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Where to Stay in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

First off, getting to Victoria Falls is not too hard, if you are in Southern Africa. Airlink and FastJet both offer great flights into the very modern Victoria Falls Airport. (Conversely, you can fly into Livingstone, Zambia on the other side of the Falls.) I highly recommend you simply pay for your Zimbabwe tourist visa at the airport. Bring crisp, new(ish) U.S. dollars.

So then you need to decide if you want to stay in town or not. Outside of town, your choices are quite varied, with lodges along the Zambezi River (my preferred choice) as well as some nice safari lodges a short distance away. Plus, you’ll have to decide on your level of comfort, as Victoria Falls Town offers everything from family-friendly and budget-friendly accommodations to the full lap of luxury. Some lodges are even only accessible via boat along the Zambezi River. (Honeymooners, or just those with a strong romantic streak, ask me about the Victoria Falls River Lodge Island Treehouse Suites … they are, in a word, fantastic.)
Young crocodile along the banks of the Zambezi River Spotted on our Sundowner Cruise
Young crocodile along the banks of the Zambezi River Spotted on our Sundowner Cruise (Jason Maynard)

Whether you stay in town or along the river, I suggest we book you a sundowner cruise. One evening, take your group out on the Zambezi River and see the hippos and birds lolling around the banks or in the water. Sip on a G&T or a soft drink, nibble on snacks, and know that just a handful of kilometres away, the river disappears over the falls, crashing into the rocks below (but don’t worry, you won’t get close).
Hippo in the Zambezi River
Hippo in the Zambezi River (Jason Maynard)

Whatever your needs when staying in Victoria Falls, there is an option for you. We can book a private family bungalow in town, or a luxury suite surrounded by a private game reserve. Or anything in between. This city is built for tourists so trust me when I say you have options. The only thing you have to worry about is if an elephant will wander by when you are in town, or if a herd of elephants will attempt to swim past the island you are staying on in the middle of the Zambezi River (like they did me).

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