Established in 1904, the Victoria Falls Hotel, intimately known as the “Grande Dame” to her admirers, has been the address of choice for royal families, statesmen, celebrities, and discerning travelers who wish to explore the wonders of untamed Africa. From the thundering Victoria Falls at its threshold to the Big Five that roam freely nearby, this aptly lauded Leading Hotel of the World provides experiences like no other combining old world charm with the modern conveniences of today.

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At The Victoria Falls Hotel, step back in time, walking through the hotel’s private courtyard lined with carefully curated flowering shrubs, palms, and stately mango trees reflected in the water lily ponds. Pass under the wide colonial verandas to reach the chicly elegant main lounge with its impressive marbled floors and old-fashioned décor depicted through photographs, posters, and artistic impressions telling the hotel’s long and fascinating history and the past glories of the empire.

The Victoria Falls Hotel has warm and inviting rooms, steeped in tradition with their four-poster and canopied beds, antique furniture, and well-chosen artifacts. Each room at the Victoria Falls Hotel offers magnificent views of the bridge crossing into Zambia and the “smoking thunder” coming from the falls, as well as spacious, modern bathrooms with cast-iron, roll-top bath tubs, a haven of sumptuous relaxation. Deluxe guest rooms are furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “out of Africa” feel.

Lavish buffets at the casual Jungle Junction restaurant are but one of the many choices for breakfast and dinner. Stanley’s Terrace is an excellent option for light meals throughout the day and is an absolute must for high tea and sundowners, if simply for the spectacular views and roaring sounds of the Falls that accompany it. The Livingstone Room is a nod to a bygone era, with fine silver-service elegant dining and delightful dancing. Try the nine-course tasting menu with a different wine per course or the adventurous crocodile salad.

Cool off and enjoy the splendor of the glorious colonial swimming pool at the Victoria Falls Hotel set amongst the beautiful landscaped gardens, or take advantage of the massage treatments available in the airy gazebos at the pool or gardens. It is worth catching the national flag raising and lowering ceremonies at dawn and sunset, and, of course, venturing to the awesome Victoria Falls and Victoria Falls Rainforest, both a short ten-minute stroll away via private footpath. Marvel at this Natural Wonder of the World and watch as brave bungee jumpers fall down the world’s longest natural bungee jump toward the mighty Zambezi River below. Explore the luxury of Victoria Falls Hotel here.

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