The Royal Livingstone Hotel was named in honour of the explorer Dr David Livingstone. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, this luxurious 5 star hotel it is a short walk away from the entrance to the Victoria Falls. The lavish interior design reflects the elegance of days gone by.
Stepping back into an era of gracious living in the heart of Africa, so close to one of the seven natural wonders of the world is a singular experience. Against an ever-present backdrop of ‘the smoke that thunders’, the river views are magnificent, the tantalising cuisine and superior service a royal treat, while the activities on offer would have thrilled the good doctor himself.
Surrounded by passing wildlife such as giraffe, hippo, zebra, and monkey, the view from the Hotel across the Zambezi River to the Victoria Falls is stunning. At the height of the flood season columns of spray can be seen from miles away as, across a width of nearly two kilometres, 550 million cubic meters of water plummet over the edge of a basalt cliff every minute, and into a deep gorge over 100 meters below.
The elegant and spacious river facing rooms and suites are housed in seventeen colonial-style buildings. En-suite, with a Victorian-style bathroom, each has its own private veranda. Two of the rooms offer disabled facilities. An additional interleading bedroom is available in the three luxury suites, each of which has a separate lounge. The Presidential Suite includes a lounge, dining area, and a spa bath, and can also be set up with a second interleading bedroom. A golf cart service is available to transport guests to the main building.
Guests have a wide choice of dining experiences. The Royal Livingstone Dining Room offers elegant gourmet dining catering for traditional European tastes. The Royal Livingstone Express is a unique dining venue aboard a steam locomotive train, offering a journey back in time. The famous Monkey Tree will conjure up a spirit of romance and freedom as you enjoy a unique, 5-star candlelit dinner under its canopy.
Built directly over the Zambezi, and affording views of the Falls, the Sun Deck is a favourite for light lunches, sunset drinks and sumptuous barbecues. Light refreshments may be taken in the comfortable Royal Livingstone Lounge, on the veranda, or at the beautiful pool area. The daily High Tea is a time-honoured tradition not to be missed, and the Travellers Bar has a fine selection of rare whiskies, cognacs and a full assortment of cocktails.
The Royal Spa offers a variety of health and beauty options, including a spa experience in a private gazebo on the banks of the Zambezi River or in the comfort of your hotel room. The Royal Livingstone Gym offers a great workout with the latest equipment. A game of golf is also up for grabs nearby. And if no activity is your choice of activity, then any one of the hammocks dotted alongside the river are sure to catch your fancy, or you can laze by the pool right on the banks of the river.
Apart from the indulgent comforts of the hotel itself, the spectacular Victoria Falls are virtually on your doorstep. A path along the edge of the mist-soaked rain forest on the opposite wall of the Falls provides anyone prepared to brave the tremendous spray with an unparalleled series of views of the Falls. One special vantage point is across the Knife Edge Bridge, which affords the finest view of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls; another is the Boiling Pot, where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. Other vantage points include the Falls Bridge and the Lookout Tree, which commands a panoramic view across the Main Falls.
For a great Falls experience between mid June and March, depending on water levels, catch the riverboat tour from the Hotel Sun Deck to Livingstone Island, located only ten minutes away in the middle of the river, right on the edge of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 100m drop.
The Falls Resort offers a number of exhilarating adventure activities from swinging the gorge, white water rafting, quad biking, abseiling, Zambezi game fishing, or taking a flight over Victoria Falls. Also on offer elephant-back safaris, canoe safaris and more.