Old Drift Lodge
Situated on a site of historical importance, Old Drift Lodge is a luxurious safari lodge just 10kms upstream of the mighty Victoria Falls, in the Zambezi National Park.
One of the newer safari lodges to open in Victoria Falls, Old Drift Lodge joins the Wild Horizons lodge portfolio which includes The Elephant Camp and Elephant Camp West, and Wallow Lodge. In line with the promise of luxury accommodation, this new kid in the park is right up there with the five star bush lodges.
Old Drift is located 10kms upstream of the Victoria Falls on a small concession within the Zambezi National Park. It is the closest camp inside the park to town and access to the lodge is quick and easy, via boat or road transfers. Wild animals are often seen around the lodge, including elephant, buffalo and hippo, hence the need to be escorted by a professional guide back to your room at night.
The lodge gets it's name from the site on which it is built, which used to be the main crossing point on the Zambezi River between the then Northern and Southern Rhodesia (now Zambia and Zimbabwe). A drift is a shallow part of the river that makes crossing possible without using a boat. During the period around 1898, before the completion of the Victoria Falls Bridge people would ferry supplies, vehicles, passengers, livestock, etc. across the drift. It became somewhat of a hub and a small settlement was built. The site was abandoned when the settlers moved into town and nature took the site back.
Man once again took hold of the site and Old Drift Lodge was completed in April 2018. Fourteen spacious and luxurious tented suites, four of which are family suites with inter-leading rooms, are lined along the river's edge. All of the suites are river-facing and there is plenty of space on the wooden decks to enjoy the wonderful views. Inside, the bedroom in the centre is flanked by a lounge on one side, and the en-suite bathroom on the other. Featured beside the bathrooms is an outdoor shower and a bath with views of the Zambezi River.
In mid-2023, three star-beds were added to each of the units, giving guests the option of sleeping under the stars during their stay. The Star Suites offer breathtaking panoramic views of the river and surrounding wilderness, allowing you to witness nature's splendour from the comfort of your suite. Thoughtfully adorned with opulent furnishings and modern amenities, each suite provides the perfect blend of indulgence and serenity.
The large main central area, which consists of the dining area, bar, fire pit, reception and lounges, is accessible from all the suites via raised wooden pathways. The entire camp has been tastefully furnished and decorated, giving it an upmarket feeling.
Activities at Old Drift Lodge focus on game viewing and bird watching in the Zambezi National Park via game drives, walking safaris and river cruises. Several bird species are endemic to this area, which is an added bonus to those serious twitches. Being so close to town, all of towns activities are easily doable and a guided tour of the Victoria Falls is included in the fully inclusive rate.
This family friendly lodge has a superb location only 9kms by road from the town centre, which makes it and ideal choice for those wanting to have an "out of town" lodge experience yet access all that the town has to offer. The site on the river is hard to beat and the plush tented suites are huge and lovely. Game viewing in the Zambezi National park is getting better year on year and you are likely to see a good variety of animals and birds, but if you after an intense safari experience, we would suggest adding on extra days in somewhere like Hwange or Chobe. Nice vehicles, good guides, friendly staff, exceptionally tasty food and private spa treatments in your own room all add to the overall experience.
Prices are in line with similar luxury lodges of this nature around Victoria Falls and we wholly recommend this safari lodge for those wanting top quality accommodation and food, a beautiful peaceful location to relax, easy access to town and a soft safari experience.
• Luxury tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi only 10kms upstream of
the Victoria falls
Accommodation at Old Drift Lodge
• 10 standard luxury suites with double or twin configuration (maximum
All rooms have:
• Fine dining: breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. Lunch at the
Lookout Cafe is included in the rate (drinks included)
Facilities and Services
• Communal area which has reception, lounge areas, library, bar, dining
areas, deck, firepit and jetty
Fully Inclusive Rates Include
• Premium brand beverages
• Children of all ages are welcome a Old Drift Lodge
How to Get to Old Drift Lodge
• Fly into Victoria Falls Airport or Livingstone Airport, and the lodge will collect you.