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The Royal Livingstone Hotel

Livingstone, Zambia

The Royal Livingstone Hotel on the Zambezi River, Zambia
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The Royal Livingstone, Victoria Falls, ZambiaHistory
David Livingstone explored this land of potent beauty and discovered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In his footprints, only moments away from the mighty Zambezi River with the dramatic torrent of the Victoria Falls as its natural milieu, a magnificent Resort has been created as a testament to his discovery and in reverence to the splendor of this World Heritage site.

Journey to this magical place and witness the greatest mass of falling water on earth as it plunges down a sheer rock face, spraying its mystical mist hundreds of meters in the air. The awesome Victoria Falls is much closer to you here - literally on the doorstep of The Falls Resort - it feels as if you could reach out and touch it, as it plummets into the chasm far below.

The local tribes people call it Mosi-Oa-Tunya - the Smoke that Thunders. The fine spray of the mighty Victoria Falls may be seen like a cloud across the bushveld, throwing rainbows hundreds of feet into the air. On the forested banks of the great Zambezi River, upstream of the mighty cataract where it thunders into the Batoka Gorge, is The Royal Livingstone, pride of Zambian hospitality. In its cool lounges and shaded verandahs, you will encounter the elegance and luxury of an earlier, more courteous age.

The Royal Livingstone is a serene and gracious refuge from the heat of the African sun. The 173 luxurious rooms with their comfortable furnishings are tastefully decorated in the soft earth tones of the bushveld, with spreading views of the river and Acacia forest. Guests may pass lazy days on the magnificent sun deck overlooking the Zambezi as it flows relentlessly to the Falls, and enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or on the long verandah overlooking the gardens. In the warm smile of your personal butler, or in the simple luxury of a cane chair, you will find an Africa that has all but vanished.

For the discerning traveler in search of luxury, extravagance and sheer indulgence, the Royal Livingstone Hotel will set your heart on fire and soothe your soul. Set in the lush riverine belt and touching the banks of the great Zambezi River, this earthy Eden provides a secluded haven.

There is a highly sophisticated and flexible conference centre, able to cater for a variety of international functions and themed banquets. It offers conference facilities that match and exceed many of its size in the world.

The innate heritage of the land offers guests nail-biting experiences ranging from water-rafting to bungee jumping, a paradise for wildlife lovers with daily land and water safaris, and exceptional angling and fly-fishing.

This magnificent Falls Resort allows you the chance to be at one with the uninhibited majesty of the Victoria Falls, a time to regroup, to find your inner core and to leave enriched and empowered, promising to return.

The resort is situated in the 46-hectare Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park, which fringes the Zambezi River. Victoria Falls is recognized as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Architecturally, the buildings take their cue from African resonance. The Royal Livingstone Hotel stretches luxuriously along the banks of the Zambezi River. The Hotel consists of a series of 17 colonial-style buildings, with deep verandas, set amidst indigenous trees and plants. The main hotel is a sequence of thatch-roofed buildings, most African in their influence, and incorporates the lounge, restaurant and bar. A classic swimming pool visually links the waters of the river with the terraces of the hotel, with a sweeping timber deck planted in the swirling water of the Zambezi.

The reception area is framed by a classic courtyard featuring a fountain and exuding the aroma of herbs from the interior gardens. Overhead, wooden fans cool the charged atmosphere. The resort's deep, shaded verandah, offers an uninterrupted view of the Zambezi River and is the ideal place to curl up with a book discovered in the well-stocked library. The lounge is filled with original artwork depicting scenes of David Livingstone's great African adventures.

Only footsteps from the Zambezi River, the rooms and suites offer a tranquil retreat from the unconstrained beauty of their surroundings. The Royal Livingstone, is a 5-star, 173-roomed luxury hotel. The rooms are two-story clusters and each cluster comprises approximately 10 en-suite air-conditioned rooms, offering private balconies or terraces. Interior furnishings accentuate the influences of Africa translated into a cultured sumptuousness that reflects the essence of African Bush life. Natural light invades the bathrooms, as the luxurious sized showers allow natural light to filter through a milk-glass window.

Set within Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the hotel offers unlimited direct access to the Falls through its own private gate.

The guest rooms comprise the following:
• Presidential Suite
• Standard Suite
• Standard King
• Standard Twin
• Standard Paraplegic

Standard Room Features & Amenities
• Butler service (from 07h00 - 23h00)
• Satellite TV
• Radio on TV set
• Coffee and tea-making facilities
• Mini-bar
• Mini-safe
• Telephone with message/wake-up/voice-mail facilities
• Dry-cleaning & Laundry
• Cots
• Babysitting service
• 24 hour room service
• Video in suites

The food served in the restaurants of the Royal Livingstone are inspired by the mixed influences of Africa and the results are a culinary exploration garnered from the many different cultures that prevail in this diverse and delightful continent.

The Livingstone Dining Room
Dress: Smart
Hours: Breakfast 07h00 - 11h00
Lunch: 12h00 - 15h00
Dinner: 18h30 - 22h00
Capacity:130 seats in the main dining room, with a further 30 on the veranda and 80 outside.

The à la carte restaurant seats 140 diners, and is delightful mixture of modern sophistication and old worldly style.

The menus at the Royal Livingstone read like an African folk legend. The mezze presented table side on Ku'omboko Canoe Trays offer Za'alouk salad and Carpaccio of Nile Perch. There are 11 items on this tray including mint tabbouleh and a plantain and green banana salad, sweetwater marinated prawn tails and coriander marinated mushrooms.

An alternative or in addition to the cold mezze are Warm Kemia such as Minced Herbed Kofta in Capsicum and Tomato Sauce, Coconut and Lemongrass Marinated Chicken Sate, and Plantain, Chili and Polenta Fritters, or a Terrine of Marinated Wild Boar with Cumberland Sauce.

On the main a la carte menu is a dazzling array of dishes from the river and ocean. They include Oven Roasted Zambezi Bream served with a Chili, Onion and Tomato Sambal and Cornmeal Dumplings, or a catch of the day cooked in a Cataplan - like a Papiliotte - with white wine, onions, tomato and King Prawns.

Bush and game fare includes warthog and wild boar cutlets marinated and grilled with a poivrade game sauce, or Sizzling Kudu - filleted strips with ginger and garlic, green beans and sweet potato fries.

The Lounge
Hours: 10h00 - 23h00
Capacity: 20 seats

The lounge is warm and comfortable and offers light refreshments, a wide selection of teas, coffees and pastries. High Tea is served on certain days (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

The Verandah
Hours: 10h00 - 23h00
Capacity: 30 seats

Lunch is served alfresco on the veranda overlooking the rolling lawns and the mighty Zambezi River. Light refreshments are also served throughout the day.

Facilities / Activities
The River
For guests with an appreciation for adventure, the Zambezi is Africa's playground. Guests may view Africa's Big Five on a cruise up the river, up close from a private Land Rover, or even take in the scenery from the elevated perspective of an Elephant's back. Keen sportsmen can pit their wiles against the legendary Tigerfish, or test their nerves against the mighty rapids of the Batoka Gorge in a white water raft or a jet boat. In the quiet evening, you may choose to spend your time in one of the sophisticated bars of the resort or trying your luck in The Falls Casino, and then fall asleep between crisp cool sheets to the sounds of the ancient African night.

Exhilaration of a different kind is to be found at the slot casino, where a total of 77 slot machines tempt those with a taste for chance. Up to the minute smart-card technology operates the machines. Smart cards give players coinless playing time. The card, having been credited with the amount of money the player requires, is inserted in the slot to be played, and the game begins. Payouts are made on re-presentation of the card to cashiers. A comfortable bar provides drinks, tea and coffee.

To allow guests to explore the surrounding area, there are mountain bikes for hire at The Falls Activity Centre.

The poolside beckons and the service is superior. There are a variety of poolside activities at the Zambezi Sun that encourage guests to venture towards its azure blue depths. The huge free-form pool meanders round a pavilion restaurant and an outdoor bandstand and dance floor. An established group entertain guests with soft jazz, blues and impromptu pop music. The pool deck is also the scene of more formal occasions such as cocktail receptions and alfresco dining.

Happy Hippo Club
The Happy Hippo Club, which is every child's idea of holiday heaven, gives parents plenty of free time to discover all the area's attractions. Children enjoy a varied range of activities that include full day or half day excursions to places of interest, daily fun and games and nature walks.

This supervised haven is available to children from 2 - 12 years of age. Children between the ages of 2 - 4 must be accompanied by an adult, or babysitter (available at an extra cost), if they are not potty-trained. Babysitters can be arranged through your hotel and are also available during the evening.

Staff are specially selected and undergo extensive training in child-care and first aid, ensuring that the child and the parent feel protected and secure.

The Royal Salon - International Hair and Beauty
Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mighty Zambezi River while having a luxurious outdoor body massage or sit back and enjoy the healing power of a magnificent foot massage while relaxing next to the swimming pool. Try any of the internationally renowned hair and beauty services: paraffin wax manicures and pedicures, personalized facials, hair removal, hair care for ladies and gents.

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