Leading adventure tour operator in Victoria Falls, Wild Horizons has launched its $4 million Old Drift Lodge which was under construction over the past ten months as more investors respond to the call by government for additional rooms in the resort town in order to avert the projected room deficit.
There are fears that the country’s premier tourists’ destination might face a room deficit given the continued influx of tourists with calls for investors to construct additional rooms.
Old Drift Lodge, Victoria Falls
In response to the government’s plea one of the leading tour operator in Victoria Falls has completed the construction of the $4 million Old Drift Lodge which opened on the 1st of this month.
Wild Horizons corporate affairs director Barbara Murasiranwa said the 36-bed lodge is testimony of the firm’s commitment to the Zimbabwean market adding that the investment will ensure that there is diverse product portfolio for tourists and enhance the attractiveness of the destination.
“We are so excited about this property it has been under construction for the past ten months and a total of $4 million has been channeled towards the property,” she said.
Located upstream of the iconic Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi river, the property has a rich history as it was the crossing point for settlers from Zimbabwe to Zambia.
It also acted as a trading post during the colonial era.
The firm has also ensured that the investment is eco-friendly and preserves the natural habitat in line with the resort town’s vision of being a renowned green destination.
“We have made deliberate efforts to preserve the habitat and have not cut down any single tree here. It is a symbol of the harmonic existence that can be achieved between man and nature,” said one of the tour operator’s official Lessley Mukwenya.
According to hospitality group Africa Albida, tourism monthly measurements across ten hotels in Victoria Falls revealed a 13 percent increase in occupancy with more than 5 000 additional rooms sold over the first three months of 2018 compared to the same period last year.