Travel & Hotel
Victoria Falls Resort Profile
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In Southern Africa, the Zambezi River flows across a flat plateau that extends hundreds of kilometres in all directions. It is here that one will find the largest waterfall in the world. The mighty Victoria Falls is one of the seven wonders of the world, stretching 1.7 kilometres wide and shared by the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are formed as the full width of the Zambezi River plummets into a 108 metre high cleft. During the wet season, the spray from the falls can be seen nearly 50 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya (the ‘Smoke that Thunders’). Situated only one kilometre from the mighty Victoria Falls is the small tourist town named after this magnanimous natural wonder of planet earth. Arguably the Adventure Capital of the World, this destination is packed with adventure and adrenaline sports but there are a host of other wildlife and scenic activities for the less crazy folk
Victoria Falls Town has a modern international airport situated about 22 km from the town. It is serviced by several flights a day from various destinations.
- Flights from Harare to Victoria Falls
Air Zimbabwe operates a daily flight between Harare and Victoria Falls which sometimes goes through Bulawayo. The other alternative is to fly via one of the air charter companies who service this route, they are Wilderness Air, Executive Air and Halstead Air. A Harare to Victoria Falls flight will cost in the region of US$250 to US$350.
Fastjet flies between Harare and Victoria Falls. It is a Tanzania-based low cost airline which has expanded rapidly to service a few southern African destinations, linking the region with east Africa. Fastjet flies on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday afternoons both ways between Harare and Victoria Falls.
- Airlines which fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls
British Airways, South African Airways, Air Zimbabwe, Fastjet (via Harare).
- Flights from Cape Town to Victoria Falls
Kenya Airways flies from Cape Town to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) on Saturdays and Mondays, and then onwards to Nairobi. South African Airways now flies 6 days a week between Cape Town and Victoria Falls – Sunday to Friday.
- Flights from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls
Ethiopian Airways fly direct from Addis Ababa to Victoria Falls Airport. The airline flies into Victoria Falls from Addis on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and then flies back out on the same days via Gaborone (Botswana) on this route. Ethiopian Airways links guests to 85 destinations around the world.
- Flights From Windhoek and Maun to Victoria Falls
Air Namibia flies to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. These flights go via Maun in Botswana for passengers wanting to connect from there.
In order to enter Zimbabwe, you may be required to purchase a Visa. The specification for visitors differs depending on their passport. Zimbabwe has 3 visa categories:
- Category A: Countries whose nationals do NOT require a Visa. No action required, you will be granted easy entry at any border post.
- Category B: Countries whose nationals are granted a Zimbabwe visa at the port of entry on payment of requisite visa fees. These visas are easiest obtained on your arrival at the Airport or border post. If you get them done via an agency in your home country they will often cost you quite a bit more and be a lot more hassle.
- Category C: Countries whose nationals are required to apply for and obtain a Zimbabwe visa prior to travelling. You can apply through a Zimbabwe High Commission in your home or neighbouring country or an easier way is to apply online,
For details on the categories for various countries and other relevant information please refer to the Zimbabwe Department of Immigration website
The Elephant Hills Hotel, situated 4kms out of the town on a small hill, provides panoramic views of the Zambezi River and spray from the Victoria Falls. This luxury five star hotel is decorated with an ethnic essence of Zimbabwe and even boasts an impressive miniature replica of The Victoria Falls in the middle. The rooms are spacious, each with its own balcony and views over the gardens or surrounding area. Many of the rooms have connecting doors which is ideal for families.
Among other entertainment facilities, the Elephant Hills hotel boasts of a casino, two swimming pools, tennis courts and squash courts. The building with its thatched roof is an unmistakable landmark in the area, even though it does blend into the surroundings.
The golf course is the only golf course in the area. This 18-hole course designed by Gary Player is a must play! On the golf course, one can very often find impala and warthog grazing along side of the greens – a unique and magical sight. There is regular hotel bus shuttle to the Victoria Falls and town centre. Conference Facilities at Elephant Hills Hotel include:
- Full Conference and Banqueting facilities are available up to 500 pax theatre style and 350 pax classroom style with a variety of rooms available to cater for all sizes.
- Standard equipment – Overhead projectors and stands, 35mm slide projectors and carousels, LCD projector, mounted screens and portable television monitors, VHS, VCR, Laserlite Infra Red Pointers, White Boards & Flip Charts. Sound System – Tape Deck, PA, Multi-system, MIC Box, Microphones/Lapel Microphones, PA System Mixer, PA Monitor, Speakers.
- Tables – Round, Trestle and Conference.
- Stage – Fixed/Lectern
There is a wide range of hotels and lodges, bed and breakfast, self catering and camping to choose from. Whatever your budget there will be something that suits you.
Budget is often what determines where you stay but we also feel that it is important to think about “The Experience” that you want when choosing your accommodation. Do you want a big resort hotel or a small personal experience? Do you want an African game experience or do you want to be in the town within walking distance to the shops, restaurants and bars? So before booking your Victoria Falls accommodation please follow the link www.victoriafalls-guide.net/victoria-falls-accommodation.html, for detailed descriptions of the facilities available.
Victoria Falls weather is beautiful!! For anyone getting away from the long winter months of the Northern hemisphere, you will love it. Hot summers from September through to April, and mild winters from May through to August. The time of year, mainly due to the rains and the Zambezi water level, does have a dramatic effect on many factors that might influence your trip.
Winter (May to Mid August) in Victoria Falls is mild and dry. Average high temperatures ranging from 25-27°C (77-81°F) and average lows between 7-10°C (45-50°F).
Summer (Mid August to end April) in Victoria Falls is generally hot to very hot and wet during the rainy season (Mid November to April). Average highs between 32-34°C (90-93°F) and average lows between 15-19°C (59-66°F)