No noise please, we’re tourists!
The most exclusive address in town is rising fast and impressively as The Victoria Falls Safari Club takes distinctive shape as the premium product of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. And Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) group Chief Executive, Ross Kennedy, is delighted that this major construction has been planned with military-precision, the key requirement being minimal disruption to current lodge guests.
“We held long and careful planning sessions with the builders to agree their work-flow schedules would impact minimally on the guest experience,” he said. “And that’s been the reality in 16 weeks of construction so far.
“They’ve worked quietly and discreetly in the timeframes where we know guests are awakening, having breakfast or lunch and in other slots we know to be optimal chill-time. The prime work then occurs when most guests are on activities and so far we have not had any complaints at all.”
In any event, the new wing is entirely separate to the current lodge (200 metres away from the public areas) and well hidden from sight of any guest enjoying a meal, swim, drink at the Buffalo Bar or just relaxing on their room balconies.
“The 4-suite, 16-room Victoria Falls Safari Club is on schedule to open in mid August this year and the response from the travel trade in all our source markets has been beyond expectation, with enquiries, requests for market specific packaging and actual bookings flowing in daily. In addition the Safari Club rooms are being requested by many in combo packages with Ngoma Safari Lodge in Chobe, our eight-suite boutique lodge in Botswana.“
Several international bookings have already been made using the new direct booking facility on the website www.victoria-falls-safari-lodge.com
In the last week of June this year another precise plan will unfold as the public areas of the current lodge are totally refashioned and refreshed in a seven-day turnaround that Ross Kennedy promises will impact minimally on guests as much of the work will be done late at night and into the dawn. “We want our guests to awaken and come to breakfast to be greeted by total overnight surprises that will delight them.”