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Victoria Falls Island Lodge

Victoria Falls Island Lodge offers real luxury on Kandahar Island, with game viewing activities within the Zambezi National Park and easy access to town.

Island living Luscious luxury Wilderness accommodation Connected main guest area Game viewing activities in Zambezi National Park

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Victoria Falls River Lodge's sister camp within the Zambezi National Park is the exclusive Victoria Falls Island Lodge. This small luxury camp is located on Kandahar Island in the middle of the Zambezi River, only 10kms upstream from the world's largest waterfall - the Victoria Falls. Access to this private island is by a boat transfer from a town jetty site, and takes less than 30 minutes.

The stylish timber and glass suites are built on raised wooden platforms within the canopy, offering bright and contemporary accommodation with beautiful views of the Zambezi River.

The elegant suites consist of a large bedroom with a California king-size bed and bathroom with rain shower and free-standing bath. Wide glass sliding doors open out onto the spacious private deck, half covered and half open, with a small plunge pool, complete with sun beds. An ideal place to relax and watch the river flow by.

Two of the suites has a rooftop sitting area and signature Star bed for an extra special experience, ideal for honeymooners.

Elephants and hippo are regular visitors to this palm studded Island, so for safety high wooden walkways link the rooms to the main central area where meals are served. The central area with comfy loungers, dining tables and a sunset bar are once again very stylish and face out onto the river and a white sandy beach, giving it an almost tropical island feel.

With only 6 suites available, exclusivity at Victoria Falls Island Lodge is one of its unique attributes. A personal butler who caters for only 2 rooms (4 guests) at any given time and game activities with a maximum of 12 guests but often less.

Apart from sheer indulgence in luxury and relaxation there is plenty else to do. Cruises in plush boats around the island and along the river are not only very scenic but also great for game viewing and bird watching, there are numerous endemic bird species in the area. Bird watching on the island is also very popular. If you are keen you can also try your hand at catching a ferocious fighting tiger fish.

A short hop across to the mainland and you can partake in a game drive or game walk, with a professional guide within the Zambezi National Park. A guided Tour of the Falls is included but excludes the entrance fee. Canoeing is also another option onsite and of course you are only a short distance from town so you can enjoy all of the activities on offer there. Some of these activities are at an additional cost, please read facilities and services below.

Our Opinion

Victoria Falls Island Lodge is an intimate and upmarket lodge, very stylish in its build and decor. We can only find praise for this special lodge on this special island, filled with Ilala Palms, Natal Mahoganys and African Ebonys. Sheer luxury and service comes at a price, making it one of the most expensive places to stay around Victoria Falls, but it's worth it for those who have the budget.

Game drives, walks and boats cruises can keep you busy and you are likely to see a good variety of animals and birds, but we consider this a soft safari, so if you after an intense safari experience, we would suggest adding on extra days in somewhere like Hwange or Chobe.

Overall this lodge is great for couples, especially honeymooners, who want to see Victoria Falls, a bit of wildlife and get away from it all and pamper themselves. Although it's still close enough to town to take full advantage of the adventure and activities that Victoria Falls has to offer, we would recommend at least two nights seclusion here with an additional couple of nights in town for those activities.


• Exclusive and upmarket Island lodge in the Zambezi National Park
• Only 6 Luxury suites, two with a rooftop star bed and all overlooking the Zambezi River
• Located on Kandahar Island 10kms upstream of Victoria Falls
• Complimentary boat transfers to the Island from town take less than 30 minutes
• Activities included boat cruises, game drives on the mainland, bird watching on the island and a guided tour of the Falls
• Optional activities, at an extra cost include, canoeing, fishing and guided walks on the mainland
• Ideal for couples, especially honeymooners, who want to get away from it all, plus enjoy a soft safari experience
• Zambezi National Park has good game viewing but for an intense safari experience we recommend adding on extra days at Hwange or Chobe
• Recommended two night seclusion here, then a night or two in town to enjoy those activities on offer

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 1230  1 January to 30 April
US$ 1350  1 May to 31 October
US$ 1230  1 November to 20 December
US$ 1350  21 to 31 December

Accommodation at Victoria Falls Island Lodge

• 6 luxury island tree-houses, max 2 people per room
• Two of the suites has a rooftop sitting area and star bed

All rooms have:
• En-suite bathrooms with tub, rain shower and vanity area
• Private deck and plunge pool
• Climate control air-conditioning
• Tea/coffee making facilities
• Mini bar
• Hair dryer
• Safe
• Mosquito nets and repellent
• Connection to the main area via raised wooden walkways


• All meals are included: breakfast, lunch, high tea, dinner, snacks, local drinks, teas/coffees and complimentary mini bar
• Fine dining at the central dining area or by special arrangement on your private deck

Facilities and Services

• Personal butler service
• International plugs/adaptors
• Wireless internet
• Central lounge and dining area
• Sunset bar
• 220V electricity
• Spa
Activities Included: Morning/afternoon game drives; Morning/afternoon river cruise on the Zambezi River; Birding; Tour of the Falls
Optional Activities not included: Fishing; Guided walking safaris; Guided canoe trips.

Rates Include

• Accommodation
• Personal butler service
• Return Victoria Falls Airport transfers, and transfers to and from the National Park gate/Malachite jetty
• All meals, local brand drinks
• Optional daily transfers into Victoria Falls town
• Lodge activities (as listed above)
• Laundry
• The Starbed Treehouses also include: Private roof top sitting area with telescope (for star gazing); Spectacular Starbed illuminated by the gentle glow of Africa's night sky; Complimentary Spa voucher (2 pax) per stay

Rates Exclude

• Other transfers not mentioned above
• National parks fees
• Imported and premium brand drinks
• Spa treatments
• Curio purchases
• Optional activities (as listed above)
• Other activities not specified


• Only children 12 years and older are allowed at the island lodge.
• Children 12 and older pay the full adult rate and participate in lodge activities

How to Get to Victoria Falls Island Lodge

• Fly into Victoria Falls Airport or Livingstone Airport, and the lodge will collect and transfer you.
• Transfers to Island Lodge are via boat cruise up the Zambezi River from town jetty site.
• Self drive is also possible from the town centre, via the Zambezi National Park entrance and then a short boat transfer to the island.

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