The Royal Livingstone Hotel (Livingstone)

The Royal Livingstone Hotel

The Royal Livingstone Hotel by Anantara is on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, overlooking the Zambezi River and with direct access to Victoria Falls; one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is the quintessential 5-star African experience; a grand hotel with Victorian charm and an unrivaled setting; and one of the finest luxury hotels on the African continent. Because the property is in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park; keep a lookout for an array of exotic birds, zebras, warthogs, antelope; and sometimes a giraffe or two that roam the grounds! Soak up the river views; while enjoying a massage in a waterfront spa gazebo at the Anantara Spa.

The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara: Into the Wild

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Royal Livingstone Hotel Accommodation

A total of 173 en suite guestrooms in 17 x riverbank residences; make up a hotel that exudes Colonial / Victorian elegance and Africa’s tribal warmth. Down to the finest detail of the lamps, the magnificent paintings, and the black and white photographs of early pioneers; this is a place to reflect and rejuvenate. Luxuriously furnished rooms with large comfortable beds and crisp linen; thereby making it the perfect sanctuary to retire to after a day spent exploring. Each room has its own private terrace overlooking the Zambezi River.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel croquet
The Royal Livingstone Hotel croquet with zebras

Room types

32 x Premier Rooms and 103 x Deluxe Rooms of 30m² have en-suite bathrooms, a dressing room area, a lounge area, and a verandah/deck. 6 of the Deluxe Rooms are interleading making them perfect for families. The Premier Rooms have garden views and the Deluxe Rooms have either garden or river views.
The 34 x Deluxe Corner Rooms are the same as above with a separate tub and rain shower. Also; the verandah / deck is enclosed. This ensures ultimate privacy.
The above rooms can be king beds or twin beds.

In the perfect location overlooking the great Zambezi River; 3 x Livingstone Suites are 65m² and configured as king bedrooms. They also have an enclosed verandah/deck for privacy.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel Livingstone Suite

The Presidential Suite is 88m² and consists of a king bed with all the interior luxuries of a 5-star suite. An expansive terrace with outdoor dining and river views tops it off. Additionally; there is a separate living and dining room. This suite has an interleading door to a Twin Room. It, therefore, is perfect for a harmonious constellation of family or friends.  The Presidential Suite has housed royalty, heads of state, and celebrities. But each room is sure to inspire a similar feeling of quality in those who stay here.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel Presidential Suite
The Royal Livingstone Hotel – Presidential Suite living areas

There is a butler service for the Deluxe Corner Rooms, Livingstone Suites, and Presidential Suite. There is also a complimentary daily laundry for the Livingstone Suites, and Presidential Suite.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel accommodation
The Royal Livingstone Hotel – Deluxe Room (Twin)
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Families staying at The Royal Livingstone Hotel

The Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia welcomes children of all ages.

Children up to twelve years of age stay for free on a rollaway bed; when sharing with 2 adults on a bed & breakfast basis.
Teenagers between 13 – 17 years of age are charged a supplement of USD 100 per room, per night on a bed & breakfast basis; when sharing the same room with parents, on a rollaway bed.
The Presidential suite can inter lead with a Deluxe room; therefore; it can accommodate 2 x adults and up to 3 x children under 18 years old. An additional child can also be accommodated on a rollaway bed.
All rooms can accommodate up to 1 child except if you take the Presidential Suite with a Deluxe Room.

Meal plan supplements will be applicable to children.

Fine dining at Victoria Falls, Zambia

Enjoy authentic feasts at luxury restaurants in Livingstone Zambia. A host of settings around the hotel and beyond celebrate the flavors of Europe and Africa. Dine at The Old Drift Restaurant, Kubu Restaurant, and Bar overlooking the Zambezi River; highly recommended for sunset. Or enjoy a light snack and drink at The Royal Livingstone Lounge, The Royal Sun Deck, or The Travellers Bar.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel serves a delightful traditional English high tea daily; the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

On Tuesdays and Fridays (subject to change) the hotel offers a boma dinner. This is an authentic African feast of barbecued meats and spiced dishes beneath the stars. Enticing scents fill the air as the specialties of the area smoke slowly on the grills. Traditional entertainment captures you in the colorful customs of the land.

Naturally being a 5* hotel; room service is available 24/7. Or; let us arrange a private dinner on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Activities at The Royal Livingstone Hotel

If your idea of activity is doing absolutely nothing at all; then drift into the afternoon in one of the hammocks dotted alongside the river. Swing gently in the breeze as the world goes by with the soft sounds of nature. Enjoy a picnic basket packed especially for you in the shade of the monkey tree. Slip into the pool for a swim and watch the local zebras who come to graze nearby.

Recharge and beautify at the onsite spa in the heavenly surroundings of this decidedly unique setting coupled with Spa resort expertise.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel Spa
The Royal Livingstone Hotel Spa treatment room

Victoria Falls activities

There are so many activities on the Livingstone side of the Victoria Falls but it also has the Royal Livingstone Express; a lovingly restored steam locomotive of polished leather, teak, and brass. Departing from Livingstone through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and the Zambezi River Valley; marvel at the sight of wild giraffes, zebras, and antelope. Cross the Victoria Falls Bridge; as you sip on curated South African wines and dine on fine flavors inspired by the setting. Flawless service completes your iconic journey reminiscent of times past.

The other unique activity on the Zambian side of the Falls is Devil’s Pool on Livingstone Island; a truly fantastic experience; where you swim on the edge of the Falls. Devil’s Pool is usually open between mid-August and mid-January; depending on Zambezi water levels.

Getting here

The hotel is a 25-minute drive from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Livingstone Airport. Travel by car (private or shared transfer) through the historic town of Livingstone; or cruise down the Zambezi by water taxi. For the water taxi; after transferring to the jetty; you will board a 4×4 river safari boat. Traverse the waters of the mighty Zambezi River alongside hippos, crocodiles, and elephants; arriving directly in front of this riverfront hotel.

Alternatively; travel to the resort in style. From Livingstone Airport, we can arrange a helicopter transfer direct to The Royal Livingstone helipad; for a sensationally scenic arrival over Victoria Falls.

Transfers are also available to and from Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls Airport.

Accommodation rates

The Royal Livingstone operates on ‘BAR’ (best available rates) which fluctuate according to demand. Send us your dates and we will get the best rate for you at that time.

The below are international rates PER ROOM. And don’t include discounts we offer on our special offers.

We pride ourselves in giving you the best rates (see explanation below).

Rates all include breakfast.

2023 Indicative Rates

Indicative Rates per room per nightStandard Season
1st October – 22nd December 2023
3rd January – 31st January 2024
High Season
1st July – 30th September 2023
Peak Season
23rd December 2023 – 2nd January 2024
Premier Room$690$760$835
Deluxe Room$878$995$1100
Deluxe Corner Room$1040$1165$1290
Livingstone Suite$1695$2055$2270
Presidential Suite$2255$2710$3210

2024 Indicative Rates

Indicative Rates per room per nightStandard Season
1st February – 6th April 2024
11th April – 30th June 2024
1st October – 22nd December 2024
3rd January – 31st January 2025
High Season
1st July – 30th September 2024
Peak Season
7th April – 10th April 2024
23rd December 2024 – 2nd January 2025
Premier Room$725$800$890
Deluxe Room$935$1060$1185
Deluxe Corner Room$1095$1240$1390
Livingstone Suite$1830$2215$2450
Presidential Suite$2435$2920$3460

The rates also include:
Park Fees which allow unlimited access to Victoria Falls,
Complimentary WIFI and 24-Hour use of the Fitness center,
Taxes of 16%,
10% Service Fee,
1.5% Tourism Levy.

Royal Livingstone Hotel Special Offers

Long Stay Accommodation Offer

Book 3 or more nights and receive a 20% discount. Or stay 6 or more nights and get a 25% discount on your accommodation.

Best Rate Explanation

Lets explain this further. If you take the Premier Room rate for 2023/4 standard season above of $690. With the 20% discount, this becomes $552. So for 3 nights the total (including taxes) is $1656.

Early booking accommodation offers

15% discount on all bookings made 90 days in advance.

Combo Offer

Stay at Anantara Bazaruto Island, and the Royal Livingstone Zambia Hotel within 12 months, and get an additional 5% discount on your accommodation. Minimum stay of 2 nights per property.

Birthday Gifts

Birthday cake, congratulatory card, exotic fresh fruit bowl, and a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel Romance

Designed with lovers in mind; The Royal Livingstone Hotel provides magnificent opportunities for couples to celebrate their love and pledge their lifelong devotion.

Honeymoon and Anniversary Gifts

If you are celebrating your honeymoon or anniversary you will receive:
A congratulatory card, exotic fresh fruit bowl, a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival, romantic turn down. And canapes with a glass of sparkling wine at 5 pm once during your stay.

Anniversary couples also get an anniversary cake.

We can also do weddings at the Royal Livingstone Hotel.

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