(4 chalets) Victoria Falls, Livingstone; tel: 03 391 262042; cell; 097 848615; fax: +206 3500259; email: email@example.com; www.StanleySafaris.com
This new, Belgian-owned luxury lodge was opened in the autumn of 2002. To get there, turn off the main road to the Falls almost opposite the Zambezi Sun and follow the signs for Lost Horizons. The turning is almost hidden, about 1km past Lost Horizons to the left; it's a sandy track for which a 4WD is advisable.
The lodge is set behind a high electric fence, but once inside all is calm and spacious. Large, fairly formal gardens with a central pool face west with sweeping views down towards the Zambezi and the Falls in the distance. Behind is the main building, a beautifully designed thatched affair with an open-aspect lounge, bar and dining area, and a 'map room' that deserves to be very popular with guests. Above is a further sitting area, while an innovative wine cellar on a mezzanine floor should be ready soon, allowing candlelit wine tastings of a range of South African, French and Italian wines.
Stylish open 'cottages', each with a view, are built in a half-moon shape, with king-size or twin beds, a 'loo with a view' and an outside shower and bath. The honeymoon suite has its own plunge pool and fireplace, and those with children will love the family room, with a shallow paddling pool, and a bucket shower set outside around a tree, giving younger children the opportunity to experience in safety the fun of living in the bush. Throughout, the décor is both stylish and comfortable, with good use of wood, stone and natural fabrics, and plenty of space. There are plans to build a further four cottages, two with air conditioning, plus a separate reception area with a curio shop.
Although visitors can expect to see the occasional elephant or kudu, and local activities can be arranged, for the most part this is a place to relax and unwind.