Best places to stay in Livingstone

Best Places To Stay In Livingstone

Home to one of the seven wonders of the world, the magnificent Victoria Falls, Livingstone is a plethora of activity and great hotels - a must see for any trip to Zambia. As well as the star of the show, the old colonial town of Livingstone is an absorbing place to visit in its own right. It is the old capital of Zambia, having been replaced by Lusaka in 1935, but is definitely our recommended destination if you are wishing to visit the falls. 

Apart from marvelling in the beauty of Victoria Falls, there are a number of historical and cultural activities that you can participate in around Livingstone. For those adrenaline seekers amongst you, the Zambian side of Victoria Falls offers something you can't pass up. A rock pool that has formed on the very edge of the fall acts as an infinity pool. It has been nick-named 'Devil's Pool' and you can enter the pool and peer over the edge as the water cascades down the cliff face beneath you. The view from the edge is unbelievable and is an extremely exhilarating experience. Do not fear though, guides are available to accompany you to the pool and make sure that your safety is guaranteed. If you are seeking to do this, you must bear in mind that the pool is usually open between mid-August and mid-January because it is the time when the water levels of the Zambezi are at their lowest.

The accommodation options on offer in the area do vary in price so all budgets can be catered for. There are luxurious options in both Livingstone and by Victoria Falls itself, but that are also more budget friendly places which cater brilliantly for families. You are truly spoilt for choice when visiting the area and below we have listed a few of our favourites:

Tongabezi Lodge

Although it was built years ago, Tongabezi’s design is still unique across Africa and it remains an old favourite. It has some of the best rooms in the entire area, giving this fabulous lodge 5 paws. The service is excellent and the accommodation is of a high standard throughout. While the slightly less expensive River Cottages are beautiful, we recommend spending that little bit extra for one of the unique Houses.

Sindabezi Island Lodge

Sindabezi is a five roomed private island lodge in the centre of the Zambezi River. Owned by Ben Parker, the owner of Tongabezi, this is an old favourite in the office and a great lodge for the client wanting something close to a bush camp in Livingstone. Brilliant for groups wanting to be completely shut off from the rest of the world, but still accessible to getting the best out of the area.

Toka Leya Camp

Wilderness Safaris newest property at the Falls is one of the best value properties in the whole area. Cheaper by a decent amount to their nearby River Club, we believe Toka Leya is an utter bargain. Great for families and due to the all inclusive price and being reasonably close to the Falls, certainly a more economical option and a more exclusive experience than the Royal Livingstone. Overall, this newcomer is a great new addition….but for the romantic break, we would still choose Wilderness' River Club.

Waterberry Lodge

The Livingstone area is tough one when it comes to finding value for money and Waterberry has nailed it. Most of the lodges located along the river are rather highly priced. Waterberry is very affordable and great value for money, it is located a far distance from the town, but this doesn't affect the experience. For once, a cheap lodge that offers a top end product!

River Club

The River Club is in our view the finest property at Victoria Falls.  Quite an honour considering the quality of the competition!  What really sets this place apart from all its competitors is not so much the quality of the rooms but the character and atmosphere in camp.  Having said that, it might not be for everyone in terms of being very well manicured and with a colonial theme for the design. The views are absolutely stunning (the best by far!), the grounds are immaculate, giving guests areas to escape the crowds.  A real bonus is the fantastic hosting by the owner Peter Jones – dinner is always entertaining and you really do feel part of a home, especially when Peter's in camp.

Stanley Safari Lodge

Unique due to the fact that it is the only lodge in Livingstone that has a view of the actual Falls, Stanley Safari Lodge lacks the atmosphere of other lodges in the area simply due to the fact that it is not on the water. In a nutshell, the Zambezi is the reason to come to this area, and when staying at Stanley Safari Lodge you are absolutely miles from it! It is fairly good value and has recently been done up really nicely however the location puts the nail in the coffin and for that reason alone we recommend elsewhere.

The Royal Livingstone

Overall the Royal Livingstone is a remarkably nice but large hotel with great food, great pool and good service.  Its location is the closest to the Falls and with zebra literally walking around the swimming pool there is something really special about this hotel.  In a nutshell we would love to hate it as it is so big....but actually, we're pretty fond of it!  Just be careful on how much you eat and drink here - extras are priced exceptionally high.

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