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The Royal Livingstone Resort

Livingstone, Zambia

The Royal Livingstone is a luxurious 5 star 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.

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

Adventure, Family, Fishing, Wildlife

Insider's View

Have sundowner drinks overlooking the mighty Victoria Falls.

Louisa Ross-Taylor

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Description

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is named in honor 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.

Zambia's tourist capital the historic town of Livingstone has become one of the best traveling destinations in Africa. Most visitors come for Victoria Falls, but the town has attractions of its own - a genteel colonial history combined with a very African ambience. Livingstone is only a short distance from the falls and is not far from the national parks.

The large but tidy Livingstone Museum on Mosi-oa-Tunya Road is the oldest museum in Zambia. Highlights are the Tonga ritual artifacts, life-size model African village, a collection of David Livingstone memorabilia and display of maps dating back to 1690.

Mukuni is a local village of about 7000 Leya people. Tourists can visit the village to find out more about their traditional way of life, while the admission fee helps fund community projects.

The village is 18km (11mi) southwest of Livingstone and only accessible by taxi.

When walking through Victoria Falls town you may experience hassle from street sellers, normally offering old Zimbabwean currency and small wood carvings. Our advice is to say you are not shopping, and if you would like to buy souvenirs you should go to the official craft market.

Accommodation

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.

Childcare

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

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 Centre 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.

Activities

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, bungy jumping, elephant safari, white water rafting, helicopter flight, micro-lighting, horse riding and the gorge swing can all be arranged from the hotel.

Location & Directions

Livingstone, Zambia

The Royal Livingstone stretches along the banks of the Zambezi River, just a short walk to the entrance of The Victoria Falls.

When to go

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.

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