Note this Accommodation is in Reference to the
– Zimbabwean Side –
5 places closest to The Victoria Falls…
If you are here, you are looking for guidance on where to stay in Victoria Falls. Staying near or within walking distance of the Falls is a good idea for exploring or travelling on a budget.
(Did you want to stay in Zambia instead? – This is a great place!)
Have you started reading up about Victoria Falls? Exciting isn’t it? Planning an adventurous holiday is such fun!
There is lots on offer, so you are bound to have an awesome time!
Travel is a very personal thing – some like the safety of the whole guided tour, stay-in-a-group kind of travel, while others like to see things in their own time and style.
What kind of traveller are you?
I would love to know – share in the comments below! As Vic Falls is a small town, we see many different visitors. I find myself often wondering what their take is on travel.
The following are the closest 5 places to stay and will give you the freedom to explore. If this is your kind of travel experience then read on… we have got you covered!
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The section Things to do – are tips from our own experience and research of these hotels.
5 places near or within walking distance of Victoria Falls
Over a hundred years old – it’s the Hotel with the most history attached to it.
It gives you a glimpse back in time.
Was built in the Edwardian Style early on in the towns’ development.
It has recently been renovated and is a delightful place to experience Victoria Falls.
You must visit here, even if you don’t stay.
There is a spectacular view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, a path that starts from the Hotel and winds it’s way down, either to the Lookout Cafe or Victoria Falls National Park Entrance.
This is a five-star hotel and has some of the best reviews.
Reviews all praise the beautiful view, gardens and the charm Victoria Falls Hotel provides.Cake at Vic Falls
Things to do at the Victoria Falls Hotel
Take High Tea any day from 3 to 6 pm – It’s $30 and feeds 2 to 3 people – the famous “Afternoon tea & cake stand tower” is not to be missed!
Swim – they have one of the best private swimming pools in Victoria Falls. Only hotel residents can swim.
Have lunch at the pool – served from 12 to 4 pm experience a braai (barbeque) Zimbabwe-style!
Use the free Wi-Fi – Great Right? Catch up with friends and family.
Shop in the Gift Shop –
The gift shop is well stocked with vibrant coloured gifts that are unique.
There are also some displays that have exquisite and expensive – leather and jewellery products. (One of a kind!)
Visit the Larry Norton Gallery – a local artist. His art is on the place-mats and one of his paintings are in the lounge area closest to the Stanley Terrace. Beautiful work!
Dine in the 6 different settings offered by the Hotel. If you are a foodie – the Livingston Room 7 course meal – may just be the thing!
Spoil yourself – get your hair done, visit the spa or go to the gym. I highly recommend this, I recently went to have my eyebrows and lashes done and Glenda was super!
The Kingdom at Victoria Falls
The Kingdom Hotel is a work of Art! Detailed metal decorations make for a fascinating tour in itself. The Zambezi River is part of the design and fish and small crocodiles have been seen on occasion in the water features.
Close to the Victoria Falls Hotel and so the Hotel also has a pathway that leads to the Victoria Falls Entrance or leads off to The Lookout Café. There is security on these paths making it a safe explore. Along the path – birds, warthogs and mongoose are often seen.
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Reviews often comment on the location and easy access to shops and restaurants nearby. And the helpful staff at the Kingdom Hotel.
Things to do at the Kingdom Hotel
Swim – there are 3 different pools each a different depth to choose from. Music is sometimes played and it’s very relaxing. (They allow anyone to swim, as long as they support the bar and buy a drink. Great way to spend a lazy afternoon if you are on a budget. We like their swimming pool as it has different areas to it that allow you to keep to yourself.
Have lunch by the pool – at the poolside bar, you are able to order light lunches and drinks.
Wine and Dine – the Hotel has 6 different settings- 2 restaurants and 4 bars.
There are a GemStone and gift shop – lovely idea to take an African gem home with you.
This is the closest accommodation to the Victoria Falls. The air is definitely cooler from this point on, and the Victoria Falls is at it’s loudest here at night.Great hotel Ilala Lodge Hotel in the Victoria Falls
A relaxed environment with open bush nearby that the lawn naturally merges into.
The bird life is amazing! Don’t forget your binoculars.
Elephant, impala, warthog, mongoose and monkeys have been seen in the nearby bush and on the lawns of this Lodge.
During the wet season at night, fireflies light up the surrounding bush – so pretty! We often walk or drive by to see them- it is quite enchanting. (Just be careful of walking past the point of Ilala Lodge at night – elephants could very well be in the bush).
Reviews comment on the excellent food. The close walk to the Falls. The friendly and helpful staff at Ilala Lodge.Cake at Vic Falls
Things to do at the Ilala Lodge
Swim – they have a lovely pool. Walk-ins are allowed – just make sure you support the drinks bar. We like the low-level tables near the pool and bar – perfect for playing cards!
Have lunch by the pool – a light lunch menu is available that is very reasonable starting at $4 with a Vanilla Waffle with banana, praline ice cream and caramel sauce – the highest is $20 for a Snack Board for two.
Use the free Wi-Fi. – Great right?
Dine – The Palm Restaurant – which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner – you can eat indoors or outdoors under the night sky. The dinner menu has an impressive assortment of game meat and is reasonably priced with the appetizers starting at $8 and the highest main meal being $25 for Dukkah Crusted Ostrich Fillet. There is a Vegetarian Menu section too.
Shop – there is a small gift shop.
N1 Hotel and Campsite
A well-placed Hotel – it’s near everything.
Close to the Victoria Falls, curio markets, Elephant Walk Shopping Center and other restaurants.
It is conveniently open for check-in 24/7.
Neat, clean, has air conditioning and is a practical place to stay.Great hotel N1 Hotel & Campsite Victoria Falls in the Victoria Falls
Reviews are helpful and mostly comment on the practical location and the budget-friendly option of this N 1 hotel.Cake at Vic Falls
Things to do at the N1 Hotel and Campsite
Camp – Just under $14 per person – self-catering (makes this budget-friendly)
Stay in a Dorm – Just under $22 per person – self-catering.
Swim – We love their pool! It is a bit different to the others around as it is just one depth throughout. This makes it very family-friendly. It’s a decent size and would be perfect if you wanted to get in some real swimming laps. There is a relaxing area out of the sun and you can order drinks. The changing areas have showers and are of a high standard.
Dine – There is a menu on offer. It’s very basic. Being well situated, other eating options are close by.
Shopping – There is a small shop that is stocked with basic supplies and a few luxuries for the guests only. If you don’t find what you are looking for, there are shops and markets roundabout, so slowly wander around.
The Shearwater’s Explorers Village
This is also a budget place. Newly opened and already popular. Accommodation is in the form of tents or chalets. Over-landers like to use this place as a base. Each camping area is equipped with an open kitchen – perfect for self-catering.
Great hotel Shearwater’s Explorers Village in the Victoria Falls
Reviews rave about the great price, the efficient staff and the excellent locality of this accommodation at the Shearwater Village.Cake at Vic Falls
Things to do at the Shearwater’s Explorers Village
Pitch a tent – If you have your own tent it’s $15 per person.
Hire a tent, bed and bedding – $25 per person.
Sleep in a Chalet – $60 per person sharing.
Swim and relax – great pool next to the bar and the lounge area is spacious and cool.
Use the Free WiFi – Great right?
Eat – there is a Full Bar/Restaurant area (and is close to other Restaurants)
Shop – there is a small gift shop at the main reception. Curio markets and Elephant Walk Shopping Center are just out the main entrance.
So as you can see, there is something here for everyone! Accommodation near or within walking distance – of the Victoria Falls is practical and gives you freedom to walk around and see things at your own pace.
Start making your plans now to explore Vic Falls.
Remember it’s possible to pre-book your accommodation. We recommend this as these closer places to the Falls fill up quickly!Cake at Vic Falls
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