Best Hotels near Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Receiving it’s local name from the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s, Victoria Falls are also known as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’.
You’ll notice the columns of spray from miles away, with the most impressive water flow occurring during February and March when as much as 540 million cubic meters of water fall over the edge every single minute. During this rainy season, however, the spray plume can obscure the view of the actual falls. By November, when the water flow is at a low point, is a better time to view the curtain of water as it splits into many smaller channels of falling water.
Many of our safari guests include Victoria Falls on their itinerary, and for good reason. Not only is this an impressive sight to see, but with plenty of fantastic accommodation options in and around Victoria Falls it’s a comfortable and worthy place to spend a few nights. Here are our top picks for best hotels near Victoria Falls.
Experience the Romance of Tongabezi
Perched on the banks of the Zambezi River just upstream of Victoria Falls on the Zambia side, Tongabezi Lodge is an ideal setting for Honeymooners and other couples looking for a quiet and romantic hotel near Victoria Falls.
Each room is unique and expansive, styled with furniture and décor from around Africa. If you are celebrating a special occasion, such as a Honeymoon or Anniversary, the staff at Tongebezi can expertly set the scene and inspire a little magical romance!
Colonial Luxury at the Victoria Falls Hotel
Built in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel has a long and colorful history. Only a ten-minute walk to the falls, the location of this hotel is ideal.
After visiting the falls, relax in the hotel’s carefully tended tropical gardens, admire the lily ponds and grab a meal or have a drink under the century-old shade trees.
Don’t miss a sunset river cruise on the Zambezi river for some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll likely see on safari.
Continue Your Safari at The Elephant Camp
Situated on a private concession, The Elephant Camp is close enough to the falls to view the spray of the water, but far enough away from the bustling city of Victoria Falls to make you feel like you’re still on safari.
Don’t be surprised to find elephant right outside your room, as these magnificent creatures can often be seen in front of the camp. Be sure to visit the Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary for unforgettable personal interaction with the elephants.
Stretch Your Dollar at Lokuthula
If you’re traveling on a budget, be sure to consider Lokuthula, a self-catering hotel option in Victoria Falls. Pronounced ‘Lock-oo-too-la’ in the local siNdebele tongue, Lokuthula means ‘Place of Peace’.
Consisting of 37 rooms all which sleep between 6-8 people, this Victoria Falls hotel is ideal for a family or other large group. While you’ll find several swimming pools, a bar and restaurant on site, you can save money here by preparing your own meals in the kitchens in each room.
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