The Victoria Falls Hotel is a grand building and an example of colonial Zimbabwe (or Rhodesia). It's worth a visit even if you're not a guest at the hotel. Explore the public areas of the hotel, check out the view of the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zimbabwe with Zambia, or sit outside and enjoy an afternoon of high tea.
For $30 you can get a three tiered cake stand full of finger sandwiches, scones, and cakes. It's enough to share between four people, but for the best experience and a chance to try and it all it's best shared between just two.
When you enter the hotel head straight through to Stanley's Terrace. While the hotel is quite classy, Stanley's Terrace doesn't have any of the strict dress codes you can find at the Livingstone Room. It's fun to get a little bit dressed up for high tea, but its not a requirement.
As well as simple sandwiches like tomato and cucumber, you can also expect things like curried egg and smoked salmon. They're well presented and off course all the crusts are sliced off. The scones come in two varieties, fruit and plain. There are generous pots of cream and jam so that you can slather each side of your scones with both.
The top tier is filled with cakes. We were presented with two different mud cakes, a carrot cake, and a vanilla slice (or mille feuille). The cakes weren't mind-blowing but they were pleasant. It was nice to find that they weren't particularly rich, because after finishing the previous two trays of sandwiches and scones you really prefer to have something a little bit lighter. While you nibble away you also obviously drink tea. There is a selection available, but they might not always offer you the choice. Make sure you ask if you're particular about your teas.
Once you're finished take the time to wander around the hotel. There are reasonably sized gardens surrounding the hotel and with the views of the Victoria Falls Bridge you can see adventurous dare devils gorge swinging or jumping. You can't actually see the falls from the hotel, but the spray is visible. The hotel itself is full of paintings and memorabilia; even the toilets are worth checking out! When you're done you can even follow the hotel's path to go see the falls.
If your hotel has a shuttle bus, chances are it will either drop you at the hotel or somewhere very close by. Just check with the front desk at your hotel and you'll be able to find the best way to get there.
High tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel has become a classic part of an Victoria Falls itinerary. It's cheap compared to many international high tea options, and while its not the best high tea you'll ever experience it's is still lots of fun and has some of the most unique high tea views.