Immersing travellers in Africa’s wild beauty and colonial history, the Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara boasts an incomparable location, as the only hotel overlooking Victoria Falls. Taking its name from the explorer Sir David Livingstone who called The Falls after his queen, poignant reminders of this era embrace guests in a unique sense of nostalgic luxury. Five-star stays in a UNESCO World Heritage location are highly acclaimed – being named as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.
Prestigious access to Victoria Falls
A one-hour and 40-minute flight from Johannesburg to Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, followed by a 25-minute drive through the historic town of Livingstone, the Royal Livingstone is set along the forested banks of the great Zambezi River, in full view of Victoria Falls. One of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, this iconic waterfall is a mere 10-minute walk away and all guests enjoy unlimited complimentary access via the hotel’s private entrance.
Zambezi views, Victorian elegance and luxury comforts
17 riverbank residences house 169 luxury rooms and four spacious suites, showcasing both the extraordinary destination and the charm of Victorian times. All accommodation features a balcony or veranda with a table and chairs, facing gardens frequented by free-roaming zebras, impalas, giraffes and monkeys, and beyond the Zambezi River. The elegance of colonial furnishings blends with the warmth of African tribal culture. Marble bathrooms invite invigorating rain showers between adventures, and long soaks in the tub afterwards.
Deluxe rooms offer 30 square metres of space with a host of modern comforts, from a king size bed or twin singles dressed in fine white linen, to air conditioning, a desk and WiFi, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar and satellite television, enhanced by butler, laundry and valet services. Repellent devices inside and a spray for outdoors keep insects at bay, allowing guests to enjoy nature undisturbed. Deluxe Corner Rooms are embellished by an enclosed glass-walled patio with a sliding door and refined mosquito netting, a wicker sofa and ceiling fan, providing clear Zambezi views protected from the elements. Livingstone Suites offer a generous 63 square metres with a king size bed, lounge comforts, a dressing area and wet bar, along with loungers on the veranda. The one-of-a-kind 88 square metre Presidential Suite has been graced by royalty, heads of state and celebrities. Its bathroom features a Victorian tub, twin vanities and a walk-in shower, and there is also a separate guest toilet. Regal lounge and dining spaces open onto a generous veranda, completing its gracious distinctions.
Recharge and wind down, inspired by awesome scenery
Views of Zambezi river life and majestic Victoria Falls unfold while resting in a hammock, cooling off in the pool or basking on loungers. Educating nature and culinary buffs, the herb garden is a haven of aromatic, medicinal and pot-pourri species. The gym energises with a well-rounded work-out, and Anantara Spa rejuvenates with indigenous African wellness and beauty traditions.
Culinary experiences relive colonial nostalgia and romanticise Africa. Coffees, chilled drinks and light meals are served in The Royal Livingstone Lounge, with David Livingstone paintings, maps of his travels and books inspiring exploration. Stories are shared in colonial splendour at The Travellers Bar over high tea, a gin and tonic, fine wine or whisky, to live piano music. Drinks are spectacular on The Sundecks, from the rush of Victoria Falls, to a flutist playing as the sun sets over cocktails. In the historic ambience of The Royal Livingstone Dining Room, African and European fine dining is enchanting with a pianist playing during dinner. Six-course dinners are a moveable feast through Africa’s resplendent landscapes aboard The Royal Livingstone Express.
Sophisticated meeting, event and wedding venues are remembered for their iconic views. Two boardrooms seat a dozen executives. On the banks of the Zambezi, The Sundeck offers an al fresco canapé luncheon, a mesmerising stage to say “I do”, sundowner parties for up to 60 guests and brainstorming sessions for 100. The Royal Livingstone Lawns seats 250 guests for a gala dinner, with Victoria Falls gushing in the background.