Overview of Old Drift Lodge

In the late 1800s, the Old Drift settlement was established at one of the busiest crossing points on the Zambezi. Not long after, the small town was abandoned and left to be reclaimed by Mother Nature. 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. 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 4×4 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 (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 & Activities

What's on offer whilst on this itinerary?
  • Luxury tented suites with Wi-Fi and air conditioning
  • Gorgeous views of the Zambezi River, just upstream from Victoria Falls
  • 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

Bird watching

Boat excursions

Day tours

Fine dining experience

Game drives

Guided walking safaris

River cruises

Safari tours

Sunset cruises

Rooms at Old Drift Lodge

Unwind and relax, in your own private luxury
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    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 and outdoor bathtub 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.

    General 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.  Cosy up beside the fireplace on the lodge’s floating deck while marvelling at the starry sky.

    Air conditioning


    Laundry service


    Plunge pool

    Private balcony or deck



    Wi-Fi available


    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.

    Expert Opinion

    We know because we go
    Ramona Cilliers

    Ramona Cilliers

    Africa Safari Expert

    '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.'

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