After an 8-night camping tour through the utter wilds of Botswana, Select senior travel consultant Birgit reaches the Victoria Falls. Here she talks about two 5-star experiences, a camp and a lodge...but first her wonder over the falls.
|The incredible falls....|
"The Falls were beyond expectations, huge, fantastic...." says Birgit. You inevitably get wet she points out, even if you have a raincoat, but it is worth it...
Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe
This is a lovely five star camp situated in a game park, and is not fenced, so you need to be careful of stray animals. It is an all- inclusive product. Even laundry was included.
|Luxury tents - plenty of space and charm|
The spacious luxury tents are nicely decorated. Each has a big bathroom, outdoor shower, a huge terrace with a plunge pool, and lovely views to the forests.
|Bath with a view of the bush|
All in all there are only 12 tents, very private. The manager was a lively soul, and took good care of his guests.
In the morning Birgit and party took a walk of about 2 hours with Sylvester the cheetah, which was an unforgettable experience.
Who to stayOur discerning customers.
Royal Livingstone, Zambia
About 5 minutes from the Zimbabwe border, the hotel lies in a nature reserve, and zebras and impalas can be seen on the property.
In keeping with its name in honour David Livingstone, the first Westerner to discover the falls, the hotel displays Colonial style and beautifully decorated public areas. Here you feel the charm of times gone by - "like your soul was in one piece here" comments Birgit.
There are 17 blocks with either 9 or 12 rooms in each, in 2 storeys, a total 172 rooms.
The rooms are furnished in a pleasantly old fashioned way, all alike. There are 3 suites, and one Presidential. Always ask for a room that has a river view, because there are some without.
For families you can connect suites with a standard room or book interleading rooms. Children under 5 can sleep on the couch (no need for extra beds).
As everyone does, Birgit and party walked to the falls on this side too.They looked gigantic at this time of the year. During mid October to January the flow is slow, there is a good flow from March to July, but the best flow is from April to July.
Who to stay
Discerning guests, including children.