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Victoria Falls Hotel

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- Historic hotel in elegant grounds
- Exclusive access to Victoria Falls
- Pool, spa and numerous dining options
- Wide range of activities nearby

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Overview

The Victoria Falls Hotel is a prestigious colonial establishment situated in the town of Victoria Falls, northwest Zimbabwe. Built in 1904, this historic hotel from the Meikles and African Sun portfolios offers 161 rooms, a spa, tennis courts, and a large swimming pool, all housed in beautiful gardens with stunning views of the iconic Victoria Falls. A ten minute walk through verdant grounds brings guests to a private entrance with exclusive access to the falls.

The hotel’s communal areas comprise an elegant Edwardian lounge, and a formal dining room offering a la carte dinners and dancing to live music. Note that a smart casual dress code applies. The thatched, alfresco Jungle Junction has a laid back atmosphere, serving buffet style, African cuisine, along with nightly entertainment. Light meals and afternoon teas are available on the hotel terrace, which has splendid views of the majestic falls. The hotel’s cocktail bar is ideal for sundowners, whilst the bar beside the large swimming pool serves drinks and snacks. Further guest facilities include a gym, spa, gift shop, and hair salon, plus a library, and an internet lounge. Art lovers will enjoy the hotel’s contemporary sculpture exhibition and art gallery.

Activities available locally include canoeing, golf, and horse riding, whilst thrill seekers can partake in bungee jumping, white water rafting, and abseiling. Not to be missed is a breath-taking helicopter flight over Victoria Falls, at their most impressive from April to June. Back at the hotel, guests can enjoy tennis or a gym workout, relax in the pool, or indulge in a spot of pampering at the spa.

Accommodation comprises 161 rooms and suites, all with complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, minibar, hot drink facilities, and 24 hour room service. Several rooms have wonderful views of the Victoria Falls Bridge. Options range from the modestly sized standard rooms, which have twin or double beds and an ensuite bath with overhead shower, to deluxe rooms, which feature a larger bathroom. The stables deluxe rooms are larger still, boasting bathrooms with twin showers and a freestanding bath tub. The Honeymoon Suites feature romantic four poster beds and are ideal for couples, whilst the spacious Executive Suites have a separate bedroom and lounge, a luxurious bathroom, and a walk-in closet. Finally, the Royal Suite offers two interconnecting bedrooms and a separate lounge, plus a private balcony, and butler service.

Children are extremely welcome at the hotel. Guests under two years of age stay free of charge, and discounts are offered for under 12s. A number of interconnecting rooms are available, which are ideal for families. Cots are available upon request, and babysitting can be arranged.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 506 reviews

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

    MissingZoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019

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