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 5 Star Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three 1S0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe.
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 of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquillity and seclusion that many guests seek. The famous Victoria Falls are just a ten-minute walk away using the hotel’s private pathway, and “the smoke that thunders” or “Mosi-O-Tunya” in the local dialect, is clearly audible and visible from this luxurious landmark.
World-class service, and food and beverage choice and preparation second to none, make the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike. 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. 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.
The ambience of the hotel is steeped in that history with all suites decorated in the gracious Edwardian style of Zimbabwe’s colonial era. 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. The latter, as the name suggests, has seen reigning monarchs, presidents and, more recently, many famous Hollywood stars among its privileged occupants. The corridors reflect and tell the history of this unique part of Africa, with particular reference to the building of the railway from Cape Town to what is now Zambia. It is very much part of the unrealised “Cape to Cairo” dream of Cecil John Rhodes.
Small executive meetings and private dining facilities are easily arranged for those who wish to combine a little business with a lot of pleasure, and all in a secluded and discreet environment.
A large swimming pool, two tennis courts, a library, reading rooms and chapel are part of the complex. Golfers can enjoy 18 holes on the championship course of the nearby sister hotel, Elephant Hills Resort.
For guests who wish to take in some game viewing, a five kilometre drive (or walk) brings them to the national park and, guided by professional rangers, they will seek out Zimbabwe’s “big five” – elephant, rhino, leopard, lion and buffalo – and be able to capture their encounters forever, on camera!
A sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River, just upstream from the magnificent falls, is another must for the visitor and will be arranged by hotel staff. Crocodiles, abundant hippo and new friends are the staple of these legendary exhilarating cruises.
But it is The Victoria Falls Hotel
that remains the major attraction for visitors. Waking up to the sound of “the smoke that thunders”, seeing the sun rise beneath the mist of one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the lunar rainbow at night, all the while soaking up the history and ambience of a bygone era, is more than unforgettable – it is unique. And brought to the world by African Sun’s flagship, The Victoria Falls Hotel
We currently only accept VISA credit cards at this hotel.
Activities at The Victoria Falls Hotel:
• 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
• 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.
The hotel is a continuous string of lavish experiences. Guests can cool off and enjoy the splendour of our glorious colonial swimming pool set amongst beautiful landscaped gardens, overlooking the famous Victoria Falls.
The hotel is delightfully quiet with several lounges and secluded areas to reflect. The Palm Lounge, bright and cool, is a peaceful and private corner in which to unwind, read and write.
The hotel has a well appointed shop specialising in colonial and ethnic memorabilia. An in-house touring desk is conveniently located for all your tour and car hire needs.
This gracious colonial-style hotel is set in lush gardens and includes:
• 3 Restaurants
• Edwardian style swimming pool
• Lounges and reading rooms (Bulawayo Room, Palm Lounge)
• In house tours, transfers and activities desk
• Conferencing facilities
• Complimentary Wifi throughout the hotel
• Library and reading rooms
• Curio shop
• Same day laundry
• Doctor on call
• Hair salon and beauty therapist
• 24 hour room service
• Packed breakfast & lunch
• Baby sitting services
• Open and secure parking
Accommodation at The Victoria Falls Hotel:
Echoing its glorious past, The Victoria Falls Hotel’s traditional rooms and suites are truly a five star experience. Style and sophistication are trademarks of the hotels executive suites, which are luxuriously appointed with décor being warm, inviting and rich with tradition.
All rooms are air conditioned with every modern amenity including digital satellite television and a personal safe. The old fashioned bath tubs of the stable wing turn the bathroom into a haven of relaxation. Rooms range from standard rooms, twin standard rooms, deluxe twin, standard suites, honeymoon suites and the famous royal suite.
The standard room services include same day laundry and 24 hour room service. Inter-leading rooms are also available for families where parents can occupy a room that links the neighbouring children’s room through a private doorway.
The hotel caters well for disabled guests with ramps linking specially designated rooms to all public areas of the hotel.
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)
• Air conditioning
• Smoke detectors & sprinkler system
• Shaver socket
• Complimentary early morning tea & coffee
• En-suite bathroom ( toilet, bathtub and shower)
Conferencing at The Victoria Falls Hotel:
The Victoria Falls Hotel has two conference rooms; the Pullman Suite and Centenary Room, both are well appointed with exquisite furnishings adding a new dimension of sophistication to conferencing.
Each conference room has elegant sprinklings of greenery in the form of well placed pot plants and flower vases. The rooms are suitable for meetings of between 8 and 40 people.
The Victoria Falls Hotel offers specially designed conferencing packages that include spouses’ programmes; these programmes include luxury spa treatments and tours such as elephant back safaris and Flight of angels. The quaint chapel, built in 1929 has been the venue of many weddings, and morning mass is held there every available Sunday.
The following standard equipment and services are available on request:
• Flip charts
• Overhead projectors
• White boards and markers
• Message boards
• Portable Television and VCR/DVD
• Dedicated registration and break away area
• Teas/coffees and lunch packages
• Spouse’ programmes are available
Dining at The Victoria Falls Hotel:
The Victoria Falls Hotel offers some of the finest cuisine in the country, with renowned veteran chefs you are guaranteed an exquisitely prepared meal at every sitting. Both the Livingstone Room and Jungle Junctions restaurants offer meticulously prepared menus that are impressive and varied. The hotel is distinguished for its five star service that is intentionally aimed to leave every guest feeling like royalty. A fine selection of wines and liquers are available to accompany each dining experience.
Enjoy dinner in the elegant Livingstone Room, with a classic a la carte or 7 course degustation menu and award winning wine list. Whilst the Livingstone Room reflects the century old hotels style of grandeur and opulence, the dress code has been relaxed for the convenience of the guest and no longer requiring jacket and tie. Dress code is however still smart - smart trousers, long sleeved collared shirt and closed shoes for men. Strictly no jeans, safari wear, shorts, sandals or sneakers. The Livingstone Room has a maximum seating capacity of 120 pax.
Dining at the Jungle Junction offers an unforgettable experience with a fusion of African flavours. Entertainment from ethnic groups epitomises the spirit of Africa. Jungle Junction is the ideal venue for incentives groups. The Jungle Junction has a maximum seating capacity of 140 pax.
Stanleys Terrace is a must for light meals throughout the day. Traditional high tea is served every afternoon, with spectacular views of The Victoria Falls Bridge and the Victoria Falls themselves. Stanleys Terrace is the ideal location for sundowners and offers a table d`hôte menu with an a la carte menu on offer after 1100hrs. Stanleys Terrace has a maximum seating capacity of 100 pax.
24 hour room service
All guests have access to an extensive choice of snacks and meals from the room service menu. Our staff is dedicated to meeting any special requirements and will make every effort to supply meals that may not be on the menu at that moment.
Nothing is more relaxing than a sundowner in this snug bar. Enjoy the hotel’s famous cocktails or a gin and tonic at Stanley’s Bar whilst listening to the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls. Stanley Bar has a maximum seating capacity of 30 pax.
Located next to the poolside this open air bar serves a full range of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. Guests can also order light meals and snacks that are served under the thatched gazebos. Live ethnic entertainers perform everyday at lunch time. The pool area has a maximum seating capacity of 70 pax.