The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls by Anantara

Livingstone, Zambia

The hotel

Bathed in the shade of Acacia trees, the raw splendour of this special environment blends beautifully with this exceptional hotel. Reaching new levels of luxury and sophistication, this is the place for the discerning traveller, with every detail crafted to capture all the opulence of a bygone Africa. Set inside the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, zebra, giraffe and monkey roam freely through the grounds. Stretched along the forested banks of the River Zambezi, you can pass lazy days on the magnificent sun deck overlooking the river with the deck seemingly within touching distance of the rainbow-infused mist of the magnificent falls. Enjoy a sumptuous traditional high tea served every afternoon on the terrace taking in that view again, you may even catch a glimpse of hippos. The thatched-roof buildings have handsome rooms with cream-coloured walls and dark wood, and they all point the right way - towards the Zambezi. The restaurant serves renowned international cuisine and the Anantara Spa offers all kinds of treatments including Ukuchina - a traditional Zambian massage.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On the banks of the Zambezi, a short stroll to the Victoria Falls and within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Transfer time from Livingstone International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

173 rooms on 2 floors. All rooms and suites face the Zambezi River and have balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, satellite TV, tea/coffee maker, mini-bar* and safe. Deluxe Rooms with private veranda have 1 king-size bed or 2 single beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Corner Rooms have a private enclosed patio and lounge area, with 1 king-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Restaurant (breakfast, lunch and à la carte dinner, International and African cuisine), The Sun Deck with fall views, The Lounge (drinks, high tea, pastries), The Travellers Bar. Swimming pool. Anantara Spa* with massages, body and beauty treatments. Various massages* also available at the pool or in your room. Laundry service*. Babysitting service*. 24-hour room service*

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

*Denotes local charge.

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Nov 16, 2019 Fqml

I had the best time being at Royal Livingstone hotel as place is excellent and their welcoming Staff are very good.Their staff by the name of madam Chola made us feel more at home by her cheerful introductory about the royal Livingstone.our stay was very comfortable at Royal Livingstone and we are planning to visit on a family business in December.
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Nov 16, 2019 208ethelc

Royal Livingstone service was superb as always. Had a fantastic 3 night Business stay that felt like a vacation. Chola was a welcome surprise, she went above and beyond to make my stay wonderful. I can’t believe wait for my next visit.
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Nov 6, 2019 782marysek Wilmington, Massachusetts

We spent 2 nights in this hotel and liked it a lot. The room was luxurious and very comfortable, the bathroom a little bit dated but very clean with tub and large shower. The hotel is spreading on a large park along the Zambeze river, you san see the steam from the Victoria Falls a little further. At sunset the view is magnificent and you can hear… Read more
We spent 2 nights in this hotel and liked it a lot. The room was luxurious and very comfortable, the bathroom a little bit dated but very clean with tub and large shower. The hotel is spreading on a large park along the Zambeze river, you san see the steam from the Victoria Falls a little further. At sunset the view is magnificent and you can hear the hippos that come very close to the deck. In the park you have giraffes, zebras, impalas and lots of baboons who come making a mess on the balconies. The staff is very welcoming : they sing and dance at your arrival and very useful. There is also a beautiful pool. The restaurant is good, breakfast plentiful. From the hotel you can walk to the falls on the Zambien side where they are not the best. You have to go across the river to the Zimbabway side to see them. You can walk as we did but I would recommend taking a taxi. We really liked that place and I highly recommend it. Read less
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Nov 5, 2019 ArtCulture San Diego, California

The hospitality was amazing and real! To Towela and the amazingly talented and happy people who sang and danced to greet us: Thank you for giving us such a treasured experience. Henry and Benjamin were very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable about whatever we may have needed, and happily showed up just at the right moment! There are many… Read more
The hospitality was amazing and real! To Towela and the amazingly talented and happy people who sang and danced to greet us: Thank you for giving us such a treasured experience. Henry and Benjamin were very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable about whatever we may have needed, and happily showed up just at the right moment! There are many excursions such as river boat trips or helicopter views of the falls. The townspeople were all friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable making it a very meaningful visit. Read less
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Nov 5, 2019 Klaus_und_Iris Frankfurt, Germany

Dear Laurie, we had the pleasure to meet you at the opening celebration of the new Spa facilities during our recent stay at the Royal Livingston. We congratulated you not only for your marvelous idea to relocate them to the Sambesi river front, but even more so for having the responsibiliy managing this iconic hotel at an unsurpassable location.… Read more
Dear Laurie, we had the pleasure to meet you at the opening celebration of the new Spa facilities during our recent stay at the Royal Livingston. We congratulated you not only for your marvelous idea to relocate them to the Sambesi river front, but even more so for having the responsibiliy managing this iconic hotel at an unsurpassable location. However, your outstanding and utmost friendly staff must make it easy for you to take on this challenge. We certainly did not meet all of them but those we were in touch with were always competent and helpful, and above all truly friendly by heart, not by training. The two people we want to specially mention and address directly since we enjoyed most of their attention for our well-being , were > BETTY our Room Butler: Betty many thanks for your thoughtful endeavours to make us feel at home ! > DOBRASOVSKY ( hope the spelling is right ) our Waiter for Dinner: Dobra.... thanks for serving the excellent food from Gerhards superb kitchen in an elegant way and the many humorous but also well- grounded instances of conversation with you! To Laurie again: We came as guests and left as friends, thanks to you and your entire staff! We wish you all the best and hope to stay again in the Royal Lingston. Klaus & Iris near Frankfurt/ Germany Read less