Victoria Falls Hotel


The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It was the very first hotel to be built in Victoria Falls and is one of only three 1S0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The hotel was built by the British to be used as accommodation for railway workers who were building the now iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, which crosses the Zambezi River to link the countries of Zimbabwe and Zambia. It has now become one of the most famous luxury hotels in the world. The National Railways of Zimbabwe still have a share of the hotels ownership, currently holding a 50/50 partnership with a hospitality group.

The Edwardian-style five-star hotel, built in 1904, was recently redecorated and refurbished and now combines the charm of the old with the convenience and amenities of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion. 

What can you do at Victoria Falls Hotel?

Follow the private path from the hotel gardens down to the entrance of the Victoria Falls rainforest in just 10 minutes and you will be able to witness the amazing Victoria Falls waterfall up close. You can gain the best views from Victoria Falls National Park, and there's plenty to do in the town itself such as trying out authentic African cuisine at the Boma buffet restaurant, or finding out about Zimbabwean culture at the many different museums in the area. 

There are world-class facilities on site, including a mini fitness room, a beauty spa and even a hair salon, to help you to look and feel your best during your stay. Dining is also available on site, with internationally trained chefs offering exquisite menus at both of the hotel’s restaurants. The staff are very friendly and provide an excellent service. There is also a range of additional family-friendly activities to do during your stay at the hotel including safari trips to the surrounding national parks, trips on the historic Rovos railway and luxury cruises down the Chobe river.

When to visit the Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls experiences a mild and dry winter from June to mid-August so is an all year round destination but the weather does have an effect on the water flow of the waterfall, so it's wise to consider the timing of your visit. Rain and flooding sometimes occurs in January and February meaning that the river will peak and swell by April to May and the water flow at the falls is at its greatest volume. “The smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from the hotel as well so the hotel is the ideal site for seeing one of the seven wonders at any time of the year.


Our Thoughts

Still going strong after 100 plus years the combination of history, colonial charm and wonderful service means that this grand old hotel is still the choice for discerning visitors to the Falls.

  • Complimentary Wifi throughout the Hotel
  • On site Beauty Spar
  • Hair Saloon and Chapel
  • Edwardian swimming pool
  • All weather tennis court
  • Casino ( 500m away )
  • Stanley’s Terrace - Delightful setting for light meals throughout the day, Traditional Afternoon Tea is served daily with the most spectacular views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray from the Falls
  • Livingstone Room - Dinner and live music in the elegant Edwardian Livingstone Room is a must for anybody staying at the hotel – please note our dress code is more relaxed than yester years –  jackets and ties are no longer compulsory
  • Jungle Junction - Dining here offers a taste of Africa with a fusion of flavours and ethnic entertainment of local dancers
  • Stanley’s Bar - Perfect place for a G&T or sample the hotels signature cocktails whilst listening to the roar of the mighty Falls

Each room with its own unique look also comprise of the following:

  • Digital satellite television
  • Safety deposit box
  • Bath tub and shower
  • Bar fridge (only in deluxe rooms and suites)
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke detectors & sprinkler system
  • Telephone
  • Shaver socket
  • Complimentary early morning tea & coffee
  • En-suite bathroom (toilet, bathtub and shower)

Standard Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Executive Suites, Royal Suite.

  • Sundowner Cruise
  • Flight of Angels (helicopter flight over The Victoria Falls (6-Seater)
  • Bungee jumping
  • Lion walk
  • Elephant Back Safaris
  • Float plane ultra light
  • Microlighting - one passenger
  • Canoeing
  • White water rafting
  • Day and night game drive
  • Game walk
  • Full day game drives at Hwange
  • Tour of the Victoria Falls
  • Victoria Falls Steam Safari Express
  • Horse Trails
  • Casino available at The Kingdom at Victoria Falls – only 500m away
  • Golf - 18-hole Championship course at The Elephant Hills Resort about 5km away

Children of all ages are welcoming at Victoria Falls Hotel with baby sitting if required.

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