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AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Ranked #3 of 17 Hotels in Livingstone
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Lexington, Massachusetts
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“Great Location. Good Value. Nice Atmosphere.”
Reviewed 31 August 2013

Our travel agent booked us into the Zambezi Sun for two nights and I wasn't expecting much based on the "family style" description of the place. However, everything about it exceeded my expectations. Yes, the rooms are a bit small, but all are very clean and have sliders to the ground floor or to a balcony (warning: there is no elevator, so use a bellman if you have a second floor room and are toting heavy luggage -- they will cheerfully deliver you & your luggage to a room in a golf cart). Bathrooms are good size, with separate shower and tub areas, decorated in bright, local patterns and colors.

This place has the feel of a Caribbean resort (which we attribute to its being a Sun Resort hotel). From the moment you set foot on the property, you are greeted by singing and dancing males in native costumes. Everyone, from reception to waitstaff to concierge, makes you feel very welcome here. Our breakfast buffet was included in the room rate (which was very reasonable) and the buffet was very good quality and plentiful. (I would only skip the baked goods, aside from croissants, as the muffins were a bit like lead.) Everything else was very good: fresh fruit, cereals, eggs, vegetables, meats -- anything you want was on the buffet. An a la carte lunch was also high quality, served at the pool, accompanied by local musicians.

We did not eat dinner here, but we highly recommend the gourmet restaurant at the Royal Livingstone next door (a shuttle runs between the two hotels every 10 minutes). Reservations are a must at the Royal Livingstone and the dinner was not cheap, but everything was expertly prepared and delicious -- well worth the splurge. And the atmosphere there is like walking through an old, elegant colonial style hotel, although it is only two years old.

Back to the Zambezi Sun: it was too cool for us to swim during our stay in July, but the pool looked clean and inviting. But the best part about staying here is being able to walk to the falls in less than 5 minutes -- and you can come and go for no fee as many times per day as you wish. Even though it was "dry season" when we were there, the falls were gushing for many a great photo op.

The other highlight about staying here was the wildlife wandering through the hotel grounds: monkeys, zebras and impalas with the occasional giraffe. My husband watched two impalas butting heads (as it was rutting season) and got some great photos.

This hotel is a nice find. Well worth a return trip.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Torquay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

The hotel is excellently placed close by the falls which, even though it was the dry season, were stunning. The rooms are very comfortable with balconies (the downside is that there is no furniture on the balconies to sit and take in the views). The food is excellent and one of the best buffet meals I have had for both breakfast and dinner. Everything is prepared freshly and there is a vast amount to choose from (everything from stir fries to curries). Lunch is served around the pool area and there is an excellent choice of dishes.
The fact that you bump into zebra, bucks and monkeys while wandering around the grounds adds to the “Africa” effect and is a wonderful experience.
The pool is a good size and well maintained with plenty of clean towels and efficient waiter service if you require refreshments.
The staff are all extremely friendly, helpful and professional and made us feel welcome from the outset.
We will definitely return to Zambia to see the falls when they are at their best (February and March) and stay in the Zambezi Sun when we do.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We were booked into this hotel by SAA Vacations. While we were there the UNWTO was also holding functions at this hotel. There were many, many people, much security, and many activities going on. Despite all this, the help was extremely friendly and polite, and the service was top notch. Kudos to the lady from the front desk on the 24th who took time to contact our coach driver from Wild Horizons, when he was not at the hotel at the prearranged time. With all the security and traffic, it was difficult for him to get to us, but he finally did. We would definately stay there again.

Room Tip: Personally, I liked the end units on the 2 nd level.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

The hotel is at a fantastic location. You can see zebras, antelopes and monkeys in the hotel compound. The Victoria falls is a two minute walk from the hotel. Although I advise that you choose your stay during the rainy season because the falls will be the most amazing thing you shall ever see

  • Stayed August 2013
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

We stayed two nights at the Zambezi Sun and found the location to be excellent - we could easily walk to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and also walked to the Zimbabwe side of the falls (about a 30 minute walk).

However, service was mixed - we had excellent waiter service for lunch at the pool restaurant and dinner at Squires, but one morning at breakfast we were not served drinks until we asked someone, and not until we had finished our meal. Additionally, check-in was rather hectic and the concierge at the front desk was extremely unfriendly - both of these being our first experiences at the hotel left a rather sour taste in our mouth from the start.

We did enjoy a very nice meal at the restaurant at the Royal Livingstone Hotel - and would recommend trying this restaurant if you are looking for an upscale meal.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Rooms are basic, a little rough around the edges but ok. Buffet restaurant was over priced, we paid £30 pp for a meal. Other than that great location, a stone throw from the falls. The animals on the property were the best thing about the hotel. The sister hotel Royal Livingstone seems much more up market.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

I stayed at the Zambezi Sun Hotel for two nights with my wife and a friend in early August 2013. The hotel offers good value for money with clean, well equipped rooms and all the facilities you would expect. It is true that zebra, impala and giraffe come into the hotel gardens - but watch out as there is also a crocodile in residence by the lake! The massive advantage of this hotel however without doubt is the location - just a few minutes walk and you are right by Victoria Falls with free entry. I would be happy to recommend this hotel. Dr Gerard Bates

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Address: Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road, Livingstone 20100, Zambia (Formerly Zambezi Sun)
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Livingstone
#3 Luxury 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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