The Avani Resort Hotel* 3-star From $235 pppn
The Avani Resort Hotel features adobe-style architecture. Simple finishes highlight bright mosaics and fabrics and the intoxicating environment is characterised by ethnic wall stencils, timber and plaster ceilings, Zambian artworks and accessories.
* Regrettably, we are no longer able to recommend staying at this hotel. For some reason (perhaps it doesn’t like dealing with agents) it had started to charge agents such as ourselves double the room rate that can be obtained by booking directly. Clearly, therefore, we can no longer take responsibility for booking rooms for our guests. You might imagine that they could then book themselves in directly instead, but the hotel is now very resistant to giving out sample room rates in general, except in relation to an actual booking, making it very difficult to deal with.
Quite frankly, we feel that we would not wish to be responsible for suggesting that our guests book in here, since any hotel with an attitude like this could cause all sorts of other problems. The alternative is the nearby Royal Livingstone Hotel, which, although more expensive, is vastly superior.
The Royal Livingstone Hotel 5-star From $490 pppn
Providing colonial luxury with majestic views of Victoria Falls, the Royal Livingstone Hotel is situated directly on the banks of the Zambezi River, and of course is named after the legendary explorer who named Zambia’s iconic waterfall in honour of his queen. Paying tribute to this glorious era, the hotel evokes Victorian elegance and colonial traditions in impeccable style, and offers unforgettable adventures.
All of its 173 luxury rooms and suites feature a private veranda with views of the mighty Zambezi River. The sights and sounds of river life can be soaked up as you laze in a hammock, enjoy a massage in a waterfront gazebo, or cool off in the pool. You can also sip refreshments in a lounge that displays the paintings of Sir David Livingstone. Or partake in charming high tea rituals, and later sundowners, on a deck overlooking Victoria Falls. Indeed we often come here for these whilst actually staying at The Avani!
Here you can savour African and European fine dining, followed by nightcaps under the stars in undeniably the finest hotel in Livingstone.
The Chrismar Hotel From $200 pppn
The Chrismar Hotel offers a price-effective and comfortable way to explore the Victoria Falls and Livingstone. It also has a sister hotel in Lusaka, which we often recommend to our guests. The Hotel is located just a ten minute drive from the Victoria Falls, but, more importantly, it is within a brief walking distance from the jetty from which, for example, the African Queen boat trips take place.
The Hotel offers 62 well-appointed rooms and a host of other facilities for guests including a large swimming pool and gymnasium. The Hotel has an ambience of a quiet retreat with a unique aesthetic combination of Zambian and Continental decor.
All rooms have a telephone with direct dialling facility, and wireless internet access is also available. The accent is on living in superb comfort and style - no matter how long or short the duration of your stay. All rooms come standard with air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, jacuzzi, separate shower and a well stacked bar fridge. Room service is provided for your added convenience.
Tongabezi Lodge From $700 pppn
Tongabezi Lodge is an exclusive lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, 15km upstream from the magnificent Victoria Falls.
Accommodation at Tongabezi Lodge is in five luxury cottages and four spacious open-planned houses. All rooms have magnificent views of the river and a private veranda (even the toilets have views!). Each of the houses has unique architectural features, four-poster beds and large airy mosquito canopies. Tongabezi accommodates 18 guests only.
You even have your own personal valet, who, after toasting your arrival with a local aperitif, will take you to your accommodation and then and will take care of you for the duration of your stay.
Activities available include, visits to Victoria Falls, Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and Livingstone museums and markets, as well as boat trips, canoeing, white water rafting and tiger fishing on the river, tennis on a grass tennis court, swimming in the pool built into the rock, golf, croquet and riding.
Also available are special champagne luncheons on Livingstone Island, in the middle of the Falls, and fully catered canoe safaris camping on islands.