The Sunday Mail
Anald Musonza has been appointed general manager of Africa Albida Tourism’s Victoria Falls properties, managing Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club, Victoria Falls Safari Suites, Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma — Dinner & Drum Show.
Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive, Mr Ross Kennedy said: “It is always extremely gratifying when former employees return to the team here at Africa Albida Tourism. Anald Musonza will be the third such person that we welcome back in just a few months!
“This follows Thomas Koke, as The Boma executive chef in late 2018, and Bryony Acutt, as Group Sales & Brand Manager in early 2019. It speaks a lot about who we are, and how the business has grown and will continue to grow,” Kennedy said.
Mr Kennedy said it had been an incredible year for Zimbabwe tourism, and for the hospitality group.
A leading UK publication, The Telegraph, recently named the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Victoria Falls Safari Club and Ngoma Safari Lodge, in Chobe, Botswana in their Best Hotels in Africa list.
This comes at a time when Zimbabwe is already experiencing a surge in tourist arrivals, which is expected to continue, with three iconic travel guides — Frommer’s, National Geographic Traveller and Lonely Planet – listing the country as a top destination for 2019.
In The Telegraph’s list, both Victoria Falls Safari Lodge— described as having “fabulous sunset views and a waterhole in the ground frequented by wildlife” — and the 20-room luxury boutique Victoria Falls Safari Club scored 8/10.
Ngoma Safari Lodge, where “zebras and giraffes wander past the panoramic window of your stand-alone luxury suite which overlooks the Chobe River floodplain”, scored 9/10.
“Destination recognition keeps rolling in, and we are so proud to see this specific acknowledgment for three of our properties in The Telegraph.
“There is a very apt saying that states: ‘You will be measured by the company that you keep’. In this case, we are thrilled to be on the same list and in the company of so many of Africa’s great properties across the continent.
“We continually seek to enhance our products and the experiences offered to our guests and that ethos will continue long into the future,” Mr Kennedy said.
Other Zimbabwean hotels to make the list were Singita Pamushana Lodge, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Camelthorn Lodge, Chikwenya, Amalinda Lodge, Zambezi Sands River Camp, Matetsi Victoria Falls, Bomani Tented Lodge, Zambezi Expeditions, Davison’s Camp, The Victoria Falls Hotel, Somalisa Acacia, The Elephant Camp, Camp Hwange, Little Gorges, Gorges Lodge, The Hide, Ruckomechi Camp, Khulu Bush Camp and Flatdog Lodge.
Both Frommer’s and National Geographic Traveller have listed Zimbabwe as one of the 19 must-see destinations in the world in 2019, with the latter placing it at number 9, the highest ranking for any African country.
Lonely Planet, another leading travel guide, listed Zimbabwe as the third destination of the top 10 countries in Best of Travel 2019 list, stating: “Not only is it one of Africa’s safest destinations, it’s one blessed with ultra-friendly locals, Big Five-filled national parks, World Heritage-listed archaeological ruins, forested mountains and, of course, the mighty Victoria Falls”.
Frommer’s cited political stability following the change in leadership in the country, easier access with the expansion of Victoria Falls International Airport, and relative affordability, combined with the allure of wildlife and the world’s largest waterfall.
National Geographic Traveller said: “Zimbabwe’s new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, seems keen to invest in tourism. And while there’s been economic and political turbulence, the safety of tourists hasn’t come into question”.