Cutting between Zambian and Zimbabwean borders lies one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Here we describe two different, but equally luxurious, options for your accommodation at Victoria Falls which should fill your boots to the brim for your luxury safari needs by this magnificent gem.
Tongabezi Lodge, Zambia
A romantic African hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River
Zambia’s claim to fame, Tongabezi Lodge was recently chosen as one of the ‘Top 20 Hotels in the World’ by Conde Nast Traveller and added to their Gold List 2018. So needless to say it’s pretty special!
This lodge oozes charm with its subtle, natural and ‘barefoot luxury’ style. You won’t see polished marble floors and crystal chandeliers here but rather the use of natural materials like shells and wood and viewing decks that have been built around existing trees and plant life showing a deep respect for nature and its beautiful surroundings.
Perched on the edge of the Zambezi River just upstream from Victoria Falls, the lodge offers creative and indulgent accommodation, most of which boasts dreamy views of the river, private plunge pools and elegant four poster beds. It offers a more intimate experience compared to larger, more commercial properties. Rooms are quirkily named such as ‘The Tree House’, ‘The Bird House’ and ‘The Nut House’.
The Tree House
The Bird House view over the Zambezi
The brand-new pool, gymnasium and yoga-esque mindfulness classes ensure you have as much, or as little, to do as you choose outside of the safari trips to Chobe National Park and your visit to Victoria Falls.
The new pool at Tongabezi Lodge
On that note, the lodge has exclusive access to Livingstone Island from where you can really experience Victoria Falls in all its glory by taking a dip in the infamous Devil’s Pool. Additionally helicopter and microlight flights are also available for booking as well as boat safaris and intimate picnics.
Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls
Meal times are an event of their own showcasing freshly grown produce from the lodge’s own impressive food garden. You can even take a private meal for two on the Zambezi itself by dining on their floating sampan.
The floating sampan dinner at Tongabezi
Sindabezi Island is a secluded island in the middle of the Zambezi offering sister accommodation to the main lodge. This eco-friendly lodge offers a feeling of remoteness and a connection with nature like no other. Here you can totally switch off from the rest of the world and the only noise you will hear are the grunting hippo.
The Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe
A grand, elegant Edwardian Hotel
If you prefer the idea of a hotel to a lodge and love all things grand then The Victoria Falls Hotel is an excellent choice. This Edwardian-era hotel was built in the early 1900’s, during the time when Cecil Rhodes famously attempted to link Cape Town to Cairo by rail and is aptly named as Victoria Falls is a mere 10-minute walk away and the spray from the falls is a permanent fixture on the horizon.
View of Victoria Falls Spray from The Victoria Falls Hotel
The hotel is surrounded by carefully tended tropical gardens, lily ponds and century-old shade trees. Stanley’s Terrace is the location for their famous Afternoon Tea and fits in idyllically with the colonial feel of the hotel.
Afternoon Tea at The Victoria Falls Hotel
Echoing its glorious pedigree since 1904, there are 161 rooms and suites offering 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.
Spacious and opulent suites
Executive Suites at The Victoria Falls Hotel
Edwardian Swimming Pool
Nestled inside the hotel on the ground floor is The Larry Norton Gallery, a superb gallery where a selection of Larry’s latest original works is on view. Larry grew up on a game farm in Zimbabwe and started drawing as a boy, beginning a professional career in 1988. He has since developed into Zimbabwe’s most acclaimed wildlife artist and has staged successful exhibitions around the world, including in London and New York.
The Larry Norton Gallery
Game drives and river cruises are on offer as well as a variety of ways to enjoy the falls also including helicopter or microlight flights.
Staying here you will feel like you have gone back in time, yet still have all the comforts and luxuries you would expect from a Leading Hotels of the World property.