Reinout De Gruijter and his wife Vinciane Geelhand de Merxem built Stanley Safari Lodge and opened it in 2004. Located a mile and a half from Victoria Falls, the ten-room Lodge is set on a hill bordering Mosi oa Tunya National Park. We hear that guests of the lodge get unrivaled views of the spray from the Falls in the distance as well as of the scenic Zambezi River and sunsets.
To facilitate the transition, de Gruijter will work closely with the Robin Pope Safaris team primarily in marketing the property. RPS will honor at contracted rates all existing lodge bookings. Contracts currently in place will also be met where possible. The booking process and email address at Stanley Safaris remain unaffected.
Robin Pope Safaris pioneered village tourism in Zambia, and is highly active in various conservation initiatives. The company is under the leadership of Rob Clifford, Margaux and Ton de Rooy. RPS has properties in Zambia (South Luangwa National Park) and Malawi (Pumulani on Lake Malawi and Mkulumadzi in Majete Wildlife Reserve), and is set to open a new property in Malawi’s Liwonde National Park – adding another safari experience in that country. “Stanley Safari Lodge is a welcome addition to the Robin Pope Safaris family, enhancing our circuit and experience,” said Ton de Rooy. “Reinout is for us an important partner, and he will remain involved and may, from time to time, still be seen marketing his baby.”