Zimbabwe is well known for many excellent golf courses and the perfect climate to make playing 18 holes a pleasure all year round.
Most of these courses are in the capital city, but there is one that is just as enjoyable and may be even more challenging. It is under the expert care and management of African Sun and is located in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe’s premier tourist destination.
The Elephant Hills Resort boasts an 18-hole championship golf course designed by the legendary Gary Player. It is as popular with the wildlife as it is with golfers, as it is not uncommon for play to be interrupted while buck, warthogs or elephants exercise their right to walk on the fairways. Many golfing guests see this as an added bonus and, of course, it makes for great banter over a drink afterwards. Nowhere in the world is there such an experience for golfers as that at the Elephant Hills Resort in Victoria Falls.
This environmentally correctly-positioned hilltop hotel, with its great solid structure, is sited by a trail that has seen the passage of countless elephants over thousands of years. It deliberately imposes itself on the surrounding riverine bush. Its tranquil evergreen setting on the upper Zambezi River belies the might of the Victoria Falls just three kilometres away.
The Elephant Hills Resort contains 276 luxury rooms including, 11 executive suites, one deluxe suite and one presidential suite which are served by three restaurants and two bars, and the whole complex is expertly run by African Sun’s dedicated staff.
Two tennis courts, two squash courts, a swimming pool and a gymnasium are there for those who wish to keep fit and are frequently in use by the many guests attending conferences at the resort. With eight conference rooms, the largest holding up to 500 delegates, Elephant Hills Resort conference staff has their work down to a fine art.
They are part of a well-managed team of dedicated staff whose sole objective is to welcome guests in true African Sun tradition and ensure their every need is catered for during their stay. This extends to the ladies who enjoy massages, facials and aromatherapy in the hotel’s spa and beauty centre.
2 tour operators are based at the hotel and offer a wide choice of activities ranging from the “Flight of the Angels”, an aerial tour of the Victoria Falls, through the adrenalin rush of bungee jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge and white-water rafting in the gorges of the mighty Zambezi River, to relaxed, but very different, game viewing from the back of an elephant!
After a morning, or day’s golf or sight-seeing, guests have a choice of sustenance from traditional to Western style dishes from the Resort’s Samukele Restaurant, Mapopoma Restaurant or the relaxing and informal Kabisi Terrace Restaurant. The poolside bar is a big favourite during the day or in the evening as the climate is conducive to swimming all year round.
After dinner, chat with new friends in the Mapopoma Bar before curling up for that relaxing sleep only complete satisfaction and contentment can bring.
Elephant Hills Resort is a large hotel but exudes an intimacy often only found in small country inns. This is the essence of African Sun hospitality - warm, friendly, welcoming and attentive staff and all set in a unique part of the world; The Victoria Falls.
The hotel does not have airport shuttle service at the moment but do organize at the request of the guest. This service is outsourced to wild horizons who have a desk within the hotel and charge 15 USD for the service. And requests for airport transfer can be registered with reservations or guest services departments.
• Sundowner Cruise
• Flight Of Angels (Helicopter flight over The Victoria Falls)
• Bungee jumping
• Lion walk
• Elephant Back Safaris
• Float plane ultra light
• White water rafting
• Day and night game drive
• Game walk
• Full day game drives at Hwange
• Tour of the Falls
• Horse Trails
• Casino available at The Kingdom at Victoria Falls
The Elephant Hills Resort offers a strong selection of facilities from dining, shopping, beauty therapy and touring facilities; making it a memorable leisure holiday resort.
The hotel is a dream for the active sports enthusiasts and the nature lovers. On offer are a wide range of sporting facilities from tennis, golf and squash. The golf course is set in a truly natural environment which may lead you to think that for a moment, you have embarked on a nature safari surrounded by warthog, impala and sable all critically appraising your swing.
The conferencing facilities are extensive with a high capacity and state of the art equipment.
Some of the facilities at Elephant Hills Resort include:
• 18-Hole championship golf course
• 4 Restaurants
• 3 Bars
• 24 Hour room service
• Private guest lounge
• 2 Swimming pools
• 2 Floodlit tennis courts
• 2 Squash courts
• Volley ball court
• Modern conferencing facilities and equipment
• Business center – with internet access
• Touring desk
• Curio shop
• On-site clinic
• Hair salon and beauty therapist
• Same day laundry
• Packed breakfast & lunch
• Open and secure parking
This majestic hotel, aptly named after the gentle giant of the bush (the elephant) merges seamlessly into its natural environment. Elephant Hills Resort has 276 rooms ranging from the impressive presidential suite to cool and spacious standard rooms. All rooms are ethnically decorated creating a combination of African ambience with comfort and elegance.
Each bedroom has modern amenities including air-conditioning, digital satellite television, bar fridge and en-suite bathroom.
Each room has a private balcony; rooms in the west wing have an impressive view of the vastness of the Zambezi River. From the east wing guests are treated to views of the impressive golf course in the forefront and the Zambezi in the distance. From selected rooms guests enjoy the awe-inspiring view of the rising mist from The Victoria Falls. Rooms are surrounded by indoor, manmade waterfalls and lush greenery, bringing the rumble of The Victoria Falls within the very walls of the hotel.
Each room includes the following:
• Digital satellite television
• Study and writing desk
• Safety deposit box
• Bar fridge
• Air conditioning
• Smoke detectors & sprinkler system
• Tea & Coffee facilities
• En-suite bathroom (Shaver socket, toilet, bathtub and shower)
The Elephant Hills Resort arguably offers the most modern and upmarket conferencing facilities in the country. The hotel offers a selection of eight conference rooms, ranging in size from 14 to 500 delegates.
The vast Kalala room has been the venue for upmarket events such as Super Model International and Sunshine Tour golf tournaments. The room can accommodate a host of high capacity seating plans and has a large and spacious stage area. Its high ceilings, luxurious carpeting and brilliant lighting give the room a stately ambiance. This room is fitted with state-of-the-art audio and video equipment which is controlled from a secluded control room. On the other end of the spectrum are the smaller intimate boardrooms located away from the activity of the main conferencing area. These rooms afford delegates the privacy and seclusion needed for small meetings and training sessions.
The hotels conferencing and banqueting staff are highly skilled and experienced in handling events of all sizes and requirements; guaranteeing you a successful event at Elephant Hills Resort.
The following standard equipment and services are available on request:
• Flip charts
• Overhead projectors
• White boards and markers
• Message boards
• Portable Television and VCR/DVD
• Dedicated registration and break away area
• Teas, coffees and lunch packages
• Spouses’ programmes are available
• Roaming Microphones
- Restaurant & Bars
The Elephant Hills Resort is adequately serviced by four restaurants and eating areas, although not all restaurants will open during the low season. Whether sitting down for a sunrise breakfast at the halfway house or a sun downer barbeque at the poolside, guests will always be treated to excellent hospitality.
Overlooking the pool and golf course this elevated dining room has glass walls to the east and west, giving it an open air ambiance. With live traditional entertainment at each dinner, guests are treated to a memorable African explosion of talent each night. The Samukele- carvery offers an a la carte lunch and dinner menu and the maximum seating capacity is 180 pax.
The open and spacious layout of this restaurant together with its long buffet makes it ideal for large conference groups. With modern wood furnishings a touch of the natural environment is carried throughout this casual restaurant. The Kasibi Terrace offers a Buffet or an a la carte menu. The maximum seating capacity is 120 pax.
This open plan lounge offers a choice between cosy couches and contemporary chairs set around coffee tables. With a glass wall stretching along the length of the lounge and a remarkable view of the rising mist from The Victoria Falls, this lounge is excellent for a relaxed dining experience. The Mapopoma Lounge offers light meals and snacks and has a maximum seating capacity of 80 pax.
This open air eating place comprises tasteful wrought iron furniture set under thatched shelters. Here guests can experience the acclaimed Elephant Hills African barbeque dinner, with traditional drummers and dancers, it is a truly memorable event. During the day, the Pool Area offers an a la carte lunch menu. The maximum seating capacity is 350 pax.
24 hour room service
An extensive room service menu is available to all in house guests 24 hours a day. The menu includes a wide range of dishes from light snacks to vegetarian meals, ensuring that regardless of your tastes you will be well catered for.
Halfway house restaurant and bar
The curious grey monkeys and ‘handsome’ warthogs make amusing lunch companions at this thatched gazebo located next to the 10th hole. The Halfway House is a golfers rest stop, restaurant and bar, serving a range of beverages and light meals. The maximum seating capacity for this area is 80 pax.
With a magnificent view of the 10th hole and overlooking the swimming pool this lofty bar is ideal for a light midday snack and cocktail. The bar doubles as a café serving a selection of teas and coffees making it suitable for young children. Maximum seating capacity is 40 pax.
This bar is a popular spot to quench your thirst under the hot African sun. Located next to the pool the bar is an open air gazebo with high stools placed around the bar counter. The maximum seating capacity for this bar is 50 pax.