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Royal Livingstone Hotel

A beautiful 5 star hotel fashioned to take you back to the 1800’s

Inside a deluxe king room The gym at the Royal Livingstone The sparkling pool High Tea at Royal Livingstone Riverside sun deck with Zebras in the foreground

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The Royal Livingstone Hotel was built on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls and opened in 2001. This former Sun International hotel was built from scratch right beside the Zambezi River. If you are familiar with the colonial style of architecture, you will greatly appreciate the design of this magnificent accommodation option. You will find ceiling fans in all areas of the hotel, beautiful artefacts, paintings and drawings from the Livingstone era.

This 5 star establishment is on the Mosi oa Tunya Road, a 1.4km drive or walk from the Victoria Falls themselves. Of-course the view of the Victoria Falls from the Zambian side is quite different from that on the Zimbabwean side. Shuttle service to and from the falls is available at the hotel.

From the Royal Livingstone Hotel reception you can immediately see the Zambezi River across the rolling lawns. There are 173 rooms at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. All of the spacious rooms have en-suite bathrooms and a private veranda. They do face the Zambezi River although not all of them will have the view because of trees in front of buildings. Located near the reception is the business centre where guests can use computers with internet, although wireless internet is available all around the premises.

The restaurant, lounge area and bar face the magnificent Zambezi River so guests can lounge with an awesome view. In front of the lounge also is the swimming pool with sun beds, rolling evergreen lawn and the decks. These decks are wonderful and guests can enjoy drinks and meals while watching the river flow by. The never ending rising spray from the falls less than a kilometre downstream is clearly visible from these decks.

Guests at the Royal Livingstone are welcome to treat themselves in the health spa in the main area of the hotel, and in the gazebos near the river bank, as well as the gym. It is expensive to stay at this luxury hotel but then it is a beautiful and opulent 5 star hotel and is therefore suited to guests who are more concerned about the quality of their accommodation than the price.

Our Opinion

This 5-star quality establishment is a beautiful place to stay and is great for those who want high quality accommodation while exploring the Victoria Falls area.


• Luxury and opulent 5 star Sun International hotel opened in 2001
• Located along the Zambezi River on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls with views of the rising spray of the falls
• 173 rooms spacious en-suite rooms with private veranda
• Reception, gift/curio shop, business centre, lounge, bar, swimming pool, spa and gym for use by all guests

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 418  1 to 2 January
US$ 345  3 to 31 January
US$ 365  1 February to 6 April, 11 April to 30 June & October to 22 December
US$ 445  7 to 10 April & 23 to 31 December
US$ 402  1 July to 30 September

US$ 390  1 to 2 January
US$ 257  3 to 31 January
US$ 293  1 February to 6 April, 11 April to 30 June & October to 22 December
US$ 417  7 to 10 April & 23 to 31 December
US$ 320  1 July to 30 September

Accommodation at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

• 173 rooms in total
• 80 twin rooms
• 16 corner twin rooms
• 54 king rooms
• 17 corner king rooms
• 3 luxury suites
• 2 paraplegic rooms
• 1 presidential suite

All rooms have:
• En suite bathroom with shower, sink, bathtub and toilet
• Air conditioning and ceiling fan
• Coffee machines and mini bar
• Digital satellite TV
• Telephone with voicemail and international direct dial
• Cupboards with safe and chest of drawers
• Hair dryer
• Writing desk


• Located right next to the Zambezi River, and a short walk from the Victoria Falls entrance
• 5 star Sun International experience
• Spacious grounds with beautiful views everywhere you go
• Zebra, impala and giraffe roam around the greater hotel grounds
• Includes spa treatment and gym use which are on the premises


• Price


• Tea and coffee making facilities in each room
• Mini bar in each room
• The Travellers Bar and Royal Livingstone Dining Room in the main complex
• Room service available
• The Lounge (light meals and snacks)
• 2 sundecks (bar)
• Tables under the “Monkey Trees” (a la carte, dinners on request)
• The Royal Livingstone Express (a la carte on a steam train)
• An African Boma within walking distance
• High Tea (light meals and snacks)

Facilities and Services

• 5 star hotel with 173 rooms
• Main guest area consisting of the reception, spa, shop, bar, restaurant, lounge, swimming pool, terrace with sun beds, 2 decks near the Zambezi River bank
• Afternoon high tea
• Room service
• Butler service
• Banking facilities and credit card facilities
• Board rooms and conference rooms and wedding amenities
• Baby sitting and children’s programs
• Clinic services
• Wireless internet and communication facilities
• Parking
• Wheelchair access and 2 paraplegic rooms
• Laundry service
• Gift/curio shop and florist
• Gym, health spa and hair salon
• Star watcher for star gazing
• Shuttle service between The Royal Livingstone Hotel and the Zambezi Sun Hotel
• Complimentary entrance into the Victoria Falls park (Zambian side)


Children under 2 years do not pay for accommodation. However, their meals are charged at discounted children’s rates. Children over 2 years are accommodated in their own room with a maximum of 2 children per room.

How to Get to The Royal Livingstone Hotel

• Royal Livingstone Hotel transfers can be arranged at an additional cost to and from Victoria Falls Airport (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone Airport (Zambia)
• Taxis are an alternative from Livingstone Airport

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