It was a really great getaway. A new experience for us to visit Zimbabwe. Knowing the country's history and financial situation, I thought we got a great deal! The hotel itself wasn't bad at all considering. The service was one of the best we have EVER experienced - from our waitress at dinner, to our tour guide at the falls - (independent from the hotel). I think the locals in general are just very friendly and welcoming people! It was really such a pleasure!
We live in South Africa so we are used to the big 5 and wild animals, but seeing the baboons and elephants roaming free on the streets was just an incredible experience! Baboons sitting on the tops of cars minding their own business! The room in the hotel was very basic, but like I said, for a country that isn't doing so well financially, there was nothing wrong!
The falls are a spectacular sight - I heard it is safer to go to the Zambia side, but personally I would say go to the Zimbabwe side to view the falls - you see so much more of it and we had no problems with feeling unsafe at any time of our stay. We even caught a cab back to our hotel and I'm still here ;) The hotel offers bicycle excursions where you can take the bike onto the golf course and that was also really great! We saw a variety of buck on the course.
We also had a lovely few of the mist of the falls from the hotel - "The smoke that thunders". I must say though, the helicopter flip outside of the hotel (independent from the hotel I think) was quite pricy... But it was SOOOOO worth it to see a view like that!
We also went on the sunset cruise everyday which was great, the bar men on board with us were very friendly and entertaining! We also saw hippo and elephant alongside the Zambezi River :)
The food was also amazing and the local beers and cocktails were a treat too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This majestic hotel, aptly named after the gentle giant of the bush (the elephant) merges seamlessly into its natural environment. Elephant Hills Resort has 276 rooms ranging from the impressive presidential suite to cool and spacious standard rooms. All rooms are ethnically decorated creating a combination of African ambiance with comfort and elegance. Each bedroom has modern amenities including air-conditioning, digital satellite television, bar fridge and en-suite bathroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elephant Hills Hotel
- Elephant Hills Victoria Falls