The Royal Livingstone

Livingstone, Zambia
The Royal Livingstone is a member of the “Leading Hotels of the World,” and perfect for the discerning traveler in search of luxury, extravagance, indulgence and a myriad of unforgettable activities. Set spectacularly in a lush riverine environment, this iconic hotel exudes Victorian elegance and colonial traditions right down to the finest detail of the lamps, the magnificent paintings and the black and white photographs of early pioneers. Named after the legendary explorer, this is a place to reflect and rejuvenate. The luxurious Presidential Suite has housed royalty, heads of state and celebrities, but each room is sure to inspire a similar feeling of prestige.
The luxury rooms are inspired by a combination of Victorian elegance infused with Africa’s tribal warmth. Each room has its own private terrace overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and is luxuriously furnished with crisp white linen and large comfortable beds. The Royal Livingstone has its own private entrance with unlimited access to Victoria Falls which is just a fifteen minute walk away. This 5-star hotel comprises 173 en-suite air-conditioned luxury rooms offering splendid accommodation in…
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seventeen riverbank residences. Bathrooms feature spacious showers and Victorian style baths, with wildlife pencil sketches adorning the cool ivory-washed walls, reflecting the textures and moods of the Zambezi River.
The main hotel is a sequence of thatch roofed buildings, most of them African in their influence, which incorporate the lounge, restaurant and bar. As one of the early settlers in Livingstone wrote in his journal, "At 6 o'clock the sundowner ritual begins…This is a time-honored social routine…Groups of up to a couple of a dozen would visit each other for a drink, to gossip and exchange news." The two sundecks overlooking the Zambezi River at The Royal Livingstone make the perfect setting in which to honor this fine tradition, as the sun slips gently into the mist of the thundering falls. A sundowner cocktail on one of Royal Livingstone’s sundecks is a must do. And if you need anything else, simply ask your personal butler who is always on hand even if it is just to chat about the day ahead.
The Royal Livingstone Dining Room will feed your soul and your stomach. Indulge in fine African-inspired cuisine and soak up the historical ambiance of the glorious setting. Indoor tables offer a more intimate dining experience while those outside bring to life the sights and sounds of an African day. The Lounge is the perfect place to soak up the paintings of Sir David Livingstone, hand-drawn maps of his African travels, and an array of artefacts and books that inspire a sense of adventure and travel, and the Travelers’ Bar caters to cocktails, fine wines and whisky, or the time-honored Gin and Tonic to a background of live piano music. The tradition of High Tea is celebrated daily at 3pm - enjoy a selection of scrumptious cakes and confectionaries and the Royal Livingstone’s famous carrot cake.
For a unique dining experience consider a trip aboard the Royal Livingstone Express and step back in time to an era of grace, elegance and romance, and look forward to a decadent six-course meal, champagne, crystal and phenomenal views. Or there’s the famous Monkey Tree, which will conjure up a spirit of romance and freedom as you enjoy a unique, 5-star candlelit dinner under its canopy.
There are numerous activities to indulge in. Head out by mokoro (canoe) to a deserted island for lunch, head up the river on sunset or sunrise boating safaris looking for wildlife; try your luck at fishing for legendary tigerfish.  If your idea of activity is doing absolutely nothing at all, then any one of the hammocks dotted alongside the river are sure to catch your fancy, or you could laze by the pool right on the banks of the Zambezi River with breath-taking views and a cocktail. You may even see resident zebras grazing by the pool.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Additional activities such as a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls, white water rafting trip featuring Class V rapids, canoeing above the Falls, parasailing or horseback riding, to name but a few. If staying more than two nights do consider the ultimate safari experience - a day trip to Chobe National Park in Botswana, which boasts Africa’s Big Five and the world’s largest elephant population. The game cruise on Chobe River brings you close to brilliant bird life, pods of watering hippos, primeval crocodiles and elephants, breath-taking in their sheer number. The afternoon’s land-based safari heads deeper into the Park to spot the big cats that make Chobe their home. A myriad of predators are always in tow!
The Royal Spa offers a variety of health and beauty options to keep you relaxed and rejuvenated on your Zambian and Victoria Falls getaway. Treat yourself to a spa experience right on the banks of the Zambezi River in a private gazebo complete with a mirror at the base of your treatment table to ensure you don’t miss a second of the beauty of the surrounds reflected before you, or receive treatments in the comfort of your room.
All of the rooms have Wi-Fi access, air-conditioning and heating with individual controls, 24-hour room service, safe, universal plug points (voltage 220/240V), a flat screen TV, hairdryer, telephone, butler service, minibar, kettle, tea and coffee, coffee machine, writing desk, sofa and include à la carte breakfasts.

A beautifully furnished interior blends the graceful elegance of Victorian times with luxurious comforts. Sleep in a sumptuous king size bed or twin singles, dressed in fine white linen. Freshen up for days full of adventure and charming evenings in the Victorian style bathroom. Select beverages from the minibar and step out onto your private veranda to admire views of the Zambezi River. With a writing desk and internet you can also keep in touch with the world and send home updates of your incredible African journeys.

  • Air-conditioned bedroom with king size or twin beds and a private veranda
  • En-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower
  • Room size: 323 ft²
These delightful corner rooms are characterized by colonial gracefulness, deluxe comforts and a unique extra space. A private enclosed patio is protected from the elements with a sliding door and refined mosquito netting, creating an additional relaxation area. Laze comfortably on a wicker sofa, enjoying the gentle breeze of the ceiling fan. Soak up the romance of Zambezi River views, Victorian décor and hints of tribal Africa.
  • Air-conditioned bedroom with king size or twin beds and a private enclosed patio
  • En-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower
  • Room size: 323 ft²
Combining generous space, classic décor and impeccable furnishings, these superior suites incorporate the natural textures of the surrounding Zambezi environment will you find one of the most ingenious Livingstone Zambia hotels. Relish the indulgence of a king sized bed, a dressing area and Victorian style en-suite bathroom. Sip your morning tea or coffee in the elegant lounge. Return from your excursions to relax at the wet bar or take to your private veranda to drink in Zambezi River scenery with a fine beverage in hand.
  • Air-conditioned bedroom with king-size bed and a private veranda
  • En-suite bathroom with separate tub and shower
  • Separate lounge
  • Dressing area
  • Wet bar
  • Suite size: 678 ft²
​The Presidential Suite is testament to the immaculate class and style that is prevalent throughout the hotel, and has housed royalty, heads of state and celebrities. Sleep in a plush king size bed and enjoy the additional luxuries of a dressing area and en-suite bathroom with a Victorian tub, twin vanities and walk-in shower. Reminisce your adventures in the lounge and savor delectable drinks and meals at your private dining table. While your spacious, private veranda reveals majestic vistas of the Zambezi River to complement the refinement of this regal suite.
  • Air-conditioned bedroom with king-size four poster bed
  • Large private veranda with Zambezi River views
  • En-suite bathroom with a Victorian tub, twin vanities and walk-in shower
  • Dressing area
  • Separate guest toilet
  • Separate lounge
  • Dining area
  • Wet bar
  • Suite size: 947 ft²
  • 2016 - WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS - ZAMBIA'S LEADING HOTEL 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016
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