Reviews of Avani Victoria Falls
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
A 3 night stay followed by 1 night later
We were picked up promptly at Livingstone airport and the driver gave us a good introduction to Zambia on our drive to the hotel. We were greeted by a quartet of lads in costume singing and dancing to new arrivals. This gave a great atmosphere to start with! We enjoyed watching the zebras and impala roaming the grounds in amongst the iron work animal statues dotted around the grounds.
Our rooms were clean and very well decorated. Good facilities. During our single day/night, stay, the electric power frequently went off but was indicative of the whole area - not just the hotel - but quickly restored.
Breakfast was good with a wide choice and good friendly service.
The pool was cleaned each morning and checked regularly during the day as leaves etc kept floating into the water. There were frequent checks.
selected hotel for its proximity to Victoria Falls ( although views of Falls from hotel property were somewhat limited). An unexpected benefit was the fact that the hotel was located within a National Park and there was abundant wildlife that were cited while walking thru the very spacious grounds of the hotel and its "sister hotel" located nearby.
Wildlife cited while strolling included baboon families (en route to Victoria Falls viewing area), zebra, giraffe and impalas. A member of the grounds staff was extremely helpful in walking us to the area where the zebra and giraffe were grazing.
The entire hotel staff ( reception staff, security people, grounds staff, wait staff) were extremely friendly, helpful when needing assistance, and appeared sincere in their efforts to provide outstanding service to the hotel guests. Hotel rooms were clean, and while not luxurious, were very adequate and met our expectations. The breakfast provided as part of the room cost very extensive and food quality was good/excellent.
We had a late evening snack (no dinners because of other scheduled activities outside the hotel property) at poolside which was good/excellent. We had a snack at the pool one afternoon--service was a little slow but this was only a very minor inconvenience.
Zambezi Sun + Royal Livingstone
Although we had initially booked the Zambezi Sun, we were lucky enough to be upgraded to the Royal Livingstone. The location of the 2 hotels is perfect for being close to the Falls & all activities.
The service is also very good in both hotels. However if you plan to spend sometime at the hotel, then the RL has perfect river views. The whole frontage of the hotel (restaurant, bar, pool) & all the rooms are directly overlooking the Zambezi river. You can see Hippos in the river & Elephants crossing from the other side, inside the grounds of the hotel Zebra, Giraffe & Impala are also roaming free.
This is definitely worth paying the extra for.
Location Ideal for an Overnight Stay
Victoria Falls are magnificent. Pictures, postcards, and even documentaries do not adequately capture the grandeur of the falls that you experience being there getting drenched in the mist blowing up from the gorge, the continuous deep reverberating thunder felt throughout your entire body.
The falls are just a short, safe walk from the Zambezi Sun property. Otherwise, the western resort style hotel is nothing special. In all fairness, though, my style is more adventurous, preferring remote bush camps. The Zambezi Sun was clean and the rooms were brightly decorated, the breakfast was good, and the staff was helpful.
GREAT location, terrific accommodations, and the staff were exceptionalRead more about the whole trip
Location, location in comfort.
A very comfortable reasonably priced hotel right beside Vic Falls - with Falls access included in the room charges. What more needs be said?
Whilst in Livingstone, these travellers enjoyed a scenic helicopter flight over Victoria Falls and the Batoka Gorge. Here's what they said about it:
15 minutes circling Vic Falls was topped by riding the rapids in the gorges below the Falls at less than two metres above water level!
Great location at the falls
A very convenient location for us to do all our activities in Livingstone. Visiting the falls from here is an added bonus.
If you like Zebras this is the place to stay. Only drawback is very mediocre food.
Zambezi Sun fun at Victoria Falls
We love the Zambezi Sun.
The location is great, the service excellent and rooms clean and well cared for. The rooms have been redecorated since our first visit in 2014 and what a difference.
This is a great family friendly place to stay.
Zambezi Sun review
See previous review [Ed: see below]Read more about the whole trip
Many happy returns!
This trip marked, I recall the sixth and seventh times one or both of us has stayed at the Zambezi Sun in less than four years (nb: this trip, we stayed four nights on arrival in Zambia and one night on the way back to London). As always, we were very well looked after by the staff there (including being greeted as old friends).
Our frequent stays speak for themselves but it is worth adding that the hotel has lifted its game somewhat since our last stay (under new ownership, we understand). Good Wifi reception is now available more or less everywhere (and we, at least, didn't pay for access). Rooms are still being refurbished and redecorated but the work appears to be nearly complete. And one of the things we have griped about a little in the past, ie volume of music day and evening around the swimming pool, has been addressed. Lots of other small improvements. We'd suggest adding to these a top-of-the-range gin to the otherwise impressive stock at the bar.
At the same time the hotel retains, of course, its single biggest selling point which is its proximity to the Falls and free access thereto for guests. Add to this the super gardens along the river it shares with its sister hotel, the Royal Livingstone, and the mammal and bird life there and this is a really solid proposition.
The hotel is about 15 minutes from the centre of Livingstone where we had quite a bit of business to conduct during our stay. But we do not find this inconvenient as cars are available more or less on demand at the hotel itself (Kw50 one way into town) and there is no shortage of cabs in town to get back.
As usual, we ate dinner at Squire's restaurant adjacent to the hotel where we were also very well looked after.
We did (again!) the morning river safari (arranged by the activities desk at the hotel), which is one of our well-established favourites. All in all, we shall continue to recommend the Zambezi Sun to friends going to Livingstone - comfortable, convenient and good value for money.