In terms of location at Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, there is only really one choice to be made-The Royal Livingstone of the Zambezi Sun, both of which are managed by Sun International. The hotels are next to each other within about five minutes' walk from the Eastern Cataract of Vic Falls aka Mosi-oa-Tunye. The Royal Livingstone attracts guests who are prepared to spend a lot more than those at Zambezi Sun. This is the first differentiator, the second being that Royal Livingstone is on the Zambezi river itself, while the Zambezi Sun is not. Wild animals, such as baboon, monkey and zebra walk around the shared property, however. The question that arises is whether or not one is willing and/or able to pay the not insubstantial premium to stay at Royal Livingstone. We chose the cheaper option and must say were not disappointed. No sense of cognitive dissonance whatsoever. The checkin was effortless and friendly, the room was nice and cool, which was a welcome relief from the heat outside and the surroundings were lovely and tranquil. Staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Only one incident marred our visit to a limited extent; Eleven (yes11!) guests were in a connected two-room arrangement across the passageway and they insisted on shouting and screaming at all hours of the day and night. They also insisted on keeping the main door to the passageway open when making a noise. Needless to say this was very irritating but eventually the noise subsided. Breakfast was huge and very good, served on the large patio and inside. The poolside bar was lovely and Squires, just around the corner, served predictable but decent food. The activity centre was outstanding, organising river trips etc extremely efficiently. I genuinely struggle to fault this establishment and would definitely return as and when the opportunity presents itself.
- 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