By Palm River Hotel on 14 June 2023

The Ultimate Family-Friendly Getaway in Victoria Falls

Here at The Palm River Hotel, we understand that every family is unique. We pride ourselves on catering to all ages and all personality types, from the thrill-seeking members of your family, to those who love nothing better than finding a shady spot on the banks of the Zambezi River to enjoy a good read.

As you may know, Victoria Falls is widely known as ‘Africa’s Adventure Capital,’ a title we wear with pride, and with good reason! Here you and your family can participate in a number of river-based pursuits, from sunset cruises and tiger fishing, to marvelling at the falls – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. Let us guide you through our stunning Victoria Falls family accommodation and all the exciting things you and your kids can do in the area.

Family-Friendly Activities in Victoria Falls

Tour the Falls

In the same way you wouldn’t go to Paris and not visit the Eiffel Tower, a tour of the mighty waterfall is practically compulsory when visiting Victoria Falls.

There are 15 viewing points of the falls on the Zimbabwean side of the river, and a well-marked pathway that’s suited to all members of the family. If you’d like a little extra insight into the history of the falls and the surrounding area, you can also opt for a guided tour, which we would be happy to organise for you.

Some famous viewing points to look out for are Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls and Rainbow Falls – take your next family photo in front of the ever-present rainbow!

Beside the falls, the banks of the Zambezi are constantly showered in sheets of water off the waterfall itself and it’s here where a magnificent, ancient rainforest has taken root. Kids love exploring this magical forest. With its dense canopy, it feels as if you’ve entered an enchanted world of green.

Click here to view the Victoria Falls rainforest footpath map and take your family out for a fun, outdoorsy excursion. You’ll see the loop takes you past all the main viewing points of the falls as well – a great way to combine two fun activities!

Ra-Ikane River Cruises

Our cruise boats remain a firm favourite with tourists and you have the added advantage of direct access from the hotel. We offer a number of different water-based experiences perfect for the entire family, from sunset cruises to bird-watching cruises, depending on your interests. Why not enjoy lunch on the river with one of our lunchtime cruises? We generally follow a circular route that passes the Zambezi River islands – a spectacular way to take in the sights upriver.

Get Your Adrenaline Pumping

If you’re a family that loves chasing thrills, you’re in luck! Victoria Falls has plenty of adventure activities to choose from: White water rafting, bungee-jumping, gorge swinging, ziplining, the Flight of Angels helicopter ride over the falls, swimming in Devil’s Pool, and more! Naturally, these activities are dependent on age, but imagine the stories you can tell the folks back home. All these activities are made even more breathtaking with the falls in the background. The ever-present rumble of water crashing over the 108m plummet lends an added air of excitement to every activity.

Visit Town

We’re a short 7km drive away from the vibrant local town that boasts wonderful eateries, gorgeous galleries and the famous craft markets of Victoria Falls. Elephant’s Walk shopping village is full of curio shops and houses a particularly popular café with an indoor courtyard adorned with blooming flowers. The hotel facilitates regular shuttles to and from all popular tourist destinations in Victoria Falls, so we’ve got you covered!

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Note: Our Tours & Activities Desk should be your first port of call when planning any outing in Vic Falls. The list of activities is extensive, and we’re here to make your life as easy as possible. Our friendly team is ready and waiting to help you – they’re a wealth of information and your seamless ticket to an exciting, hassle-free day.

Accommodation For the Whole Family

The Palm River Hotel is perfectly suited to cater to the entire family. Located upriver from Victoria Falls, we are perched right on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River – a paradise for animal and bird-lovers.

We boast 73 rooms, each of which offers views of the riverside garden that merges with the Zambezi River. Our Deluxe Suites are perfect for families who want to enjoy a shared private space to relax together. They’re made up of 2 deluxe rooms both of which inter-lead into a shared lounge area and private verandah. No matter where you are on our gorgeous property, we have consciously designed this space to ensure you always feel connected to the natural world around you. Our Victoria Falls family accommodation truly is a sanctuary for young and old, alike.

As one of the best Victoria Falls hotels, from the moment you arrive at The Palm River Hotel, you will feel transported to a luxury space of old-world glamour, enhanced only by the natural beauty of our setting. We’re located right on the banks of the Zambezi River, with wooden and cobblestone walkways that lead you down to the water’s edge. In the summer months, you’ll find yourself drawn to the swimming pool, which also overlooks the Zambezi River – a cool reprieve from the heated days we enjoy here in Zimbabwe. We also have a gorgeous spa where you can enjoy luxury treatments that will leave you feeling restored and revived.

Our restaurant serves elevated bistro food, with extra consideration given to kiddies’ discerning palettes! They’ll love the sweet treats we offer during our elegant Afternoon Tea offering, and be thrilled by the grandeur of our large dining hall. The verandah is a beautiful spot to eat breakfast or dinner, with a sweeping view over the lawn where the kids can play and explore whilst you supervise.

On-Site Activities

Swimming Pool 
A 34m infinity pool in the foreground of the main area merges with the horizon and offers a cool oasis under the shade of towering trees. At night the pool area transforms into a starlit wonderland, with the use of cleverly illuminated pebbles and lighting. The pool is cleverly separated into sections; including a 24m lap pool, a shallow splash pool for children and a refreshing infinity pool in the lower section. The pool runs parallel to the flowing waters of the Zambezi River.

Nature Walk 
As an additional onsite activity for guests and nature lovers is the hotel’s Indigenous Nature Walk. Guests may embark on a gentle meandering through the natural surroundings of the hotel grounds and identify the variety of indigenous trees that have been carefully marked with a discrete plaque and details of each individual species. From the buffalo-thorn tree to the crocodile bark tree, guests have much to discover with over 150 trees or shrubs to identify within the hotel grounds.

Booking Your Family-Friendly Stay in Victoria Falls

Thanks to our seamless online booking platform, planning your vacation to Victoria Falls has never been easier. Just click here. Alternatively, get in touch with us directly at onlinereservations@palmriverhotel.com and we’d be more than happy to assist you with the process.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to The Palm River Hotel!

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