The Kingdom Hotel is a 4 star themed resort within walking distance of the Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi. This massive centre is home to a large hotel; an entertainment centre with a casino, restaurants, bars, a bank, a beauty parlour, shops, an internet café, a pharmacy and an attractive man-made lake.
As its name implies, the hotel was designed to look like a royal palace, with architecture based on the Great Zimbabwe Monument in Masvingo. The Kingdom is the sister hotel of The Lost City at Sun City in South Africa, and the themes are very similar with rope bridges, lagoons, waterfalls and African fantasy-themed structures. The hotel was formerly known as the Makasa Sun and hosted Southern Africa’s best-known casino for 35 years. In 1999 the resort was rebuilt and transformed into The Kingdom as it stands today.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the friendly staff in their smart uniforms - and offered a complimentary welcome cocktail. Our room had a great view of the lake and we were really grateful to have air conditioners and overhead fans in our rooms, as the area can get really hot!
The resort’s large entertainment centre, The Enclosure, is quite popular amongst guests and locals alike. Its main attraction, the Makasa Casino is set under a large domed skylight and has been rated one of Zimbabwe’s most attractive casinos. It offers a selection of Black Jack, Roulette and 170 slot and poker machines.
The Kingdom also has a beautiful pool area with two swimming pools, a pool terrace and one of the resort’s many bars. A great deal of attention has been paid to the smaller details such as the cast iron ‘seed-pod’ bar stools and the hand sculpted statues on the lawn – all adding to that ‘magical kingdom’ effect.
Accomodation at The Kingdom Hotel
The Kingdom Hotel has 294 rooms. These are situated in separate two and three storey units, built around the hotel’s artificial lake. Of these rooms, 102 have twin beds, 112 have king size beds, 34 have king size beds and bunk beds, 40 have twin beds and bunk beds, 4 are Standard Suites with king size beds and 2 are twin bedded paraplegic rooms with interleading bedrooms. These disability-friendly rooms have ramps for easy wheelchair access. The hotel also has elevators and friendly helpful staff to assist guests with special needs.
The rooms are crisp, bright and quite spacious and decorated to an African theme. They are all equipped with modern facilities such as air-conditioners, overhead fans, radios and satellite televisions, telephones with voicemail functions, data points and multiple adapters, hairdryers, safes and a coffee and tea station. All the rooms have balconies and a selection overlooks The Kingdom’s lake, while others look out onto the property’s green vegetation.
Good news for families is that many of the rooms have extra bunk beds for the kids.
And if you’re after even more space and luxury, the 4 suites each have a separate lounge and extra bedroom, as well as a mini bar.
Dining at the Kingdom Hotel
The Kingdom Hotel is one place where you never need to go hungry. The resort offers many options for all tastes.
The hotel has its own buffet restaurant, White Waters, which seats a whopping 370 people. It overlooks the Pool Island and offers hearty breakfasts and dinners with a selection of creative dishes such as Mopani worms. They also have after-dinner floor show of traditional music and dancing.
We were astonished to see all the different foods on offer for breakfast. Most of the hotels we visited have limited supplies of fresh fruit and other difficult to acquire products, but at The Kingdom we were absolutely spoilt for choice. They had fresh fruits, including melon, oranges, watermelon, pears, peaches (both in fruit and salad form), cold meats, cheeses and biscuits, fabulous pastries, and of course – everything your heart could desire in a cooked breakfast (pancakes, omelettes, bacon, egg, sausages etc!). They also had four different kinds of juices.
The resort has an entertainment area called The Enclosure which hosts a large selection of restaurants and bars. Their Spur steakhouse, aptly named the Thundercloud Spur, seats 325 people and is ideal for families. Their burgers are really tasty!
For the pizza and pasta lovers there’s Panarotti’s – a great Italian Trattoria-style restaurant with big hearty dishes. We opted for the ‘bottomless pizza’ special and were surprised by the humungous servings on offer!
Panarotti’s also hosts a coffee shop with good speciality coffees and decadent pastries. A cool thing about Panarotti’s and Spur is that guests can order from both simultaneously – which is great if one of you feels like ordering a steak, while someone else would prefer pasta.
There’s also a food court for light lunches and snacks such as sandwiches, hotdogs and cooldrinks.
Their many bars include Quartermains - a stylish Edwardian-themed bar, Wild Thing – an Action bar with live entertainment and live sports broadcasts, The Rapid Pool Bar – on and island surrounded by a rapids water feature, serving light snacks, and The Pit – the casino bar.
Amenities at the Kingdom Hotel
• Four swimming pools including a toddler's pool
• Pool Bar
• Entertainment complex
• Casino with blackjack, roulette and slot machines
• A supervised crèche and children's play area
• Bank - Barclays bank with an Auto Teller Machine
• Shopping - Pharmacy and variety of up-market shops and curios
• Action Centre
• Internet cafe
• Beauty Parlour - hairdresser, masseur and manicurist
• Foreign exchange facilities
• Open secure parking
• Car hire and touring desk
• Packed lunches
• Hair dressing salon
• Food court
• 6 restaurants
• Cafe offering a wide selection of sweets and ice creams
• 4 bars
• Business centre: photocopying, typing, facsimile, e-mail, Internet facilities
Every standard room has the following:
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Air conditioning and overhead fans
• Radio and taped music
• Satellite televisions
• Direct dial telephones with voice-mail facility
• Data points and multiple adapters in every room
• Showers and baths
• Shaving socket outlets
• Electronic safes
In addition to the above, all the Suites have the following:
• Separate lounge and bedroom
• 18-hole Championship golf course at The Elephant Hills Hotel
• Africa spectacular (traditional dance show)
• Zambezi river boarding
• Bungi jumping
• Flights over the falls by helicopter (6-seater), ultralight and microlight
• Horse trails
• Zambezi wine route
• Bird watching trail
• Morning cruises and sundowner canoe cruise
• Game drives (including full day game drives to Hwange and night drives)
• Walking safaris and tours of nature sanctuary
• Elephant back safaris
• Victoria Falls Steam Safari Express.
|Travel Dates||2 nights / 3 days||3 nights / 4 days|
|01 Jul - 31 Dec 2017||R 6,115.00 p.p.s.||R 6,825.00 p.p.s.|
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