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Harking back to the days of polished brass, fine crystal and silver service, the Royal Livingstone not only has an enviable view of the spray of Victoria Falls but also immaculate grounds and a gracious approach to hosting guests. From the imposing foyer and bar filled with fine cognacs to the zebras grazing peacefully on the lawns, this is a place to spoil yourself and your loved ones for a special occasion like an anniversary or honeymoon.

An easy 2-hour flight from Johannesburg in South Africa, the Royal Livingstone offers the plushest accommodation in Africa’s adventure capital. By day, head out white-water rafting on the Zambezi River, abseiling down Batoka Gorge, bungee jumping or walking with lions; by night, enjoy a Pimm’s on the waterside terrace before savouring perfectly-cooked Zambezi bream and sinking into your ultra-comfortable king-sized bed.

The Royal Livingstone also offers guests a spa and beauty salon as well as two gyms and a large swimming pool with river views. Whatever it is you feel like doing, the concierge and your private butler will be on hand – leave the ‘admin’ to them and make the most of your time at ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, the Smoke that Thunders.

Recent accolades & press

  •  World Travel Awards - Zambia's Leading Hotel 2009-2014

highlights

  • Wi-Fi & air conditioning
  • Private butler, babysitting & concierge
  • Gym, pool & spa
  • Fine dining & top-tier bar
  • Excellent proximity to Victoria Falls
  • Presidential suite
  • Zebras, impala, giraffe & small antelope graze on grounds

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Facilities

Within the 17 colonial-style buildings that make up The Royal Livingstone lie facilities to cater for guests’ relaxation and fitness needs. Two separate gyms host weight training, circuit training and body sculpting in one, and aerobics and karate in the other. 

The Royal Spa offers a comprehensive range of cleansing and balancing treatments using top-quality Dermalogica and Clarins products. Choose from the massage menu and unwind in the privacy of a cool gazebo set up on the banks of the Zambezi River or opt for a rejuvenating session in the comfort of your room.

The Royal Livingstone also provides numerous other services such as a butler assigned to your room, laundry, babysitting and shoe polishing. The concierge will be able to assist you with activities and transfers around Victoria Falls and Livingstone, from casting for tiger fish in the Zambezi River to powering through grade 4 rapids.

As a guest, you will have unlimited access to the Victoria Falls via the hotel’s entrance. Follow the pathway through the rainforest that runs along the edge of the river and watch in awe as the broad flow of the Zambezi plummets over the precipice and crashes into the gorge deep below to create the world’s largest sheet of falling water.

General Facilities

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    Wi-fi available
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    Concierge service
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    Babysitting service available
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    Bar
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    Laundry service
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    Restaurant
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    Spa
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    Swimming Pool

Dining

There are exquisite dining locations dotted throughout the Royal Livingstone’s manicured estate. On the aptly-named Sun Deck and on the verandah on the edge of the lawn, enjoy chilled drinks, light bites and gourmet barbeque while gazing out over the shimmering waters of the life-giving Zambezi River. If your luck is in, you may even spot a herd of elephants crossing the river, the adults protecting the little ones while the leader finds the safest passage.

In the late afternoon, revive with a classic high tea – the table laden with dainty cakes and pop-in-your-mouth savouries – or a perfectly-mixed G ‘n T in The Lounge to the accompaniment of live piano music. The atmosphere is redolent of David Livingstone’s adventures in Africa, with hand-painted maps marking his intrepid journey.

The Royal Livingstone Dining Room is a perfect bookend to your day; glimpse impala or zebras wandering past the windows as you tuck into breakfast, lunch or dinner. The à la carte menu effortlessly fuses European classics with notes of Africa and India. A must-have is the Zambezi bream, oven-roasted whole with just a touch of salt and pepper.

The Livingstone Bar is one of the most gracious on the continent, its high wooden shelves stocked with excellent cognacs and whiskies for a well-deserved nightcap.

Should you prefer to spend a night in front of your TV or on your private balcony, order from the 24-hour room service menu.

Deluxe Twin Room

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is made up of a total of 173 en suite guestrooms in several river-bank residences, each with its own private terrace offering views over the Zambezi River and the gardens.
All rooms have shoe cabinets, safes, ceiling fans and mosquito nets. Inter-leading rooms are available on request. There are also rooms suitable for disabled guests.

Luxury rooms have Wi-Fi access and are equipped with air-conditioning, satellite TV and twin or king-sized beds. Cots are also available.

Deluxe Twin Room AMENITIES

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    Air conditioning
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    Fan
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    En-suite bathroom
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    Mosquito net
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    Safe in room
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    Television
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    Twin bed available
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    Wi-fi available in room

Other Room Types

The Luxury Suites have separate dressing areas, private lounges with wet bars and terraces. An inter-leading connection to a Luxury Twin Room can be arranged.

The luxuriously-appointed Presidential Suite has a Victorian-inspired en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and claw-foot tub, a dressing room and a separate lounge and dining room.

Activities

  • Boat excursions
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Game drives
  • Guided walks
  • Helicopter flights
  • High tea on offer
  • Historical tours
  • Horse riding
  • Local village visits
  • Micro-lighting
  • River cruises
  • Bungee jumping
 
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 01 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016 $265 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016 $320 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 $345 Bed & Breakfast
  • 16 Dec 2016 - 02 Jan 2017 $345 Bed & Breakfast
  • 03 Jan 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $345 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Deluxe Paraplegic Room,Deluxe Corner Twin Room,Deluxe King Room,Deluxe Corner King Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • The only disappointment came towards the end of the trip - the Royal Livingstone Hotel. The accommodation I had showed significant signs of wear and tear, coffee stains on the armchairs, and especially the pillows were way too soft for me to have a comfortable sleep. No other pillows were available. - Very annoying is the almost constant noise from the sightseeing helicopters, especially during breakfast and Happy Hour. Relaxing at poolside is just about impossible. Certainly not the hotel's fault, but it downgrades the overall experience.

    Gordon Ludt, May 2016
  • The Royal Livingstone was beautiful and was perfect for what we wanted!

    David Sims, October 2015
  • The Royal Livingstone lived up to its reputation. It really is a beautiful hotel!

    Pam Humphreys, September 2015
  • The Royal Livingstone is spectacular! The dinner menu was a bit disappointing, but everything else was good.

    David Hackney, August 2015
  • The Royal Livingstone Hotel was very comfortable and the staff really professional! Victoria Falls was very different, but a unique experience - and easily accessible from our hotel!

    Lee Bond, June 2015
  • Royal Livingstone was stunning.

    Ketan Bhindi, May 2015
  • It was overwhelming. The scenery, the rooms, the garden, everything was perfect. And the kids sleeping in the Zambezi Sun was a super combination

    Hans Helmreich, September 2014
  • Royal Livingstone was beautiful and a nice last stop on our trip. The first afternoon in Livingstone we just went down to the falls. The second day we went to the Mukuni lion walk in the morning, then to Livingstone Island and Angel's Pool which was amazing, and then we went to the bridge for bungee swing in the late afternoon.

    Sabina Mehra, July 2014
  • Arriving at the Royal Livingstone was so exciting! The view was breathtaking. This was definitely the nicest hotel I have ever been to. Again, everyone was so welcoming and everything was so well thought out. Our rooms and the hotel as a whole were beautiful. We went on the river cruise and loved getting to watch the sunset on the Zambezi. Then we went to the bar at the Zambezi Sun to listen to live music. It was great that was within walking distance. We definitely were never bored. My personal favorite part of the trip was hiking Victoria Falls. I feel extremely blessed to have gotten to see such an amazing work of God so close up! Leaving the Royal Livingstone was tough but the Chobe Game Lodge definitely did not disappoint.

    David Hackney, July 2014
  • The amenities at the Royal Livingstone were great - from the hand massage at check-in to the glass enclosed work-out room, all with a butler and a view of the falls!!!

    Lynn Thomas, July 2014

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Lisa Liprini

Lisa Liprini

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"On the banks of the Zambezi River and within walking distance to Vic Falls, this charming and elegant colonial hotel is a great introduction to Zambia."

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Royal Livingstone was so fantastic! It is an elegant hotel and truly 5 star in every way. Every staff member is friendly and helpful. What a great place to end our holiday!

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