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Tabonina Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 28 Livingstone B&B and Inns
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Dallas, Texas
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220 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
“Great accommodation at a great price in an otherwise high-price area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014

If you can accept a few mismatched tiles in the bathroom, Tabonina is a superb choice. Far superior than its price and availability only on hostelworld might suggest. Our room was large, well-furnished, had AC, and was quiet even though it was located in the main building with the kitchen and common room (which is little used since people sit out by the pool). Wifi worked well. Other rooms are in attractive, separate buildings around the pool area. Breakfast was basic (cornflakes, coffee, toast, juice) but well served by the pool with nice crockery. And you can supplement it yourself with fruit, cheese, cold cuts etc., from supermarkets in town. We found this a welcome change from the ubiquitous full English breakfasts served elsewhere. Very informative information packet in room about restaurants, activities, etc. Laurent, the owner, and his staff were all very helpful. They will arrange airport pickup, book activities before or after you arrive, and call cabs. It’s a 15 - 20 minute walk or US$4 cab ride into the center of town, and US$10 to the falls. Cab drivers seem very honest. Livingstone is clean, tidy and attractive, and we felt completely safe walking around.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014 via mobile

Immediately impressed by security, we were greeted appropriately. The room is spotlessly clean, and maintained. I would have liked to see a TV.

For the price, this is very good. Paid $60 a night.

Great free breakfast. Free airport shuttle. Would stay again

  • Stayed February 2014
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Tabonina, Owner at Tabonina Guesthouse, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Tabonina. Sorry you did not book a room with a television: as indicated on our website, four of our en suite rooms do contain one, it may well be that these rooms were already booked at the time of your stay or of your booking. One precision: we don“t have an airport shuttle per se; we are a small guesthouse and are not in a position to offer such a service on a regular basis. However, if our guests request it and if I am available, I am happy to come and pick them up at the airport.
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Karmiel, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2014

owner (laurent) and staff very helpfull, the service is beyond any expectations. laurent shuttle every guest to and from the airport and refuses to receive any payment for that. his advices about activities are very important.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tabonina, Owner at Tabonina Guesthouse, responded to this review, 2 March 2014
Many thanks for this very kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay at Tabonina. However, we find ourselves in the unusual position of having to play down your praises. You are very generous to describe us as a ‘boutique’ B&B, but this might raise potential guests’ expectations to a level that we may not be able to meet. We are more budget than ‘boutique’, as evidenced by our range of room rates. Having said that, we very much appreciate your comments about Tabonina, which reflect our on-going efforts to offer the best service to our guests.
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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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 28 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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