The Avani Victoria Falls Resort is only a ten minute walk from the Victoria Falls. The resort is quite large with over 200 rooms that are simple but comfortable, arranged around a large lawn and extensive swimming pool.
Waterberry Zambezi Lodge
As your vehicle winds up the driveway you are welcomed to Waterberry by tranquil gardens and well-manicured lawns. From reception you'll stroll past the inviting blue swimming pool and the charming stone thatched cottages that are scattered around the property. When you reach the split-level main lodge, the property reveals stunning views of the Zambezi River stretching across to the north bank, where you may see game roaming freely in Victoria Falls National Park. The lodge makes a relaxing, friendly retreat as you explore the surrounding area, including Livingstone and Victoria Falls
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The charming stone and thatch cottages are arranged strategically around the property in various settings throughout the main grounds. Their rustic décor provides an authentic atmosphere that matches that of the lodge. Though the units are not overly spacious, the high thatch creates the feeling of space. Each unit is equipped with a fan, air conditioning in the bedroom, a hair dryer, indoor seating area with coffee table, en suite bathroom with shower, tea/coffee making facilities, a balcony or deck, mosquito nets and a safe.
There are three cottage categories to choose from, including secluded Riverside Cottages, Garden Cottages and Family Cottages. Extra beds can be added to most rooms for those with young children. There's also a four bedroom farmhouse that can be booked on an exclusive basis. As not all the cottages have river views, we recommend staying in the cottages named Swallow or Weaver if you want complete privacy alongside incredible views of the river.
Waterberry Lodge is located around 25 km (15.5 miles) from the lively town of Livingstone and the incredible Victoria Falls. The lodge's position on the Zambezi River also allows for a number of water-based activities.
Food and drink
All meals are included in your room rate and are served in the alfresco dining area overlooking the river. Food is hearty, home-cooked fare that's professionally served to guests at their leisure. The informal 'come-as-you-are' atmosphere at Waterberry creates a truly relaxing experience throughout your visit at the lodge. The staff are well-equipped to handle special dietary needs, allergies or food aversions when notified in advance.
This property is family-friendly, offering Family Cottages on the main property and a four bedroom private farmhouse for those requiring a bit more space. Please note that none of the pools on the property are gated, so it's essential that children be minded at all times.
Facilities and activities
While staying here you can enjoy strolling around the pleasant gardens and exploring the nature trail around the lake, where you may spot a variety of wildlife. You can also take a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool (there's a separate plunge pool for children), curl up with a book in the library or play a board game and relax with a drink on the outdoor platforms overlooking the river. The lodge also has boats should you wish to cruise along the river, as well as floating pontoons that make a great place to sit with a sundowner. The riverside location means that fishing is also a popular activity. Wi-Fi access and a laundry service is included in the cost of your stay.
This is a perfect place to call home during your trip to the bustling Victoria Falls tourist areas, providing a peaceful setting and warm hospitality that's welcome after a busy day of sightseeing. We love waking up next to Victoria Falls National Park and peacefully boating down the Zambezi with morning coffee.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Royal Chundu Zambezi River Lodge has a private and secluded setting approximately one hour upstream from the Victoria Falls, away from the hustle and bustle of Livingstone.
The elegant Royal Livingstone Hotel is one of the closest accommodation options to the Victoria Falls, offering unlimited access to this natural wonder. Wildlife lovers will also enjoy watching zebra grazing in the grounds and can explore the nearby Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park.
This is one of our favorite places to stay in the Livingstone area. Right in the middle of the river you are totally away from it all. It's an exciting place to stay as you're surrounded by wildlife, listening to the Zambezi flowing down toward the Victoria Falls.
Sussi Lodge has a lovely location above the Zambezi. The rooms are very luxurious and stylish and we warmly recommend it. There are ten thatched and brick tree-houses, built into the living canopy of giant ebony trees lining the bank.
A taste of luxury on the banks of the Zambezi River, Thorntree River Lodge offers beautiful accommodation in a pretty setting with plenty of activities to fill your days.
This is a beautifully designed property in a great spot right in the national park, only a short drive from the Victoria Falls. The relaxed and flexible atmosphere means that is a great place to chill out before or after a safari.
With its setting right on the banks of the Zambezi River, Tongabezi is a peaceful retreat from which to explore Victoria Falls and the surrounding area. Its spacious cottages and houses offer privacy and comfort for families and couples alike, and the service is superb.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
You are taken by boat to the island on the edge of Victoria Falls and taken on a brief history tour before swimming across a channel, crossing a rocky outcrop and jumping into a rock pool.
The cruises are shaded and gently make their way upstream towards the National Park, usually accompanied by a brief talk about the river and its wildlife by your skipper.
Flying lower than a conventional aircraft, you will fly a complete circuit over the Falls in both directions, giving you spectacular views of the Falls.