The Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe

Welcome to thethoughtfultraveller.com’s Zimbabwe accommodation series!
Thanks to the wonderful Sikeleli Safaris, this lucky blogger has gained an exclusive insight into the best safari camps, lodges and hotels that the country has to offer.
Stay tuned for Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls highlights…

Built by the British in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is quite the status symbol. It’s one of the oldest hotels in Africa and surely one of the most elegant.

It’s so special, in part, thanks to its proximity to the falls. There’s a private path that leads there, taking literally 10 minutes.

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It also stands out because the architecture is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Colonial in style and luxurious in appearance, it’s difficult not to be impressed.

Of all the properties that safari specialists Sikeleli Africa Safaris offer, the hotel has to be the most grandiose.

There’s countless areas in which to lounge, the Bulawayo Room being my personal favourite for reading time.

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And the plethora of dining options will please even the most discerning guest.

Breakfast is held in Jungle Junction, a gorgeous venue which hosts lavish buffets several times a day.

The pool, which has stunning Victorian-style decor, offers barbecues and snacks galore. It’s served under lovely thatched gazebos and seats up to 70.

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Meanwhile, Stanley’s Terrace is perfect for a light lunch or for afternoon tea.

The terrace has spectacular views of the Vic Falls bridge and the hotel’s abundant grounds.

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Stanley’s Bar, which is just next door, doesn’t disappoint either. It’s perfect for a sundowner or pre or post-dinner cocktail.

Everywhere you wander the staff are lovely – in some places the fact they say good morning so continuously might be a pain, but here it’s so bloody genuine that it’s a delight.

The bedrooms themselves are highly sophisticated. There’s 161 one of them, so they vary in terms of exact offerings, but they all share a certain glamour and style.

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If you can tear yourself away from the opulence and you’re feeling flush (you probably are if you’re staying here), I highly recommend a helicopter ride with Bonisair.

Starting from 15 minutes in length (and setting off up to 40 times a day during peak season), they offer the most uniquely stunning view of the Batoka Gorge, Zambezi River and Victoria Falls themselves.

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Somehow our flight even fitted in time for game viewing and watched some giraffes lazing around in Zambezi National Park too. It’s difficult to describe just how awe-inspiring the experience is – I urge you to see this bucket-list view for yourself.

It will only add to what is truly a once in a lifetime experience offered by Zimbabwe’s grandest and oldest luxury hotel, The Victoria Falls Hotel.

To book The Victoria Falls Hotel please visit Sikeleli Safari’s website or email danni@sikelelisafaris.com.
For my reviews of other accommodation in the area, check out Vic Falls Safari Lodge and Vic Falls Safari Club.

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