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AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Livingstone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 December 2009

awesome hotel right near the victoria falls.. free access to the falls.. takes less that 5 mins to walk to the falls from the hotel.

Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 December 2009

The setting is superb as it sits right on the Victoria Falls. Guests can see the spary and hear the thunder of the water.
The rooms are spacious and spotless and the food superb.
There is plenty to do from the hotel from flights over the falls to trips to a local African village.
The grounds are beautifully kept with wild animals roaming free

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Thank FreddyBerkshire
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Reviewed 15 December 2009

We arrived at Zambia from Joburg and handed over $80US each for our double entry visa as we would be heading into Botswana and this saved both time and money over multiple single visa stamps.

We got a really cheap deal through asiarooms for around half the cost of every other site but it meant no bus transfer. Haggle with the taxi drivers outside and you will be fine. Ours was happy to point out everything on the way down to the falls going through town. Ask them to stop off at the shopping centre near the hotel and you can pick up some drinks and nibbles for the room.

Check in was swift and involved a cold drink and an authentic african welcome from a few dancers which seemed a little bit ott but the retired tourists seemed to lap it up.

The hotel grounds take you right to the the falls and you can access them any time you want through a little gatehouse (garden shed) where you sign in and out. The falls are incredible to see and if you want to see them in their glory you will get soaked so be prepared.

We hiked down to the boiling pot whirlpool and I would advise against wearing thongs (flip flops) and you do not need any of the local guides either. Keep heading downhill even when you think you are going the wrong way .

The rooms were more than adequate and the pool area was fine. The buffet breakfast was enormous and you can watch the staff trying to keep the local monkey population at bay during service. Drinks and food are very expensive so bring some basics from the supermarket or have dinner at Squires on site which is a very affordable option. We had the dinner buffet one night and were not particularly impressed with any of it.

The activity centre sorted us out with a day trip to Chobe in Botswana which was a highlight. Saw better close up animal activity there than we did during a week in Kruger. We also took a microlight flight over the falls which was delayed due to low cloud but eventually took off and was a memorable event.

If you are looking for a true african adventure then stay clear but if you want decent rooms right on top of the falls then it is perfect.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2009

I was unsure of what this place would be like after reading some of the reviews, but my mom and I were very pleased with the Zambezi Sun! The location was a perfect place to stay to see Victoria Falls! Just a short walk away - you could visit the falls as often as you like! We also booked a Lion Walk tour through the hotel and it was amazing, as well as a sunset cruise. The food was a buffet nightly - and it was delicious. I am not one for buffet's, but spending three nights here - I wasn't bored at mealtime. The rooms were clean. The pool was a nice place to spend a few hours in the middle of the day between activities. The animals on the property were quite fun too! It was a nice place to stay for a visit. However, if you are looking for something upscale, I would suggest the Royal Livingstone. That was a "nicer" hotel. But...for the money and service, I have no complaints with the Zambezi and would definitely recommend this property.

  • Stayed: August 2009
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Thank travelgalTN
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Reviewed 3 December 2009

This hotel is right on the falls. It is only a 5 minute walk to the falls. The grounds are very well kept, and the pool is excellent. The staff is very well trained and extremely friendly. The rooms are a little small, but very adequate. The air conditioning worked very well which is a bonus since it was near 100. The pool bar is very expensive, but the cafe is very reasonable. The breakfast was very nice.

  • Stayed: October 2009, 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 - €374 (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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