Old Drift Lodge

Old Drift Lodge

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Overview

In 1898, the Old Drift (originally known as Sekute's Drift) was used as a crossing point across the great Zambezi River between what is known today as Zimbabwe and Zambia. This drift was located about seven kilometres or four miles upstream from the colossal Victoria Falls and was mainly used by traders, missionaries, and everyone travelling north from Bulawayo to Chief Sekute’s village – which would later become the town of Livingstone in Zambia. It became one of the busiest crossing points of its time, as supplies were ferried by swimming oxen pulling their wagons across the Zambezi. A settlement known as Old Drift took shape but was abandoned years later by the settlers who relocated to bigger towns. Mother Nature reclaimed the area and returned Old Drift to its original state.

More than a century later, Old Drift Lodge now stands on this piece of historic river bank just upstream from the world’s biggest waterfall. The front of this luxury safari lodge boasts 360-degree views over the gorgeous Zambezi River, while the back faces a well-frequented waterhole where a variety of animals like elephant, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and lion come to drink. The lodge exudes an old-world charm among modern luxuries like air conditioning, private plunge pools and Wi-Fi.

Old Drift is an unfenced, yet family-friendly lodge ideally situated in the Zambezi National Park, providing you the opportunity to explore this exquisite natural world on 4x4 game drives, river boat safaris and guided nature walks. Be humbled by nature’s supreme masterpiece on a guided tour of Victoria Falls, before sitting down for lunch at the Lookout Café – perched 120 metres or 394 feet above the renowned Batoka Gorge.

Adrenaline seekers will revel in optional adventure activities such as canopy tours, white-water rafting and visiting Livingstone Island where you can swim in Devil’s Pool. End your day with a dazzling helicopter flight over the Falls at sunset, known as the Flight of Angels.

Highlights

  • Luxury tented suites with Wi-Fi and air conditioning
  • Gorgeous views of the Zambezi River, just upstream from Victoria Falls
  • Watch animals drink at a waterhole from the lodge
  • Game drives and guided walks in Zambezi National Park
  • Boat safaris on the Zambezi River
  • Guided tours of Victoria Falls
  • Lunch at the Lookout Café above Batoka Gorge

Activities

  • Day tours
  • Game drives
  • Guided walking safaris
  • River cruises

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'Set along the mighty Zambezi River within the national park and just a short distance upriver from Victoria Falls, Old Drift Lodge will offer you a truly unique and luxury experience in Zimbabwe. This lodge is great for couples, friends and family, with a host of activities on offer, not to mention the option of just relaxing in your private lunge pool and watching the wildlife from your room.'
Amanda Lawrence

Amanda Lawrence

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Rooms

Twin Tented Suite

Luxury tented suites blend seamlessly into the natural environment at Old Drift Lodge. Twin, double and family suites provide an air of elegance complimented by stylish furnishings and creature comforts like air conditioning and Wi-Fi. Each suite walks out onto a private deck featuring a plunge pool, outdoor shower, star bed and tranquil outdoor bath with splendid views of the river. Bathrooms are en suite and equipped with indoor showers. Fall asleep every night to the soothing lullaby of the Zambezi River and wake every morning to a symphony of birdsong and calls of the wild, an idyllic safari experience.

Facilities

The lodge consists of a main lounge and bar area under canvas with boundless views of the Zambezi River. The main dining area is also under canvas and there is a deck on which to enjoy al fresco dining. Watch animals come to drink at a waterhole located on the south side of the lodge, or cosy up beside the fire place on the lodge’s floating deck while marvelling at the starry sky.

Dining

Delicious meals are created by dedicated chefs using fresh and seasonal ingredients grown in the lodge’s gardens. Savour traditional African dishes beautifully crafted with modern cooking techniques – a sublime dining experience overlooking the jewel of Africa, the Zambezi River.

General facilities

  • Curio or Gift shop
  • Secure parking

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite shower only
  • Fan
  • Outdoor bath
  • Outdoor shower
  • Private pool
  • Tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Mini bar

Rates

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2018-04-01 — 2018-10-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $565
2018-11-01 — 2018-12-20Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $455
2018-12-21 — 2019-01-10Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $565
2019-01-11 — 2019-03-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $455
2019-04-01 — 2019-10-31Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $565
2019-11-01 — 2019-12-20Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $455
2019-12-21 — 2020-01-10Fully Inclusive Plus (Meals, Beverages & Extras) $565

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice.
  • Single supplements may apply.
  • Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

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