Victoria Falls Budget Hotel

Top choice hotel in Victoria Falls (town)

Built in 1904, this historic hotel (the oldest in Zimbabwe) oozes elegance and sophistication. It occupies an impossibly scenic location, looking across manicured lawns (with roaming warthogs) to the gorge and bridge. You can’t see the falls as such, but you do see the spray from some rooms. Taking high tea here at Stanley's Terrace is an institution.

Don't expect five-star amenities or service, however, as it's more about character and history. There are several restaurants to choose form, including the lavish Livingstone Room with seven-course degustation menu ($US45), and the Jungle Junction serving African dishes accompanied by cultural performances (7.30pm nightly).