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Tabonina Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 31 Livingstone B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
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“Very Comfortable Stay”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

My husband and I stayed at Tabonina for two nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We were looking for something clean, safe but reasonably priced and Tabonina was all three. We received a light breakfast in the mornings of cereal, fresh juice and toast with jam and butter. The staff was very helpful in recommendations on what to do in the area, and there's a guard/gatekeeper throughout the day patrolling who goes in and out of the guesthouse. Also, the showers were amazing, hot water and pressure were both great.

The main street is about a 5 minute cab ride away from Tabonina. To get to the main Victoria Falls entrance is about 15 minutes and a $10 (USD) cab ride- not very far at all. My advice would be to rent a car instead of spending money on cabs, it all adds up at the end of your trip and isn't cheap.

I would highly recommend Tabonina and would stay here again.

Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

Tabonina Guesthouse is a very comfortable and pleasant place to stay when visitingthe Victoria Falls. It is comfortable (boxspring beds, comfortable shower) and easy going with friendly staff at a very reasonable price. Patrick is a good hoost and Belinda is very cheersome and friendly. We can absolutely recommend it, if you are done with 5 star hotels and prefer tot support some locals.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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nykp
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

If you are looking for a five-star personal services, this one is for you. This guest house is well kept that serves all the needs of accommodations. Our room was very spacious and right next to the pool which is well maintained. All the staff were pleasant and eager to help. I would say the staff are what makes this guesthouse so different from others and it is what I still remember the most from Tabonina. They helped us book tours, call taxi and everything we had requested right away. We had breakfast one morning at 6:15 am because of safari drive. It was all set up and ready for us.

It seems that this guesthouse is well known in Livingstone. Every taxi we took knew about it. It is located in the little north end of the main street (Mosi-Oa-Tunya) and takes about about 15-20 minutes walk to the town.

IMHO, most tourists come to Livingstone for Victoria Falls and it is not a very cheap place but this guesthouse is definitely a very good value.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

My fiancée and I stayed at the guest house in December. It is located in a quiet neigbourhood. It is a 30 minute walk to town, alternatively, taxis are readily available. The guest house is beautiful, clean and value for money. Plenty of mongo trees, we ate quite a few mangos. The owners (husband and wife) are very warm and welcoming. They also book numerious tours for their clients. Similarly, the stuff are very polite and professional. We felt very comfortable. It felt like home.

If you are staying in livingstone and especially an extended stay, i would recommend that you book with them.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We stayed here 5 nights and really appreciated that Laurent helped book many activities for us prior to arriving. That was such a nice service to have and ensured we got the most out of our stay. Laurent wasn't there during our stay, but I have never met kinder employees who were always smiling, helpful and available for any kinds of random questions we could come up with. They keep the rooms spotlessly clean, which is also appreciated. Our room was beautiful, and we didn't have any trouble with wifi. We did have a problem with our shower, where one of the handles fell off while my fiance was showering and we couldn't turn off the water... They offered to move us to another room but we're lazy so we stayed put and I just used the shower in the other room, but by then all the hot water had been used from our broken shower... so I took a quick cold shower. :) Given where we were, that wasn't really a problem, and by the time we got back to our room the following day, the shower was completely fixed.

The location is about a 10-15 min walk to the restaurants and shopping area, and in the summer sun or downpour it can be pretty rough, but the taxis are trustworthy. Everybody in the Livingstone area that we encountered was fantastic, with the best of the best working at Tabonina. We absolutely loved this area of Zambia and would love to visit again some day, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Tabonina to anybody visiting Livingstone.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

Located in a spacious block and shaded by mango, guava and cashew trees, there is definitely a real sense of pride that the staff keep in the property. The staff are exceptionally helpful and accommodating, no matter what the query. The best way to describe the rooms and service is that they definitely have a 'woman's touch', a very nice feeling after weeks of camping! Would definitely stay here again and recommend this guesthouse without hesitation.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 1 December 2013

Tabonina Guesthouse is simply the place to stay in Livingstone. Definitely the nicest and most service-minded staff on our long journey through Africa. Incredible. The place is very nice in itself located approximately 15 minutes from the city centre by foot which was perfectly fine and we got to see Livingstone. Our room was clean and big and it even included a fridge. At the bar area you can play pool for free. The swimming pool is nice and clean. What makes Tabonina such a great place is truly the magnificent staff and the owner Laurent, who is a perfect host - always ready to help you. Thank you for a great stay! :-)

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Property: Tabonina Guesthouse
Address: 3 Maisoko Road, Nottie Broad | PO Box 61284, Livingstone 20100, Zambia
Region: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated close to the Victoria Falls, one of the biggest wonders of the world, Tabonina Guesthouse is a secure, cosy and relaxing guesthouse located in the peaceful Nottie Broad area of Livingstone, only a short walk away from the town centre. Set in a beautiful mango tree garden, Tabonina Guesthouse consists of nine en-suite rooms and two non en suite rooms, with an ablution block nearby, a breakfast/dinner area, a sitting room equipped with large flat screen TV, a swimming pool, a gazebo with pool table for drinks and games, and a self-catering kitchen. ... more   less 
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