Victoria Falls Hotel
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Fondly known as the 'Grand Old Lady of the Falls', the Victoria Falls Hotel was established in 1904 welcoming visitors from throughout colonial Africa and beyond. A wonderfully atmospheric hotel in a fantastic location, ten minutes walk from the falls.
At a Glance
High Tea on the terrace watching the spray from the Victoria Falls
Watch the sun rise through the spray from the lawn of the hotel
Absorb the history which seeps from every corner of the hotel
Just a short walk to the park gate of the Victoria Falls
Have a relaxing afternoon by the pool
Have high tea on the terrace with wonderful views of The Victoria Falls Bridge and spay from the Falls.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Wake up early and take a coffee out on to the lawns to stand and marvel at the tower of spray in the dawn light. This time of day, before the helicopter flights begin, and the bush is quiet is an incredible time to soak in the atmosphere of this unique place.Scott Dunn team
The oldest hotel in town, the Victoria Falls Hotel effortlessly captures the feeling of a bygone era with strong colonial touchesAnnie Foot
Enjoy the view across the lawns to the Victoria Falls Bridge and the view of the spray from the Falls during periods of high waterAnnie Foot
Afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel is something of an institution and is an absolute must for all guestsAnnie Foot
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Opening its doors in 1904, the Victoria Falls Hotel, the 'Grand Old Lady of the Falls', has seen it all over the years. Set in its commanding position with views down to the Victoria Falls Bridge and the column of spray that rises from the falls themselves, it is easy to see why this hotel has been a favorite of visitors for so long.
The grand rooms of the hotel are hung with portraits of colonial explorers, Matabele Chiefs and royal visitors of the past century. The corridors are lined with sable, eland and kudu horns, the size of which are hard to find in the wild today. Sitting on Stanley's Terrace with a deserved drink, warthogs digging in the lawn below, and the roar of the whitewater in the background, it is easy to let yourself imagine you have stepped into a past era.
The hotel is set in lush and well-established gardens providing plenty of space for all at the hotel and forming an relaxing oasis away from the drama of the waterfall, just a 10-minute walk away.
All rooms at the Victoria Falls Hotel are en-suite and air-conditioned. There are 161 rooms in all over a wide range: standard rooms are perfectly comfortable although quite small, the suites feature a sitting room in addition to the bedroom.
A feature of note are the vast Edwardian baths, many of which are claw footed and the water is piping hot. All rooms have satellite television and there's a same day laundry service. 24-hour room service is also available.
A number of rooms are inter-leading with private connecting doorways, perfect for families.
The Victoria Falls Hotel offers a range of dining options. The Livingstone Room is the most formal option with a classic à la carte menu and an award wining wine list, there is a dress code. More relaxed options include the Stanley's Terrace which serves light meals throughout the day and is the location for afternoon tea and sun downers with a view down to the Victoria Falls Bridge. The Jungle Junction offers a buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner and focuses on a menu that fuses western and African flavors.
The pool area is a great spot to relax during the heat of the day, the hotel offers full service by the pool and guests can choose from a full range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks as well as light meals and snacks. This is a great spot for lunch with the hotel often setting up a barbecue and salad bar in the shade of the trees next to the pool.
An in-house spa offers a full range of treatments, and a hair salon is located in the building.
All activities can be arranged at the activities desk in reception, or in advance of your visit. A visit to Victoria Falls is not complete without experiencing some of the fantastic activities on offer. Helicopter flights over the falls, sundowner cruises and fishing on the Zambezi, canoeing, golf and, for the more adventurous, white-water rafting and other adrenalin fuelled pursuits.
The hotel also has a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a business center.
Location & Directions
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls Hotel is located high above the Zambezi River on the Zimbabwean side of the magnificent natural wonder of the world, the Victoria Falls.
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.