Not a single mature tree on the land was destroyed during the construction of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, and 6 000 young trees were replanted on and around the estate.
Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chairman Dave Glynn says: “When we opened it looked as though we had been there forever, all of those mature trees were still standing, and they were undamaged. That was quite a remarkable feat.”
These efforts were recognised when the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was awarded the prestigious international Green Globe Distinction Award in 2000 for outstanding environmental practices in its construction.
AAT chief executive Ross Kennedy says: “In our first full year of operation, we achieved an average occupancy of 72 per cent, which for a new resort property in a long haul destination was a remarkable achievement.
To this day our Victoria Falls hotel, which offers guests the very best of Africa, remains one of the most sought after accommodation options in Victoria Falls.
AAT’s property has grown over the years to now include the exclusive 20-room Victoria Falls Safari Club, the luxurious Victoria Falls Safari Suites, the self-catering Lokuthula Lodges, The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show and Ngoma Safari Lodge located in Chobe, Botswana.