoria Falls and Livingstone
- Various land and water-based activities
Stanley Safari Lodge is a tranquil, welcoming retreat nestled on a hilltop overlooking Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, only 3 km from the legendary Victoria Falls in southern Zambia. From its elevated vantage point, guests can observe plumes of spray from the iconic falls, and enjoy wonderful sunset views of the surrounding bushland. The lodge is only ten minutes’ drive from both the falls and the historic town of Livingstone, whilst the nearby national park is home to abundant wildlife including elephant, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, and baboon. Offering just ten individually designed cottages and suites, some with private plunge pool, this is a high quality mid-range option for guests seeking an intimate, peaceful base away from the crowds, yet within easy reach of a wide range of activities and facilities.
Open year round, with straightforward access from nearby Livingstone Airport, the lodge’s open-sided main area is a split level, wood and stone construction with traditional furnishings. Guest spaces include a spacious lounge with an open fire, and a dining room. Outside is a lovely, verdant garden, with a fence to discourage larger wildlife, and a splendid infinity pool with panoramic views. Mealtimes, featuring modern African influenced cuisine, are flexible; guests can dine communally in the dining area, alfresco under the stars, or in the privacy of their own suite.
An impressive range of land and water-based activities includes game drives in the national park, elephant rides, river safaris, white water rafting, bungee jumping, and canoeing on the Zambezi. A visit to the falls, with the option of a thrilling helicopter tour, is a must. Also available are cultural tours of local villages and markets, and visits to the Livingstone Museum. Note that some activities are subject to additional charge.
The accommodation comprises ten spacious units, all individually designed and traditionally furnished, with wonderful views. Seven units feature an open-front design, to enhance guests’ sense of being out in the bush and immersed in nature. Four colonial style suites have a bedroom with a king-size or twin beds, a spacious lounge area, and an ensuite bathroom with WC, twin basins, bathtub and shower. Outside is a veranda with a private plunge pool. In addition, there are six safari style, wood and stone chalets, with king-size or twin beds, an ensuite bathroom with WC, twin basins, bath and shower, and an outside veranda. Two of the units are larger, and suitable for families.
Children of all ages are extremely welcome. Two family units each accommodate four guests in two bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom. One of these units has a second bathroom, plus an outside terrace and private plunge pool. Whilst there is no child specific programme available at the lodge, the onsite infinity pool and wide range of nearby activities are bound to keep younger family members entertained. Parents are reminded that children should be supervised at all times.
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!
Woan 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
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019