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Stanley Safari Lodge

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#1 of 2 lodges in Victoria Falls
4.6 of 5 bubbles
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4.6 of 5 bubbles
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The Victoria Falls is where the wide Zambezi River simply drops some 100 meters into a narrow gorge. The Falls lie across the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, and Livingstone is the town on the Zambian side. Called "Mosi-oa-Tunya", (the smoke that thunders) in the local language the Falls are one of the seven wonders of the world and when you first come to Zambia, Livingstone is a must visit destination. Set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking unspoilt bush, Stanley Safari Lodge is only three kilometer from the Victoria Falls. The views are splendid: the spray of the Falls in the distance, the mighty Zambezi River and on top of that yet another beautiful African sunset. From either our main garden, our infinity pool or from the privacy of your room, views are unmatched. The ten uniquely designed chalets are constructed of teak and local stone and are open fronted or more colonial style brick and tiled rooms which are closed. Stanley Safari Lodge is an elegant and luxurious getaway. The ten rooms are each unique, individually designed and with an eye for detail that will make sure you will enjoy your African experience to the utmost. And from every room you are able to see the spray of the Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River and the African sunset. Four of the rooms are suites, each having a private plunge pool with deck or terrace, a lounge area, a bedroom and a bathroom with bath and separate shower. The Honeymoon Suite and Family Suite are open suites, which enables you to absorb the sights and sounds of the African bush fully. The Livingstone Suite and Stanley Suite are closed suites with a colonial interior that evoke the elegant era of Stanley and Livingstone. The Stanley doubles up as a family suite as it is two bedroomed; this coupled with the other offerings of the suite affords families some exclusivity. The cottages, six in total, are all in Safari style built with natural materials. Baobab is a closed cottage, but all other cottages (Birds Room, Zambezi View, Mukuni, Mosi-oa-Tunya and Victoria) have an open structure to enhance to your Zambian experience. All these cottages have a bath and shower with all the luxuries you might desire. From the deck or terrace you can enjoy the splendid views of the Zambezi Valley.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Concierge
Mosquito net
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Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
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Restaurant
Breakfast available
Non-smoking hotel
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Henry987 wrote a review Apr 2006
London, U.K.
5.0 of 5 bubbles
For our honeymoon, which went through Botswana, we ended our trip at the Victoria Falls in Stanley Safari Lodge. The buildings and rooms are of a stunning architecture, all enjoying the view towards the distant Victoria Falls and Zambezi river, which is spectacular during sunset.
Upon arrival, the manager showed us around and briefed us extensively about possible excursions in the area. The choice of excursions is larger than we expected.
The lodge is definitely a lodge, not an international standard hotel. This made our experience far more personal, not being a number, than we would have had in a hotel, like the Royal Livingstone. We had the feeling to arrive in our family mansion, rather than being in another hotel.
We had a standard room, which was open at one side in order to enjoy the view. As the room is open, there is obviously no airconditioning.
Cleanliness is good, although the open room can never be as spotless as a closed hotelroom.
The food is good with a touch of Africa in the decoration or tastes. A nice point is the fact that we could choose where to dine, making as such our dining experience each evening different.
I definetly recommend this lodge, especially for its romance.
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Date of stay: February 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Camper7857 wrote a review May 2006
Lancashire, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the lodge in 2005 and the first words we spoke were "wow". The view is fantastic, although we were stayed during a dry spell so the falls were a slight mist in the distance. We stayed in a open sided room which was an experience never to forget. Luckily I'm not squeamish as I shared my bed with a lot of bugs that crawled up the mosquito net (word of advice, don't let the net trail on the floor). The room was prepared for us every night and cleaned daily. Unfortunately, couldn't enjoy a bath due to the lack of water.
I found the service excellent. Food was very good but there was no choice so could pose a problem for some people. All the staff were courteous and very helpful. We did several trips that were available and we enjoyed all of them and we will probably return so we can see the falls in full flow.
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Date of stay: September 2005
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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ChicagoCity wrote a review May 2006
Chicago
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had the experience of our lifes. The lodge is beautiful. The view from the lodge is spectacular. Pascal was very helpful in assisting us with the different activities and even personal requests. The meals were very good and unlimited drinks and wines! The staff is very nice and we left the Stanley Safari Lodge with the best memories of our lifes. We highly recommend the lodge.
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Date of stay: March 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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CusterWorldTraveler wrote a review Aug 2006
Seattle WA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I and our two young boys (7 and 9) stayed one night at Stanley S.L. as part of a two-week tour of Southern Africa in July of 2006. Quite frankly, I didn't know what to expect and was very concerned about the quality of the property given the divergent opinions that I had read on Trip Advisor.

Once we saw and "experienced" the property, we could see why there was such a disparity in opinions. Some people like to be in a 5* hotel setting while in Africa, others want a more "lodge-like" experience. We are the latter.

For us, Stanley Safari Lodge turned out to be one of our top two favorite places we stayed at in Africa (and we stayed at some of the top lodges in South Africa and Botswana.)

If you're afraid of bugs, bats, and other critters that you'd expect to see in the African bush, then don't stay at this property. You will see them up close (we had a bat flying in and out of our room, which we thought was cool.) If you want an authentic African experience, but don't want to "tent camp" this is a great place. It's clean. It's classy. It's safe.

While I think they could probably do away with the plunge pools in the rooms -- too many bugs and too hard to keep clean -- the main pool is very clean and has a stunning view. We didn't go to Africa to swim in a pool anyway, but our boys enjoyed the afternoon dip!

I would definately stay at this property again and will recommend it to friends.
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Date of stay: July 2006
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Explorer26022 wrote a review Jul 2006
Johannesburg
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our family - all eighteen of us - stayed at Stanley's to celebrate my mother's birthday. The rooms were great, the architecture amazing and the food was good. We had a lot of people with us who are incredibly fussy eaters and not one of us went hungry or felt hard done by, we actually ate too much. The rooms were immaculate, the setting was perfect and we were really pleased with our choice. I had read the comments posted before we left and felt devastated that we were going to this "dreadful place" which we had fully paid for. I arrived with huge trepidation only to discover that my fears were unfounded and that Stanleys was a truly remarkable place which we would recommend to anyone Even Granny has a good time.
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Date of stay: July 2006
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Nshima wrote a review Aug 2006
Duesseldorf
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I stayed 4 nights and had the best every accomodation. Everything has been just wonderful. The management, the staff, organisation of our day trips, food, wine and the amazing room with stunning views. The staff was incredible nice and the service excellent. We are regular travellers and always stay in 5* accomodations. But yes, you are in Africa and yes, it is an open lodge so that you can be in touch with the wildlife. Thats the whole point of going there. It is quite naive to be surprised about insects in room.
We do not understand at all the negative comments and have already recommended Stanley to our best friends. We will definitely go back.
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Date of stay: July 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Polly C wrote a review Jun 2006
UK
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from our trip to Zambia. Our stay at Stanley was brilliant. Though distant, the views of the Zambezi and the Falls' mist from our room and the lodge were wonderful. Our excursions were organized for us and our itinerary was perfect. We visited Zimbabwe for our elephant safari and lion experience and we also visited the Falls from that side. We then visited the Falls from Zambia which was worth it as well. Our final trip was a river safari on a small boat. We saw many animals. The staff were most helpful and friendly. The food was good and lack of choice was not problem as we were asked when we arrived if we had any dietary needs and these were accommodated. The size of the lodge meant peace and quiet and attentive staff. Our room and the Lodge were clean and welcoming. Not a 5* hotel but a small friendly Lodge.
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Date of stay: May 2006
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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kin75639 wrote a review Sept 2006
London
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What can I say! We both truly have never enjoyed such an experience!

We had some difficulty with British Airways in Cape Town that nearly caused a severe delay, but after all that stress, on arrival to be collected and pampered from that moment on was just what was needed.

I also have to thank you all for designing a perfect package of activities. Having looked through the options, I was a little bemused as to how to get al the things done in a short period of time. However, your expertise fulfilled all our expectations.

My co-workers on my return to work have all been subjected to the 300 plus photo's taken and all are very impressed with your lodge as we both were. Again it was just perfect.

The friendliness of the staff with the balance of attentiveness over intrusion was perfect and by just putting your hand out and having a Gin & Tonic placed in it was just what was needed.

The English language does not have enough adjectives to fully describe the Lodge, your staff and of course Livingstone & it's population and of course the "Falls".

Many thanks and we look forward to return some day.
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Date of stay: August 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesBusiness service (e.g., internet access)
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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marksoho765 wrote a review Jan 2007
London
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from trip to Africa, 10 days in all, some spent in Botswana and the last 3 nights at Stanley Safari Lodge, and what a wonderful way it was to end off the trip!

With limited time, we wanted to squeeze in as many activities around the area as possible. The efficient and obliging staff, arranged everything for us, and dovetailed the activities perfectly, allowing us to see and do what we wanted, whilst also enjoying the quiet and peaceful surroundings of the lodge itself. Whilst we were having a dip in the lodge main pool, we were surprised to see some elephant drinking at the watering hole, only meters from where we were sitting....Africa at its best, sun, nature, wild animals and Gin & Tonic at hand!

Thank you all at Stanley's for making our holiday a once in a life time experience.
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Date of stay: December 2006
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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markoglesby wrote a review Oct 2006
London, England
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Interesting to see the divergent views in other reviews: for our part, we could not have been happier. It looks as if the attention to detail has improved immeasurably in recent months - and certainly the care and professionalism shown by Muftou (prob misspelled) and his staff was exceptional. Allied to wondrous facilities and panoramic views, this was a fantastic place to spend the last three days of our family trip. Activities were organised efficiently, minor problems put right, and peace and quiet were the order of the day. Our only criticism is that this is a high priced location and should therefore produce some level of choice in the food served: picky children need options, but so do parents. Otherwise, heartily recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2006
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Anastasia T asked a question Jan 2024
Los Angeles, California58 contributions1 helpful vote
Hello, where can I check availability for July?
Answer from Steph N
Blantyre, Malawi129 contributions4 helpful votes
Hi Sheree June/July is a great time to visit! Winters here are very pleasant and the cool temperatures keep the mosquitos at bay! Like everyone else has mentioned - the views of the Falls are amazing so great photo opportunities. For more information please contact Robin Pope Safaris
Answer from Steph N
Blantyre, Malawi129 contributions4 helpful votes
Hello Gillian Apologies for the delay in getting back to you! Our family chalet is indeed more than suitable for you and your family. If you need any further assistance please feel free to get in touch with us or visit our website for more information. We hope to see you soon. The RPS Team
Answer from Di J
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States23 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here in late August, and were fine in the open rooms in terms of temperature. It's really very special to have the open rooms, I would highly recommend this. If I were you, I would get two rooms, but I didn't see the family suites, so might be worth asking for some pictures? In terms of the light in the morning, it never woke us up, as I think all of the rooms face approx west, so we had the sunset in the evenings, and the sunrise didn't wake us. They are so super friendly, and look after you so well - I hope you have an amazing time!!
Michelle W asked a question Sept 2015
New York City, New York33 contributions42 helpful votes
what is included in the room are there any meals
Larry M wrote a tip May 2019
Savannah, Georgia24 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All chalets are clean, large and have a great view"
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FoziaA wrote a tip Apr 2018
Liverpool, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The open plan cottages are amazing and truly add to the experence. there are closed cottages available fro those who are a bit more nervous of open living."
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Sarah M wrote a tip Jan 2018
Toronto, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The open honeymoon suite has a private plunge pool and was VERY romantic!"
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2201-LLMA wrote a tip Nov 2017
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg236 contributions33 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Open suite"
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Fred S wrote a tip Oct 2017
Rowley219 contributions104 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Suites have AC, other units do not"
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stanley Safari Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Stanley Safari Lodge?
Nearby attractions include The Victoria Falls Theatre (6.2 km), Victoria Falls (4.9 km), and Devil's Pool (5.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Stanley Safari Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Stanley Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a mosquito net, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Stanley Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Stanley Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Stanley Safari Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dusty Road Township Experience, Golden Leaf, and The Cassia Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Stanley Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Stanley Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Stanley Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Stanley Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
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