Victoria Falls Hotel

Situated in Victoria Falls over looking the Victoria Falls Bridge

The Victoria Falls Hotel is without doubt one of the world’s iconic five-star hotels. Built in 1904 this Edwardian-style hotel commands prime position overlooking the magnificent Victoria Falls.

The writer has stayed at the Victoria Falls Hotel on many occasions in the past and it has never failed to deliver. It is always such a pleasure to witness guests absolute delight and appreciation at what this ‘Queen of Hotels’ offers. Zimbabwe has been through some tough times but all through that period the Victoria Falls Hotel has maintained high standards and remained a shining star through the darkest years.

Staying at the Victoria Falls Hotel is an experience in itself and it is no wonder that it has featured in the ‘Leading Hotels of the World’ for so many years. In 2013 the hotel undertook a major refurbishment programme and in the same year the Livingstone Room restaurant achieved recognition as one of the world’s top 10 hotel restaurants.

The hotel is in easy reach of all the facilities on offer in the Victoria Falls area yet is set in its own quiet location away from all the hustle and bustle. The gardens of the hotel are magnificent but simple and the views of the Victoria Falls bridge and gorge are absolutely superb. People appreciate the  Victoria Falls Hotel for different reasons but for me it’s the grandeur and history and a reminder of the vision and determination to succeed of the early settlers. 

For over 112 years the Victoria Falls Hotel has exuded colonial Edwardian charm typified in it’s design and spaciousness. The hotel has always sought to maintain its uniqueness and historical links whilst at the same time offering guests modern facilities. The recent refurbishment has been very tastefully done and is in keeping with a property of this standing.

As can be seen from the accompanying photographs and videos the rooms and facilities at the Victoria Falls Hotel are excellent and are equally matched by the quality of the food and service. A dinner in the Livingstone Room is a must for discerning diners. The restaurant has its own very special ambience. There is no longer a requirement for jacket and tie and the dress code is now smart casual however many guests chose the former attire in keeping with the restaurant’s standing.

There are many things to do in and around Victoria Falls and the staff at the hotel are only too pleased to help and advise. In the hotel in the Palm Lounge is a display of Larry Norton’s paintings which is well worth a visit. Larry Norton is a world acclaimed artist and his paintings of animals and landscapes command hefty prices around the world. For those with more moderate budgets, prints have been beautifully reproduced on canvas and can be purchased from the gallery.

The hotel is full of wonderful history and it is recommended that you take the time to wander through the corridors and view the many old photographs and other wonderful artefacts and memorabilia . The hotel is also famous for its ‘high teas’ which are absolutely delicious.

Steeped in history  and being one of the oldest hotels in Africa, The Victoria Falls Hotel serves is a reminder of the distinguished and elegant era into which it was born and has earned its status and reputation. The Victoria Falls Hotel remains the area’s and indeed Zimbabwe’s, landmark hotel accommodation.

The Victoria Falls Hotel was originally conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway, the dream of Cecil John Rhodes and it is inextricably linked to the Victoria Falls Bridge. Cecil Rhodes had tasked his friend and colleague Sir Charles Metcalfe with overseeing the development of the railway system and Metcalfe took heed of Rhodes’ dreams of the railway line stretching “from Cape to Cairo,” hence he started plans for the first bridge across the mighty Zambezi river.

Rhodes was insistent that the bridge should be built in a place that the spray from the falls would fall on the passing trains, which is why the site was chosen just a little below the Boiling Pot, at almost right angles and in very close proximity to the falls.

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At A Glance



The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 rooms and suites.

Room categories for your choice are:

  • Standard Rooms (64)
  • Central Deluxe Rooms (46)
  • Stables Signature Wing Rooms (42)
  • Honeymoon Suites (2) in Stables Signature Wing
  • Deluxe Suites (2)
  • Executive Suites (2)
  • Batoka Suite
  • Royal Suite
  • Presidential Suite

The 42 Deluxe Rooms of the exclusive, stand-alone Stables Signature Wing are ideal for small family or tour groups seeking personalised serviced.  All are precisely the same lavish size and style with their own central courtyard, private lounge, exclusive check-in area and direct access to the front lawns.

Afternoon teas and pastries are complimentary as is a massage voucher for each special guest.



Guests can fly into Victoria Falls or Livingstone in Zambia and transfers can be arranged.

The new Victoria Falls International Airport was recently opened. It is a wonderful new facility and caters for all domestic and international flights.

Victoria Falls Airport is approximately 22 kms out of Victoria Falls Town and the journey from Livingstone to Victoria Falls is also a short drive over the bridge.

Guests coming across from Zambia will require visas.

Pick ups from the airport  can be arranged with local transfer companies at an additional cost.

Taxis are also available and fees vary between US$20 – US$30.




Guests may prefer a private transfer to or from the Airport which is just 25 minutes away. These can be organised on request for a fee.

Alternatively pick ups from the airport  can be arranged with local transfer companies at an additional cost.

Taxis are also available and fees vary between US$20 – US$30.

Victoria Falls Airport is approximately 22 kms out of Victoria Falls Town.

Transfers into Victoria Falls can also be arranged for guests coming from Livingstone and it is a fairly short journey over the bridge.

Guests coming over from Zambia will be required to buy a visa at Immigration.




  • Edwardian swimming pool
  • Full room service (24 hours)
  • Beauty spa
  • Hair salon
  • E-lounge (24 hours)
  • WiFi in all guest rooms and throughout the hotel
  • Gift shop
  • The Bulawayo Room (Private Guest lounge)
  • In room tea and coffee making facilities
  • 14 TV Channels
  • Chapel (services every Sunday)
  • Personal in-room safety deposit box
  • Direct dial telephone
  • Twice daily housekeeping service
  • Valet service
  • Gym / Fitness Centre
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The Victoria Falls Hotel is located on Mallet Drive and is approximately a five minute walk into town where there are various retail and curio shops, cafes and banks.

The hotel has a private path which takes you down to the entrance for access to the Victoria Falls. An entrance fee is payable. This will take you about ten minutes.

Fifteen minutes walk away is the Victoria Falls bridge which provides some excellent photo opportunities.

There is easy access to all local facilities and activities from the hotel to which you can walk, drive, take a taxi or be picked up.

These include:

  • An easy walk into town for shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Visiting the curio centre
  • The Big Tree
  • Victoria Falls Bridge
  • Victoria Falls walk
  • The  Crocodile park
  • Elephant rides & walking with lions
  • Helicopter & Micro-lite flights
  • White water rafting
  • Bungy jumping & Flying Fox
  • Golf


There are a number of things to see and do within close proximity to the hotel.

These include:

  • Sunset river cruises
  • Elephant rides
  • Walking with lions
  • Micro-lite flights
  • Helicopter rides
  • White water rafting
  • Bungy jumping
  • Flying fox
  • Safari drives in the National Park
  • Golf
  • Fishing trips
  • Abseiling
  • Gorge swing
  • Foofie slide
  • Canoeing
  • Curio shopping
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Nearby Attractions

  • Zambezi National Park
  • Victoria Falls Bridge
  • Crocodile farm
  • The Big Tree
  • Larry Norton Art Gallery (in hotel)
  • Curio centre
  • Stone Dynamics Gallery (in hotel)


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