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Zambia Safari

Stanley Safari Lodge

Livingstone, Zambia

Stanley Safari Lodge in Livingstone, Zambia
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STANLEY SAFARI LODGE - LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA
Stanley Safari Lodge is the exclusive oasis for explorers of the Victoria Falls. With only 10 private cottages it is able to give you an unmatched level of entirely personalized service. Bordering the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, with a view over the spray of the Victoria Falls in a distance, the exclusive Stanley Safari Lodge will take you back to the Africa of the 1920's… One can easily imagine Stanley or Livingstone themselves just leaving the place…

From every room at Stanley Safari Lodge, you can see the distant views of the spray of the Victoria Falls. Set on a hill overlooking unspoilt bush, only a 3-km birdsview from the river and the Victoria Falls, Stanley is a perfect base from which to explore the delights of the area – from river rafting and bungee jumping to sunset cruises, elephant back rides or walking with lions. You can dine outdoors under the stars, in the privacy of your suite, in the wine cellar or even in the infinity pool. The African style and furnishings of the lodge reflect the textures and patterns of Africa, and your hosts will do their best to make your stay a memorable one. Quiet and intimate, Stanley Safari Lodge will tailor your stay to suit you.

Location
The lodge is located just a few kilometers to the east of Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, which fringes the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls is recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Accommodation            For images of Stanley Safari Lodge, click Stanley Safari Lodge Images
The Lodge offers 10 Luxury cottages (en-suite bathroom) with private garden and mosquito nets (4 suites with private plunge pool).
Total: 7 open, 3 closed rooms.

The open-sided Main House has been designed with space and views in mind. Enjoy sundowners in the African style lounge, European-style cuisine with an African twist in the dining room or spend some quiet time in the library or upper deck discovering the secrets of Africa. This half open house has a truly African feel, while the colonial closed suites with private plunge pool evoke the elegant era of Stanley and Livingstone. However, at Stanley Safari Lodge most rooms are half open, which enables you to absorb the sights and sounds of the African bush fully.

General
• Electricity: 240 Volts UK plugs (square 3 pin)
• Meals: set lunch & evening meals (special diets available)
• Drinks: local drinks (soft, beer, housewine and Gin & Tonic) included.
• Communications: Phone available at reception. Cell phone coverage available according to the European GSM standard.
• Rooms have no TV, telephone, minibar or internet
• Laundry: yes, daily.
• Water: private borehole water (regularly tested). Also bottled water is available.
• Tipping is entirely at guest's discretion.
• Transport: private transport needs to be arranged prior to arrival. Although we endeavour to arrange transfers and activities as private as possible, we can not guarantee entirely private transfers, unless arranged prior to arrival.

Weather
• May-Jul: sunny and dry winter with cool nights and mornings and warm afternoons. water levels: average
• Aug-Oct: sunny and dry, warm (very hot in October). water levels: very low
• Nov-Apr: rainy season, warm to hot. Generally Jan/Feb have the biggest rains. water levels: peak in April

Impressions from a guest:
Relaxing in my bath, dreaming away with the images I collected this early morning, I listen to the music of Nature. I am ready to lay at the pool or in the hammock on my terrace with my book as long as the sun is gentle. The library is definitely the place where you can spend hours and hours as ancient books relate the history of the region, others with beautiful images taken with patience in the wild, guidebooks about fauna and flora and even videotapes with unique footage of the animals surrounding us. This afternoon, after lunch I think we will visit a traditional local village which is over 800 years old, unless I choose to stay for the handicraft workshop where our guide's wife shows us how to make my own basket or other crafts. These people are so helpful.. Zambians are the friendliest people in Africa!

Dining
Fine dining and room service are available at the lodge.

Impressions from a guest:
I hesitate to have lunch at the nicely dressed table on the lawn under a tree or on the outlook platform, as I just have been told by our guide that a herd of elephants is taking a bath. Plenty of delicious and colourful salads cover the table... A warm breadroll hides in my napkin folded in the shape of a crocodile! I ordered fish, fresh from the river, grilled on the barbecue. The wine is light and refreshing, coming straight from the well stocked wine-cellar.

After a well-earned bath overlooking the Zambezi, it was a pleasure to choose a nice outfit for tonight. Instead of dining in our cottage, we choose to have dinner in the beautiful dining room and tomorrow we will enjoy dinner in the 'boma' around the campfire under the stars. The cooking staff, clad in stylish uniforms, await us and one of them leads us to our table. An immaculate tablecloth and the beautiful tableware brings us back to the old days. The meal is delicious, it has been prepared by a French cook fond of African tastes. After dinner, I enjoyed my cognac discussing the impressions of the day with my guide in the library..

The Falls / Activities
The Victoria Falls and its surroundings offer a wide variety of activities, of which we name a few:

Impressions from a guest:
The early morning game drive is my favourite. The sky is pale yellow, the sun is nearly ready to make its entrance on the scene, the animals come back from their nocturnal hunt... I am ready to go! During the magnificent African sunrise and a few hours of exploration we saw elephant, hippo and rhino, to name a few. Still fascinated by a couple of giraffes collecting their breakfast in a tree, I start to get hungry too. Time to drive back to the lodge... But in the meantime our guide had dressed a beautiful table right in the bush... Nothing was left behind and we toasted with champagne to the beauty of nature! This is exactly the breakfast I dream of on a lazy sunday morning.

The next day we went in a lazy canoe ride on the Zambezi, the landscape gliding along us. I enjoyed this way of discovering the wildlife, as most animals come to refresh themselves at the Zambezi... We found grazing hippos and passed uncomfortably close to a crocodile. Suddenly we were surprised by a herd of bathing elephants. They are so majestic! At midday we arrived at a small island, where a superb lunch table was awaiting us. Everything has been carried here by boat and porter! After a short rest under a tree, we were woken up by a family of baboons. Time to get back on the river... Slowly we are approaching the Victoria Falls, I see its spray already! Getting close to the Falls, we decide to step on shore to have a closer look. I now fully understand why Livingstone renamed the Falls after his Queen...

Parks around the Falls:
Around the Victoria Falls are some fine National Parks such as Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park (white rhino) and Chobe National Park (Botswana) which can all be visited without checking out of Stanley Safari Lodge.
An ideal way to visit Mosi-O-Tunya NP is by doing a walking safari.
Chobe NP is home to the world's largest elephant population, which represents a third of all African elephants and is ideal to visit both by 4x4 vehicle as by boat.

Besides game drives with comfortable Land-Rover vehicles and experienced Bush Guides in the National Parks close to the Victoria Falls, we also organize canoe safaris or fishing trips on the Zambezi river.

A lunch cruise or a sunset cruise is a more relaxing way to enjoy the beauty of the mighty Zambezi river.

Elephant ride:
Only very few places in the world offer you the possibility to ride on the back of an African elephant.
This is an original way to discover the nature around the Victoria Falls and offers a unique way to interact with the largest mammals on earth.

African culture:
We are also eager to show you our neighbouring traditional village which is over 700 years old and still ruled by its traditional ruler, His Royal Highness Chief Mukuni, Monarch of the Victoria Falls.
The Livingstone museum and the lively Maramba market is also worth a visit.

Flight of the Angels:
Scenes so lovely must be gazed upon by angels in their flight... (David Livingstone, 1855)
Experience the Victoria Falls from the air with a Tigermoth or helicopter!

Golf
The colonial era Livingstone Royal Golf & Country Club.

Adrenaline Activities:
For the more adventurous, the gorges below the Victoria Falls offer a wide range of possibilities. Just to name a few:
• The Zambezi offers some of the best Rafting in the world.
• Bungee jumping from the railway bridge has a unique setting just besides the Falls.
• Jet boating in the gorges is breathtaking.

Dr Livingstone was the first European to see the Victoria Falls in 1855. Known locally as Mosi-Oa-Tunya or "the smoke that thunders" because of the spray made by the mass of water dropping 100 meters below in the gorges. Livingstone renamed the falls Victoria Falls in honour of Queen Victoria. 50 Years later, missionaries and traders settled in the small Zambian town of Livingstone and the railway bridge over the Zambezi was built. The UNESCO proclaimed the Falls as a World Heritage Site, due to its unique nature. Nowadays, the Victoria Falls mark the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Getting There
• Livingstone Airport (LVI) is a 20 minute drive from Stanley Safari Lodge. LVI has scheduled flights to Johannesburg (BA, SA) and Lusaka. Charterflights to Botswana, Namibia and Zambian National Parks are also possible.
• Alternatively, Victoria Falls Airport, Zimbabwe (45 minutes drive) has scheduled flights to Windhoek and Johannesburg.
• Kasane at Chobe NP, Botswana can easily be reached by 1h30 road transfer or a 25 min air transfer (incl. Flight of the Angels).
• Katima Mulilo (Namibia) can be reached through road transfer or air transfer.

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