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Reviewed 21 April 2014

We stayed from the 11th to the 17th of April in a family room for four which included two double beds and a single armchair. The room was comfortable although somewhat compact with little room to really relax - if you wanted to eat in the room then you had to sit and eat on your beds. Also cupboard and drawer space for a family of four was a little light and we left a lot of our clothes in our suitcases.
The bathroom included shower and a bath, and we had air conditioning in the room as well.
Everything worked well although note that most of the electrical sockets are the three round-pin South African type although you can get an adaptor from reception if you pay a refundable deposit.
The WiFi was free (up to the first 50MB per day) and generally worked well although signal was weak in the room and worked better around the reception and pool area.
The staff were always friendly and attentive. The breakfast buffet was always well stocked with plenty of choice. The pool area was also very nice and served good food although they stopped serving food at four. The main restaurant only served a buffet for dinner but there is another restaurant squires also on site which was decent although nothing special.
The main benefit of this hotel is its proximity to the falls.It's a short walk to the falls (with unlimited entry) and the Vic falls bridge. The hotel provides free rain coats if you want to cross the Knife Edge foot bridge but be prepared to get very wet!
The hotel is in the national park and we saw Girraffe , Zebra, Monkeys, Impala and a monitor lizard. I had read previously that Monkeys were a problem at the hotel but we never witnessed any problems so maybe they've sorted that now.
There is a shuttle bus to the Royal Livingstone in the same resort and I would recommend an evening sitting on the sun deck by the Zambezi with a gin & tonic and watching the sun go down.
The hotel does not run a shuttle into town so you have to get a taxi but Eugene and Charles were always friendly and timely and happy to help where they could.
Apparently they are refurbishing the rooms this year although we don't know what changes they are planing to make.
All in all we had a really enjoyable stay and would recommend the hotel to anyone else wishing to stay.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
2  Thank David A
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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

You pay a premium for the location as this hotel is on the Vic falls' doorstep. The accommodation is typical of the Sun International hotels in Africa. 40 years old which means that there are a lot of things that doesn't work properly anymore. The TV is snowy, the shower head throws one stream of water, the electrical outlets do not work properly and the WiFi is below average.

I paid $20 for a 5 minute International call which is just ridiculous. A bottle of water comes in at $3 and they have no complimentary water in the room. A room is $500 per night so you would think they can throw in a complimentary water. And you don't have a view of the river.

On the plus side. You are three minutes' walk from the Falls. The facilities are very nice - great big pool with loungers, some Zebra grazing freely on the property and you can always pop across to the Royal Livingstone to lounge on the river and watch the smoke that thunders.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
1  Thank AppelAmandel
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Greeted by a group of African dancers as we entered the hotel. Location is amazing. Right next to the Falls - just a few minutes walk away. Unlimited entry if you are staying at the hotel. Lovely large outdoor swimming pool just next to the bar area. Sun loungers available with towels. Zebras keep the lawns tidy! Saw impalas, monkeys and baboons in the grounds plus a monitor lizard.
Also there is a fairly easy walk to the road,rail and pedestrian bridge crossing the gorge into Zimbabwe where you can have a bungy jump. You can walk a little way into Zimbabwe but you must obtain a ticket from the Botswana immigration office situated just before the bridge. We did not need our passports.
There is also a nice river walk to the Livingstone Hotel ( fantastic Colonial Building) where you may come across the family of giraffes.

However the rooms are very small and dated. The a/c was ineffective and noisy and our kettle was broken. There was a fridge but no water provided. Make sure you stock up with bottled water somewhere else as it is very expensive to buy in the hotel although the hotel water is safe to drink.

Botswana is dearer than both SA and Zambia but still reasonable by UK prices.

A shuttle service operates between the two hotels - just ask at reception. There is a restaurant in the grounds called Squires which we found to be basic but very good value.

Breakfast in the hotel was OK but service can be slow - the same in the bar area.

Overall a brilliant location but let down by the rooms.

If you are visiting at this time of year (March) you definitely need waterproofs to visit the length of the Falls. The spray is just like a heavy rainstorm. You can hire capes at the Falls quite cheaply. Best time to visit is early morning.

Just as an aside - we were not asked for our yellow fever certificates at any stage when leaving or entering South Africa

Room Tip: Rooms to the far right are nicely located away from the noise of the bands and near the river.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank chrisatholly55
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

The Zambezi Sun is one of two hotels in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. It is a nice hotel with friendly staff and good service. Although listed as a 4 star hotel I would say it falls a spec short of this designation (by American standards). It was probably a little pricey considering the small rooms. I liked the fact that Zebras, monkeys and baboons freely roamed the hotel grounds (although they have staff that is dedicated to chasing the animals away). All in all a nice 3 day stay.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Arnold P
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

This hotel has a wonderful ambience. It is colourful, casual, clean and comfortable. We could hear the Victoria Falls from our balcony and it was only a short walk to the Falls. We were provided with a pass so we could enter and leave the Falls as we wished, avoiding the USD30 to enter each visit. Zebras and giraffe roamed nearby, there was a bird hide amongst the large grounds of the hotel. Entertainment at dusk was enjoyable and the restaurant served delicious food.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Carol C
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