We stayed at The Kingdom Hotel for 3 nights in February 2013. Although the weather patterns varied from day to day it didn't bother us in the least and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A cheap plastic poncho will keep you dry and give it to one of the villagers when you leave. Our room was near reception and it was lovely with beautiful views across the lake, bar and pool area. Try and get the 2nd floor because you will be less bothered by the monkeys – we were warned about them but they never came close to our balcony. The room was spotless, cleaned every day and our sheets were folded down in the evening. I read so many complaints about people who stayed too far from reception and it really isn’t that far. If you are elderly I would suggest you request a room closer to reception. A short walk to the gate at the bottom of the hotel will lead you to the gauge within 5 minutes and the entrance to the falls within 10. If you are fussed about leaves brushing your feet then wear long pants but I was in slip slops and shorts and it was fine. Yes, there are villagers who will bother you along the way but their goods are really cheap (far cheaper than at the market) and picked up quite a few bargains. Get to know their names and they will eventually leave you alone. They asked for payment in SA Rands (but USD will do but they calculate 10 to 1) and were willing to trade for shampoo, soap, old clothes and shoes. We bought some beautiful carvings for next to nothing but take something to trade with. We had breakfast at the hotel which I thought was more than substantial and ordered room service on one of the nights at the hotel. You can get a really good club sandwich with chips for about 8 USD which was quite reasonable – it was a substantial meal and you can easily sit and have it out by the pool if you prefer. The buffet at the hotel in the evening was approximately 25 USD for a three course meal which is pretty good given the amount of food you can eat. We didn't have the buffet because but it looks fabulous. Staff lovely and friendly but I agree… reception at the hotel needs to be improved. The morning we were leaving we left to see the falls just one more time and we arrived back at 10 to find our room locked. Not a big deal but no message on the door to say we had been locked out. All in all a lovely experience at the Kingdom Hotel and we will be back. We booked our excursions before we got to the falls and we found most of them to be booked out. You have to do the river cruise (lovely drinks and snacks on the house) and steam train (with drinks & snacks) and although I was not aware of the lovely surprise waiting for me - a holiday flip over the falls is just too magnificent for words.