Old Drift Lodge is owned and run by husband-and-wife Brad and Annie White. Between them, they have nine years’ experience in the hospitality tourism industry, and they’re supported at the lodge by a first-class team. Accommodation is booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, in-suite mini-bar, all safari activities, guided tours of the Falls, shuttles between the lodge and Victoria Falls town, transfers between the lodge and Victoria Falls Airport, and a laundry service. The lodge is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge’s jetty is accessed via 35 minutes’ road transfer from Victoria Falls Airport, and the boat journey takes 10–15 minutes. Old Drift has a spectacular location on the banks of the River Zambezi, within Zambezi National Park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT OLD DRIFT LODGE:
Guest accommodation consists of ten double suites and four family suites, spaced along the riverbanks. Each occupies a chalet-type structure with canvas walls, positioned above ground level on timber decking to maximise your views over the river. Inside, the suites feel very spacious, due to the high ceilings and pale colour of the canvas. Every double unit features a four-poster king-size bed or twin beds with mosquito netting, a writing desk and chair, and a separate seating area with two easy chairs and a coffee table. Additional amenities include an overhead fan, a tea-and-coffee station, and a mini-bar. On one side of the suite, a canvas door slides open into a generously proportioned washroom, which offers separate flush toilet, twin washbasins, and a step-up shower. Dressing gowns, slippers, a hairdryer, and toiletries are all supplied. There’s an outside shower too, and a freestanding bath with canvas curtains on the private deck! The deck also boasts a plunge pool, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip while admiring views of the river and its wildlife. The four family suites benefit from all the features of the double suite option, as well as a second en-suite bedroom.
Timber-effect walkways link the guest chalets to the main lodge building, a very impressive structure made out of canvas, wood, and glass. In here, you’ll find the sumptuous lounge, which features plush sofas, armchairs, and pouffes amidst coffee and occasional tables, a welcoming fireplace, elegant lighting, and an assortment of plants and interesting artefacts creating a homely feel. Guests in need of a little quiet time can head to the equally comfortable library. The dining area, on the opposite side of the lodge, contains chic tables-and-chairs and overhead fans, and the chefs are dedicated to providing a fine dining experience featuring fresh ingredients from Old Drift’s own gardens. A good variety of drinks is available at the bar, and guests can also opt to relax and dine anywhere on the lodge’s spacious deck while admiring the scenery! A few steps lead down into a very smart fire-pit, which is surrounded by cushioned seating – this is where everyone gathers to socialise and share their safari stories.
ACTIVITIES AT OLD DRIFT LODGE:
Old Drift Lodge offers both Falls experiences and safari activities. Here are just a few examples:
- Falls tours – Tours are available during the morning and the afternoon. A knowledgeable guide leads guests through the beautiful rainforest, passing on fascinating information about the world’s largest waterfall and happily answering any questions. A must-do!
- Canopy tours – Perfect for adventurous travellers, this type of tour involves slides, trails, and rope bridge walkways. It’s a wonderful way in which to explore the hardwood forest of the region’s spectacular gorges.
- White water rafting – Something for adrenaline junkies! Vic Falls boasts the world’s wildest white water, making rafting on the River Zambezi a really thrilling experience.
- Scenic helicopter flights – For breathtaking vistas over the Falls from the air, why not hop on board a helicopter? You’ll enjoy several loops and, if you wish, a prolonged journey farther upstream to see more of the Zambezi river.
- Expertly guided game drives – Heading off in early morning and late afternoon, drives in Zambezi National Park provide ample opportunities to see a real wealth of wildlife! Among the species in residence here are elephant, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, zebra, eland, impala, kudu, sable, and waterbuck.
- Walking safaris – Also accompanied by an expert guide, walks are all about observing the smaller lives within the park. These include plants, insects, and birds.
- River safaris – Morning and afternoon cruises are ideal for relaxing as the sun rises or sets over the water. For more information about this activity or any other experience offered by Old Drift Lodge, please contact a member of our team.
*This property is unfenced and although animal densities are not that high along this stretch of the Zambezi River, there is always the potential for dangerous game. So if you opt to stay here please always be cautious and look out for wildlife when walking around, especially at night.