Exactly one year ago yesterday Victoria Falls Safari Club, fast becoming the preferred accommodation in town, made its proud debut at its “Wonder of the World” Zimbabwe destination. And an incredible journey it has been so far!
The US$2.7m 20-room Club wing, on-property at the 72-room Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (VFSL), opened on time and on budget on August 15 2012 and in its first year has enjoyed excellent occupancies, confirming that it has become a firm favourite as the property of choice at the iconic Victoria Falls destination.
Club guests have come from all over the world including USA, Australia and New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Russia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The Zimbabwe Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Honourable Eng. Walter Mzembi, and his Zambian counterpart visited The Club in its opening first two weeks during a planning session for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly, to be hosted jointly by the two countries at Victoria Falls and Livingstone in August 2013. The Club was also honoured to host Zimbabwe’s Vice President, Honourable Joice Mujuru, who gave her seal of approval to the Victoria Falls Safari Club, praising the international quality of the 20-room luxury wing.
The air-conditioned Club, consisting of 16 club rooms and four club suites, is for the most discerning guests who seek top quality service and is also ideal for small, exclusive VIP incentive groups. Its premium rate reflects its exclusivity. The Club offers complimentary Wi-Fi, has private check-in and check-out facilities, an exclusive lounge and terrace and complimentary cocktails and snacks every evening as well as complimentary afternoon teas and pastries.
The Club is located alongside the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, with the same superb sunset-vistas, and thus brings to 92 the number of high-quality rooms available on the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge resort. These are further complemented by the lower-tier and highly popular RCI* Gold Crown self-catering units of Lokuthula Lodges (*Resort Condominium International).
Feedback from the travel trade and guests alike has been excellent in the Club’s first year of operation as can be seen in the Club’s guest book and as well as on Trip Advisor which has become the global benchmark for travelers to refer to when considering where to go and where to stay on their holidays. Glossy brochures, enticing websites and syrupy words all conjure up a picture and help, but Trip Advisor’s neutral voice is the most trusted for hotels and lodges worldwide. Club guest reviews on Trip Advisor have all carried the same theme and message – Victoria Falls Safari Club is a glorious experience!Take a look at the comments of these experienced and demanding international travelers. The most resounding words are “personal touch,” friendliness”, exclusivity”, “beautiful rooms” and “5-Star service”.
The highly-trained team at Victoria Falls Safari Club continues to “wow” guests with their personalised service and attention to detail. They are service champions whose pride and motivation is reflected in every interaction with the Club’s guests.
Ross Kennedy Chief Executive of Africa Albida Tourism commented, “We are very proud of what we have been able to achieve at The Club in its first year. Our various teams have worked extremely hard to create a product that has grabbed the attention of the travel trade in a significant way. I wish to express our sincere gratitude to our partners in the trade who have supported us from day one, with many making bookings even before the first brick was laid! That is an amazing measure of confidence in the Africa Albida Tourism Group (AAT) and we’re really delighted that people know and trust the hard-earned reputation and pedigree of AAT, built up over 18 years since the opening of our flagship property, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge”.
Victoria Falls Safari Club is a top choice for accommodation for the UNWTO General Assembly congress delegates, and will be hosting several high level delegations during this historic meeting.
Date: 16 August 2013