If you’re visiting Zimbabwe then stopping off at the Victoria Falls hotel is a must do activity. The hotel is considered one of the oldest in Africa and is one of the finest hotels in the world. It was built by the British (the evil Cecil Rhodes) and was conceived to house workers on the planned Cape to Cairo railway. The Victoria Falls Hotel is an example of quintessential colonial architecture.
The hotel is located right by the Victoria Falls railway station and the waterfalls them selves with a wonderful view of the bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia as well as the steam emanating from the waterfall’s “boiling pot.”
Visitors are welcome to visit the grounds, have a wonder around and even use the hotel’s direct path to the waterfall entrance. Check out our Ultimate guide to Victoria Falls here
Afternoon tea at the hotel is served 3-5.30pm and reservations are not necessary- just show up 15 mins early if you want to guarantee a place.
The afternoon tea is served in the Stanley terrace overlooking the bridge and there is no dresscode so backpackers in hiking boots are more than welcome!
The cost: $30 US Dollars for a three tiered afternoon tea set consisting of finger sandwiches, scones and a selection of cakes served with tea which happily serves 2/3 people.
Tip: After exploring the hotel and grounds you can use the path to visit the Look Out cafe which boasts stunning views over the gorge separating Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Enjoy your visit!