August 8

The 5 Best Lodges In Victoria Falls


August 8, 2021

We can gush (get it?) about how amazing Victoria Falls is for hours. You simply have to see this African wonder yourself! And why should you stay at any other place but the best lodges in Victoria Falls? Some of Africa's most sought-after classic hotels and lodges can be found under the spray of the world's largest sheet of falling water. Here are our top 5.

Victoria Falls Hotel

Lush garden of the Victoria Falls Hotel - one of the best lodges in Victoria Falls

Welcome to the grand dame of Vic Falls, Photo Credit: Victoria Falls Hotel

Let’s start with a little bit of historic elegance. Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel was the first hotel built in these parts and is set in the Victoria Falls National Park. It even has a private path leading directly to the entrance gate of the Victoria Falls. With epic views of the Victoria Falls Bridge, gorges below and spray from the waterfalls, the grand dame of Victoria Falls is steeped in history and plenty of colonial grandeur.

Elegant room at Victoria Falls Hotel

The crème de la crème, Photo Credit: Victoria Falls Hotel

The rooms and suites are decorated in a style that cleverly mingles a bygone age with today’s modern conveniences. The corridors reflect the past glories of the Empire, while the exquisite lounges wrap you in seclusion and serenity. The Livingstone Room specialises in silver-service, elegant dinners and dancing. And Stanley’s Terrace showcases a delectable à la carte menu, a renowned High Tea and a sundowner venue that is hard to beat.

Matetsi River Lodge

One of the best lodges in Victoria Falls: Matetsi River Lodge

Romantic setting on the banks of the Zambezi, Photo credit: Matetsi River Lodge

Combine the largest waterfall on earth with a classic African safari. Matetsi River Lodge overlooks a private section of the Zambezi – therefore ideal for spotting hippo, crocodile, buffalo and elephant from the comfort of your luxury suite. All rooms ooze with space and modern, natural design. And don’t forget to make use of your outdoor rain shower and your private plunge pool with river views.

Swimming pool with stunning views at Matetsi River Lodge

Swimming pool with stunning views, Photo credit: Matetsi River Lodge

Choose adventure or peace and tranquillity – it’s completely up to you! Matetsi offers activities such as game drives, walking safaris, canoeing and boat cruises. Or unwind during a massage on the banks of the river. The spa therapists will make sure that all your stress is gone within minutes.

Ilala Lodge

Exteriors of Ilala Lodge - one of the best lodges in Victoria Falls

Spot wildlife on the perfectly manicured lawn, Photo Credit: Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge is the closest hotel to the mighty Victoria Falls, where attentive service is the order of the day. The National Park borders the front of the small property, with the spray of the falls as the backdrop to the wildlife grazing on the lawn.

Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge

The popular Palm Restaurant, Photo Credit: Ilala Lodge

Ilala’s Palm Restaurant is well-known for its à la carte menu showcasing the flavours of the region. Dine outdoors against the backdrop of the world’s largest waterfall. Onsite facilities include a poolside cocktail bar, swimming pool, lounges and wellness treatments. Ilala offers various room and suite categories – but don’t worry, our Travel Experts will find the perfect room for you! The décor recalls the early era’s quest for discovery in Africa.

Victoria Falls River Lodge

Luxury room at Victoria Falls River Lodge - one of the best lodges in Victoria Falls

Comfort meets luxury, Photo Credit: Victoria Falls River Lodge

Close enough to see the mist of the waterfalls in the distance, yet far enough away from the crowds to reconnect with nature – Victoria Falls River Lodge is your new exclusive home away from home. Explore the natural wonder in true five-star-style!

Luxury treehouse on private island near Vic Falls - Victoria Falls River Lodge

Luxury treehouse on a private island, Photo Credit: Victoria Falls River Lodge

The lodge’s luxury tented suites are perfect for families and come with private decks as well as plunge pools that boost uninterrupted Zambezi views. For absolute privacy, book one of the luxury treehouses that are located on a tiny, private island in the river. To sum up, Victoria Falls River Lodges is one of the best lodges in Victoria Falls.

Batonka Guest Lodge

Batonka guest house pool in Victoria Falls

Relax by the pool after your tour of the Vic Falls, Photo Credit: Batonka Guest Lodge

Well, are there any affordable options among the best lodges in Victoria Falls, you may ask? And the answer is yes! This environmentally-friendly lodge is more entry level compared to the other lodges on our list. Batonka is just 2.1 km from the entrance to Victoria Falls and its rainforest. And the charming town, sharing the same name as the nearby natural wonder, is also close, only 1 km away.

Why Batonka? Firstly, the lodge's dining area is on a large spacious outside terrace overlooking the garden and swimming pool and provides three meals a day. Secondly, Batonka’s pool view rooms have full bathrooms, while the garden view rooms have showers only. Moreover, Batonka is a superb option for families, groups and budget-conscious travellers.

Best lodges in Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, one of the most beautiful places on earth

Visiting a majestic waterfall is on top of your bucket list? Simply contact our Rhino Africa Travel Experts to plan your stay at one of the best lodges in Victoria Falls. The great thing about Vic Falls is that you can easily combine the natural wonder with a Big 5 safari. We can’t wait to welcome you in Africa!

Photo credit: Matetsi River Lodge

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Katharina Riebesel

Katharina is a Journalist/Content Writer from Hamburg, Germany. She's been living in Cape Town and Germany for more than four years. The jet-setter life was fun, but now she's looking forward to unpacking her suitcases for good and settling down. Katharina is a team player and she's very excited to be part of the Rhino Crash. She first came to the rainbow nation in 2010, when she completed a semester at Stellenbosch University. She immediately fell in love with South Africa, and a very handsome surfer, in particular. Hiking, sailing, cooking, and eating are her favourite activities when she's not wielding a pen.

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