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“A special place in Kariba”
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Hornbill Lodge
Ranked #1 of 2 Kariba B&B and Inns
Reviewed 4 September 2016

I stayed here for just one night on my way to the Matusadona national park, and wished I had stayed a few more days here. Hornbill is a creatively designed lodge, within a beautifully landscaped garden and perched up on Mica point providing panoramic views of lake Kariba.
It is a place that you could use as a base to explore the surrounding area, a starting point for you fishing adventure or just a lovely place to relax in. The thatched rooms are cool and comfortable. They are also uniquely designed with no door at the entrance, just spectacular views of the lake instead, with stunning sun rises and sun sets to be enjoyed whilst in bed!! Your privacy whilst in the shower or toilet is however not compromised as there is a half wall separating that area from the rest of the room.
Sunny is an excellent host and goes out of her way to ensure your stay is a very enjoyable one. The meals too are superb.
I will be coming back for a longer stay next time.

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  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

SUPERB food - great ingredients, cooking and presentation. Rooms are very unusual and beautiful but the open front meant that it was hard to sleep during a windy/stormy night. But excellent mosquito nets helped. Small pool provides social swimming dips and lounging under shade umbrellas

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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

It was meant to be a stopover on our way to the Matusadona, but it turned out to be the most hospitable, friendly, flexible and lovely place we could possibly have wished for. We spent one night on our way to Matusadona and another night on our way back. The little chalets are beautifully decorated, very well equipped, clean and set up with a view of the lake. The team are most helpful and fitted around all our numerous requirements for laundry, storing food, serving a super-early breakfast (the food was generally amazing), organising bubbly for celebrating as well as advice for our stay in the National park as well as our road trip into Zambia following on from there. Our kids (6 and 10) also loved the place (including the three dogs). If we're ever in the area again we'll definitely go back.

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Stayed a few days here. Marvelous. Perfectly run, great views, tasteful decor, small pool, clean, safe.... This is so tranquil and laid back, tempted to just stay another day and another day.... Not far from harbors for boats or the Zambia border. Absolutely worth a visit

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

After having spent a month in Zambia travelling to the most out of the way and amazing places and thoroughly enjoying every moment, it was Zim's turn to show off. Thank you Sunny for your smiley welcome and great sense of humour. You made our stay memorable. Everything was fabulous; our rooms, yummy dinner with that superb ice cream (and a great rendition of the Titanic theme song), an excellent breakfast, all which had us vowing to return. We hope that you've managed to find the names of a few more hornbills.

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 March 2016

The biggest surprise if you visit Zimbabwe. Fantastic chalets with unsurpassed views, a beautiful location overlooking Lake Kariba. Chalets are open at the front so you sleep under the stars which is unbelievable experience. Friendly staff and the owner Sunny made our stay unforgettable. The food was very good and Sunny had sandwiches prepared for us for our journey through Zambia. A place to recommend. Thanks from Nia and François Van Damme

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

The most luxurious place to stay in Zimbabwe. By far. Attention to detail is second-to-none and the food is exquisite. The rooms are very clean and the decor is just gorgeous. We woke one morning to zebra in the garden! The views over the lake are breath taking and we couldn't have asked for a better reception from the owners. A perfect stay in Africa and we can't wait to return.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hornbill Lodge

Address: 797 Mica Point, Kariba, Zimbabwe
Region: Zimbabwe > Mashonaland West Province > Kariba
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Kariba
Price Range: $259 - $261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Is a small intimate lodge, situated on Mic Point, Kariba. Hornbill Lodge offers very comfortable accommodation for twelve with spectacular views of Lake Kariba. The main building houses the bar, dining and lounge area. ... more   less 
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