Victoria Falls Safari Spa Opens as a Boom in Tourism Begins in Zimbabwe
28 November 2022
Victoria Falls’ largest and first purpose-built spa opened officially this week, setting a new benchmark in health and wellness, as a tourism boom begins in Zimbabwe, says industry leader Ross Kennedy.
Meet Victoria Falls Safari Spa Manager Avalon van Leent
11 October 2022
Victoria Falls Safari Spa manager Avalon van Leent is excited to be bringing a new standard to spas in Victoria Falls and putting Zimbabwe’s leading tourist attraction on the map as a wellness destination.
Golf Day Raises Record Funds to Conserve Wildlife in Victoria Falls
27 September 2022
A record US$44,290 has been raised to boost anti-poaching efforts in Zimbabwe’s top tourist destination through an annual fundraising golf tournament, coordinated and hosted by hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.
Africa Albida Tourism Scoops Five National Travel Industry Awards
15 September 2022
Leading hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism scooped five awards at the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) event, including Best Resort Hotel for its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for the 24th time.
There’s Still A Chance To Play Your Part To Conserve Zimbabwe’s Wildlife
12 September 2022
There’s still an opportunity to help conserve Zimbabwe’s wildlife through sponsorship and donations
at the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching (VFAPU) Golf Day fundraiser in Harare on September 16 even
though the field is full.
Countdown to the Opening of the Largest and First Purpose-Built Spa in Victoria Falls
04 August 2022
Victoria Falls Safari Spa is taking shape very quickly, and is on track to open its doors in
October, paving the way for a new standard in health and wellness in Zimbabwe’s
leading tourist destination.
Zimbabwean Olympic Golfer Scott Vincent Excited Ahead of his First Major Championship
07 July 2022
Zimbabwean professional golfer Scott Vincent says he is living his dreams and is honoured to represent his country on the world stage as he looks forward to his first major, the British Open, next week.
The First Destination Spa in Victoria Falls is Back on Track to Open Soon
03 May 2022
The largest and first purpose-built spa is scheduled to open in Victoria Falls in October, following a rapid post-Covid tourism recovery, placing Zimbabwe’s top tourist attraction on the map as a wellness destination.
Access to Victoria Falls Has Never Been Better as New Flights Launch into the Tourist Destination
30 March 2022
As a growing number of airlines launch new routes into Victoria Falls, never has this Natural Wonder
of the World and its surrounds been easier to get to, heralding a golden age of tourism for the
region, leading tourism operator Ross Kennedy says
Leading Zimbabwean Tourism Operator Hopes for a Buoyant 2022 As Travel Restrictions Are Eased
03 February 2022
Leading Victoria Falls-based hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism welcomes the easing of Covid-19 related travel restrictions, including mandatory quarantine, by the Zimbabwean government, hailing it a “lifesaver” for tourism.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Partners with Top Zimbabwean Professional Golfer
23 July 2021
Leading hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has partnered with professional Zimbabwean golfer Scott Vincent as his only Zimbabwean sponsor.
Vaccine Rush Could Make Victoria Falls the World’s Safest Tourist Destination
01 April 2021
More than 65 percent of the eligible population in Victoria Falls have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in a week, and the initiative is ongoing, as Zimbabwe’s top tourist city strives to become a safe destination
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is Named to the Travel + Leisure 2021 T+L 500 List of the Best Hotels in the World
26 February 2021
Zimbabwe has once again been put on the global tourist map, with Victoria Falls Safari Lodge being named among the 500 best properties in the world by the prestigious United States magazine Travel + Leisure
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and The Boma To Reopen Due to Strong Local Demand
23 November 2020
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, The Boma Café and the Buffalo Bar will reopen on December 10, after being closed for nine months – due to coronavirus pandemic related travel restrictions – following growing demand for the festive season
Africa Albida Tourism Welcomes Resumption of Domestic and International Flights
10 September 2020
The decision by the Zimbabwean Government to allow domestic and international flights to resume, with the proviso passengers are tested for Covid-19 within 48 hours before they travel, has been welcomed by hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.
Global Fundraiser Supports Iconic African Wildlife Under Threat Due To Pandemic
3 September 2020
With the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic crippling the tourism industry,
which is a key funder of conservation, the future of Africa’s iconic wildlife is under threat,
but UK-based charity TUSK has stepped in to help
Africa Albida Tourism Zimbabwean Ambassadors in Conservation Fundraising Drive
14 August 2020
Leading Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism has been selected as country ambassadors for Ride4Rangers, a global initiative to raise much needed funds for
conservation across Africa.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Named Among the Top 5 Resort Hotels in Africa.
14 July 2020
Zimbabwe has once again been put on the global tourist map, with Victoria Falls Safari Lodge being named among the Top 5 Africa Resort Hotels in the 2020 World’s Best Awards by prestigious United States magazine Travel + Leisure
The Victoria Falls In All Its Splendour As It Reaches Its Highest Levels In A Decade
21 April 2020
The Victoria Falls appears to be thoroughly enjoying its alone time, reaching its highest flows in a decade in a powerful display of breath-taking beauty and intensity, which ironically no one is there to witness.
The First Destination Spa Will Soon Open in Victoria Falls
12 March 2020
The largest and first purpose-built spa is set to open in Victoria Falls in September, placing Zimbabwe’s top tourist attraction on the map as a wellness destination, and tapping into the boom in wellness tourism.
NEARLY US$18,000 RAISED TO BOOST ANTI-POACHING EFFORTS IN VICTORIA FALLS
03 October 2019
Nearly US$18,000 has been raised to combat poaching in Zimbabwe’s top tourist destination of Victoria Falls by an annual fundraising golf tournament, coordinated, hosted and sponsored by hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism
Machaba Safaris Acquires Ngoma Safari Lodge
24 July 2019
Africa Albida Tourism chief executive Ross Kennedy, and Machaba Safaris managing director Alistair Rankin announce that Ngoma Lodge PTY LTD, in Chobe, Botswana, has been purchased by Machaba Safaris, effective August 1, 2019.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Estate Eliminates Plastic Water Bottles in Bid to Go Plastic-Free
20 June 2019
Re-useable glass water bottles have replaced single-use plastic bottles at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites as hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism continues to rally to protect the environment..
Hospitality Group Celebrates Its Busiest Year Ever As Tourists Return To Victoria Falls
22 November 2018
Africa Albida Tourism is celebrating its busiest year ever, as tourists flock to Victoria Falls, with its flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge enjoying 80-plus per cent occupancy over the past six months.
$30,000 RAISED TO FIGHT POACHING IN VICTORIA FALLS
01 October 2018
The war on poaching in the Victoria Falls region has been given a $30,000 boost by an annual fundraising golf tournament, coordinated, hosted and sponsored by Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.
PLAY YOUR PART IN CONSERVING ZIMBABWE’S WILDLIFE
16 August 2018
There is still an exciting opportunity to play your part in conserving Zimbabwe’s wildlife by supporting the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit’s (VFAPU) annual fundraising Golf Day to be held in Harare on September 21.
The New-Look Victoria Falls Safari Club is Better Than Ever!
08 May 2018
The exclusive Victoria Falls Safari Club has established itself as one of the resort town’s premium accommodation choices, offering an even more enhanced guest experience, following a major redevelopment, Africa Albida Tourism chief executive Ross Kennedy says.
A NEW FITNESS ROOM AND POOL DECK FOR VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE
12 April 2018
A fitness room will be built at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and its pool deck will be replaced, as hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism continues to enhance its offerings as Zimbabwe’s top resort town enjoys a tourism boom.
VICTORIA FALLS LAUNCHES A MAJOR RECYCLING PROJECT
15 March 2018
Victoria Falls is going greener with the launch of its very own recycling project, which is expected to have a major impact in protecting the environment around one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
VICTORIA FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAS THE CAPACITY TO WELCOME MORE AIRLINES
18 January 2018
Victoria Falls International Airport has significant capacity to welcome more flights, and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe is working towards a greater spread of arrival times with carriers to limit peak congestion times for passenger handling, a tourism industry leader says.
NEARLY $25,000 RAISED TO FIGHT POACHING IN VICTORIA FALLS
04 OCTOBER 2017
THE war on poaching in the Victoria Falls region has been given a $24,972 boost by an annual fundraising golf tournament, coordinated, hosted and sponsored by Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.
AFRICA’S LIVING SOUL SURVEY 2016
30 AUGUST 2017
Victoria Falls – Africa’s Living Soul: A Tourism Survey of the Victoria Falls Region contains the most comprehensive information available on visitor arrivals, accommodation, activities and access to the tourism hub of Victoria Falls, Livingstone and Kasane.
80,000 MORE TOURISTS A YEAR COULD SOON FLY INTO VICTORIA FALLS
03 MARCH 2017
As many as 80,000 more tourists a year could soon fly into Zimbabwe’s leading resort town of Victoria Falls as two large international airlines commit to the destination and a third increases capacity, tourism industry leader Ross Kennedy says.
TOURISM INDUSTRY WELCOMES THE RELAUNCH OF THE KAZA VISA
21 December 2016
The relaunch of a univisa between Zimbabwe and Zambia has been hailed “a positive step” and “a wonderfully important Christmas present to tourism in both countries” by industry leader Ross Kennedy.
MORE LOKUTHULA LODGES AVAILABLE TO BOOK AS TIMESHARE LEASES EXPIRE
1 December 2016
The popular self-catering Lokuthula Lodges in Victoria Falls will soon be easier to book, as an increasing number of units become available as their timeshare leases expire.
VICTORIA FALLS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT READY TO WELCOME THE WORLD
18 November 2016
Leading Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism welcomes the commissioning of the new $150 million Victoria Falls International Airport, which is set to usher in a new era of tourism to the region.
VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE WINS TOP AWARD FOR 20TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
21 SEPTEMBER 2016
Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has been voted the Best Resort Hotel for the 20th consecutive year by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA), and the hospitality group has also won a swag of other awards.
ZIMBABWEAN COMEDIAN QUITE POSSIBLY BREAKS THE WORLD RECORD
24 AUGUST 2016
ZIMBABWEAN funny man Carl Joshua Ncube believes he has broken the world record for the most stand up performances in seven days – but is awaiting official confirmation from Guinness World Records.
VICTORIA FALLS “AN UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE” – CHEETAHS RUGBY TEAM
10 FEBRUARY 2016
SOUTH African Super Rugby side the Toyota Free State Cheetahs came to Zimbabwe and they conquered – winning their pre-season clash in Harare against the Vodacom Bulls before visiting the country’s top tourist attraction Victoria Falls.
THE WATER FLOW OVER VICTORIA FALLS RISING FAST
19 JANUARY 2016
WATER levels are now rising steadily at Victoria Falls, but African Travel and Tourism Association (ATTA) chairman Ross Kennedy says, regardless, Victoria Falls is a year round natural wonder.
VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE WINS BEST RESORT HOTEL 23 YEARS STRAIGHT
10 September 2019
Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has been voted the Best Resort Hotel for the 23rd year in a row by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA), with the hospitality group also receiving three other accolades at the same awards event.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Named Among Africa’s Top Five Resort Hotels
31 July 2019
Africa Albida Tourism is thrilled its flagship property, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, has been named among Africa’s top five resort hotels by high profile US magazine Travel + Leisure, says chief executive Ross Kennedy.
The Iconic Boma – Dinner & Drum Show Undergoes A Major Refurbishment
16 July 2019
The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show has a fresh look and feel, with its new décor capturing the style of the traditional Zimbabwean cooking hut, while the kitchen has been rebuilt and modernised and other structural enhancements made.
A Fitness Room with Perhaps the Finest Work-Out View in Africa has Opened at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
09 October 2018
A fitness room has been built at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, offering guests an unrivalled view of bushveld to the horizon, with the opportunity to spot wildlife at the onsite waterhole during their work out.
AFRICA ALBIDA TOURISM SCOOPS TOP NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD
04 September 2018
Hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism won the Environmental Award at the 25th Annual Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) Awards ceremony on Saturday, after launching a major recycling project in Victoria Falls.
Zimbabwe is Back with Record Numbers of Tourists Visiting Victoria Falls
09 May 2018
Tourists are once again flocking to Zimbabwe, with the country’s top resort town of Victoria Falls enjoying record numbers, and healthy forward bookings indicating the boom is set to continue, a leading tourism industry figure says.
VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI CLUB UNDERGOES MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT AS TOURIST BOOM HITS
01 November 2017
Victoria Falls Safari Club is set to undergo a $600,000 redevelopment, as leading Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) braces for a continued boom in international visitor arrivals into the country’s top resort town.
VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE WINS BEST RESORT HOTEL 21 YEARS RUNNING
26 September 2017
Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has been voted the Best Resort Hotel for the 21st year in a row by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA), and the hospitality group also won three other awards.
Africa Albida Tourism Leads the Way 24/7!
02 AUGUST 2017
In a first for Zimbabwe hospitality, Africa Albida Tourism is pleased to announce that as of 01 August it will be going to 24-hour reservations, cementing its position as a leader in the industry in Zimbabwe.
TOURISM PLAYER WELCOMES FIRST NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE INTO VICTORIA FALLS
27 March 2017
The launch of Ethiopian Airlines’ new route into Zimbabwe’s top resort town has been hailed as “a significant catalyst for tourism growth in Zimbabwe and across the region” by industry leader Ross Kennedy.
REVEL IN AN EXCITING NEW FEAST OF FUN AT THE BOMA – DINNER & DRUM SHOW
20 January 2017
The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, a “must do” Victoria Falls experience, has just got a lot more bite, with a focus on the refreshment and modernisation of its food and entertainment elements now completed.
THE MANY REASONS TO VISIT CHOBE, BOTSWANA, IN THE GREEN SEASON
26 OCTOBER 2016
The green season in Chobe is full of hidden gems – with birding at its best, as well as an abundance of very young wildlife, it is a rewarding time to visit the region, says Safari and Guide Services director Clive Millar.
LEADING TOURISM OPERATOR ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
23 AUGUST 2016
Nigel Frost has been appointed Africa Albida Tourism’s group financial and operations director, which will see him take over full responsibility of hospitality group’s operations, in addition to retaining full
ZIMBABWEAN COMEDIAN COUNTS DOWN TO WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
11 AUGUST 2016
The countdown for Zimbabwean funny man Carl Joshua Ncube to begin his Guinness World Record attempt in performing the most stand-up comedy gigs in a week is on, and he is urging everyone to come out and support him.
VFAPU SNARES POACHERS AND IVORY DEALERS
29 FEBRUARY 2016
THE Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) captured three ivory dealers, and more than 300 poachers in 2015, head of operations Charles Brightman says. The ivory dealers, all Victoria Falls residents, were caught in January last year with nearly 10kg of elephant tusks during undercover operations, and each was sentenced to nine years in prison, Mr Brightman said.
LAUGH YOUR WAY THROUGH VALENTINE’S WITH TOP ZIMBABWEAN COMEDIAN
9 FEBRUARY 2016
LAUGH your way through Valentine’s weekend with Zimbabwe’s top stand-up comedian Carl Joshua Ncube – and support a good cause at the same time – by being at his first show of the new year, Wild Wild Valentines, in Victoria Falls.
VICTORIA FALLS WILL NOT DRY UP!
14 OCTOBER 2015
SPECULATION in local and social media that Victoria Falls may be drying up is entirely false, says African Travel and Tourism Association chairman Ross Kennedy.
PUT YOUR SWING BEHIND ZIMBABWE’S WILDLIFE
29 SEPTEMBER 2015
THE field may be full, but there is still room for sponsors to put their swing behind Zimbabwe’s wildlife at the fun filled annual Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) Golf Day, to be held at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club on Friday.
ZIMBABWE TOURISM INDUSTRY LEADER WINS ACCOLADES
18 AUGUST 2015
AFRICA Albida Tourism chief executive Ross Kennedy has won a prestigious Zimbabwe Council for Tourism award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of this country’s travel and tourism sector.
VICTORIA FALLS LEAVES AN IMPRESSION ON SA RUGBY LEGENDS
31 MARCH 2015
DESPITE a one-sided victory over their Zimbabwean counterparts, the South African Rugby Legends were blown away by Victoria Falls, and made the most of the warm local hospitality.
AFRICA ALBIDA TOURISM APPOINTS NEW GROUP OPERATIONS MANAGER
17 MARCH 2015
ANDY Conn has been appointed Africa Albida Tourism’s new group operations manager, and will oversee the running of the company’s portfolio of properties, which includes its flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.
VICTORIA FALLS ANTI-POACHING UNIT SNARES NEARLY 400 POACHERS IN 2014
13 FEBRUARY 2015
THE Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit has completed another successful year, catching nearly 400 poachers, including ivory poachers.
RECORD $30,000 RAISED TO FIGHT POACHING IN VICTORIA FALLS
12 OCTOBER 2016
THE war on poaching has been given a record $30,000 boost by a fundraising golf tournament, coordinated and sponsored by Africa Albida Tourism, which is more than double the amount raised at last year’s event.
AFRICA ALBIDA TOURISM TAKES TOP NATIONAL AWARDS
24 SEPTEMBER 2015
AFRICA Albida Tourism’s flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has been voted the Best Resort Hotel for the 19th consecutive year by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA), cementing its position firmly at the top of the hospitality industry.
VICTORIA FALLS NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OPENING COUNTDOWN
11 MAY 2015
THE new $150 million international airport at Victoria Falls, which is set to change the face of the region, is just four months away from opening. Africa Albida Tourism chief executive Ross Kennedy said it had become very clear in the last few months that the travel industry now understood the importance of this development.
AFRICA ALBIDA TOURISM PROUD TO HOST SA LEGENDS IN VICTORIA FALLS
26 MARCH 2015
AFRICA Albida Tourism is thrilled to be hosting South African rugby greats as they take on their Zimbabwean counterparts in a clash in Victoria Falls on March 28.
AFRICA ALBIDA TOURISM WINS TOP TOURIST EXPERIENCE ACCOLADE
11 MARCH 2015
THE Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and Victoria Falls Safari Club have been named among the top seven southern African experiences for American travellers.