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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, April 09, 2009 - Elephant Hills is situated only 4 kilometres from the Victoria Falls and provides guests with a panoramic vista of the mighty Zambezi River and its surroundings. Comprising 276 spacious rooms, this stunning hotel offers a memorable blend of luxury and wilderness. Modern conferencing facilities and equipment are available for a maximum of 350 delegates, as are a host of sporting attractions, including Zimbabwe's largest outdoor pool, tennis and squash courts.
The Elephant Hills golf course was first opened for play at Victoria Falls in 1974, designed by international circuit star Gary Player. It was then, at over 8 500 metres, one of the toughest courses in the world.
The fairway grass is Bermuda, the seed of which was imported from South Africa. The greens grass is Tiff Dwarf, plugs of which were donated by the Triangle Country Club, propagated in Harare and subsequently transplanted at Elephant Hills.
The soils are of two main types, Kalahari sand and basalt and situated (at its closest point) some 70m from the Zambezi River. All vegetation along the course is indigenous and no exotic plants have been introduced.
There is a natural game path established between the course’s perimeter fence and the river to allowgame access to natural water. When the course was rebuilt in 1993 an electric fence was erected around the entire area as the game concentration in and around the Falls had increased dramatically with the drought of the mid 80’s and 90’s.
The availability of adequate supplies of water and the climatic conditions, which are conducive to quick, lush growth, together with the variety and large numbers of bird and other wildlife, i.e. impala, waterbuck, bushbuck, warthog, vervet monkeys, baboons, and a number of smaller mammals such as mongoose, hares, genets, civets etc. make Elephant Hills unique.
The water hazards have crocodiles that come and go through the fence and the course is home to a number of venomous and non-venomous snakes, leguuans and other reptiles. Kudu, black backed jackal, lion, cheetah and wild dog have been seen in recent times. There is also a semi-resident leopard on the course. Elephant can be seen just outside of the fence.
The proximity of the course to the Elephant Hills Resort itself provides an added attraction for the golfer.