Victoria Falls - Old Drift Lodge

Upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies Old Drift Lodge. The lodge boasts luxury accommodation overlooking the pristine Zambezi National Park, a mere 7 kilometers from the mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Old Drift Lodge is nestled within a wild paradise frequented by elephant, buffalo, herds of sable, eland, zebra, giraffe, kudu, waterbuck and impala.

The main lodge area has 360 degree breathtaking views, North facing onto the Zambezi & South facing onto a buzzing water hole. A 7 kilometre stretch of river flows between the camp and the town of Victoria Falls, making Old Drift Lodge the closest lodge within the National Park to the mighty Victoria Falls.

The soil upon which this lodge is built, has been fertilized by a history of hard work and innovation. It is a bush paradise that exudes an old world charm amidst modern luxuries. The symphony of birdsong and calls of wildlife create a choir that enraptures all listeners and accompanies guests on this idyllic African experience.
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Accommodation

Luxury boats transport guests to this natural utopia where the lodge is able to accommodate safari guests in 10 double suites and 4 family suites.

The spacious canvas en-suite rooms exhibit an air of elegance that blends in seamlessly with the natural environment.

SUITES
Old Drift Lodge offers the ultimate immersion experience under the indigo tent of the sky and a ceiling of stars. The suites are resplendent with stylish furnishings and fittings, accentuated by an indoor and outdoor shower, private plunge pool and star bed.

The outdoor bath allows guests to submerge themselves in hot, bubbly water while listening to the river rush by, bathing them with a wave of calmness and tranquillity.

The symphony of birdsong and calls of wildlife create a choir that enraptures all listeners and accompanies guests on this idyllic African experience, whether you are relaxing under a tangle of indigenous tress, reclining by the river or resting in their air-conditioned suites.

Dining & Entertainment

The Old Drift Lodge chefs are dedicated to creating a fine dining experience that can be equated to Africa on a plate. The flavour of each dish is enriched using fresh seasonal ingredients and herbs grown in the camps gardens.

Traditional African dishes and accompaniments, such as Sadza (African-style polenta) and Chakalaka (a hot, spicy relish) further enhance the luxury game lodge experience by giving diners a taste of authentic African cuisine.

The Old Drift Lodge presents exquisitely crafted dishes that pair modern cooking techniques with fresh local produce to ensure that every meal is uniquely indulgent.

The chefs are masters at maintaining the essence of ingredients while using them inventively to produce the best flavors. When fine dining unfolds in front of the Africa’s jewel, the Zambezi River, the experience becomes truly sublime.

The creators believe that food should reflect and celebrate a sense of place, and there is no place more heavenly than the Old Drift Lodge.

Surroundings

The historic heart of Victoria Falls Town
David Livingstone was the first European man to lay eyes on the majestic Victoria Falls but explorers and traders quickly followed his footsteps to experience the natural wonder for themselves. British settlers poured into the region, and Bulawayo was reborn from the ashes of the Matabele Wars, becoming a small town and a stepping-stone on the route to Victoria Falls.

Ox drawn wagons laden with supplies, journeyed along the 475 km trail to the growing settlement, some treks taking a month to complete. As bees are to honey, travellers were to Victoria Falls, swarming in to view the waterfall, trade ivory, or build up the region. A few left their legacy in the stories of their exploits… others died trying.

In 1898, Frederick ‘Mopane’ Clarke arrived and became the first permanent European pioneer in the area. Lobengula, King of the Matebele likened Clarke to the mopane tree because he was “tall, straight and hard of heart.” With the money he earned working as a labour recruitment agent for the mines, ‘Mopane’ Clark established the Zambezi Trading Company. He noted that 9km upstream of the waterfall was a crossing point of less than 1km wide.

Realising the potential of the site, he established ‘Clarke’s Drift’ which swiftly became the busiest crossing point of this period. As supplies were ferried and cattle were swum across to the opposite bank, a settlement known as “Old Drift” began to take shape.

The rustic settlement was eventually abandoned as settlers relocated and the town began to transform into the adventure destination it is today. While the rest of the world moved forward, Old Drift was reclaimed by nature and returned to its original state. Trees took the place of the buildings, wildlife replaced the people and in the pristine National Park, the Zambezi River was the only traveller to watch the changes take place. The soil upon which this lodge is built, has been fertilized by a history of hard work and innovation. The wind carries the whispered words uttered by Mopane Clarke as he toiled to build a legacy that is remembered today.

Old Drift Lodge is a bush paradise that exudes an old world charm amidst modern luxuries; a symbol of the harmonic existence that can be achieved between man and nature.

Activities

ALL-INCLUSIVE ACTIVITIES
Old Drift Lodge is ideally situated within the National Park and offers guests all-inclusive insight into an exquisite natural world. The activities offered emphasize the rich natural environment, focusing on the abundance of wildlife that roam through the Park and swim beneath the surface of the Zambezi.

The Zambezi National park can be explored on a 4 x 4 game drive, river safari and walking safari, satisfying guests needs to experience every aspect this natural utopia.

  • Guided Tour of The Falls (Zimbabwe).

The Victoria Falls reaches Its Zenith in about May each year. It’s a truly awe-inspiring experience – the sight, the sound, the smell; the humbling feeling that here indeed is Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece. No photograph can begin to depict the reality…and nothing prepares you for your first sight. This tour is conducted in the morning and afternoon. Guests will be accompanied through the Rainforest by one of our qualified guides.

  • Lunch at the Lookout Café (Including drinks).

Guests enjoy complimentary transfers and the fully inclusive use of the Lookout Café. Perched 120 metres above the turbulent rapids of the Zambezi River, the café overhangs the spectacular chasm of the Batoka Gorge, just down from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, which forms part of its backdrop.

  • Morning or Afternoon Game Drives in the Zambezi National Park

Using an open four-wheel drive vehicle, the game drive allows the guests to discover many interpretations of the bush and all its inhabitants, related to them by our suitable trained and qualified guides. This is an uncontrived bush experience, covering a genuinely wild, unfenced wilderness area.

  • Morning & Afternoon River Safari

With the iconic river at your doorstep, it is hard not to be charmed by the calming ebb of the current. Breath taking, complex ecosystems thrive around the lodge, and as the boat bobs on the water, guests can drink in a 360-degree view of this magnificent environment.

  • Guided Walking Safari

“From a vehicle, you see Africa. On foot, you feel, hear and smell Africa” As the sun warms the back of your neck, the dust from your steps rises to meet you, and the stray leaves crunch underfoot, you become fully immersed in your safari experience.

Optional Extra Activities
For the guests that are in search of that extra dose of adrenaline, or are looking to reach further corners of this unique place, the town itself is bursting with activities that can be easily arranged at an additional cost by the camp.

  • Selected Spa Treatments

A selection of spa treatments are available on request and delivered by a professional beauty therapist in the privacy of your suite.

  • Chobe Safari Day Trip

Chobe National Park is well known for its large herds of elephant that frequent the Chobe River on a daily basis.

  • Livingstone Island Experience

The Livingstone Island Experience is a “bucket-list” activity for many. This activity departs from the Zambian side of the Falls. Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minutes boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop.

  • White Water Rafting

The wildest white water in the world, White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River is an adrenaline rush not to be missed.

  • Vic Falls Canopy Tour

The Victoria Falls Canopy Tour offers a network of slides, trails and rope bridge walkways within the canopy of the hardwood forest of the Zambezi gorges.

  • Victoria Falls Helicopter Flights

The spectacular helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls is known as the ‘Flight of Angels’.

Packages
Total package price from: 383

Standard Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person per night sharing, depending on the season
Prices shown here are very much a guideline, contact us to discuss your specific requirements so that we can quote for your unique needs and in your preferred currency
Services are subject to availability at the time of booking confirmation
To hire a car, drivers must carry a valid driver’s licence and valid credit card

Includes:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals and drinks
  • Complimentary mini bars in the rooms
  • Return Victoria Falls Airport / Livingstone Airport transfers & shuttle to Victoria Falls town
  • Laundry
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation cover
  • 2% Tourism levy
  • VAT on accommodation, meals and drinks
  • Activities available at Old Drift Lodge at no extra charge to guests (time / weather permitting) :
    – Morning or Afternoon Game drives in the Zambezi National Park
    – Morning or Afternoon River Safaris
    – Guided Walking Safaris
    – Lunch at the Lookout Cafe – Including drinks
    – Guided Tour of the Falls – Zimbabwe (Excluding Rainforest Entry Fees)

Excluded:

  • Premium brand drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Curios and All items of a personal nature
  • Rainforest Entry Fees (Applicable to Zimbabwe Tour of the Falls & payable upon invoice)

Conservation Levy – USD 10 per person per night (Payable upon invoice)

Private vehicle use – USD 250.00 per activity (maximum 7 guests per vehicle)

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