Where do I begin?
I could not recommend less a hotel to stay at in Zambia than this poor excuse for a shabby run-down halfway house.
I can say without victimisation that you visit this hole at the risk of a wasted tariff, a poor meal, uninformed service and a sleepless night.
That is not to say the establishment is without its charms - the cute resident dogs had given birth to a litter of adorable pups just outside the kitchen amongst the rubbish.
Upon arrival (at 6pm) we had to wait for our 'villa' to be ready - I believe there was only one other guest so I cant see the problem. The 'villa' was little more than a delapidated straw hut with stairs to a second level which gave as much security as standing on board the sinking Titanic.
The room itself was rife with mosquitoes and tetanus on every rusty doorknob, and there was only one tiny window filtering in the normally beautiful African light. A back door to the terrace, the villa's only redeeming feature, was locked with no key provided. The 'villa' was the furthest away from reception (we had to carry our own bags in the morning) and the closest to the local village/ brothel which decided to have the party to end all parties that night.
And then the '3 course organic dinner' was little more than boiled/ fried canned goods dressed up as 'local fair'.
As commented elsewhere the owners contumelious behaviour towards the staff is reproachable. However I would on this one occasion support the bahaviour, based on the following account.
We asked the local staff for a taxi to go to the Victoria Falls Airport - their response: 'ah yes there is only one airport here, taxi will take you'. Now Victoria falls airport is in Zimbabwe - so imagine our surprise when the taxi arrives at Livingstone Airport - an airport in the wrong country! It was too late to drive back, so we were left to make arrangements and endure stress.
This is compound the fact that the taxi charged us double the USD20 they quoted us.
You have been warned - there are a plethora of cheaper, nicer, more convenient places in and around Livingstone - try the Bushfront, the Waterfront... or any other place.