Royal Livingstone: Zambia
Our World | On 09, Feb 2012
…Now to The Royal Livingstone – again, a magical setting, this time, overlooking the Zambezi river within ear shot and sight of the mighty Victoria Falls. I have been fortunate to both work here with groups and enjoy it for holidays in the past (tough life ha) and it is simply beautiful.
This is a big hotel that feels small; all the rooms are located in small blocks on two levels; they are large, comfortable and modern… but with a touch of colour, materials and artwork that detail where you are, in a sympathetic, elegant way. All of the rooms have either terraces or balconies overlooking the lawns, themselves leading to the river. There are Vervet monkeys causing havoc in the acacia trees outside your room, you can hear the hippos ‘laughing’ on the river and all around you, there are the strangely familiar sights and sounds of ‘Africa’ to enjoy.
The hotel has a good number of facilities to enjoy – an outdoor pool overlooking the river, a spa, a simply beautiful bar (all cosy woods and very Out of Africa) from where you can sip your drink watching the most dramatic sunsets you will ever have the good fortune to see.
Breakfasts are amusing; great food and service, but don’t take your eye off the table for a single second because you are being watched – birds and monkeys will ‘relieve’ you of anything remotely edible! The hotel has its own small heard of giraffe and zebra on the estate, which is always amusing when you bumble home to your room along the lawn and suddenly find yourself face to face with the backside of a zebra! It’s then you really realise where you are.
I could go on about the hotel, but you really go there for the destination itself… I’m not sure if Vic’ Falls is a bona fide Wonder of the World, if not, it should be… it is absolutely magnificent and makes you feel very small indeed. You can walk to the national park from the hotel (access is included in your room rate); and it really is spectacular, and you can end your trip with a quick barter at the curio market as you come out of park. You can also walk to the sister hotel on site, which is larger and more family orientated. As a Royal Livingstone guest, you can use the facilities at this hotel if you wish to. Lastly, the hotel is well situated to take advantage of the incredible activities; bungee jumping of Victoria Falls Bridge, elephant safari, rafting or canoeing on the Zambezi, hele-flips over the Falls and any number of other activities.
In short – both hotels offer you a home from home experience; and first world infrastructure with great service and attitudes… so, what are you waiting for?