When I was researching accommodations around Victoria Falls, I was frustrated by the high prices! I found this place on TripAdvisor and decided to go with it. For around $ 100 a night, you can stay in a safe and comfortable luxury tent or chalet. I stayed in the luxury tent.
Luxury tents are basically heavy duty canvas tents with concrete floors and a connected bathroom with concrete walls. There is an outdoor shower with hot water and great water pressure. There is electric and outlets so can charge your phone, camera, etc. There is also a wooden box with a latch, but you need to bring your own luggage sized lock to keep it secure. It was large enough to hold my Tablet, my smallish purse, and any other gadgets.
Bring a small flashlight or headlamp. This IS A CAMPGROUND.
Access to Victoria Falls: Easy $5 to $10 cab ride, depending on how well you can barter. The front desk will call one for you and they will arrive within 20minutes. Only take the blue taxis. They will take you to the Zambian side of the Falls. You should start here and take a walk down the path and over the bridge. MAKE SURE TO BRING A WATERPROOF BAG to keep your electronics dry. The mist from the falls will soak you most definitely, even if you think it will not.
From there, I would recommend walking out the park entrance, turning right, and you can walk through immigrations into Zimbabwe. You will walk over the bungee jumping bridge. Keep walking until you reach Zimbabwe immigrations. Pass through and continue on until the Victoria Falls Zim park. Completely different views with STUNNING rainbows. I am a level headed solo female traveler who does not do anything risky, and I felt safe with all the walking I just described. A blue taxi (you should approach one, never let someone ask you if you need a taxi) will take you back to the Zim immigrations (not into Zambia) for $1. Tell them you are willing to pay $1and be upfront but polite.
Nami is great in the Activities Center!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND: The full day safari at Chobe in Botswana, high tea at Livingstone Island, and the Microlight ride. The Microlight is incredible and not scary once you are in the sky!
As a solo traveler, it is important to stay in a place where socializing with fellow travelers in a laid back setting is possible. It was nice to sit around the fire at the bar each night and share your daily adventures with fellow travelers. Try the Mossi beer.
JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST are winter months in Africa!! Bring tall wool socks and sensible clothing for a comfortable night sleep. I brought my own silk sleeping bag liner and a lightweight fleece sleeping roll and slept in that under the blankets in the comfy bed...I was sure glad I had them!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4km from The Victoria Falls, Maramba River Lodge provides a most attractive all-year-round base to access The Victoria Falls. Maramba River Lodge is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park overlooking the Maramba River. The lodge is visited by the resident wildlife with elephant wandering through the grounds at certain times of the year. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Maramba River Hotel Victoria Falls
- Maramba River Lodge Zambia/Victoria Falls