Located six miles from Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the town of Livingstone is the main tourist hub of Zambia. Livingstone caters to its adventure-seeking visitors with lodging options to suit a range of budgets. These include several hotels and numerous safari lodges, both rustic and luxurious. Most offer guests various kinds of activities and excursions in the region.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel
The Royal Livingstone Hotel, which sits along the banks of the Zambezi River, within walking distance from the entrance to the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, was named "Zambia's Leading Hotel" by the World Travel Awards for the sixth time in 2010. The formal, elegant decor of the 17 colonial-style buildings that comprise the hotel evokes the era of Dr. Livingstone's explorations. In addition to its 173 guest rooms, all of which boast a private veranda, the hotel features a restaurant, bar and lounge, and a spa. It also features a sun deck built directly over the Zambezi, offering views of the dense mists marking the location of the famous falls. Guests also enjoy access to an outdoor swimming pool and gymnasium. The hotel offers a comprehensive range of activities and excursions, including elephant-back and horseback safaris, game drives, scenic helicopter flights and river-rafting adventures.
Limbo Lodge offers budget-friendly accommodations in 10 thatched chalets that encircle a central gathering area, an arrangement inspired by a traditional Zambezi village. Every chalet is air-conditioned and includes a television with satellite channels, a mini-bar and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The decor showcases brightly patterned African fabrics. Guests at Limbo Lodge are provided with complimentary Internet access. On-site facilities include a swimming pool and hot tub surrounded by gardens, and a restaurant serving Zambian specialties alongside international dishes. Among other guest services, the lodge can arrange high-adrenaline activities like bungee jumping, jet boating and whitewater rafting, as well as more serene adventures such as village tours and horse and carriage rides.
David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa
David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa offers an attractive location on the Zambezi River, within listening distance from Victoria Falls and a few miles outside the center of Livingstone. Its 72 spacious guest rooms feature romantic canopied beds and private furnished verandas, and most offer views of the river. Five loft suites boast private indoor hot tubs and comfy leather sofas in the living room. The main lodge building, which features towering brick walls, exposed hardwood beams and ornately carved, oversize doors, includes a bar and the Kalai Restaurant, where guests enjoy contemporary African-Arabian fusion cuisine. The facilities at the lodge include a riverfront swimming pool, a nature center staffed by a resident guide, and a health and beauty spa. It also operates a three-story, 144-passenger river boat, the Lady Livingstone, which is used for trips to see crocodiles and hippos.
Protea Hotel Livingstone
The Protea Hotel Livingstone is a modern, 80-room hotel on the outskirts of the city, conveniently located next to a shopping and entertainment complex. Its guest rooms feature elegant decor and plush bedding and are provided with wireless Internet access and satellite channels. There is a bar on-site; the restaurant in the hotel's main building offers buffet breakfasts, dinners and lunches; and a number of restaurants can be found within a short walk from the hotel.
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