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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.


  • 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


  • Day tours
  • Spa treatments


Deluxe 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.


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.


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.

General facilities

  • Wi-fi available
  • Concierge service
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool


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Dates Board Price
2022-07-01 — 2022-09-30 Bed & Breakfast $455
2022-10-01 — 2022-12-22 Bed & Breakfast $405
2022-12-23 — 2023-01-04 Bed & Breakfast $455
2023-01-05 — 2023-01-31 Bed & Breakfast $405
2023-02-01 — 2023-04-06 Bed & Breakfast $435
2023-04-07 — 2023-04-10 Bed & Breakfast $545
2023-04-11 — 2023-06-30 Bed & Breakfast $435
2023-07-01 — 2023-09-30 Bed & Breakfast $495
2023-10-01 — 2023-12-22 Bed & Breakfast $435
2023-12-23 — 2024-01-02 Bed & Breakfast $545
2024-01-03 — 2024-01-31 Bed & Breakfast $435

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

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  • Single supplements may apply.
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Traveller Reviews

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Elizabeth Worbey

"'The hotel was fabulous - never seen a lovelier setting. Zebras on the lawn, giraffe and buck on the path as you walk from your room. Good food and service was exceptional, right down to the choir singing us off.'"

David Sims

"The Royal Livingstone was beautiful and was perfect for what we wanted!"

Pam Humphreys

"The Royal Livingstone lived up to its reputation. It really is a beautiful hotel!"

David Hackney

"The Royal Livingstone is spectacular! The dinner menu was a bit disappointing, but everything else was good."

Lee Bond

"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!"

Ketan Bhindi

"Royal Livingstone was stunning."

Hans Helmreich

"It was overwhelming. The scenery, the rooms, the garden, everything was perfect. And the kids sleeping in the Zambezi Sun was a super combination"

Sabina Mehra

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 wa s amazing, and then we went to the bridge for bungee swing in the late afternoon.
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David Hackney

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 b eautiful. 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.
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Lynn Thomas

"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!!!"

James Cumming

"Well this is another phenomenal hotel. Doing the river safari and lunch on Livingstone island. Already been on the helicopter!!!!!!"

Ibrahim Erol Nalcaci

Our journey ends at the Victoria Falls at Zambian site. Another lovely country, and a very special Hotel and perfect service (Royal Livingstone). Many partners from different countries and companies were worked in a harmony which we could not expect that promptness even in Europe, but we were in Africa !!! After a romantic sun dawn cruise on Zambezi river and an Elephant ride, it was very hard for us to finish our legendary journey and turn back to home and return to our jobs
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Birgit Vogl

"Livingstone in our view was not in the same class as Sun City's Palace of the Lost City but the Victoria Falls was a first for me and i stood in the rain forest and exhilarated in the misty shower as the temperature was 38 degrees."

Melanie Maxwell

"We all had an amazing time, Livingstone was surreal, the hotel fantastic and everything you arranged was first class."

Marek Tarnowski

Livingstone is as good as it gets. I will go back there any time. Professional, efficient and above all very presentable plus having wild zebras wandering around at breakfast is something that we are not going to forget in hurry. Victoria Falls aweso me natural wonder. Seeing it from Microlight was breathtaking. Additional trips we have done were organised with minimum effort plus Christmas dinner not to be missed for anyone who is travelling in this period of time. Hotel highly recommended.
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Aigul Tyshkanbayeva

Hotels we stayed were fantastic. Loved the Royal Livingstone! It was not too kid friendly, but we managed…and besides the Zambezi Sun hotel which is a part of the same property is available. My children loved the pool at Zambezi Sun better. The prope rty also has some animals like Zebras, impalas, velvet monkeys and giraffes which is a huge plus to amuse children.
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Gerryvale Luyun

Royal Livingstone Hotel is so classical and nobility in nature. We adore its architecture and design. Prices for high tea and dinner are reasonable. Staff are more friendly and accommodating. They served us well with warm hospitality. Welcome dr inks with hand massage is the best thing they have compared to other hotels. Foods are great. We've tried Zambezi's dinner buffet too!
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Debra Sneck-Fahrer

The Royal Livingstone is probably the best hotel we have ever stayed at. We loved our room and spent a lot of time on our ground-level screened porch watching animals just outside. Breakfasts in the morning and sunsets on the outside deck were great.

Graham Bocking

"We also loved Livingstone, the Royal Livingstone was amazing, definitely our favorite "big" hotel."

Maureen Devenish

"Royal Livingstone was a fabulous hotel and was wonderful for me to walk in and out of the falls."

Neil Williams

The Livingstone Hotel was all that we had heard and read - Old World charm with a British colonial flavor. The food was excellent. Thank you for arranging the high tea - it was just what we needed. (The service at the restaurants was a bit slower t han what we were used to, although this may due to the fact that we are Americans and are not used to the slower pulse of south Africa.) The rooms were flawless with wonderful showers. Victoria Falls was incredible and left us breathless and speechless. We went several times to view it from different angles and in different light. We crossed over to Zimbabwe, a minor inconvenience with a major payoff - superior views of the falls that we will remember forever. We arranged a driver through the hotel who made drop-off and pick-up easy and helped us through immigration. The shop in the park was perhaps the best shop we found (unfortunately, our credit card company decided we didn't need to be charging things in Zimbabwe, even though we had given them our itinerary before we went). Our girls also enjoyed the market on the Zambian side and learned the art of bargaining. We took an evening cruise on the Zambezi River which was very enjoyable and offered beautiful views of shore and the sunset. We also enjoyed the lion walk, the cheetah encounter, and the elephant ride with Mukuni Big 5 Safari.
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Deborah Vincent

"Royal Livingstone accommodations were excellent and we had a great walk to the falls - and got very wet."

David Hutchinson

"Overall it went like clockwork with the activities and hotel selections excellent."

Maxine Whittaker

Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia, This place is perfectly situated, and is a class residence. all the staff are friendly & helpful. However, it is not perfect for 5 star. Instant coffee for my first morning coffee is NOT 5 star, The restaurant served an abomination called Lamb Cannelloni, it was awful and I politely told them that I would not pay for it. In fairness, the manager agreed with me. We returned on the 3rd night and enjoyed our meal. Breakfast is 5 star. Cocktails at sundown, facing the Zambezi, are world class and I see many sunsets from our home!
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Merry Garrard

The next stop was The Royal Livingstone.....wowwww! What a beautiful setting and amazing service! The old British colonial architecture and classical music in the background set the tone for the stay! Everyone there was so helpful and friendly. We si gned up right away for the helicopter flight over the falls and that was soooo fun and beautiful ! The food at The Royal Livingstone was very gourmet and sitting on the veranda for breakfast and dinner with the view of the Zambezi was amazing! Seeing the animals walking around write grounds was an added bonus! We shopped at both the gift shop there and went to the Zaambezi Sun gift shops, as they had more of a selection of women's shirts. We enjoyed getting to see the difference between the two hotels. The ZS defintely catered more to families while the RL was pure luxury for the discerning traveler.
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Jeffrey Popp

"As for the Royal Livingstone - It was nice, the grounds were well maintained, MOST of the staff were very good and when we went for walks in the morning we saw Giraffe's and antelopes... with a few Zebras thrown in. Overall... it was good."

Sonia Valerio Rosado

We just want to say that Victoria Falls is a lovely place to visit, and we'd recommend anyone to go. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed. Registration was done on the sofas! The location of the hotel was excellent and the rooms are lovely and th e grounds are just gorgeous. Staff was all friendly and very helpful. We recommend the hotel! The helicopter ride was great, and it complimented the experience of viewing the falls on foot.
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John Tutela

"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!"

Santosh Patel

"The Royal Livingstone was beautiful and the service was excellent."

Tracy Horton

We had an amazing time on our trip. We loved every place that we stayed at and all of our transfers and transportation were perfect. The food was delicious and the people were fantastic everywhere we went. The only change that we would make would be to stay longer!
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Holly Serokos

Our next stop on the itinerary was The Royal Livingstone Hotel in Victoria Falls. It's a five star hotel with beautiful grounds and a fabulous restaurant. We, again had a butler, Luke, but his roll was more similar to that of a room stewart on a cr uise ship. We were only here two nights, one full day. We were able to take a leisurely stroll to the falls passing zebra, giraffe, impala and monkeys all along the way. The Falls from the Zambia side were spectacular and in May, were very full.
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Judy Willis

"Royal Livingstone was beautiful and we got soaking wet at the falls. Instead of the Sunset Cruise we wished we had done a smaller boat tour that gets up close to shore because we did not see any wildlife on the cruise."

Darcy Gerbarg

The restaurant at the Royal Livingstone was really good and surprisingly inexpensive. The breakfast buffet was huge and really good and the eggs Benedict were delicious. The service at the hotel is really good, too. And the location is beautiful. T here were zebras and giraffes wandering around near the rooms. The bar on the deck on the river is really nice at sunset and the drinks are delicious. The main restaurant overlooking the broad lawn ad river spills out onto a stone patio most of which is covered . They have music every evening; gentle flute and guitar which is really nice.
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Sue Jones

"The accommodation was fantastic, food great, people friendly."

gerard tauveron

"The part in Zambia was amazing also. The hotel was wonderful with a lot of animals in the park and very close to the falls. The Lion walk and the helicopter flight were extraordinary. I really recommend it."

Shannon O'Brien

The Royal Livingstone was beautful and in a prefect locations, however I don't think it was quite "5 star." This is mostly due to the service. For instance, during high tea a group of 5 or so male waiters stood around laughing and joking the entire t ime right in front of us and two other ladies as we were quietly having tea on the patio- right between us and the view of the river. We couldnt tell what they were saying but as they were all men and we were all women and they kept looking at us. I have to say it made us uncomfortable. No big deal, but visibly slacking off in plain sight doesnt seem like proper behavior for that class of hotel. Our cart did not arrive when we scheduled for it (i think they forgot), they did not re-supply our in-room biscuits and tea bags and I had to go find the butler for more, small stuff like that just added up. Nothing terrible by any means, but just not expected for 5 star. Other than little staff nuances like that I loved it. I think if I went back we would be perfectly happy at the zambezi sun. Mom and i walked around the grounds for a bit and it seems really nice and a bit more fun. But no regrets. I'm glad we spent the extra money to experience the Royal. All the tours we booked were fantastic. My favorite is the Livingstone Island tour. I would strongly recommend anyone who goes does that one. The village market was cool as well. I was expecting something "touristy" however it was a real local market and we were definitely outsiders there. It was a very eye opening experience and i'm really glad we went.
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khim Tan

Royal livingston hotel - one word to describe it. GRAND with impeccable service. Personal service from staff. Felt like royalty when we were there. We made the right decision to cross over to zambawea as the falls was better on that sight. Unforgetab le experience
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Daniel Abelardo & Beatriz Conde Mena & Coll

"is a MUST as the hotel, level of service, and the view it has of the river is gorgeous."

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