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“Such a terrible, awful let down” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Livingstone Safari Lodge & Campsite

Livingstone Safari Lodge & Campsite
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Livingstone Safari Lodge & Campsite
Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Livingstone
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Such a terrible, awful let down”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2009

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.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Plife30
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
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    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2009

Livingstone is a wonderful town to spend time. Different places call it self Livingstone hotell and lodge, we were confused when booked the Livingstone Lodge to find it was not what we expected. On coming in det här hotellet we just wanted to leave, food was bad, noisy music and bugs every where we go.
Till Royal Livingstone Hotellet and Zambezi Hotellet was good option.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank ingridIngrid
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2008

From Canada: My wife and I have stayed at the Livingstone Safari Lodge and Campground on two separate occasions in 2007 and again in 2008. Whenever we travel, the most important features of our accommodations are good price, friendly service, and a chance to get to know the culture of the country we are visiting. At the Livingstone Safari Lodge, we found all three. Tjisse, the somewhat eccentric owner, made us feel as though he was our personal host. Josephine at the front desk, Peter at the bar, and Milton in the restauant, all made us feel like part of a family.

Zambia is described as the 'real' Africa, and the Livingstone Safari Lodge is 'real Africa accommodation', with lovely individual lodges with balconies and outdoor showers, a beautiful grounds, and an adventure each and every day. This lodge isn't five star but the interaction with the staff, the possibility of an elephant crossing the grounds, and good food, make it a place not to miss.

Thanks everyone - we look forward to seeing you again soon.

  • Liked — The people
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Hawkestone
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Wellington
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2008

We had a rushed trip to Livingston to see as many sights as we could in 3 days. We found Chester and the staff very helpful and friendly and they managed to assist us to fill in our stay with a lot of sightseeing trips. Two of the boys also very proudly gave us a guided tour of their village and we enjoyed this experience immensly. The staff were also very friendly and Chester was very helpful and allowed us to use his internet to contact family.
The chalets were very comfortable and spacious.
We would recommend the Lodge for any tourists who are wanting a friendly, middle of the road accommodation.

  • Liked — The location and friendliness of staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank Kangaiwi
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Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2008

We spent 5 nights in this nice accommodation, we were in this bungalow, real african style, in a area sourrounded by fields, with the african music in the distance at night time. There were also a nice bar, with friendly crowd and a nice barman.
All the staff were very corteous and efficient. The owner, a dutch man, was also polite to us. But It was a pity to notice how unpolite and disrespectful he was towards his employees (all zambian).

Stayed August 2005
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Thank inabigcountry
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Property: Livingstone Safari Lodge & Campsite
Address: Livingstone, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
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Ranked #8 of 17 Hotels in Livingstone
Number of rooms: 123

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