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Victoria Falls Backpackers
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11 reviews
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“Fantastically helpful staff, great location, fab meeting place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

Victoria Falls Backpackers is most certainly a place I'll visit again. Usually we just treat backpackers as somewhere to crash but staying here was almost like returning home every evening (as we were always asked how our day had been) and we enjoyed our time here just as much as we did visiting the attractions. Ian and Enoch are charming and pro-active hosts, and nothing is too much trouble for them. Spending time with two people who so obviously love what they do was really fantastic. They truly do want you to have a fab time and give you honest recommendations about things you'll enjoy (and a raised eyebrow when they hear of something you might not! Travellers note, if you don't like drumming and dancing, don't head for the Boma: Place of Eating! We had a narrow escape! Drummerdancers, however, would love it!) The garden is sublimely peaceful, the kitchen is a great place to meet people and we loved the shower-curtain-less shower in the Guinefowl room! It just made it all the more special not to have a shower curtain spoil the view of the magnificent tree outside. Do listen to Ian's recommendations: the vulture feeding at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge was a highlight, as was our meal there. Thanks to Ian for organising our activities and making dinner reservations. Can't wait to bring my family back here.

Room Tip: The Guinefowl room has a wonderful semi-open-air shower with a view of a tree - very unusual and spe...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

We stayed at Vic Falls Backpackers for 4 nights and loved every minute. Ian, the manager, was extremely helpful, giving us advice and booking our numerous activities while we were still planning our trip (months before we arrived). Everything was very well organised once we arrived.

We booked a double room, which was of a usual backpacking standard and the grounds and pool area are nice. A very friendly atmosphere. I would happily stay here again as it was great value for money and a very positive experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

Greated by Ian, this backpackers up the hill from vic falls, is clean and comfortable and the falls can be heard in the distance . Staff are happy to book tours and make suggestions and private suite with ensuite are good option for a bit of privacy , however the gunieafowl room could have done with a shower curtains. Share with a Friend room are good size, and kitchen facilities well stocked

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2013

Stayed there for two nights and we felt really welcomed. The owners were super nice and really helpful. The rooms were good value, clean and had mosquito nets. The pool is beautiful and the garden in general really nice, so you can easily spend a couple of hours reading or relaxing. It is not noisy at night (unlike other hostels in Vic Falls), so I'd recommend this place to everybody!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Catania, Italy
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2013

In the evening is nice to stay there feeling in a friendly place.It's easy to find friends,talking with people from all over the world and having a very good pizza (I don't understand why they serve them all with garlic..tell them in advance if you don't like).

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2012

If you're after affordable accommodation in Vic Falls (and fancy a decent nights sleep) Vic Falls Backpackers is a good bet. The rooms are an adequate size, there's a swimming pool, pool table and kitchen area.

It's a bit further out of town than the other backpackers but it's only a 15 minute walk so nothing too strenuous.

If you're in Vic Falls just to party and not too bothered getting much sleep, than Shoestrings Backpackers is probably the one for you. However if you're keen for a more chilled place, then I'd recommend Vic Falls Backpackers.

Ian, the owner, is very helpful and can sort out activities, airport/bus pick-ups or just give advice on what to do.

The rooms are basic but clean and have mosquito nets and duvets provided. There's a small breakfast provided (tea, coffee and toast) and there's a kitchen too.

We stayed 4 nights and paid a fraction of the price of the hotels there. Totally enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone visiting Vic Falls.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bundaberg, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

One of the cheapest places to stay at Vic Falls but it's cheap in more ways than one.

Positives: Quiet, secluded, cheap.

Negatives: Rooms are open to the outside. The little mosquito nets hanging from the ceilings above the beds will not stop the critters from constantly buzzing around you and biting you in bed if your hand is up against the net. In a malaria zone, this is unacceptable. No shower curtains. Almost too quiet with not much opportunity to interact with other travellers. Pool is murky. The facility is a fair walk out of town.

Overall, unless you're on a very tight budget, I'd recommend giving this place a miss.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Property: Victoria Falls Backpackers
Address: 357 Gibson Rd | P.O. Box 151, Victoria Falls 263, Zimbabwe
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Region: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Victoria Falls Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Victoria Falls. En-suite,Twin,Dorms and camping available, we are a short walk from town. Facilities include:- Car Parking Available- Unlimited Wi-Fi- Laundry Service- Linen provided- Towels provided on request- Mossie Nets- Adventure centre - Best advise and activity packages !!- Platform with view of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya (Smoke that thunders)- Beautiful Garden- Swimming Pool- Video / Lounge Area- Nightly Boma Fire- Swings- Home cooked meals- Safety boxes- Self catering kitchen- Capture the exotic flair of Zimbabwean culture and indigenous art with affordable comfort and friendly service. Our eye catching accommodation is scattered across our luscious garden of which our swimming pool and fire place forms the center piece providing a delightful setting for interacting with other travelers or to simply relax. Let management arrange your adventure activities for you, from bungee jumping to riding on an elephant. ... more   less 
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