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For a real 'African Experience' M13601 is the place to stay! The lodge is stunningly perched on the very edge of the Batoka Gorge, offering superb views of the raging waters 200m below. Paths weave through native bush and gardens from the Lodge's central living area, viewing deck and pool to your secluded chalet. All of the furnishings at the Lodge have been fashioned from indigenous materials by local craftsmen.

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.
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M13601 is stunningly perched 230m above the Zambezi River on the edge of the Batoka Gorge with a stunning view over the gorge and the river.

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).

Reviews and Comments
No. Rating By / Subject

 1  Natalie Knibbs / Noot x 2
Dear Mervis

I had feedback from my client yesterday regarding his trip. Mervis, they were overwhelmed by the efficiency, friendliness and overall standard of Taita, who went out of their way and beyond the call of duty to make their stay a welcome and memorable one. Thank you to you and your staff for making this young man's 21st one to remember!

Kind regards
Natalie Knibbs

 2  Peter and Barbara Jacobs / Jacobs
Dear Anmarie & Faan – thank you so much for making our stay at the lodge so delightful – despite our early apprehensions you quickly showed us what a little gem is and well worth the 30 minute bumpy ride. Please give our regards to Teddy, Brighton and chef (sorry I have forgotten his name). We will sing your praises and spread the word!

Kind regards,
Peter and Barbara

 3  Jill Callander / Stay at M13601
We had the most fantastic time. Faan and Anne Marie at Taita Falcon made
us very welcome and the arrangements went like clockwork.

The accommodation was first class and a fabulous experience being out in
the bush. Faan shared some of his vast knowledge/experience of the area
with us, which we found very interesting. The time they shared with us
was great and this made our stay even more special. The setting was
awesome - a view to die for !

The food was also five star - ... view more including the birthday cake which they kindly
gave to Shona for her birthday.

I would highly recommend both yourself and the Taita Falcon for any visit
to Zambia !! Well Done all and many many thanks for a fantastic holiday.

We would love to return to Taita Falcon.

Look forward to speaking to you sometime in the future, and many thanks
once more for all your help in making the arrangements for us.

Kind regards

Jill & George

Shona and Diana