The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya “the Smoke that Thunders”, is a waterfall on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are the largest and most famous in the world, among the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view the Victoria Falls – which he did from ‘Livingstone Island’ in Zambia, the only land accessible in the middle of the falls. David Livingstone named the falls ‘Victoria Falls’ in honour of his Queen.
The falls are 1,7 kilometres wide and nearly 550 million litres of water cascade 70 to 108 metres into the chasm below -every minute- during the Zambezi River’s peak flow. Victoria Falls is made of five different “falls”. Four of these are in Zimbabwe: The Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Rainbow Falls and Horseshoe Falls -and one, The Eastern Cataract, is in the bordering country of Zambia.
David Livingstone Statue
The David Livingstone statue can be found near the spectacular Devil’s Cataract viewpoint. On 16 November 1855, Livingstone wrote in his journal: “…scenes so lovely must have been gazed on by angels in their flight.”
The rainforest area of Victoria Falls is filled with many unique species of flora and fauna. One can wander amongst the Fig, Mahogany and Date Palm groves where many species of birds and small mammals may be spotted in the forest.
Victoria Falls Bridge
The bridge was part of Cecil Rhodes grand and unfulfilled Cape to Cairo railway scheme. The bridge was constructed in England, shipped to the Mozambique port of Beira and then transported on the newly constructed railway to the Victoria Falls, took 14 months to construct and was completed in 1905. Constructed from steel, the bridge is 198 metres long, with a main arch spanning 156.50 metres, and 128 metres high. It carries a road, railway and footway and is the only rail link between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Today the Victoria Falls Bridge is the location for the Shearwater 111 metres bungee jump including a bungee swing and zip-line. Historical guided tours are also available, which include a walking tour under the main deck. There is a small free bridge museum on the Zambian side, with cafe selling refreshments.
A’Zambezi River Lodge
The A’Zambezi is the only hotel with a river frontage and jetty site in Victoria Falls. The recently renovated A’Zambezi River Lodge is located on the bank of the Zambezi River, 5km upstream of Victoria Falls. This is the only hotel in Vic Falls with river frontage and is closest to the Zambezi National Park so impala, hippo, buffalo and elephants are often spotted on the grounds perimeter; Sebastian, the resident hippo can sometimes be seen at night feeding on the lawns. Most of the rooms have balconies facing the river and swimming pool whilst the rest face the National Park and the gardens.
A total of 83 rooms with enclosed balconies set in five 2-storey buildings. All rooms have tea & coffee making facilities, air conditioning, DSTV & mosquito repellent.
Amadeus Garden Guesthouse
Amadeus Garden Guesthouse is an owner managed private bed and breakfast located in a residential area 3km from Victoria Falls. The guest house is built around a lovely, sunny courtyard with a swimming pool which most of the rooms open on to. There are eleven en suite bedrooms which are equipped with ceiling fans and safes. Snacks and drinks are available throughout the day.
Chundu Island – (recommend 3 nights) * No children under 12 years old , is found 21km upstream from the majestic Victoria Falls and forms part of the Zambezi National Park. The island is over 1km in length and affords fantastic birding and wildlife experiences both on the island and on the mainland.
Accommodation is in 6 tented rooms lining the river bank are built on wooden platforms and are made of canvas. All rooms are equipped with extremely comfortable twin beds, fans and a large en suite bathroom with a rustic outdoor shower. Each tent is located under the shade of some of the islands most magnificent tress, each with its own private deck with a perfect view of the Zambezi River and surrounding National Park.
Transfers are done from Vic Falls town to Chundu Island on 4×4 game drive vehicles. Transfer times take an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how much wildlife is seen on the way. Guests are then transferred onto a boat for a short trip across the river to the island.
Cresta Spray View
Cresta Spray View is situated just 1.4 km from the Victoria Falls Rain Forest entrance. It is the perfect gateway for adventure seekers exploring the resort town of Victoria Falls and its surrounds. In months when the Falls are in full flood, the spray from this majestic wonder of nature rises like a column of smoke, locally referred to as “Mosi-oa-Tunya”, the “Smoke that Thunders” and can be seen from the hotel, hence the name “Sprayview” from which the hotel derives its name.
The hotel has recently been refurbished and opened to guests in the month of August 2013. All the modern amenities such as satellite television, room service, conference facilities, a business centre and Wi-Fi in public areas are available.
Accommodation includes 60 standard rooms, as well as 3 suites and 2 family rooms. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning to combat the high summer temperatures the region can experience. In-room tea- and coffee-making facilities, as well as small touches such as personal safes, hairdryers and universal plugs, help to make guests feel at home.
The Elephant Camp is a luxurious intimate lodge, within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve so as to allow close-up encounters with wildlife.
Access to the camp is by road transfer from Victoria Falls – 15 km from Victoria Falls Airport and 10 km from Victoria Falls town – Livingstone, and Kasane.
The suites are all equipped with indoor and outdoor showers, huge baths, private lounges, private decks, plunge pools, mini bar and tea/coffee stations, overhead fans plus air conditioning and are all mosquito proofed.
The Elephant Camp overlooks a waterhole that is fed by natural streams in the rainy season that rush down to meet the Masuwe River, and the Zambezi gorges below the Falls. Walks and birding for guests supply boundless photographic opportunities in addition to the variety of activities that are available in Victoria falls.
Gorges Lodge is uniquely situated on the edge of the Zambezi River Gorge, a few kilometres downstream from Victoria Falls. Accommodation is in 10 stone and brick thatched en-suite chalets, situated along the edge of the gorge with verandas overlooking the river; 8 twin and 2 double. Four of the chalets are double storey, with a bedroom upstairs and a bath and dressing room below, the other 6 are single floored. Transfers to and from Victoria Falls can be arranged.
Ilala Lodge Hotel
This small exclusive 4 star boutique style hotel offers distinguished yet affordable accommodation in warm elegant surroundings. The decor evokes an era of early adventure and the quest for discovery in Africa. The hotel is ideally situated being closest to the mighty Victoria Falls as well as the town centre. The National Park borders the front of the property and wild animals often graze on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background. All rooms are en suite with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan WIFI, safe, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite TV. The rooms are spacious with railway sleeper teak furniture and patio doors leading out to either open lawn or a balcony. 34 rooms in total , comprising of 2 deluxe rooms, 2 x standard rooms with King-size beds and 30 standard rooms with 2 x ¾ beds in each room.
Imbabala Safari Camp – Kazungula
Situated on a riverine fringe of the mighty Zambezi River where Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia converge. Located 80 kilometers west of Victoria Falls, Imbabala offers not only the chance to unwind but also some of the most amazing game viewing and bird watching in the region, in the seclusion of a private National Parks concession. The 5,000 acre concession has 14 kilometers of private Zambezi river frontage and borders the Chobe Forest Reserve, which is renowned for its massive Elephant population. There are no fences to prevent animal movement, so you can expect to see lots of game and wonderful birdlife along the river bank in and around the lodge. Accommodation is in individual, thatched, en suite chalets with verandas and river views. Activities available include both land and water activities; morning, afternoon or night game drives, fishing and river cruises.
Just three kilometers from Victoria Falls, 37 luxury thatched lodges bask in the unspoilt African bush, overlooking the beauty of the Zambezi National Park – Lokuthula Lodges The two and three bed roomed rustic, self-catering lodges sleep up to six or eight guests – making them ideal for family getaways. All lodges are fully furnished and equipped, right down to your personal braai (barbecue) area, and are serviced daily by friendly housekeeping staff. All linen is provided and swimming towels are supplied at the Boma.
Old Ursula Camp is a smaller, more private option and sister to 5-star Victoria Falls accommodation, the Stanley and Livingstone which is on the same concession about a 10 min drive away. The camp is perfect for families and small groups. Guests can self-cater or enjoy delicious meals on a full board basis. The entire camp can be booked exclusively. If guests decide they want to prepare a meal for themselves or barbeque.
Accommodation is in 4 A-frame thatch chalets. Each classic unit has views of the waterhole and lush Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. The accommodation consists of 1 main suite with a lovely lounge area, 2 twin chalets and 1 double chalets, all have en-suite facilties.
Is a luxury tented camp in the upper Zambezi national park. This new luxury permanent camp is located inside the park, on a lovely quiet stretch of shoreline with a natural spring-line through the site, which attracts an abundance of wildlife throughout the year. Six luxury tents, well-appointed and nestled under shady trees. There is a central dining and lounge area to relax in. This tented camp will be eco-friendly, with modern solar lighting, and efficient and correct waste disposal. Your comfort and enjoyment is our prime concern and our dedicated team will look after your every whim.
This area of the national park has a healthy, increasing game count and with the Zambezi River along the park’s boundary – there are many other activities available such as fishing, canoeing, sunset cruises as well as guided walking along the Mpala Jena springline. Additional activities offered in the park will be game drives, walking, bird-watching, and of course “river” activities too.
Stanley and Livingstone
Catering to the most discerning guests this boutique hotel is situated on a 6000 acre private reserve, just 13kms from Victoria Falls . The lush gardens, water features and sparkling swimming pool makes this truly, an oasis in the African bush. Accommodation consist of 16 Suites, 10 Double Suites, of which one is a Honeymoon Suite, 6 Twins including 2 inter-leading rooms consisting of 1 Double and 1 Twin. Each suite consists of a spacious bedroom, en-suite Victorian-style bathroom, Lounge and individual secluded patio. Each suite comes complete with air-conditioning, mini-bar, personal safe, DVD player, satellite television and telephone. Full Board Half Board or Bed & Breakfast rates are available. The rates also include airport transfers and transfers into Victoria Falls town. Activities include game drives, walk with the lions and Elephant Back Safaris on the property and The Victoria Falls and Zambezi River are only a 15-minute drive away.
The Safari Club
Set alongside the award winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Set high on a plateau, and overlooking a “far-as-the-eye-cansee” vista of pristine Africa, the sumptuous Victoria Falls Safari Club nestles adjacent to the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (VFSL). Its 16 Club Rooms and 4 lavish suites, an investment of US$2,7m, opened in August 2012 and afford a superior five-star premium experience. Guests enjoy peaceful exclusivity with numerous benefits, including access to all of the VFSL facilities, such as dining, the pool, the bar and terrace. The Club’s supreme wilderness location belies the fact that nature’s masterpiece, the Victoria Falls, and the town centre are just 10 minutes away on their complimentary on-the-hour shuttle coach.
The Victoria Falls Hotel
The 5 star Victoria Falls Hotel is a superb Edwardian establishment on the edge of the Batoka Gorge overlooking the Victoria Falls railway bridge. It is situated in Victoria Falls Town within walking distance of all the craft markets, shops and the falls themselves. Upon arrival you get a sense that you’ve stepped back in time. The rooms are very stylish and decorated to an old English theme. They have beautiful four poster and canopied beds, colonial prints on the walls, antique furniture as well as quite a few modern amenities such as satellite TV’s, air-conditioning, mini-bars, bathrobes, tea/coffee making stations, telephones, hairdryers and even umbrellas for those rain forest and falls visits (where you can get very very wet!) The Suites and the Deluxe Rooms can be found in the original section of the hotel and have some of the most amazing views of the gorge and the historical bridge. They have all the conveniences of the standard rooms but offer even more luxury, space and extras.
The Victoria Falls Safari Suites
Located adjacent to the exclusive Victoria Falls Safari Club are 6 modern Safari Suites, adding an inspired variety of rooms to the flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. With a Gallery Bedroom upstairs, affording a superb vista over un-spoilt bushveld and spectacular African sunsets, the Safari Suites are an additional room type for Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The Safari Suites are ideal for families, small close–knit groups and couples who seek extra space and comfort. There are 3-bedroom and 2-bedroom options, all of which are en-suite.
All Safari Suites are split-level and fully air-conditioned, and offer fans, mosquito nets, hairdryers, telephones, digital safes, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, plus a range of quality toiletries including insect repellent and sunscreen lotion. Each Safari Suite has a spacious lounge with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors opening out onto a patio. All bedrooms are equipped with 2 x three-quarter beds that can be converted to king size beds. Personalised in Suite check in and concierge service is provided by the Safari Host or Hostess. Breakfast for Safari Suites guests is served in the MaKuwa-Kuwa Restaurant located in the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, with the option of a continental basket delivered to the Safari Suite (by prior arrangement).
Victoria Falls Rest Camp & Lodges
Victoria Falls Rest Camp and Lodges offers affordable, safe & comfortable accommodation for those who are budget conscious. The accommodation ranges from fully equipped self catering lodges, to chalets, dormitories, semi luxury tents & camping, swimming pool & volley ball court. In-da-Belly restaurant is at the centre and hub of the Rest Camp, offering value for money cuisine.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Set on a high plateau that forms the boundary of the unfenced Zambezi National Park, the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is four kilometers from the Victoria Falls. It is a deluxe African lodge that offers guests excellent uninterrupted views of the National park and easy access to the Victoria Falls. Designed with thatch roofs, hardwoods and vibrant colors, guests to this lodge will enjoy everything about Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. The main lodge building faces a waterhole that offers guests numerous sightings of the wildlife as they pass through the area into the wild bushveld. The resort is built around the existing trees and natural African landscape and the owners and staff are extremely eco-friendly, caring about their environment and the animals that live on it. Rooms are equipped with safes, IDD phones, air conditioning, hairdryers, fans, mosquito nets, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and extra length beds. The deluxe Victoria Falls Safari Lodge prides itself on hospitality and food rivalled only by uninterrupted views and magnificent sunsets.
Zambezi River Lodge
Zambezi River Lodge is the first private game lodge to be set in the Zambezi National Park. This newly built luxury tented lodge is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – so close to Victoria Falls one can see the spray in the distance!
8 luxury tents including 1 family tent with stunning views of the Zambezi river & Kandahar island, wake up to the sound of Buffalo making their way to the mighty Zambezi river to quench their thirst.
Uninterrupted panoramic views of African sunsets and exceptional wildlife viewing makes this uniquely located lodge the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls as it combines the safari experience with one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations!
Activities include game drives, walking, fishing, bird watching & sunset cruises. Shuttle bus into Victoria Falls town & airport.