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Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Best for: Highlights, Honeymoon
The Victoria Falls Hotel is the grand old lady of the Victoria Falls. The Victoria Falls Hotel's inimitable colonial elegance, polished service and stunning falls views have made it a favourite for over a century, and its historic charm still resonates.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls” and is a must for anyone who enjoys a bit of history. The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished but has not lost the charm of the freshly polished floors and treasured antiquities. Set in lush tropical gardens with rolling lawns, lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion.
The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway. It has 161 rooms comprising 37 standard rooms, 58 traditional rooms, 48 deluxe rooms, 7 junior suites, 4 honeymoon suites, 6 executive suites and the Royal Suite. A large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, reading rooms and chapel are part of the complex. The bedrooms and suites have recently undergone a soft refurbishment, as well as some of the public areas. Golfers can enjoy 18 holes on the championship course of the nearby sister hotel, Elephant Hills Resort. The opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets and ethnic entertainment in the evenings, offer variety and wide choice of dinning opportunities. Stanley’s Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas. The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century.
When to go
There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celcius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi
Take to the water towards the end of the day for an atmospheric cruise on the mighty Zambezi before watching the sunset over a cold drink. Make sure you keep your binoculars and camera handy as there is plenty to see along the river.
During low water (August-January), take a dip in the ultimate infinity pool whilst visiting Livingstone Island perched on the lip of Victoria Falls. Not for the faint heart, an exhilarating plunge into the pool is our top Livingstone recommendation.
Ra-Ikane River Cruises
Cruise along the mighty Zambezi River in the Ra-Ikane, a luxurious boat fashioned after David Livingstone's exploration boat. Reminiscent of the rich history of the explorers of Victoria Falls, this is the perfect opportunity to spot incredible wildlife.
Fishing in Zimbabwe
No visit to Zimbabwe is complete without trying your hand at fishing in the Zambezi. It is possible to catch tiger fish, bream, catfish, tilapia and many other species throughout the country
Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls
Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls to witness one of the seven wonders of the natural world from the air. A flight over the Falls gives a dramatic perspective of the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Microlight flight over the Victoria Falls
Experience the majestic Victoria Falls in a truly unique way from the open cockpit of a piloted microlight where you can hear the roar of water right below your feet and see the falls from a whole new perspective.
Tea at Victoria Falls Hotel
High tea at the old colonial Victoria Falls Hotel should not be missed. Sitting on the terrace with the sound of the Falls in the background is a truly fantastic experience.
Bungee Jumping in Victoria Falls
For the thrill seekers out there, can you find a more spectacular setting to experience a bungee jump than from the Victoria Falls Bridge? For those who dare, this is a 111 metre jump of pure adrenaline.
Victoria Falls National Park
Take in the Falls in all their glory with a walk through the Victoria Falls National Park. It is recommended to view the Falls from the Zimbabwean side as you can enjoy extensive views of the Falls as you wind your way along the pathways.
White-water rafting on the Zambezi
Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Zambezi River on the rapids below Victoria Falls. This stretch of water is home to the largest number of high volume Grade 5 rapids on the planet. An adrenaline fuelled experience in a dramatic setting.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Matobo Hills, Hwange, Victoria Falls, Lake Kariba and Mana Pools
An extensive trip around Zimbabwe taking in the impressive Matobo Hills, an exciting safari in Hwange, the magnificent Victoria Falls, a wilderness stay at Lake Kariba and an activity and wildlife-filled stay in Mana Pools.
Okavango Delta, Chief's Island, Chobe and the Zambezi, Victoria Falls
This trip is fantastic, for 3 reasons - Incredible luxury, amazing locations and exceptional game viewing.
Harare, Eastern Highlands, Masvingo, Matobo Hills, Hwange, Victoria Falls
Explore Zimbabwe and get under the skin of this diverse and scenic country on this self-drive adventure which is perfect for those who are adventurous of spirit. Taking in many highlights of the country including Great Zimbabwe, Hwange and Victoria Falls!