AVANI Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Virgin rating

The hotel

Those tumbling waters of the Zambezi River over the Victoria Falls are so close you will hear the roar and see the cascades of billowing mist. The AVANI Victoria Falls Resort has the feel of a centuries-old walled city, reflecting the richness and diversity of lands heritage, with earth-coloured buildings featuring turrets and chimneys. Set out for a day of adventure with a helicopter trip over the mighty Victoria Falls or head to the nearby Entertainment Centre for quick and easy booking for adventure activities, sundowner cruises, game-drives, bird watching and cycling safaris.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Children’s Playground
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, footsteps from the mighty Victoria Falls. Transfer time from Livingstone International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

212 rooms. All with bush or resort views, balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, satellite TV, tea/coffee-making facilities, complimentary WiFi access, safe and hairdryer. AVANI Rooms with either 1 queen-size bed, 2 double or twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

AVANI Family Rooms are located on the ground floor, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

AVANI Superior Rooms and AVANI Suites are also available.

The Theatre of Food (buffet restaurant serving African and International cuisine) and AVANI Poolside Bar and Grill (snacks and light lunches). Swimming pool. Spa*. Entertainment area and kids' playground. Zuba's Adventure Club* close to the hotel. Curio market nearby. Beauty salon*. Unlimited access to Victoria Falls. Gift shop. Room service*.

3 nights between 29 Dec-2 Jan.

Park Fees: children under 18 years pay a mandatory charge of $12 per stay (subject to change) charged locally. Adult park fees are included in the nightly rate.

* Denotes local charge.

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating My recent stay at Avani Livingstone

May 22, 2024 JCM13021965

The location of these facilities, in the middle of a natural setting, and just a few minutes away from the majestic Victoria falls, makes Avani a place to go for a relaxing holiday
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Be careful at breakfast

May 21, 2024 garstanggirl England, United Kingdom

Generally an ok stay, but will get the negative out of the way first. At breakfast, we got fruit for starters, then went back for cooked food. Our own custom when doing this at any buffet breakfast, is to leave our room swipe key prominently on the table so that staff know we are coming back, which we did. We were only gone 2 minutes max, and… Read more
Generally an ok stay, but will get the negative out of the way first. At breakfast, we got fruit for starters, then went back for cooked food. Our own custom when doing this at any buffet breakfast, is to leave our room swipe key prominently on the table so that staff know we are coming back, which we did. We were only gone 2 minutes max, and came back to the whole table cleared, including our room key! We told staff who didn't seem to know what to do, didn't apologise. Our main concern was our room key which had disappeared - no use to a general member of public as no room number written on it, that's why we thought it the safest thing to leave on the table. Eventually staff gave us a key back, and we got on with finishing our breakfast. But on returning to our room, it was the wrong key, as it didn't open the door. Walked back to reception and got a new card, again no apology on explaining the issue. Probably just being overly cautious, but it seemed highly suspicious that despite leaving the table clearly 'in use' and only for 2 minutes max, that our table had been so swiftly cleared. My mind went into worst case scenario thinking how the staff at breakfast knew our room number (you had to give it on arrival) and so then worrying that it was a scam so they could later use the key to access your room. We always keep valuables in a safe anyway, but also made sure to padlock our suitcases and didn't unpack after this incident. The next day we got back from the falls to find the balcony doors wide open!! Given that we saw large monkeys at the property swinging onto balconies and trying to get in, I dread to think what could have happened. Anyway, the rest of our stay was fine. Food very average but ok, service was not good but we did ok. The main reason for staying was the proximity to the falls, and we loved being able to visit on 3 separate occasions during our stay with it being just a 5 minute walk. I appreciate there are limited resources in Zambia, but we have stayed at other similar places economically that had more pleasant hotels, staff and food. I do feel that the price paid was well over what it was worth, as everything was quite shabby around the edges and half-hearted. Despite that, am glad we stayed here, as it fulfilled our requirement for falls proximity which was important to us. Read less
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May 14, 2024 Kay K

Beautiful hotel. Rooms are fine. Food lovely especially the breakfasts. Zebra, impala and giraffe in the hotel grounds!! Easy walk to Victoria Falls which are spectacular. Zambia and the people are beautiful. Thank you to Joshua our guide who was lovely.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place, bad service

May 10, 2024 Maria L

We were on our honeymoon. To begin with, it is almost impossible to communicate with the hotel in advance. Email responses take forever, with constant forwarding, and there is no simple option to speak to a person via WhatsApp at the time of booking. At the same time, the hotel needs to make it clear which room is on which floor and what kind of… Read more
We were on our honeymoon. To begin with, it is almost impossible to communicate with the hotel in advance. Email responses take forever, with constant forwarding, and there is no simple option to speak to a person via WhatsApp at the time of booking. At the same time, the hotel needs to make it clear which room is on which floor and what kind of view it has. We wanted the ground floor with a view of the zebras when they are there; but in the end we were given a room with a “view” of the backyard, despite our honeymoon. Anyhow, we left in the morning and returned to the hotel in the evening, to the torn bags, stolen protein bars and missing expensive gift tea from South Africa from duty free, as well as to a bunch of torn cosmetics. We went to security and to the manager and wrote a complaint about the supposed monkey infestation. We surely did not leave the balcony open, and thought that perhaps this happened during cleaning. But noone notified us about this or apologized; there was only a note on our bed saying that our money from my bag pocket were found and had now been moved to the safe and we needed to call security to get it back. What? The cleaning lady found my money in my bag, took it out and put it in the safe without writing the code? What kind of practice is this?? In the morning we approached the front desk again and asked if our complaint had resulted in any investigation and possibly compensation. But the morning shift didn’t even know about the situation that happened the day before and shrugged their shoulders. This is a completely unacceptable level of service for such a hotel. The evening shift is required to convey information about incidents to the morning shift, especially if they did not want to solve the problem immediately at night by calling the cleaners or somehow smoothing out the conflict. As a result, we left, in a hurry to go on an excursion, in absolute frustration for the money paid. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Amazing Avani

May 6, 2024 jjtorque Lakewood, Colorado

The place is just so spectacular and the service is efficient,very friendly staff,lots of activities,comfortable rooms,you never wish to leave,a must to go back.