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Victoria Falls River Lodge

Victoria Falls River Lodge or how to travel off the beaten tracks in Africa’s most famous destination.

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These luxury thatched tents are a beautiful fusion of European and African décor.

At your arrival in Victoria Falls town in the North-West of Zimbabwe, after a long travel, you will be welcomed by a friendly gentleman in a safari attire. After quickly showing you the beautiful city of Victoria Falls, you will be dropped in front of the Zambezi River while your luggage will be driven to the lodge. And off you start your adventure with a first boat safari where hippos, crocodiles, elephants and antelopes will instantly make you realize that you are in the middle of the savanna. But our favorite part is a few minutes later when you arrive at the lodge and the staff welcomes you with a warm waving hand and a fresh drink ready.

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The en-suite bathroom brings together a perfect combination of nature and luxury.

This is our favorite lodge in Victoria Falls because in addition to have very large and stylish rooms in front of the Zambezi River as well as a fully inclusive rate, you will stay in the most peaceful part of the city, away from the helicopters, cars and thunders noises while still enjoying this incredible destination.

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The family suite.

Your stay will include your meals (even picnics), most drinks, boat activities, a guided visit of the Falls, game drives and trips to the city center. Victoria Falls River Lodge appeals to couples, families with small children, group of friends and solo travelers all at the same time.

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your private deck with its own plunge pool offers uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River.

 

Cape Town’s Mountains from Lou’s point of view

“I grew up in Switzerland and I therefore have always adored mountains.”

Meet Lou Zagagnoni, our intrepid Travel Expert.

Last week I drove one hour out of Cape Town to experience the Cape Canopy Tour experience on behalf of Travel By XO. Based on an idea from Peru, this activity was opened in 2015 and was designed by the engineers from around the globe. It features 13 platforms linked by impressive cables on which guests are invited to slide on to go from one part of the mountains to the other.

Canopy tours have become a breathtaking eco-tourism activity

At first I thought this would be an adventure activity but I was very wrong: the slide is soft and allows you to watch the incredible and pristine surrounding the cables are set in. Like an eagle, you will fly over waterfalls, large rock formations, proteas opening and feel the unique air of the mountain against your cheeks. It was overwhelming to access such hidden treasures that my non-professional-hiker legs could have never gotten me to. This four-hour experience will allow adults and children from the age of 5 to discover the Fynbos kingdom, this unique plant biome only found in the Cape, from the sky and from the earth when on the platforms.

A unique opportunity to discover the Cape Fynbos kingdom.

It is a unique moment which is even bettered by highly trained locals proudly looking after your safety while showing off their beautiful region. I encourage you to do like me and let yourself happily slide as you make lifelong memories of the incredible Hottentot Mountains.

The slide is soft and allows you to watch the incredible and pristine surrounding the cables are set in.

Our playground: Southern Africa

We love to compare Travel By XO to a great chef: producing unique recipes with the best local ingredients and passionate hands.

We imagine your best holidays with some of the most beautiful destinations in the world which just happen to be all concentrated around us in Southern Africa.

Cape Town – South Africa

From the pristine and desert beaches of the Quirimbas in Mozambique to the cultural hub of Cape Town passing by the harsh but beautiful red dunes of the Sossusvlei and the life center which is the Okavango Delta, we have enough to keep you travelling for many years without any déjà vu feeling.

The Quirimbas Archipelago – Mozambique

If you do not know where to start, just let us know and we will help you decide either you prefer to explore South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana or Namibia first.

The Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve – South Africa

Once you are picturing your amazing African journey, we will transform it into reality and ensure that every single detail is taken care of for you.

The Okavango Delta – Botswana

Be ready because we are about to take you to the most extraordinary holidays you would have ever been on!

The Dunes of Sossusvlei – Namibia