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AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Livingstone
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Harare, Mashonaland East, Zimbabwe
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“Not quite value for money”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The Zambezi really is a beautiful structure however felt it was really pricing in comparison to some of the more plush places I had stayed in , for starters their room rate was US200 but was disconcerting is that they do not accept US dollars , which seems silly coz their are an international hotel who Im sure receives a lot of foreign guests there is no bureau de change , and any guest that needs to change the foreign currency into Zambian Kwacha have to travel about 30mins into town to find a place to change their money. In our case it was around 6pm when we realised this and luckily we found a bureau de change at a shop rite checkers retail shop. The rooms were nice and one lovely thing was the fact they had animals zebra roaming their grounds. We had dinner at their ala Carte restaurant called Squire's it was lovely food was delicious , service very friendly and ambience was quiet hype enjoyed it. Overall though I still think though US$ 200 is a lot but then again only spent a night there.

Room Tip: Our room was 3342 was quiet , and nearer to the main hotel.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Superb location. You can walk to the falls in 5 minutes. We were offered a room on ground floor facing the falls. But the fall was not visible from our room, it is out of sight. The hotel is very expensive. They have Zebras, Giraffes in hotel campus. Their pool is very large. Breakfast was OK (not very good). Wi-Fi is available free for first 30 minutes in the hotel lobby only. We were charged extra on our credit card after we checked out. Be aware of such charges.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Nairobi
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Was at Zambezi sun on business visit -I enjoyed the beauty of the Victoria falls - Breath taking views indeed.A place you need to visit with family or as a couple.The rooms are good,the TVs are horrible very disappointed they could do better.The falls makes its an excellent choice.Lack of a Gym was a turn down for me.

Room Tip: Rooms on the south side are large& sunny - the sound of the water falls is like a lullaby.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

In Malawi & Zambia with the ONE Campaign for a week. Hotels along the way were good - but ending up at the Zambezi Sun was two clear notches up. The rooms were of decent size, television are out-dated by western standards but the picture was clear and the channel selection adaquate. The restaurant is buffet F-L-D and they change the theme of the dinner buffet each night. Friday, for instance, was Tex-Mex night. Not what you'd get in Dallas, but tasty and prepared with gusto and good humor. The bar service at the pool was terrific. All the staff was friendly and helpful.

Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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Florence, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
Reviewed May 16, 2013

Extremely kind and capable staff, comfortable rooms, excellent restaurant and ideal location for visiting Victoria Falls make this hotel an excellent choice. The Zambezi Sun Hotel is a relaxing oasis. Within the same hotel group as the much pricier Royal Livingston Hotel just down the road, the Zambezi Sun offers good value. You can walk the level 10 minute path to the Royal Livingston Hotel, and see resident zebra and giraffe. Our group was very happy staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

Great start to our tour-holiday staying here, the hotel is very open and animals wander around everywhere! There is a resident giraffe and when we returned to the hotel after our first day out, there was a zebra stood by the swimming pool watching the evening entertainment! Surreal!!! The room was simple but nicely decorated in african style which i liked. Facilities were basic but sufficient to meet our requirements. As we entered our room sometimes cochroaches followed you in which was a pain but apart from that i couldnt complain about anything. The staff were fantastic and when they took us out were very knowledgable and friendly, to make you feel welcome. Perfect location to see the Victoria Falls, you can walk to it!! The pool area is lovely and i didnt get bitten once whilst staying at this hotel, very relaxing environment. Food and drinks we had in-resort were simple, good selection on offer, and very tasty and reasonably priced. Would happily stay here again. My tips would be, 1) dont buy Zambian currency, just pay for your in-resort food/drinks etc by credit card - so much easier!! 2) the african sun is VERY strong-where factor 50 to prevent getting burnt (i normally wear 15 /20 and got burnt!)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 11, 2013

We stayed for 3days in Zambia the hotel was very nice good services and friendly staff ,Ms.mirenda from reservation she was very helpful she help me to get a visa to visit the beautiful Victoria falls and she welcome us also upon arrive thank you to all and we will come back again

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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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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Also Known As:
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