Shongwe Lookout in the suburbs of Victoria Falls has been opened by the Mayor, S Dhlamini, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The lodge has 23 bedrooms, a restaurant area, a bar, an outdoor infinity pool and a firepit. Deluxe and Executive rooms have a shower and a bath, and the studio rooms have a shower. All rooms have en-suite toilet, desk, free WiFi, safe, USB and universal plugs, tea- and coffee-making facilities, fan, mosquito nets, air-conditioner and toiletries. A two-storey Lookout Tower has views of the Zambezi River and the spray from the Victoria Falls.

Activities include tours of the Falls, game drives, walking safaris, white-water rafting, helicopter rides and river cruises.

Manager, Jamie Henson, said building over the past nine months had been a challenge, but already the lodge had close to 50% occupancy for the next few months, with plenty of bookings rolling in for 2020 and 2021.

“We are very pleased with the reservations, as they indicate that tourism remains strong for Victoria Falls, and that this town is a great place to invest,” he said.

Shongwe Lookout was designed and built to showcase as much of Zimbabwe’s artisan talent as possible with all timber sourced and manufactured locally.

The lodge is a kilometre from town and two kilometres from the Falls.

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