Batonka Guest Lodge

Victoria Falls - the Zim side, Zimbabwe

At a Glance

  • Elegant, boutique lodge just a 5-minute drive from the famous Victoria Falls
  • Tranquil, private gardens make for a peaceful escape from the busy town
  • Stylish, modern take on the colonial style, with covered verandas and colourful local art
  • Outdoor swimming pool a welcome escape from the African heat

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There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.

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Set on the Zimbabwean side of the Victoria Falls, Batonka Guest Lodge is a modern, colonial-style boutique retreat, set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens on the edge of Victoria Falls Town.

Hidden away in a leafy corner of Victoria Falls Town, Batonka Guest Lodge is an elegant, boutique lodge nestled amongst tranquil landscaped gardens. Just a short drive away from the mighty Falls themselves, this 22-room property offers a bright, modern space with a nod to the colonial-era, focusing on comfort and warm hospitality.  The rooms are dotted amongst the gardens, grouped in blocks of 5 or 6, with private verandas looking out across the lawns. Each of the rooms is tranquil and spacious, with light, bright décor and splashes of colour from the local art and textiles. Private en-suite bathrooms feature either a rain shower or bath, with billowing mosquito nets draping the twin or king-size beds. Some of the rooms interconnect, providing fantastic, flexible accommodation for families travelling with children.  In the main heart of the lodge, the restaurant serves up a delicious full English breakfast each morning to fuel you up for the day ahead. Wholesome, home-cooked food is available for both lunch and dinner, with dining spaces available both inside the lodge and outside overlooking the gardens. In the chillier months, make the most of the lodge’s lounge area with open fireplace, the perfect spot to relax after a day exploring the Falls, or during the scorching Zimbabwean summer, take a refreshing dip in the lodge’s outdoor swimming pool.  Alongside the comfort of their guests, Batonka’s owners have given great consideration to the environmental impact of the lodge. Solar geysers operate in all rooms, grey water recycling occurs to help maintain the beautiful gardens and the air conditioning units are ozone friendly.
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  • Dinner on the Livingstone Express

    Dine onboard the Livingstone Express, a vintage train, offering guests the chance to travel in style, discover the mighty Victoria Falls at sunset and enjoy fine dining with a difference.

Holiday Ideas

  • Imagine Botswana

    Kalahari, Okavango Delta, Linyanti & Victoria Falls

    from £6200 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights

    • Nxai Pan brings thousands of migratory plains game to the area, attracting predators such as cheetah and wild dog, making it a hive of activity.
    • The Kwara Concession has a permanent waterway, meaning water-based activities can be enjoyed year-round.
    • Float down the meandering, lush waterways of the Okavango Delta and spot little bee-eater birds flying past you.
  • Imagine Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park

    from £3000 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights

    • Float down the Zambezi River and watch a herd of jovial elephants congregate at the water, overlooked by towering palm trees.
    • Each camp on this tailor-made itinerary is a hive of wildlife activity as they are positioned close to waterholes.
    • Admire Victoria Falls from multiple viewpoints as you meander through the paths and forests surrounding this natural wonder.
  • South Africa by Train

    Victoria Falls, Rovos Rail & Cape Town

    from £3500 pp inc flights & transfers for 9 nights

    • Start your adventure with a bang as you dive into the adventure playground of Victoria Falls.
    • Spend three nights in pure elegance on the Rovos Rail, passing the everchanging landscapes of southern Africa, and feel the thrill of a safari in the wilderness when you stop off at Hwange National Park.
    • Delve into the heart of Cape Town and its tantalising foodie scene and admire the rugged coastline and panoramic views.

Location & directions

Victoria Falls - the Zim side, Zimbabwe

Batonka Guest Lodge is located on the outskirts of Victoria Falls Town, approximately 20 minutes by road from the airport. The Falls themselves can be reached in 5 minutes by road, or on foot in approximately half an hour.

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