Where to stay in Victoria Falls: Our Top 5 Hotels in Zimbabwe & Zambia
Where to stay in Victoria Falls: Our Top 5 Hotels in Zimbabwe & Zambia
Home to one of the seven natural wonders, Victoria Falls is one of the most beautiful and iconic destinations in the world offering breathtaking views, wildlife-watching opportunities, and various activities. For more reasons to visit this remarkable wonder, be sure to check out our other blog.
If you're searching for ideas on where to stay in Victoria Falls, read on to discover our top 5 hotels in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe vs Zambia
On the Zimbabwean side, the falls are accessed via Victoria Falls National Park, which offers incredible views of the waterfall from various angles. Here, you can take part in activities such as bungee jumping, white-water rafting, and helicopter rides over the falls.
On the Zambian side, Livingstone is the gateway to the falls and offers a more relaxed and traditional African experience.
Which side of Victoria Falls is better?
Both sides offer unique and stunning views of the falls, and the choice ultimately depends on your preferences and travel plans. Here are some factors to consider:
The Zimbabwean side has more viewpoints, including the iconic Devil's Pool and the popular helicopter tours, which offer amazing aerial views of the falls.
The Zambian side offers closer views of the falls, particularly the Eastern Cataract, which can be seen from the Knife-Edge Bridge.
The Zimbabwean side has a wider range of accommodation options within easy walking distance to Victoria Falls, while the Zambian side offers a more relaxed and less crowded atmosphere.
Insider tip: “For the best of both worlds, cross the border via the Victoria Falls Bridge. You’ll need your passport and a double/multiple entry which you can purchase at the border control. Speak with our Travel Experts for more information.”
Our top 5 hotels in Zimbabwe for Victoria Falls
1. The Victoria Falls Hotel
One of the most iconic places to stay is The Victoria Falls Hotel. This colonial-style hotel boasts a private walkway that grants guests exclusive access to Victoria Falls, just a 10-minute stroll away. The hotel's sophisticated decor and unparalleled service combine to create an ambiance that perfectly complements the grandeur of the falls.
Insider tip:"Enjoy an unforgettable view of the famous Victoria Falls Bridge and the spray from the waterfall while delighting on a delectable afternoon high tea of cream and jam scones, cucumber sandwiches and more."
2. Matetsi Victoria Falls
For those seeking a perfect blend of wildlife viewing, riverside accommodation, and thrilling Victoria Falls experiences, Matetsi Victoria Falls is the ultimate place to stay. Located just a 45-minute drive from Victoria Falls, the lodge offers guests a complimentary guided walking tour, providing a perfect opportunity to soak up the beautiful vistas, lush surroundings and the spray of the falls.
Insider tip: "Matetsi’s private villa will suit those in search of seclusion and privacy. Take along your family and friends and enjoy a luxury home-from-home experience with private staff and safari guide.
3. Old Drift Lodge
Located on the banks of the Zambezi River, Old Drift Lodge lies just 7km upstream of Victoria Falls. This prime location provides guests with easy access to a range of activities, including game drives, river safaris, and guided tours of the falls, ensuring an unforgettable and adventure-filled experience.
Insider tip:"The Livingstone Island Experience is a bucket-list activity for many. Livingstone Island is in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop."
4. Stanley and Livingstone Boutique Hotel
Stanley and Livingstone Boutique Hotel offers guests a tranquil retreat just a short 15-minute drive from Victoria Falls. Complimentary transfers to Victoria Falls are available to guests, offering easy access to the area's many attractions. After a day of adventure and exploration, guests can enjoy a delightful seasonal menu in the chandelier-lit 1871 restaurant.
Insider tip: "The hotel's afternoon tea is served on the terrace and is a genteel daily tradition. Enjoy savories and cakes, and a variety of teas, and you'll get gin and champagne cocktails too."
5. Ilala Lodge Hotel
The tremendous roar of Victoria Falls can be clearly heard from the comfort of Ilala Lodge, found just an 8-minute walk away. This hotel is very comfortable, provides an excellent sense of service and is also quite popular with local wildlife. It is the ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area, the many activities found nearby and of course, Victoria Falls.
Insider tip:"Don't miss out on the Ra-Ikane Birdwatching Cruise, where you can spot birds and enjoy a continental breakfast while marking off sightings in the provided booklet."
Our top 5 hotels in Zambia for Victoria Falls
1. The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara
The Royal Livingstone Hotel is so close to Victoria Falls that the waterfall's spray can be viewed right from the hotel veranda! The edge of the falls can also be seen from the Sun Deck and the hotel offers complimentary direct access to this remarkable world wonder, allowing you to explore its breathtaking surroundings at your leisure.
Insider tip: "Arrange to have dinner or a lunch picnic at Bindi River Viewpoint, perched on the edge of the Zambezi River. To get there you will be flown by helicopter over Victoria Falls."
2. Royal Chundu River Lodge
Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River is the exclusive Royal Chundu River Lodge, less than an hour away from Victoria Falls. Did you know that without the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls would not exist? Discover more fun facts here! With just 10 River Lodge suites, set among the trees you are guaranteed seclusion and peace. After a day full of excursions, guests can relax with an indulgent spa treatment or simply lounge by the pool.
Insider tip:"Take a sunrise or sunset cruise along the river and watch crocodiles slip off the banks and into the waters and listen to the chorus of snorting hippos, while you enjoy a morning coffee or a sundowner G&T."
3. Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma
If you’re looking to stay near Victoria Falls but want to stay away from the crowds, Sanctuary Sussi & Chuma is the perfect option. You’re 12 km upstream from Victoria Falls but situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Zambezi River. The lodge offers guests a walking tour of the falls and also the option to explore the Zimbabwean side.
Insider tip: "Indulge in a range of spa treatments - including massages, facials and manicures - while enjoying spectacular views over the Zambezi River."
4. Thorntree River Lodge
Located within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, Thorntree River Lodge seamlessly blends an authentic safari adventure with the convenience of being just a short 20-minute drive from the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls. Accommodation options at the lodge include comfortable Family Units and opulent Luxury Suites, all featuring exclusive amenities such as private plunge pools and both indoor and outdoor bathrooms.
Insider tip: "Children of all ages are welcome and the celebrated kids club, the Ngwana Club, will ensure hours of fun for your kids of all ages."
5. Toka Leya Camp
Just upstream of Victoria Falls and only a short drive away, Toka Leya Camp provides the perfect wilderness experience with just the right amount of luxury. The camp consists of 12 spacious en-suite safari-style tents including family units. Toka Leya feels like a wildlife sanctuary in itself - delight in the sights and sounds of birds, elephants, and grunting pods of hippos from the privacy of the tent decking.
Insider tip:"Toka Leya overlooks the mighty Zambezi River where hippos, crocodiles, and elephants are often seen, as well as an incredible diversity of birdlife."