The much anticipated revamp of one of Africa’s most picturesque destinations has been completed and within only ten days. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was sent on a whirlwind of change with new furniture, decor and a dash of paint. Ross Kennedy, Chief Executive of Africa Albida Tourism, said “it was very satisfying to be involved and watch the enormous teamwork and spirit that made this achievable on such a tight schedule!” Guests were interested and fascinated by the scope of work and speed at which the project progressed and through constant personal interaction and communications 18 hours a day, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was able to keep guests fully appraised and updated on progress and any changes.
The refurbishment programme took place with strict controls over noise and disruptions to guests. Kennedy goes on to say that the end result has certainly been worth the effort and investment, and guest feedback since Saturday 30 June when the exercise was completed has been overwhelmingly positive.
The renovations have geared the lodge for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly that is due to take place in August 2013 and is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates from around the world. With renovations to the Buffalo Bar, MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, library, television and lounge areas the interior now tells the story of warmth, the bushveld and an appreciation for nature.
The revamping of the award-winning lodge’s look and feel took place between 20-29 June and management of the lodge hopes that this will make the experience of visitors even more exquisite and memorable, giving them the ultimate experience in bush luxury.
The flagship property of Africa Albida Tourism isn’t stopping there though. Plans are at an advanced stage for the opening of the new Club wing to be called Victoria Falls Safari Club in August 2012 whose construction started in November 2011. Kennedy acknowledged that the public area refurbishment exercise at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was a great practice round for what’s to come when the final touches will be added to the Club wing. The $2, 7 million development will boast 16 Club rooms and four Club suites.