Taita Falcon Lodge
Taita Falcon Lodge journey began one late-summer's morning way back in 1994. Faan Fourie took a long walk through the untamed and rough African bush east. This was in Livingstone, Zambia near the well-known Victoria Falls. It was during the walk that he came upon a site so beautiful. He felt it would be a wrongdoing not to share it with others. The view before him was the grandeur of the Batoka gorge in its entire splendor 230m deep. It embraced the swirling waters of the Zambezi River in its depths.
And so it was that in 1995 when Faan and his wife Anmarie took on the challenging. This was the task of building Taita Falcon Lodge. The site had no access road existed and with no Hardware Store around. The owners were undeterred and went on using indigenous materials. They set about making their dream a reality and the lodge took shape. A self-taught carpenter from a nearby village made the necessary furniture. This he did all by hand, from chopping of a suitable tree and sawing the logs. He ended up producing the finished product with the very basic of tools.
Nestled above Zambezi River
Taita Falcon Lodge is nestled above the Zambezi River. It overlooks its winding waters and the dramatic cliffs of the Batoka Gorge. This wilderness retreat is in the heart of Zambia. This is downriver from the mighty Victoria Falls.
Taita Falcon Lodge has a total of 7 en-suite chalets. All are designed and built using local materials, with stones from the gorge and reeds from the river. Each chalet is named after a bird of prey that can be seen soaring the skies. Décor is simple, yet stylish, with hints of handmade crafts and natural features. This keeps in tune with its wilderness surrounds.
The lodge itself was designed to showcase the dramatic views that surround it. With its vast viewing platform, open-air bar and lounge perched over the sheer cliffs. It’s the perfect place to sit and take in Zambia’s scenic vistas. Winding stone lined pathways lead the way through the grounds from the main lodge. The bar, pool and boma area around to the secluded chalets.
There are various walks to explore the gorge and the indigenous forests. Here ancient mopanis, white seringas, marulas, leadwoods and African star chestnuts dot are. Beyond the lodge there are a vast array of activities to suit everyone. This is from thrill seekers to wildlife lovers. Experience the falls in all its wonder on foot, on the water and even from the air. There are more ways than one to discover this part of wild Zambia.
Location of Taita Falcon Lodge
Taita Falcon Lodge is in the heart of Zambia. This is downriver from the mighty Victoria Falls. It is a short drive from the vibrant town of Livingstone. The nearest airport is outside Livingstone and from there it’s a 45minute drive to Taita Falcon. We have an airport shuttle service available which needs to be pre booked before arrival. There is also helicopter pad on site and if self-driving the directions are as follows:
- From the airport head towards the main town of Livingstone. This is approximately 5km.
- Turn right once you reach the main Livingstone road (Mosi-o-Tunya)
- Drive 9km outside of town until you see a left turnoff and sign saying Taita Falcon Lodge.
- Drive over the railway line and turn right at the large Baobab lookout tree.
- From the turnoff it’s approximately 11km to the lodge. It is well signposted through the Songwe village and indigenous forest.
The lodge is approximately a 45 minute drive from the town of Livingstone. It is well signposted from the main Livingstone / Victoria Falls road. Access by road requires a high clearance vehicle. The last 11km of the road is a dirt road and is a slow drive through the bush.
Rooms at Taita Falcon Lodge
Taita Falcon Lodge has only 7 chalets. This lodge in Livingstone offers an intimate stay. You can enjoy an exclusive venue to smaller groups. Each spacious chalet is en-suite with its own private garden and outdoor shower. They have bathroom with shower running hot and cold water and toilet. The beds have a big walk in mosquito nets. The chalets are constructed of reed and stone. The three quarter walls bring the outside in and allow cooling breezes into the room. All creature comforts are catered for in their elegantly down to earth design. Chalets are individually prepared as double, twin, triple or family rooms.
Taita Falcon Lodge Facilities
The indigenous gardens are blended with “bush zen” sand gardens. This is at the Taita Falcon Lodge entrance and chalet exteriors. There is a “green theme” around the swimming pool. There is a boma where evening winter meals are hosted around an open fire. The large viewing deck and adjacent lounge play host to meals and pre-dinner drinks. They also provide expansive views downstream and miles beyond. Taita Falcon Lodge meals are hearty “Euro-African style” cooking. The list of facilities at Taita Falcon Lodge includes:
- Full Bar and Restaurant
- Free Wifi at Main Area
- Swimming Pool
- Viewing Deck
- Boma Area
- Vegetable Garden and Worm Farm
- Solar and Generator Powered Electricity
- Security Facilities in Rooms
- Safe Facilities at Reception
Cancellation / Prepayment
PAYMENT & RESERVATIONS POLICY
Reservation and confirmation of a room at Taita Falcon Lodge has requirements. Clients are required to pay 50% down payment for the requested services. The balance will be required at least 14 days prior to your date of arrival.
African Safari Tour will hold a reservation for up to seven days at a client's request. This is to allow the client time to send a deposit payment. This is if booking are over a month prior to the service. This must be received before we can confirm your booking. If confirmation is not received within the seven days all blocked rooms at Taita Falcon Lodge will be automatically released for re-sale. The full amount of the service must be made within 14 days of date of arrival at Taita Falcon Lodge. As for bookings within a month of service, full payment shall be requested for. This will be required before confirmation of Taita Falcon Lodgei is undertaken.
All cancellations must be received in writing. This will take effect from the date received by African Safari Tour. The following cancellation charges will apply.
More than 56 days before departure: No cancellation fee
56-49 days before departure: 25%
48-29 days before departure: 35%
28-0 days before departure: 100%
The non-issuing of an invoice or non-payment of deposit will not exempt passengers from these cancellation and administration fees. We regret we can make no exception to the charges and strongly recommend that insurance is taken out to cover cancellation fees. These cancellation charges can vary subject to the trading terms of our suppliers.
Children and extra beds
Children older than 12 years are welcome at Taita Falcon Lodge. One child from 12 to 16 years is charged 80 % of the room stay per night and person in an extra bed.
The maximum number of extra beds for children in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Accepted credit cards
Visa Card, MasterCard, American Express