Less than three miles from the thundering falls, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is an ideal launching point for explorations of this Wonder of the World. This deluxe 72-roomed African Lodge—recently named as one of the Top 25 Resorts & Safari Camps in Africa by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler—prides itself on hospitality, superb food and of course the uninterrupted views of the landscape from its plateau perch. The lodge was created with a keen eye for detail: all of the en-suite, air-conditioned rooms are decorated in rich hardwoods, thatch and bright-colored local fabrics, and each has a private balcony overlooking the unfenced Zambezi National Park. The friendly service from the Zimbabwean staff is a hallmark of this lodge, and you’ll experience this firsthand at the award-winning Boma Restaurant. Partially open to the African skies and sheltered by the indigenous Gusu forest, the restaurant specializes in a superb selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes. The lodge is also well known for its entertainment, whether it is Ndebele performers captivating guests with their energetic songs and dances, or a sangoma (traditional story teller) regaling people with local folklore. In addition to providing convenient access to the Falls, the lodge offers a wide range of activities from guided safari walks and game drives to white water rafting and river cruises.