Victoria Falls Safari Club construction complete 2 weeks ahead of schedule

The stylish Victoria Falls Safari Club, featuring four superior suites and 16 club rooms, is set to open its doors on 15 August 2012, setting a new benchmark in luxury accommodation in this top choice tourist destination. The lavish Club will blend the enchanting power of nature with modern comforts to create an exclusive atmosphere that is distinctly African.

Construction of this superb new addition to the Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) portfolio started in November 2011 and was completed two weeks ahead of schedule. Speaking at the Safari Club’s roof wetting ceremony held on 02 August to celebrate the completion of the construction project, AAT Chairman Dave Glynn said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled with the way the project progressed. The contractors and their team of sub-contractors have all worked to a tight schedule and completed the task at hand with precision and little disruption to the operations of the main hotel. The site was always tidy and work done with a minimal amount of noise and disruption to guests. The contractors have to be commended for a job extremely well done. We are now putting final touches to the Safari Club and look forward to welcoming our first guests on the very day we open.’ The Safari Club team, led by Club Manager Claire Wright, is eager to receive the first guests and has been undergoing extensive training in preparation for the opening.

Remarked Ross Kennedy, AAT Chief Executive, ‘Hospitality projects such as these are notorious worldwide for running well over time and budget and thus tour operators and agents are always sceptical. For this project we have good news for them – a green light to book because we are ready!’ Kennedy added that interest in the Safari Club in the build-up to opening has been extremely encouraging with many international tour operators already featuring it in their 2013 brochures, with a number of USA, Australian and European Union operators requesting special launch packages to promote in their markets.

Through the use of local materials such as thatch, gum poles, stone and sand, the $2,7 million development has been in line with AAT’s policy to reduce the organisation’s carbon footprint. During the construction of the new Club wing several trees were translocated into a nursery and are now being replanted. In addition, contractors were strictly controlled to prevent them from trampling haphazardly over the fragile and precious environment.

Contractor Dale Kiggen commented that it had been an honour to work on the Safari Club project and he was confident that the Safari Club would soon become the number one address in Victoria Falls. Kiggen Construction has had a long association with Victoria Falls Safari Lodge having been the contractors that built the lodge back in 1994.

Located adjacent to the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the flagship property of AAT, the Safari Club will boast rooms that are 50% larger than those at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, giving a sense of abundant space. The exclusive club ethos will be reflected in such features as butler service, private check-in and check-out and a multi-functional area that includes a bar, lounge and terrace.

Having hosted the hugely successful Africa Travel Association (ATA) global congress in May 2012, Victoria Falls is gearing now for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly in late August 2013 that is expected to attract more than 3,000 delegates from around the world and Victoria Falls Safari Club is set to be a top choice for accommodation for the congress delegates.

For further information and visual please contact Dionne Collett T: +27 (0)31 564 8338 E: dionne@take-note.co.za