Our travel agent booked us into the Zambezi Sun for two nights and I wasn't expecting much based on the "family style" description of the place. However, everything about it exceeded my expectations. Yes, the rooms are a bit small, but all are very clean and have sliders to the ground floor or to a balcony (warning: there is no elevator, so use a bellman if you have a second floor room and are toting heavy luggage -- they will cheerfully deliver you & your luggage to a room in a golf cart). Bathrooms are good size, with separate shower and tub areas, decorated in bright, local patterns and colors.
This place has the feel of a Caribbean resort (which we attribute to its being a Sun Resort hotel). From the moment you set foot on the property, you are greeted by singing and dancing males in native costumes. Everyone, from reception to waitstaff to concierge, makes you feel very welcome here. Our breakfast buffet was included in the room rate (which was very reasonable) and the buffet was very good quality and plentiful. (I would only skip the baked goods, aside from croissants, as the muffins were a bit like lead.) Everything else was very good: fresh fruit, cereals, eggs, vegetables, meats -- anything you want was on the buffet. An a la carte lunch was also high quality, served at the pool, accompanied by local musicians.
We did not eat dinner here, but we highly recommend the gourmet restaurant at the Royal Livingstone next door (a shuttle runs between the two hotels every 10 minutes). Reservations are a must at the Royal Livingstone and the dinner was not cheap, but everything was expertly prepared and delicious -- well worth the splurge. And the atmosphere there is like walking through an old, elegant colonial style hotel, although it is only two years old.
Back to the Zambezi Sun: it was too cool for us to swim during our stay in July, but the pool looked clean and inviting. But the best part about staying here is being able to walk to the falls in less than 5 minutes -- and you can come and go for no fee as many times per day as you wish. Even though it was "dry season" when we were there, the falls were gushing for many a great photo op.
The other highlight about staying here was the wildlife wandering through the hotel grounds: monkeys, zebras and impalas with the occasional giraffe. My husband watched two impalas butting heads (as it was rutting season) and got some great photos.
This hotel is a nice find. Well worth a return trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zambezi Sun, located on the edge of the eastern cataract of the Victoria Falls, reflects the richness and diversity of the country’s heritage; capturing the very soul of Africa – unpretentious, fun and welcoming. With its warm, earthy architecture, inspired by an African walled village and simple finishes highlighted in bright mosaics and fabrics as well as intoxicating Zambian artworks and accessories, the Zambezi Sun is set to turn your stay into a memorable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zambezi Sun Livingstone
- Zambezi Sun Hotel Livingstone