Avani Hotel in Livingstone
The Avani is a sprawling resort hotel with an informal atmosphere, and a colourful, fun design throughout. The closest hotel to the Victoria Falls, it’s really all about the location as you’re just a few minutes walk from one of the Natural Wonders of the World.The hotel has a total of 212 rooms, which are very comfortable. Built over two levels, the rooms are either pool or garden facing. The ground floor rooms having a sliding door that opens up directly onto the grounds, while the 1st floor rooms each have a balcony.
With walls painted in funky, geometric designs – a mix of earthy tones and some brighter colours – most of the standard rooms have either twin or double beds, although there are also rooms with two doubles, which are suitable for families with young children. All have a television, tea and coffee making station, a telephone and an electronic safe. The en-suite bathrooms, with a bathtub, separate shower, toilet and washbasin. Soap, shampoo and moisturizer are also provided.
At the centre of the hotel is a huge, curving swimming pool with sun loungers and umbrellas dotted about on the grass. Adjacent to the pool is an al fresco café and bar, with the main restaurant just beyond.On the sprawling property, just a few minutes from the main hotel complex, is also the Falls Entertainment Centre. Here you’ll find an informal a la carte restaurant, a small café, a few craft and souvenir shops, as well as an activity centre – which is also generally a pick up point for many of the activities such as white water rafting etc.Many of the numerous activities available at the Falls can be booked and paid for prior to your arrival at the hotel, but there is an Activity Desk at the hotel reception where these can be arranged locally and added to your bill to be paid for at the end of your stay.
It’s just a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel to the Falls themselves, open between 6am and 6pm daily. Entrance to the Falls is included for guests staying at the Avani Hotel, and you can visit as many times as you like! There are also three nature trails on the property – and don’t be surprised to come across zebras, giraffe or even impala. They’re quite used to people, but do keep a respectful distance as they’re still wild animals.