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.

Rating summary

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Traveller rating

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful hotel

Jan 25, 2020 Compass436138

Wonderful hotel, fantastic location and really friendly staff. Rooms are clean and well maintained. Gardens are well tendered and the wildlife roaming through the gardens is fantastic. Hotel weakness is the supply issues around food and wine and the cold ‘hot buffet’ breakfast, but their freshly cooked omelettes are excellent, as is the rest of… Read more
Wonderful hotel, fantastic location and really friendly staff. Rooms are clean and well maintained. Gardens are well tendered and the wildlife roaming through the gardens is fantastic. Hotel weakness is the supply issues around food and wine and the cold ‘hot buffet’ breakfast, but their freshly cooked omelettes are excellent, as is the rest of the breakfast. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating High quality at the Victoria Falls

Jan 23, 2020 John R Norwich, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Royal Livingstone as a base for our visits to the Falls. The hotel is excellent and one of the few where the lawns are grazed by zebras, The food was very good and the accommodation very pleasing. Transportation around the site was fine and only slightly delayed.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Connie is the best

Jan 23, 2020 PeterChiu85 London, United Kingdom

We arrived at The Royal Livingstone for a short stay! (what a mistake, we should have stayed longer) Greeted by a live performance of dance and song to then be guided through to the lounge to be checked in. Upon arrival we were given a refreshment towel, homemade iced tea (which tasted amazing) to then be greeted with a wonderful hand massage! I… Read more
We arrived at The Royal Livingstone for a short stay! (what a mistake, we should have stayed longer) Greeted by a live performance of dance and song to then be guided through to the lounge to be checked in. Upon arrival we were given a refreshment towel, homemade iced tea (which tasted amazing) to then be greeted with a wonderful hand massage! I genuinely have never had a check in like this. We then met Connie, guest relations which checked us in, guided us around to inform us about the restaurants, dining times etc - they have a 24 hour bar! We got a buggy to the room which admittedly we did have a very small issue with, but Connie jumped straight in and rectified it really quickly With no fuss at all. The staff here are amazing, nothing too much for them. The grounds, spectacularly maintained with zebras, monkeys, giraffe’s and impala’s all roaming around freely. The hotel is only a short walk to the falls, which again is easy to get to from the hotel. Dinner at The old drift is a la carte and is very tasty! We had wine, helped chosen by the sommelier, Lucky!! Who definitely knows his stuff. He even convinced us to the Gin Bento Box...and I’d also recommend this too! A cocktail mixer was arranged for staff and guests to attend. Here we met the general manager, Laurie and the executive GM, Bora - he is well travelled and so was able to give good recommendations for other places and is just generally an all round good guy! The morning of check out, a breakfast in the jetty was arranged as a surprise. Waited on hand and foot by Brian! Again, nothing too much trouble. He took photos, organised champagne, breakfast to be cooked and hand delivered to us! Connie came and checked everything was OK, which is obviously was! Laurie needs to know that Connie is the best asset he has in this hotel! She was amazing and honestly cannot express how great she was, whilst at our stay at The Royal Livingstone! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely stay at The Royal Livingstone, Zambia

Jan 23, 2020 nickd000 London, United Kingdom

We arrived through the lush grounds surrounded by giraffes zebras monkeys and impala’s. The green space this resort has acquired is probably the best on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Even though we had a slight hiccup in the first few hours the hotel quickly sorted things out. The Livingstone Suite has ample room and amenities with its own… Read more
We arrived through the lush grounds surrounded by giraffes zebras monkeys and impala’s. The green space this resort has acquired is probably the best on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Even though we had a slight hiccup in the first few hours the hotel quickly sorted things out. The Livingstone Suite has ample room and amenities with its own butler service. There is a spa and gym on-site to help burn off those extra calories from the lavish breakfast buffet with live egg station and freshly squeezed juices. Lunch and afternoon tea was taken sitting outside. A light Greek salad was all we needed as we were still full from breakfast. We walked to the Falls which is 10 minutes through the property passing more animals. The garden staff pointed out giraffes and took our pictures for us. In the evenings the main restaurant served lovely food with live music. The sommelier, named Lucky, served us a great bottle of wine on the first day and then the Gin bento box on the next! We were taken extreme care of by the fantastic Connie. She went to great lengths to ensure we had a perfect stay. Our picture shows us with Connie enjoying a private breakfast on the jetty- thank you Connie and waiter Bryan. The poolside is quiet and peaceful which allowed us to soak up the 32 degree sun. I would recommend this hotel mostly on its service from the team, especially Connie and its grounds and location to Victoria Falls. I would recommend a suite if like us you are used to large rooms. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect place to unwind

Jan 22, 2020 KatrinF15 Hannover, Germany

If you are enjoying nature and want to enjoy the Zambezi as much as you can while visiting Vic Falls - it’s definitely the place to be. You can start enjoying it right from the start of the day through relaxing at the pool to sundowners. The grounds are exceptionally beautiful and so is the staff. 5 stars