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“Frolic with the monkeys in olympic size pool at this mini resort next to Falls”

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AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Livingstone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 16 January 2012

Spent a few days at this wonderful hotel in late September. Its advantages are plenty. First, its the only hotel actually next to the Victoria Falls park. Secondly, the decor is pure African with outdoor bar and two cafes, and with bridges crossing the meandering olympic size pool. For dinner there is a fantastic "all you can eat " buffet for $45 which includes crocodile kabob which are juicy like lamb, kudu ( similar to deer) various fish etc, its a variety like no man has seen. To top it off are the friendly monkeys who invade the outdoor cafe at breakfast. They grab your croissant and steal all your sugar packets. Make sure you take some photos of them before the security guard scares them off. Of course you could eat inside and miss all the fun.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

If you are looking for proximity to the Vic Falls, this is the hotel to stay in. There is a path directly from the hotel to the falls. There is no restriction on access so you can go as many times as you wish during your stay. The hotel room is compact with no space wasted on unused areas and would best be described as basic. The restaurant is adequate with a variety of choices of meals. The activity centre nearby offers a host of activities including Segway tours which was a fun way of exploring the resort. At dusk, zebra's came to browse on the lawn

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

this hotel was more chalet-like, tons of families staying there. i would prefer staying at the royal livingstone hotel - zambezi sun's sister hotel. zambezi sun has a good restaurant serving pastas,steak.. within walking distance, but if you are staying at royal livingstone, you can ask for a free transfer to the restaurant too. zambezi sun is probably better for families - large swimming pool available. breakfast is not too great although there is a lot of choice available. rooms are decently-sized, with a tv as well. shower was weak but warm water available. if you dont mind spending a bit more, i'd suggest staying at royal livingstone - a 5 star hotel. much better service there.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2012

Internet images can indeed be misleading..... On the web it shows the Royal Livingstone a much more posh place is right on the edge of the falls!! Nor totally correct from the Restaurant on a clear day you can see the mist. To see the falls you have to come to the Zambezi Sun
Warm welcoming place. Very neat.
Front office staff are exceptional very Efficient. Activities arranged are very professionally managed and handled worth a commendation
Rooms are neat, compact and very presentable, however rooms are small not enough sPace to juggle around with
Staff at the pool restaurant need some work very slow
But the pool is great
Compared to Royal Livingstone I would stay time n again at the Zambezi sun

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

My husband and I just spent three nights at the Zambezi Sun and we couldn't have been more pleased. Our package included round trip flights Johannesburg - Livingstone, transfers, room, breakfast, and dinner, and a slightly mysterious 'nature walk' that seemed to be a marketing scheme by Sun International to make certain we knew what they were about: preserving the environment, training locals for tourism jobs, producing local and organic food, and so forth. We didn't mind; the guide was charming and informed and he gave us an invitation to High Tea at the Royal Livingstone next door. The tea was good and we enjoyed walking along the trails between the too properties.
Both hotels are within the boundaries of the national game park in Zambia that's adjacent to Victoria Falls which means that not only are the falls a short walk away but you get glimpses of the Zambesi River from the trails behind the buildings and the porch of the Royal Livingstone.
Our standard room at the Zambesi Sun was small but comfortable and well appointed. Meals, served buffet style in the indoor/outdoor dining room were tasty and varied; lots of choices, and different choices each day. Snacks and drinks are served at the Pool Bar, and the serpentine pool was fine for a quick dip for relief from the January (summer) heat.
There are plenty of activities to choose from (at extra cost), tame to adventuresome. We elected just to focus on our first views of the falls and on resting after the long plane ride from the U.S to southern Africa.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia (Formerly Zambezi Sun)
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Livingstone
#2 Spa Hotel in Livingstone
#4 Romantic Hotel in Livingstone
Price Range: €218 - €379 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — AVANI Victoria Falls Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get wild in the heart of Africa, with the iconic Victoria falls at your doorstep. We put you at the centre of the action, so you can explore, discover or just relax and let us take care of all the details that matter. Whether it's for family fun or taking care of your business, AVANI Victoria Falls offers contemporary comforts and uncontested convenience, all just five minutes’ walk from Victoria Falls. Work, rest, stay and play in AVANI signature style for dazzling days and enchanting nights ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Zambezi Sun Livingstone
Zambezi Sun Hotel Livingstone

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