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AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Livingstone
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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10 reviews
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“An awesome African adventure”
Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

While the decor clearly is aimed at the non African tourist, the staff were friendly, the rooms clean & you couldn't ask for a better position if it is the Falls you plan to see.
Worth remembering we operate on African time on this continent so sometimes things happen slowly but when you are on holiday in Africa take it slow.... :)
A quick walk gets you to the falls with free unlimited access, the other direction gets you to the Royal Livingstone & one of the most beautiful sunset views ever!
My only regret is I wasn't there for longer!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We spend five nights at the Zambezi Sun and truly loved it. From the warm and African welcome of African dancers, to the high ceilings and beautifully decorated lobby and restaurant/pool area.

This place you cannot be closer to the falls! Walking daily a few minutes from our room to see the falls in the different lights, and the beautiful rainbows! Best position in Zambia!!!! Huge delicious buffet breakfasts and dinners, and nice lunches and big ice coffees for days by the pool. Enjoyed the acitivities a lot! Which are endless- especially going into the community and seeing the projects happening, tour of the falls, segway tours and the train for the future.

Thank you Zambezi Sun for exceptional service and such friendly and warm ways! True example of Zambian hospitality & big honest smiles!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Victoria falls, I'm speechless every time I visit. The hotel has perfect location and I think that's about it.
The hotel itself was good when it opened but now the rooms desperately need to be renovated. Starting from the toilet seat having cracks and holes! The drain in the basin is coming loose. Some towels are stained and the sheets are awfully stained, it's DISGUSTING!! The pillows are In terrible condition and so is the mattress! The tv is so so ancient and picture quality is pathetic.
The staff weren't helpful enough. Some of the staff at the reception made it seem they were doing you a favour by attending to you. And my first breakfast was alright but the next day the staff was waking around like zombies. Taking 20 minutes to serve hot milk to an empty breakfast area after asking several waiters. Forget the thought of complaining to a manager, he himself was so lazy. Very put off with the staff. Seriously need to be jacked up.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Los Angeles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2013

The Zambezi Sun is a 3.5 star property that has location as its biggest thing going for it. Because it is in the National Park, guests have unlimited and free access to see the Falls. Additionally, it is the closest hotel to the Falls so guests can go repeatedly without much fuss or hassle. The ambiance of the hotel is nice. It felt more like an Arizona styled hotel or Moroccan hotel with the bright color palettes. Rooms were adequately sized, brightly painted although slightly tacky, had comfortable beds, and good air condition. The pool was great - largely sized and perfect for families and children. Overall food was good. My one complaint was the dining options at night. The main restaurant goes buffet only at $40 per person. While the food options are plenty, the prices are way to high in my opinion. The pool restaurant does not serve food at night, and the only other restaurant is a small one by the conference center which was full every night, assumingly because people did not want to pay $40 for a meal. We ended up booking our dinners at the Royal Livingstone next door (much better quality, ambience, a la carte, and cheaper than the buffet). Staff were all good, a little slow, but friendly. Having traveled around 20 countries in Africa you cannot expect fast expedient service like in Europe or America or you will be setting yourself up for disappointment.

Overall, a good stay. Not a good value because of prices but there is limited competition.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed one night at the Zambezi Sun and I am happy it was not more. The setting is perfect (Location, Location, Location!!!), but the service was very slow! When we arrived our rooms were not ready so we went for lunch. While having lunch nobody bothered the make sure the rooms are ready or even tried to get our luggage to the rooms.
After lunch, I had to ask and only then did they start to call and check.
Only 45min after this did I get my bag delivered. That is 1:45 after we arrived.
When I called to find out about my bag the porter put the phone down while I was busy talking to him!
Overall the service was way too slow! Took 15 minutes to get tea at breakfast!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This must be the best place to stay on the Zambia side of the river. You can go into the Victoria Falls National Park as often as you like, it's barely 4 minutes walk, without paying any entrance fees. We went in twice every day.
Also, you can visit the Royal Livingstone which is only 5 minutes walk along the river and relax on their deck with drinks or have SPECTACULAR high tea or just wander along the river in the beautiful grounds.
The breakfast at Zambezi Sun was good, all you can ask for really and the real winner was the fresh waffles with bacon or fruit.
We didn't eat at the poolside for lunch but the food looked great as we were passing by.
Dinner was average and we might have been upset about this if we were paying for it separately because it was very expensive, but it was included in our package so it was take it or leave it for us. The stir fry and quesidillas were good, again we think the things they make fresh are the best. Everything else seems like it's been standing a bit too long. Waffles for dinner were again a winner.
We went to High Tea at the Royal Livingstone and our $20 bought us a great buffet of some of the best sweets we've ever had. Pineapple mousse, crem brulee, coconut cake and eclairs were ridiculously good. Everything was excellent, everything was fresh - like it had just been made.
We also did a day trip to Chobe which was a brilliant day out (see separate review).
We also did a micro-light flight of the falls which was extremely poorly managed by Batoka Sky (no reflection on the hotel). They had overbooked the schedule by double and we waited over 2 hours for our flight. Once you get up there though, you seem to forget about that. It's breathtaking.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melrose, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

stayed 3 nights here rooms were fine and comfortable a bit dated and in need of being updated this is a family hotel pool area is very good with a small pool for toddlers the zebras come to drink out of the pool the food was good breakfast is buffet eat as much as you lke staff are very friendly and helpfull be aware of the market with the locals selling wooden carvings they say they have made these themselves but they are mass produced if not they all carve the same things can be expensive as they all try to sell you something at the same time

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Address: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia (Formerly Zambezi Sun)
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Livingstone
#3 Family Hotel in Livingstone
#4 Romantic Hotel in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — AVANI Victoria Falls Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zambezi Sun, located on the edge of the eastern cataract of the Victoria Falls, reflects the richness and diversity of the country’s heritage; capturing the very soul of Africa – unpretentious, fun and welcoming. With its warm, earthy architecture, inspired by an African walled village and simple finishes highlighted in bright mosaics and fabrics as well as intoxicating Zambian artworks and accessories, the Zambezi Sun is set to turn your stay into a memorable experience. ... more   less 
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