One of the world’s Classic five-star hotels commands prime location overlooking Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, an acclaimed Natural Wonder of the World. A proud member of Leading Hotels of the World, the Edwardian-style hotel, built in 1904, was splendidly redecorated in 2013 to combine its traditional majesty with modern sophistication. For more than 110 years The Victoria Falls Hotel has been a luxury icon in Africa.
A Cape-to-Cairo vision was the beginning
With dramatic views of the gorges of Zimbabwe's spectacular Victoria Falls, The Victoria Falls Hotel, built by the British in 1904, was originally conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway) and today it is a famous luxury brand . Now a member of The Leading Hotels Of The World . Serene Lily ponds, arched loggias and broad verandas – offering magnificent vistas - seem custom-built for a spot of high tea or a relaxed gin and tonic, while a private path leads to the falls, an idyllic 10-minute walk away. Some rooms offer stunning views of the gorges and bridge below.
The history of The Victoria Falls Hotel is incomplete without the reference to the development of the railway system in Zimbabwe. 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. 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.
The Victoria Falls Hotel was built and operated by the railways administration, but in the early 1970s it was leased to the then Southern Sun hotel group, forerunner of today's African Sun Limited. A significant development in the late 1990s was the involvement in the hotel of another leading Zimbabwean hospitality operation, Meikles Africa Hotels. Today the property itself still belongs to the National Railways of Zimbabwe and there is a shared 50/50 partnership operation between African Sun and Meikles Africa.
In his intriguing book “100 Years 1904-2004” (history of The Victoria Falls Hotel) John Creewel calls it “one of the truly special places in the world” and says the hotel is a jewel because of “consistent attention to quality and standards over a century of operation.” He notes that the most important factor behind the hotel’s success has been “its close proximity to Victoria Falls, one of the most remarkable sights in the world....a spectacle unrivaled in the world.”
Steeped in history and one of the oldest Hotels in Africa, The Victoria Falls Hotel serves is a reminder of the distinguished and elegant era to which it was born and has earned its status as the epitome of grand luxury travel. The Victoria Falls Hotel remains the landmark accommodation facility to view the popular tourist attraction, the wondrous Victoria Falls now in its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year!
Echoing its glorious pedigree since 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 rooms and suites - truly a five-star experience of pure grandeur. Style, glamour and sophistication are hallmarks of the Executive Suites, which are luxuriously appointed with warm, inviting décor.
A member of the prestigious, invitation-only The Leading Hotels of the World, The Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned for impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exceptional facilities, including complimentary wi-fi for all guests.
The 42 Deluxe Rooms of the exclusive, stand-alone Stables Signature Wing are ideal for small family or tour groups seeking personalized 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. Meetings are limited to 40 in the elegant Pullman Suite.
Room categories for your choice are:
Standard Rooms (64)
Graced with traditional colours and fine-wood furnishings that provide an elegant and comfortable finish. The 64 bedrooms are available with single, twin or double beds. All rooms have bathrooms with bath/shower combination and are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities. Some bedrooms are inter-leading and eminently suitable for families.
Central Deluxe Rooms (46)
Furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “Out of Africa” ambiance, the 46 Central Deluxe Rooms are situated in the main section of the hotel and are tastefully furnished with soft fabrics and warm colours in tune with Zimbabwe’s celebrated climate and diverse beauty. The Central deluxe rooms have a spectacular view of the perfectly manicured gardens and some overlooks the Batoka Gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge. That spans the legendary Zambezi River.
Stables Signature Wing Rooms (42)
These 42 deluxe rooms are situated in the stand-alone Stables Signature Wing with a view of the front lawns or lush courtyard. These rooms are furnished in a modern style with a bygone feel. Bathrooms incorporate luxury world-class amenities, Victorian bath tub with large separate walk-in showers and luxury Charlotte Rhys amenities. Ideal for families travelling together.
Honeymoon Suites (2) in Stables Signature Wing
Two Honeymoon Suites are located in the stylish Stables Signature Wing, optimizing privacy and exceptional comfort in a luxurious and well-appointed suite that surpasses expectations. A spacious balcony to socialize and relax. Attractive four-poster beds, turndown gifts, snacks and sparkling wine and other added-value offers make these suites exceptionally welcoming, especially for honeymoon couples.. These suites are extremely desirable for all couples looking forward to be pampered.
Deluxe Suites (2)
Our two Deluxe Suites have been refashioned to offer discerning clients modern luxury and elegance, overlooking the lush gardens or stunning Batoka Gorge of the Zambezi River. They have four-poster king-sized bed, chest of drawers, Satellite TV, Mini bar and Private safe.
Executive Suites (2)
Our two delightful “Songwe” and “Baines” Executive Suites in the Grand North Hammerhead Central Building are perfect for the business traveller or discerning guests who enjoy a luxurious and spacious environment. Suite guests have full access to all the facilities and amenities of The Victoria Falls Hotel. The suites have a spectacular view of the famous Batoka Gorge, Victoria Falls Bridge that spans the Zambezi River linking Zimbabwe and Zambia, and perfectly manicured gardens. Separate bedrooms and private lounge with opulent bathrooms of distinction.
The grand suite in main section of the hotel furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “Out of Africa” feel. The Suite has a spectacular view of the famous Batoka gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge that spans Zimbabwe and Zambia. This stylish suite has the country décor and generous space in which to relax or entertain and is tastefully furnished with soft fabrics and warm colours in tune with Zimbabwe’s celebrated climate and diverse beauty.
Our opulent yet-to-be refurbished Royal Suite, in the main section of the hotel, is stylish and modern with country décor and generous space in which to relax or entertain. The suite inter-connects to deluxe rooms with well-appointed bedrooms, lounge, bathroom with shower and bath. The Royal corridor features intriguing historical photographs of the Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Souvenir Royal Tour from 7-15 April 1947 which encapsulated the opening of Parliament in Harare (Salisbury), Royal Tour of Bulawayo and HRH Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret attending a Girl Guides rally at Hartman Hill, Salisbury (now Harare).
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.
Experience Victoria Falls
The Victoria Falls – Nature’s Masterpiece. Now in its 150 Millionth Fantastic Year! If there’s anything you need to do in your lifetime it is to witness, firsthand, the awesome power of nature. Few things in life seriously surpass expectations like this. You will be spell-bound. Everyone is and this experience will be etched in your mind forever.
A national and African treasure it’s the largest sheet of falling water in the world, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And yet, the Victoria Falls is just the awe-inspiring heartbeat of a truly extraordinary destination acclaimed as the unchallenged Adventure Capital of Africa...and probably the world!
This raw nature and adventure are the reasons that the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) selected Victoria Falls for the world’s most important tourism summit in 2013 and then rated it their “best ever.” And access is easy with a new international airport and the choice of several daily flights from major hubs such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lusaka, Windhoek, Harare.
The mighty mile-wide Falls are the upshot of the legendary Zambezi River cascading over 100m into a narrow basalt gorge. The river gives rise to many activities – some gentle (like sunset safari cruises, on-board dinners) and some that are high-adrenaline for serious adventurers only (like the world’s finest one-day rafting, a 111m bunji jump off the famous bridge).
In between a raft of enticing adventures await your selection – walking with lions, elephant-back safaris, canoeing the Zambezi River, gorge swings, cultural village and school visits, arts and crafts, helicopter and microlight flips over the Falls and river, horse-back safaris, 4 x 4 wildlife safaris and more.
Victoria Falls has been one of Africa’s premier destinations for world travellers for more than a century and it evokes all the romance and awe of the explorers' era. The waters of the Zambezi River plunge over the sheer edge of a chasm with an indescribable roar.
Described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that Thunders) Victoria Falls borders Zimbabwe and Zambia. A path along the edge of the falls provides the visitor with an amazing series of views...and, at its zenith, with a thorough soaking from the spray that is akin to a hard rainstorm.
Over the past century Victoria Falls has welcomed many celebrities, global statesmen and royalty. Today, our destination remains as evocative as it did to the hunters, surveyors, explorers and missionaries of the 19th Century.
A beauty spa and fitness facility await
As befits a classic luxury five-star hotel we offer a wide-range of superior facilities to delight and pamper our guests, including a stylish meeting room for up to 40 and an elegant Edwardian-style pool.
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.
Enjoy dinner and dancing in the elegant Edwardian Livingstone Room, with classic a la carte and tables d'hote menus. Whilst the Livingstone Room reflects the century old hotel's style of grandeur and opulence, the dress code has been relaxed for the convenience of the guest. A fine selection of wine and liqueurs are available. 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.
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