Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “We are so pleased to be
able to open for business after being closed for 100 days.” It follows the reopening of the
Victoria Falls rainforest yesterday.
“For the morale of hospitality people, it could not have come soon enough!
We look forward to welcoming guests back to the estate, albeit with only parts of the
business operating,” Kennedy said.
“We shall monitor demand, access and borders as the region awakens, then gradually open
more of the property,” he added.
“We have published some exciting special packages for the Zimbabwe market and already
have enquiries and bookings.
“We look forward to the day when all air and road access is open again so that this Natural
Wonder of the World, the Victoria Falls, can be seen by all.”
On July 10, eight Lokuthula Lodges, the Victoria Falls Safari Club central building, along with
eight rooms, as well as two Victoria Falls Safari Suites will open.
AAT operations manager Andy Conn said having had ample time to view the impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic unfolding around the world, the hospitality group had evolved its
health and safety protocols in accordance with WHO guidelines.
“Whilst we appreciate the dramatic impact of the pandemic, and hence the need to adopt
new protocols, we would ultimately like to ensure the guest experience is affected as little
as possible and a natural safari getaway can still be enjoyed.”
New protocols will include the temperature screening of guests and staff, the regular
sanitisation of facilities, availability of sanitisers, controlled staff and guest interaction and
ongoing staff training and education to identify risk and mitigate the spread of viruses.
AAT is a leading Zimbabwean hospitality group, operating a portfolio of properties in
Victoria Falls, namely, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls
Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show.