A Day at Victoria Falls River Lodge

An early wake up call at 5:30 for a quick cuppa and a rusk before me and my guide, Billy, jump in his boat as the sun starts to glint over the horizon. My day here is starting with a morning sunrise boat cruise on the Zambezi River. It’s chilly as we cruise along, and the first thing we (he) spots is a hippo retuning to the water after a night of grazing.

The sun rises quickly and after a few beautiful photos we feel the warmth on our skin and the birds getting active. White-fronted bee-eaters are busy building their nests, hippos are finding a comfortable spot to wallow for the morning, the African fish eagle is searching for prey and annoying his smaller avian ‘friends’ in neighbouring trees. A croc is on the hunt and the kingfishers are active.

“Back at the lodge in time for my breakfast, having seen this all before 9am.”

I have a couple of hours to kill before lunch so I decide to utilise the spa, it would be rude not to try out all the facilities of course! Then it’s a quick visit to the small shop for some handmade crafts before returning to my room to take a quick dip in my plunge pool before readying myself for lunch.

This was a delicious affair with a kudu and mango salad as the highlight. Then, pleasantly full, I head back to my room for a doze in the sun on my lounger and an occasional dip in my plunge pool. I can hear hippos grunting and are birds active in the surrounding trees. Can an afternoon get any better?

Yes it can! For I return to the main lodge for a cuppa and biscuit before heading out for a game drive in the Zambezi National Park. Giraffe, zebra, kudu, Impala and elephants all showed themselves happily and we sat watching them graze and go about their business. A lovely brown snake eagle sighting and many smaller birds for which I cannot keep track sadly, before heading back towards the lodge. Just as we turn into camp the guide spots lion tracks and would you believe that just at the very edge of out camp is 2 beautiful lionesses. Incredible!

My day ends with a drink at the bar and a delicious meal, finishing with an Amarula night cap as I head to my room and comfortable bed! I wonder if tomorrow will be the same?

“I wonder if tomorrow will be the same?”