The Royal Livingstone Resort
At a Glance
Royal Livingstone afternoon tea in the drawing room, accompanied by the piano
The Victoria Falls are extremely close; a mere fifteen minute walk away and close enough to see the spray from your room
As a guest at The Royal Livingstone you have free unlimited access to the falls via the hotel's own private entrance.
In the evening, wander down the lawns to the cocktail deck and try a Zambian cocktail or two
You may spot the odd zebra or warthog in the grounds of the hotel; they are very friendly
In the evenings, enjoy drinks in the quirkily designed bar with its piles of antique suitcases
Best time to Visit
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There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.
To start planning your vacation to The Royal Livingstone Resort
The Royal Livingstone is a luxurious hotel situated on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. The hotel stretches along the banks of the Zambezi River and is just a short walk to the entrance of The Victoria Falls.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named in honour of the explorer Dr. David Livingstone, and its interior design reflects the elegance of days gone bye using an African architectural style.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel stretches luxuriously along the banks of the Zambezi River close to the Victoria Falls. The main hotel is a sequence of thatch roofed buildings, most of them African in their influence, which incorporate the lounge, restaurant and bar. A classic swimming pool visually links the waters of the river with the terraces of the hotel, with a sweeping timber deck planted in the swirling waters of the Zambezi. The Sun Deck is a lovely area built directly over the Zambezi, and affording views of the Falls, is a favorite for light lunches and early evening drinks.
Guests staying at this iconic hotel will be able to enjoy use of the onsite spa, as well as massages beside the Zambezi River. With the Victoria Falls a mere five minute walk away, guests will be able to hear the spray and roar of water as they explore the beautiful grounds. One of the most unforgettable experiences is a helicopter or microlight flight over the Falls where guests will get panoramic views and a real view of just how mighty it is.
Accommodation is in 173 spacious en-suite rooms: 113 with twin beds, and 54 with king-size beds. Each room has its private verandah.
Three suites offer a separate lounge and bedroom, while the Presidential Suite offers an additional, optional separate bedroom. There are two rooms with disabled facilities.
All guestrooms are elegantly decorated, each room has large beds with white linen, satellite television, air-condition, mini bar, mini safe, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities. Bathrooms are in Victorian style with a shower and a bath.
Although there are no specific child care facilities, children are most welcome to come and stay at The Royal Livingstone. Food and activities can be tailored to suit younger guests and baby-sitting is available on request should parents want a bit of time out.
Facilities at the hotel include a swimming pool, beauty salon, 24-hour room service, Butler service, Laundry / Valet facilities, Shoe polishing, Baby-sitting service and a conference facility. The Conference Center capacity is for up to 12 people. The meeting room is well equipped and features a large mahogany table with leather backed chairs and wooden panelling.
There is a large range of activities on offer at the Victoria Falls, visits to craft markets, game viewing, Zambezi River activities, village visits, Livingstone Island trips, bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter flight, micro-lighting, horse riding and the gorge swing can all be arranged from the hotel.
A relatively new and surprisingly extravagant hotel, The Royal Livingstone 173 en-suite rooms and suites, along with a dining room, al fresco lounge and a sundeck overlooking the Zambezi.
The local tribespeople call it Mosi-Oa-Tunya - the Smoke that Thunders. The fine spray of the mighty Victoria Falls may be seen like a cloud across the bushveld, throwing rainbows hundreds of feet in the air. On the forested banks of the great Zambezi River, upstream of the mighty cataract where it thunders into the Batoka Gorge, is The Royal Livingstone, pride of Zambian hospitality. In its cool lounges and shaded verandahs, you will encounter the elegance and luxury of an earlier more courteous age.
The Royal Livingstone is a serene and gracious refuge from the heat of the African sun. The 173 luxurious rooms and suites with their comfortable furnishings are tastefully decorated in the soft earth tones of the bushveld, with spreading views of the river and the Acacia forest.
Guests may pass lazy days on the magnificent sundeck overlooking the Zambezi River as it flows relentlessly to The Falls, and enjoy fine dining in the restaurant, or on the long verandah overlooking the gardens. In the warm smile of your personal butler, or the simple luxury of your cane chair, you will find an Africa that has all but vanished.
Off the Beaten Track Zambia
Livingstone, Liuwa Plain National Park & Kafue National Park, Zambia
from $9900 pp 9 nights
- Stay in the only permanent camp in Liuwa Plain National Park.
- Enjoy the open plains of both Liuwa and Kafue for some incredible photo opportunities.
- Experience exclusive game experiences where other vehicles will be rarely, if ever, seen.
Location & directions
The Royal Livingstone stretches along the banks of the Zambezi River, just a short walk to the entrance of The Victoria Falls.
How to get there
11-hour international flight to Johannesburg International Airport, followed by a 1-hour 45-minute flight to Livingstone. The Royal Livingstone is a 20-minute road transfer from Livingstone airport. Alternatively, you can fly to Livingstone via Lusaka.