Royal Livingstone hotel by Anantara

On the forested banks of the great Zambezi, just a 15 minute walk upstream of the point where the river thunders in to the Batoka Gorge, you will find The Royal Livingstone by Anantara. Within it’s cool lounges and shaded verandahs, the elegant hotel promotes the grace associated with a bygone era.

The plume from the Falls can be spotted whilst you take a swim in the river-front pool or enjoy a sundowner with one-in-a-lifetime views. This hotel is a great option for travellers seeking proximity to the Falls,  without compromising on luxury.

Facilities & Activities

The world renowned Victoria Falls, is only a 15 minute walk from the hotel and as a Royal Livingstone Hotel guest, you have unlimited free access to the Falls via the resort’s own private entrance.  Alternatively choose to see the Falls in a more unusual manner, perhaps by helicopter or microlight!  Other adventure activities such as bungee jumping, white water rafting, quad biking and  abseiling can also be arranged for those seeking a full on adrenalin experience!

Safari activities (payable locally) are also available including visits to Chobe National Park in Botswana, which is only an hour by road from Livingstone, and in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park game drives are offered in open 4 × 4 vehicles with a knowledgeable guides. Game drives depart in the mornings and afternoons from the Day Activity Centre and last about 3 hours.   Elephant and Horse Back Safaris are also available.

On site at the hotel, the tranquil pool enjoys a beautiful position in the gardens whilst the positioning of The Royal Spa on the banks of the Zambezi  allows you feel comfortably ensconced, whilst being aware of the elements that surround you.   The gym also offers a great work out.

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The  Dining Room is a fine à la carte restaurant and is a delightful mixture of modern sophistication and old-world style, offering a unique top-class breakfast, ‘al fresco’ lunches and a dinner à la carte menu with a dazzling array of dishes from the river and ocean as well as bush and game fare.

For a relaxed lunch in an unforgettable location, the veranda at The Lounge overlooking the rolling lawns and the Zambezi  is a hard spot to beat. Light refreshments are also served throughout the day.  Don’t forget to leave room for the traditional High Tea, celebrated at 15:00 with a selection of scrumptious cakes!

At the end of the day, don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy a cocktail on the magnificent sundeck overlooking the Zambezi as it flows relentlessly to the Falls.  If you would like to follow up with the ultimate romantic dinner, the famous Monkey Tree will conjure up the perfect atmosphere as you enjoy a unique, 5-star candlelit dinner under its canopy.


All 173 guestrooms set across 17 riverbank residences are elegantly decorated, with crisp white linens infused with a touch of Africa’s tribal warmth.  Facilities include satellite television, air-conditioning, mini bar, mini safe, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities whilst bathrooms are in Victorian style with a shower and a bath.  However the highlight for many is the private terrace with views over the river.

If you are seeking further space, 3 Suites offer a separate lounge and bedroom, while the Presidential Suite offers an additional separate bedroom.

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Whilst the hotel welcomes families with a friendly service, rooms cannot accommodate children sharing.  Families can opt for inter-leading Deluxe Rooms.  Cots are also available upon request.

Food and activities can be tailored to suit younger guests with baby-sitting available on request if you’d like to try that dinner under the Monkey Tree!


The hotel has an eco-philosophy, assuming an active role in both protecting and enhancing the environment, they have partnered with Zambia Wildlife Authority, the Zambia Environmental Management Agency and the National Heritage Conservation commission.

Organic waste is managed by an established worm farm and composting site, additionally the Royal Livingstone has installed the Incom Environmental Management System to ensure energy efficiency. Much of the produce used in the kitchens is sourced fresh from local farmers markets helping to support the local community and economy.


The Royal Livingstone by Ananatara stretches along the banks of the Zambezi River, just a short walk to the Victoria Falls.  All the adventure activities as well as Livingstone Airport are a mere 15-minute drive away.

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