the smoke that thunders

Two resort hotels on the edge of the World Heritage Victoria Falls, comprising a 200 bed five-star hotel as well as a three-star 200 bed hotel, for international hotel group, Sun International. The brief also included conference facilities, a shopping complex, casino and staff village.

The planning of the three-star hotel bas based on a traditional African village with the accommodation grouped around the communal facilities.  A North African adobe narrative was woven into the architecture  and the external colour palette was inspired by the natural colour of the earth around the Victoria Falls.

The five-star hotel was designed along the edge of the river to maximise the amenity and offer beautiful views of the ‘’mosi oa tunya “ which is Lozi for ‘’ the smoke that thunders”, as described by David Livingstone, when he discovered the falls in 1855.


Stafford Design Team
Bruce Stafford
Interior Designer
Wilson Associates
Grinaker Construction