Special Places To Stay In Zimbabwe

Here are a selection of personally recommended places to stay in Zimbabwe. We have travelled to, and stayed in, every one.

The Victoria Falls Hotel

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143 rooms and 18 suites

One of Africa’s great colonial-era hotels (built in 1904), in undoubtedly the best setting of any hotel in the Victoria Falls region, with a private path direct to the falls themselves. From the terrace and grounds you have a spectacular view down the gorge towards the Victoria Falls bridge. 161 traditionally styled rooms and suites, in a variety of categories, are modern, well equipped and recently refurbished. The dining options are almost legendary! The Livingstone Room for fine dining in Edwardian opulence; Jungle Junction for great entertainment; and Stanley’s terrace for afternoon tea and sundowners, continuing a 100 year plus tradition. If this is the only reason you come to Zimbabwe, then it is worth it.

The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of only three 1S0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. The ambience of the hotel is steeped in that history with all suites decorated in the gracious Edwardian style of Zimbabwe’s colonial era. It has 161 rooms comprising 37 standard rooms, 58 traditional rooms, 48 deluxe rooms, 7 junior suites, 4 honeymoon suites, 6 executive suites and the Royal Suite. The latter, as the name suggests, has seen reigning monarchs, presidents and, more recently, many famous Hollywood stars among its privileged occupants. The corridors reflect and tell the history of this unique part of Africa, with particular reference to the building of the railway from Cape Town to what is now Zambia. It is very much part of the unrealised “Cape to Cairo” dream of Cecil John Rhodes.

Ilala Lodge

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32 rooms and 2 suites

Ilala Lodge Hotel is situated in the hub of Victoria Falls town and is the closet hotel to the Victoria Falls. From the welcoming gardens and neat surroundings, you are warmly received in the boutique style reception lounge, which is decorated with paintings, photographs and memorabilia depicting the quest for discovery in Africa. The Palm a la Carte Restaurant has a cosy indoor section under thatch, with deep cottage pain windows and wide double doors opening out to the patio, for shaded el fresco dining. This outdoor area extends along the rounded front of the building, to a social pool bar and lounge, with the inviting pool discretely set to the side.

There are 34 rooms, all of which are air conditioned and have overhead fans, satellite televisions, personal safes and tea and coffee making facilities. The upper rooms have thatched roofs and balconies, while the lower level rooms open out to garden patios. The light fabrics accentuate the spaciousness and the teak railway sleeper furnishings add an impressive touch. The en-suite bathrooms offer hair dryers, neat vanities, baths and separate showers. Large windows and doors introduce plenty of natural light into the rooms and allow you to be lulled to sleep by the sound of the mighty Victoria Falls.

The activities desk can assist you with travel arrangements, transfers and any additional activities, and the hotel is within easy walking distance of the town and the Falls. The National Park borders the front of the property, so you may well see wild animals grazing on the hotel lawns with the spray of the falls in the background.