The Victoria Falls Hotel, built in 1904, was the first hotel in Victoria Falls. Visiting it today takes one back to the days when travel was a grand adventure, and to stay in a lovely colonial establishment like this was icing on the travel cake. Luxury, charm, fine food and service — this place had (and still has) it all. Besides the grand entrance seen above and its inviting verrandah, the halls of the hotel are filled with historic drawings, photographs and paintings of that bygone era.
Alas, we did not stay at this beautiful hotel, although I wish we had (we stayed instead at the disappointing Livingstone hotel in Zambia, but that’s a story for another day). But we did have a lovely lunch on the rear veranda after a tiring morning getting alternately baked in the African sun or drenched by the mist from Victoria Falls.
Be sure you stop by the Victoria Falls Hotel when visiting the natural wonder that is the “Smoke that Thunders”.