The five-star Batoka Zambezi Sands River Lodge that will welcome its first guests in March is the picture of luxury in an African setting.
The 11 suites have been reconceptualised by contemporary furniture and décor firm The Private House Company, under the astute eye of renowned South African interior designer Yvonne O’Brien.
The 24-bed lodge comprises 10 standard suites, each with a private plunge pool and spectacular views of the Zambezi River.
Later in 2022, a two-bedroom suite, complete with a private swimming pool, lounge and dining room and deck for those desiring more privacy and opulent ‘home away from home’ experience will be added to the lodge’s offering.
Rest and relaxation, pampering and health are high on the agenda, and accordingly, spa and fitness centre facilities are included among the amenities on offer.
Ghanaian brand R&R Luxury has also partnered with the group to provide items like toiletries in each of the suites.
A big part of Batoka Hospitality’s vision is sustainability, not only for local communities but the environment as well. As such, executive director Vimbai Masiyiwa and her team have gone to great lengths to instil a culture of knowledge and responsibility for the land, and have emphasised the importance of preserving Victoria Falls’ fauna and flora.
Equally, they have made sure to extol the virtues of local customs and traditions.
‘Our vision is to become a leading luxury safari company on the African continent, but we also want to create opportunities for economic growth in the communities we build in. We are empowering the African dream of success through ecotourism and hospitality,’ she says.
‘As much as we enrich the lives of our guests through a truly authentic African experience, we are building self-sustaining communities across Africa through our brand.’
Later in 2022, Batoka will unveil its second major project of the year, the four-star Batoka Gorges and Little Lodge.
The 30-bed lodge comprises 10 tented suites and five stone chalets overlooking one of Zimbabwe’s most captivating attractions, the Batoka Gorge.
This offering, which is targeting the younger adventure travellers, will boast many of the same amenities found at the Batoka Zambezi Sands River Lodge, and once again, be imbued with the African spirit of caring, hospitality and hope.
‘For us, it’s all about becoming completely immersed in the local culture,’ Masiyiwa says.