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We flew from Windhoek to Vic Falls by way of Maun, Botswana yesterday morning. It was a little bit bumpy in a very small plane. Not my favorite way to travel, but it got us there quickly. We had to pay $75USD to get an entry visa. It took ages to get it, luckily our plane only had eleven passengers or it would have taken longer. Our transfer was …
Start of the trip after delays at LHR and a fluid free zone on the plane. Met a couple at check in who where on the same trip, Zoe and Gareth (Brother and sister) and we proceeded to get aquainted with vic falls and all it had to offer....which seems to be the falls and that's all, unless you do the Lion park as we found out from two new arrivals …
This morning we loaded in to a van and headed for Zimbabwe. The ride was pretty spectacular on both sides of the border and it was very quick even though we had quite a long wait at the border (there were loads of us on the van). Once we got in to Zimbabwe it was steady upward drive (naturally, we were going to see a waterfall after all) with a few …
In 1983 Zimbabwe is relatively prosperous. The farms have not been taken over etc. Lush green after Botswana. The bakeries make some pretty good bread. Went to see Victoria Falls. They are everything they are cracked up to be. I have only one regreat thou, I didn't take the airplane ride over the falls. I should have but the beer was cold in the …
Hi All So after a fantastic wedding and seeing all our wonderful friends and family back home, we needed a little time out just Brendon and Me. We flew up to Vic falls for a little touch of Africa. We stayed at the beautiful Vic Falls hotel, which although looked a little worn was still 5 star service and fantastic food. We were limited in picking …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Victoria Falls Hotel
I often visited Victoria Falls hotel several times and my stay was always wonderful
Known as "the grand old lady of the Falls", The hotel is situated on a World Heritage site surrounded by lush gardens and rolling lawns and is just a ten minute walk from the Victoria Falls. This is the one hotel that can truly claim to be unique.
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This is a wonderful hotel with a great restaurant and grounds and only a short walk from town and the falls. The rooms were a bit small but nicely appointed with a very comfortable bed. If you want colonial charm and comfort, the Victoria Falls Hotel is the place to go. We would definitely recommend it.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Victoria Falls Hotel
We have just returned from a five day stay at the Victoria Falls hotel celebrating our 25 year wedding anniversary.
The hotel is magnificent and the people working there are very friendly and helpful. The hotel reminds one of the Victorian era with wide passages and big verandas where one can sip cocktails while looking at the magnificent views. The room where very comfortable with the biggest bed we ever saw with the Victorian theme very evident complete with mosquito net. Breakfast is a feast so we seldom had lunch and rather waited for dinner. The pool area is lovely, with waiters catering for all needs. You even could have lunch there at tables around the pool. The pool was also nice and roomy if you want to do laps working of the breakfast. The hotel has a spa. My wife had a massage which she said was very good.
A very nice place to go and relax. Beware of money changers on the street where they offer you a better rate than the official bank rate. It is against the law a can land you in jail. The Victoria Falls is magnificent and we took some nice photographs.
The restaurants at the casino next to the hotel are very expensive and we would recommend a local restaurant called Mamma Africa just next to the railway station where real Africa food is offered at very good prices with very good live music. We also tried the Boma restaurant. Nice but expensive.
We also went on a sunset cruise and night drive which the hotel organized.
At the market be prepared to bargain hard and start at half the price first offered.
Overall I would say the hotel offers good value for money. We will definitely return.
Best access to the falls
The Victoria Falls Hotel is an old Victorian style hotel which has very well-appointed public spaces. Its rooms are also very comfortable and stylish. On the grounds are wart hogs, monkeys, and baboons. This hotel has the best access to the falls. Given the fact that the falls were completely dry on the Zambia side because this was the dry season, this was pretty important. A security guard is on the path leading the falls, which makes the environment safe. This is the only place to stay when visiting Victoria Falls.
Vom Hotel begeistert
Außer dem historischen Kontext des Hotels, hat uns auch das Personal sehr gut gefallen. Nicht einmal bin ich jemanden dort begegnet, der mir kein freundliches Lächeln entgegengebracht und mich gefragt hat, wie es mir geht. Die Lage des Hotels war exzellent. Wir saßen auf dem wunderbaren Rasen und haben den Bungeespringern zugesehen, wie sie in der Ferne von der Victoria Falls Bridge gesprungen sind (der höchste kommerzielle Bungeesprung der Welt). Der einzige Minuspunkt des Hotels war, dass die meisten Speisen dort sehr teuer waren (man konnte aber zu Fuß schnell zum Kingdom nebenan gehen, wo es preisgünstigere Gerichte gab). Wenn man den Pfad zu den Wasserfällen entlang gelaufen ist, dann traf man dort auf viele Händler, die Touristen regelrecht nötigen, deren Sachen zu kaufen. Das Hotel hat einen Sicherheitsdienst und auch die Regierung schützt die Touristen auf dem Pfad mit Sicherheitsbeamten vor Übergriffen. Wenn Sie also nichts mit den Händlern zu tun haben wollen, dann bitten Sie einfach einen Sicherheitsmann, Sie zum Eingang der Wasserfälle zu begleiten. Wir hatten eine wunderbare Zeit und haben die warmherzige Gastfreundschaft der Simbabwer genossen. Wir kommen auf jeden Fall wieder.
Wir kommen gerade von einer einwöchigen Reise aus Simbabwe wieder. Dabei haben wir 3 Nächte im Victoria Falls Hotel und 3 Nächte im Matetsi Game Lodge verbracht. Das Hotel ist ein beeindruckendes prachtvolles altes Gebäude der Kolonialzeit, voller antiker Möbel und Gegenstände. Die Lage ist einmalig an den Fällen, da es auf die Brücke darunter schaut und man die Gicht der Fälle auch sehen kann. Unser Zimmer war mit Blick auf die Brücke und die wunderschönen Gärten. Es war purer Luxus, wenn morgens der Kellner einem den Kaffee auf einem Silbertablett im Zimmer serviert hat und man dabei die Aussicht genießen konnte. Der Standard des Services war exzellent, es gab immer ausreichend Personal, das sich um einen gekümmert hat. Wir haben viele der Angestellten dort näher kennen gelernt, die alle unglaublich freundlich waren. Wir hatten Bedenken wegen der Reise nach Simbabwe, wegen des Zusammenbruchs der Wirtschaft, sind aber froh, dass wir uns davon nicht haben abschrecken lassen. Trotz der Probleme war die Qualität des Essens und der Getränke exzellent. Gefallen hat uns nur nicht, das diejenigen von uns, die mit südafrikanischen Rand bezahlt haben, für die Abendessen und Getränke relativ viel ausgeben mussten, aber dann wiederum übernachtete man im Tophotel der Gegend. Es war schon herzerweichend vom Manager zu hören, dass dieses Jahr das Beste für das Hotel war seit 1999. Sie sollten sich nicht abschrecken lassen, das Land und dessen wunderbare Einwohner zu besuchen und ich kann Ihnen dabei das Vic Falls Hotel sehr, sehr empfehlen.
We have just returned from a week in Zimbabwe spending 3 nights at the Victoria Falls Hotel and 3 nights at Matetsi Game Lodge.The hotel is an impressive grand old building of a byegone colonial era full of antique furniture and memoribilia.The setting is unsurpassed at the Falls as it overlooks the gorge below them and one can see the spray of the Falls themselves.Our room overlooked the gorge and the beautiful gardens.It was pure luxury to have morning coffee brought to the room by a smiling waiter on a silver tray and to contemplate the view.The standard of the service is excellant with a large number of staff to cater to your every need.We got ot know a number of the staff who were incredibly friendly and hospitable.We did have misgivings about travelling to zimbabwe because of the virtual collapse of the economy, but are so glad that we were not deterred.Despite these problems the standard of food and beverages was excellant.The only reservation we had was that for those of us paying in South African rands the dinners and drinks were relatively pricey, but then you staying at the top hotel in the area.It was heartening to hear from the manager that this year has been the best for the hotel since 1999.People should not be deterred from visiting this country and its beautiful people and we would strongly recommend that they stay at The Vic Falls Hotel.
We loved this hotel
Aside from the historical context of this hotel, resident staff are what made our stay so pleasant. Not once did someone cross my path without giving me a friendly smile and asking me how I was. The location of the hotel is excellent. We sat on the lovely lawn and watched bungee jumpers from a distance jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge (the highest commercial bungee jump in the world). The one downfall of the hotel is that most meals are quite expensive. (Once can take a short walk to Kingdom next door for more reasonably priced meals). When taking the path to the falls, there are quite a few vendors which tend to hassle tourists to purchase their curios. The hotel hires security and the government's tourist security also patrol the path. So if you don't want to deal with vendors, ask the guard to accompany you on your walk from the hotel to the entrance of the falls.
I would suggest going to the post on 'what do you suggest for money'
to help make your trip as pleasant as ours was. We had a great time and enjoyed the warm hospitality of Zimbabweans. We will definitely go back.
We are from South Africa and we had a excellent stay,one of the best hotels
We stayed in this hotel this summer and also last summer.
Beautiful hotel, celebrating it's 101 year anniversary.
Directly looks out to the bridge and the falls.
Close to walk to shops and around the corner from it's sister hotel/casino .
Victoria Falls is between the two countries of ZIMBABWE and ZAMBIA. We stayed in nice hotels on both sides. This is a beauiful hotel . There are most tourists on the ZAMBIA side right now, but the ZIMBABWE side is very friendly and needs the business. The meals were lovely, fine dining supurb.
This is definitely one of the top three hotels to stay in in Victoria Falls in our opinion. All are very very nice and beautiful. The currency in ZIMBABWE is not doing well, so credit cards and American Dollars or Euros are accepted and welcomed more than the Zim dollar.
Loved this hotel
The location and design of this hotel is just superb. The hotel is straight from Edwardian times with fantastic public rooms and a wonderfull terrace. Our bedroom was in the original part of the hotel and although small the room was superbly equipped with edwardian style tester bed. The key asset the hotel has are its staff - each of whom goes out of their way to make your stay special...in a country whre service is not great they go the extra mile. The food was fantastic and the outdoor restaurant really pleasant. Highly recommend this hotel