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Tabonina Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 28 Livingstone B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Maine
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Lovely Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We loved our stay at Tabonina Guesthouse. Everyone was so friendly and always looking for ways to be helpful - including Laurent who picked us up at the airport. The location allowed us to walk in and out of town and it was nice to be in a neighborhood and not locked behind gates at a resort. The family room worked really well for us ( we were traveling with 2 teenagers) and we enjoyed the sense of community among the guests.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2014

Room with private bathroom,wifi, net, cupboard, kettle, free tea/coffee. Room and toilet were spacious and clean and facilities were perfect. There is a common area with tv, kitchen, outside swimming pool and another outside common area for leisure. Breakfast included every morning was nice. Location is perfect, very easy to find and just a 10 minute walk from the town centre on a road that leads to the main town road. This allows you a nice walk to see the town and take pictures around, as the town of Livingstone is worth visiting. The staff and people in the guesthouse are wonderful, very helpful and nice and always willing to make your stay as good as posible. They will help you in all your needs, as it is posible to book any tour from the guesthouse or anything you´ll need (I contacted a driver called Andrew to take me around thanks to the guesthouse that was a fantastic person). To sum up, I really recommend this place, not only for location and facilities offered but also because of the wonderful people you will find waiting for you with a big smile. They are also involved in a charity project called Little Angels to help kids if I am not wrong.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled solo
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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

We stayed at Tabonina for three nights in July 2014 and were very happy with our choice. Laurent is a fantastic host - informative, friendly, and concerned about his guests' comfort. We had a small room in the back, but it was fine as we were rarely there. Laurent helped us arranged many tours and gave excellent advice about taxis, restaurants, etc. Breakfast was simple (cereal, toast,j juice,coffee) and served outside, which was not too pleasant in the cold of winter but probably quite nice at other times. The guesthouse is lovely and the price point can't be beat. Overall a wonderful location to stay at while you visit the falls and save some money for the rather expensive excursions!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

We stayed here in March and have only just found the time to write a review but Tabonina and Victoria falls has been on our minds constantly. Laurent goes out of his way to look after all his guests in every way and still keep the costs down. We stayed in room 1 which is clean and spacious and looks over the lovely pool which we enjoyed sitting around and talking to other guests from all over the world. Since out first email Laurent provided all the advise we needed, picked us up and dropped us back at the airport at no extra cost and booked all our tours for us.
Make sure you do the microlight flight, the experience of our lives!!

Room Tip: Rooms 1 and 2 are the best.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Savona, Italy
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68 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I've spent 4 night in this guesthouse, traveling alone. Memorable days spent in Victoria falls, doing rafting and a half day walking safari.
The guesthouse is 10 minutes walking from downtown in a very quiet residential area.
All the staff professional, friendly and welcoming.
Laurent, the owner-host, has been super helpful for recommending and booking for me activities at good deals.
The rooms are very clean, spacious and well furnished; every room has a small fridge and a ventilator.
The small pretty pool is good to cool down after an intense day of activities.
Breakfast is included, good and fresh; Laurent can prepare English breakfast upon request.
Strongly recommended if you are interest in good accommodation, good value from where to join a lot of activities.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

I stayed at Tabonina in early July with my husband and parents for 4 nights. The booking process was so easy from the beginning; the owner Laurent was always very prompt in replying to my emails with various questions and also booked us into activities with other companies. We were so impressed with the service at the guesthouse from both Laurent and his caring staff. The rooms are fairly basic but very clean and with everything that you would need for a short stay. It was great spending time by the pool and meeting the other visitors from other countries. The only drawback of the guesthouse...be prepared for an early morning wakeup from the local mosque who call for prayer over a loud speaker...although this was all part of the experience. We would highly recommend this guesthouse for the fantastic service!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

I stayed at Tabonina for a few nights during a recent visit to Livingstone as part of a month long trip[ to Africa. Laurent was a truly hospitable owner who goes out of his way to help his guests and provided helpful advice on staying in the area. The guesthouse itself is neat and tidy and the rooms are cosy and comfortable. The staff are very friendly. Highly recommended, an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Tabonina Guesthouse

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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