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AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
Ranked #3 of 18 Hotels in Livingstone
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 14 July 2014

Our family of two adult and two teenage children stayed at the Zambezi Sun recently. The location of the hotel is fantastic - just a couple of minutes walk to Victoria Falls so you can go as often as you like. The grounds of the hotel were very pleasant too, with lots of wildlife wandering around which was a bit of fun. Our room was fine, albeit a bit cosy for the four of us. Ideally family rooms would be a little larger and offer two singles in addition to a double bed (rather than two doubles). The buffet breakfast at the hotel was excellent. We didn't go to the buffet dinner as we didn't feel like a huge feast each night, hence I can't comment on that. The food at The Squires restaurant next door was fairly average. We had a lovely meal at the adjoining property (The Royal Livingstone). What would have been great was to be able to have a simple bite to eat from the pool bar in the evening (food was only available from the pool bar during the day). Especially while the World Cup was screened on the big screen! We did not get our laundry back on the "same day" as promised. However we got it back the following morning. Just made packing up a bit tricky! Overall we enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Booked through Thompson's Travel for 4 persons, 5 nights in July 2014.
Zambia and the Vic Falls was magical! Although we visited the Zimbabwe side of the falls, we felt that Zambia would have been enough! Highlight was the helicopter ride and Livingstone Island visit.
We were persuaded to book the two activities in the Thompson's transport vehicle to the hotel, only to find out that it would have been cheaper booking with the activity center at the hotel!
All activities are quoted in USD, but locally converted to Zambian Kwacha before payment even via Credit card. We always felt that this was manipulated in favor of the local services...the African way...

The Zambezi Sun Hotel was adequate, but not great! Even in winter, the evening temperature in around 11 deg C.
The Bad:
The problems we had in the room:
- HEAVY duvet. I know it's winter, but it was too hot under the heavy duvet. I requested a blanket to replace the duvet - sorry not blankets????What!
- room was court yard facing. If we were booked in the rooms behind us, there would have been more privacy and much quieter - disappointing Thompsons!
- Bed leg was broken
- Sliding door was jammed and need force to open and close
- No screen or netting to allow the door to stay open in the evening
- Extraction system in the bathroom blocked
- Shower door did not stay closed - had to jam paper under the shower door
Squires restaurant:
Always out of something. They were even unable to offer Cappacino the first night and no Fetta cheese the the Greek salad.... Eventually we ask first what the don't have to make it easier.
The good:
- breakfast included is a must! What a spread!
- Squires. The food we did have was great! Half the price of the Hotel Buffet!
- Vic Falls amazing!
- Helecopter ride highly recommended!
- Livingstone Island and a swim on the edge unforgettable!

Highly recommended holiday. Expensive, but great memories to take home.

Room Tip: Choose rooms that do not face the Court yard. Check for room defects as described.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Fortunate to be back at Victoria Falls again. Love the power of the falls and how close the hotel is so you can hear the water cascading from your room. The hotel is therfore very well placed and the rooms are good and clean but lack some character unlike the rest of the hotel. The thing I like most about the hotel are the grounds which are lush and have animals such as Zebra and Impala wondering around. One of the better value for money hotels in town.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank SafariMike66
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - our third visit and this time even better. the rooms were bright and welcoming, clean and colourful. All the amenities are there and the atmosphere in the hotel is vibrant and enjoyable. The gardens and surroundings are well kept and the proximity to the Falls is a huge attraction. The dining room and snack area are great, the food was good and service excellent. Far better than the 3 star grading it has. However, for us poor South Africans it is somewhat pricey but worth it.

Room Tip: I believe all rooms are great.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Perfect location for the Falls. Very child friendly. Our family of 5 had two adjacent rooms, with an outer door that we could lock so that the inner doors could remain open. The sister hotel, David Livingstone, is more elegant in the perfect setting on the river but less child friendly. Breakfast buffet was very nice. Pool was convenient and clean. Children should be careful about the zebras that wander the property especially in the evening when they can be munching grass right outside the rooms. They will leave you alone if you leave them alone but do not think you can approach them! Most of the other hotels are closer to the town but if your main purpose is to visit the Falls, this is the better location. The trip to Livingstone Island, which included walking into the water a few meters from the edge of the Falls, was wonderful though quite adventurous. I'd suggest the high tea version which included enough food to eliminate the need for a dinner back at the hotel. The boat trip on the African Queen was pleasant but fairly dull. I'd definitely recommend the former over the latter. For those heading to Lower Zambezi, there are no rhinos there, so Livingstone is a good opportunity. For the rest of the wildlife, hold off until Lower Zambezi.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

De location of Zambezi is perfect. The Victoria Falls are just 200m away! One negative point is that you don't have Wifi in your room, only in the restaurant. On the contrary, you are admitted to the park with your room key. That is very useful. I had a beautiful stay in Livingstone, a great experience to see this renowned falls.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Judith806
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

An excellent hotel located within a short walk of the Victoria Falls and across the bridge to Zimbabwe. Nicely decorated rooms although a little bit tired and in need of a refresh soon. Lovely grounds where Zebra and impala roam freely and nice restaurant and bar areas. Very nice breakfast and evening buffet of good quality and plentiful. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.

Room Tip: We had a first floor room with balcony overlooking the swimming pool area and it was very nice.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Livingstone
#3 Luxury Hotel in Livingstone
#3 Family Hotel in Livingstone
#4 Romantic Hotel in Livingstone
Price Range: £209 - £333 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — AVANI Victoria Falls Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Get wild in the heart of Africa, with the iconic Victoria falls at your doorstep. We put you at the centre of the action, so you can explore, discover or just relax and let us take care of all the details that matter. Whether it's for family fun or taking care of your business, AVANI Victoria Falls offers contemporary comforts and uncontested convenience, all just five minutes’ walk from Victoria Falls. Work, rest, stay and play in AVANI signature style for dazzling days and enchanting nights ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Zambezi Sun Livingstone
Zambezi Sun Hotel Livingstone

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