You will feel at home with your hosts and staff who will see that your needs are catered for. You will also feel a keen sense of privilege with resident Taita and Peregrine Falcons, Vereaux Eagles and a vast array of other bird life. A sumptuous 3 course buffet dinner is served in the open sided dining area.
Each chalet is en-suite, with mosquito nets on all the beds. The chalets are open plan and constructed of reed and stone. We use mosquito coils in the rooms, and hot water bottles during the colder months. Of the 7 chalets, 2 can be made up to family rooms sleeping a maximum of 2 adults and 3 children. The remaining 5 chalets can be made up as either double, twin or triple rooms.
The atmosphere at M13601 is casual and informal and normal safari resort clothing is both practical and acceptable. During the summer months, cool clothing is essential, with long protective clothing for evenings. From May to September, it can be quite cold at night and in the early mornings, so warmer clothing is advised.
Hats, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, walking shoes and appropriate clothing and shoes for activities such as white water rafting or abseiling should be brought along. Binoculars are also advised. For white water rafting, shoes which are suitable for rock climbing but which can get wet and can be strapped securely to the foot are essential.
The Victoria Falls area is a photographers paradise, particularly along the Zambezi where one can capture wildlife scenes against a landscape of water and African vistas. A telephoto lens of 100-300mm is advised for both game and bird life, and ultra violet filters should be considered. For early morning and late afternoon game drives, high speed film is recommended. 35mm film can be developed and memory sticks downloaded in Livingstone.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
And so it was that in 1995, Faan and his wife Anmarie took on the challenging task of building M13601 where no road existed and with no Hardware Store around the corner to go to for building material. Undeterred and using indigenous materials from the surrounding bush, they meticulously set about making their dream a reality and the lodge slowly took shape. A self-taught carpenter from a nearby rural village was appointed to make the necessary furniture. This he did all by hand, from the chopping of a suitable tree, sawing the logs with a pit saw and producing the finished product with the very basic of tools. The personal attention to detail and the passion with which Faan and Anmarie built M13601 is still very alive today and they have since have seen many people from worldwide come and go. It is a way of life for them, and with infinite love and care, they continually upgrade and upkeep this eco-friendly lodge that they created.
2. What is your company's mission?
Owner managed, the lodge’s focus is on providing personalized service to each individual client.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We offer FULL BOARD and FULLY INCLUSIVE TOUR PACKAGES incorporating visits to the Victoria Falls, Cultural village tours, Guided bush and birds walks, Livingstone town tour and a Sunset cruise. Any of the numerous activities in the region can easily be arranged by the Lodge. A paradise for birders, M13601 also offers guided hiking trails in and around the Batoka Gorge. An ideal beginning or ending to your African Safari!
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
In 1995, Faan and his wife Anmarie took on the challenging task of building the lodge.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
2 Nights Package: This package includes the activities that almost every tourist that comes to Livingstone would like to do and that is the Victoria Falls Tour and the Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River. It also includes Airport Transfers among other things.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
I am glad I got the opportunity to return to M13601 with my new bride. She really enjoyed her stay there and is her favorite place of the whole trip, she is still raving about it to her friends now…..(David Jones – UK).
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