Stanley Safari Lodge

Stanley Safari Lodge: Our full report

10 cottages
Traveller's rating
Excellent (97%) From 13 reviews
Best for aged 8+
All year

Bordering the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park near Livingstone, only 3 km as the crow flies from Victoria Falls Stanley Safari Lodge offers a peaceful and convenient base from which to explore the Zambezi River. Unlike most other lodges we feature in Livingstone, it is set back from the river, and gives views of the spray when the falls are in full flow.

There are 10 rooms at Stanley Safari Lodge, which includes four suites and six cottages. The interiors are exclusively designed and furnished in traditional African style. The colonial-style closed suites have a private plunge pool and evoke the elegant era of Stanley and Livingstone, but most rooms are open sided, which enables you to absorb the sights and sounds of the African bush fully.

Some rooms are air conditioned, and electric blankets are provided for colder nights. One of the closed suites is made of two adjoining rooms and so can be used for families. This room is air-conditioned and also has a private plunge pool.

The honeymoon suite is open sided with a private plunge pool and cosy lounge area with sofas and a fireplace. There’s also a ‘loo with a view’.

From every room at Stanley Safari Lodge, you can see the distant views of the spray of the Victoria Falls, although these become more apparent when the falls are in full flood. Set on a hill overlooking unspoilt bush, Stanley is a perfect base from which to explore the delights of the area.

The open-sided main house has been designed with space and views in mind. Enjoy sundowners in the African style lounge, European-style cuisine with an African twist in the dining room or spend some quiet time in the library or upper deck discovering the secrets of Africa. Outside, the gardens attract a variety of birds including the paradise fly-catcher, while the infinity pool offers sunset and Falls spray views. The camp has an electric fence to stop elephants and baboons entering the grounds.

There’s a lot of choice of where to eat – even though the lodge has a dining room you can dine outdoors under the stars, in the privacy of your suite, in the wine cellar or even in the infinity pool. The African style and furnishings of the lodge reflect the textures and patterns of Africa, and your hosts will do their best to make your stay a memorable one.

There are a wide range of activities available in Livingstone which Stanley Safari Lodge is happy to help arrange, and for those booked on the full board and activities rate, airport transfers, a tour of the Falls and a sunset cruise are included. It’s worth noting that unlike other lodges that we feature in Livingstone, which mostly back on to the river and so can offer river trips in their own boat, Stanley Safari Lodge is located back from the river. They therefore outsource their river cruises, and so guests are likely to join others on a larger boat that could seat anywhere from 50 to 140 others.

Stanley Lodge works closely with the local villagers at Mukuni, 10 minutes away, where the majority of the lodge’s staff are from. Guests at the lodge can participate in a village visit, and a percentage of the charge for this goes to the villagers.

Our view

Stanley Safari Lodge is a comfortable and well-located out-of-town option for visiting Victoria Falls. Set back from the river, it is in a peaceful area away from the crowds, and just a short drive from the Falls, which can be seen from the lodge in wet season.


Location: Livingstone & Victoria Falls, Zambia

Ideal length of stay: 2 or 3 nights

Directions: Stanley Safari Lodge is 25 minutes drive from Zambia’s Livingstone Airport, or one hour’s drive from Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls Airport. It is one and a half hours’ drive from Kasane in Botswana.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: The food is served here is very tasty and varied without being pretentious. Breakfast is a continental or full English, with cereals, fruits, bread, tea, coffee and juice as well as eggs and bacon. A warm lunch is served from the set menu, usually a quicke or small meat dish with a side salad. High tea is served in the afternoon, with scones or cake and cookies. Dinner is a three-course set menu of European style food with African twist.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Drinks are included apart from bottled wines, premium spirits and champagne.


Attitude towards children: Children of all ages are welcome.

Property’s age restrictions: There are no age restrictions here.

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: None

Notes: Children should be supervised at all times by their parents.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: Back up generator

Communications: WiFi and internet in main area, cellphone reception.

TV & radio: None

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: The lodge recycles its waste water.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: There is a first aid kit on site.

Dangerous animals: Moderate Risk

Security measures: The site is fenced and guarded 24 hours.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are located throughout the lodge.


Disabled access: On Request

Laundry facilities: Laundry is included but limited to 10 items per room per day in order to save water.

Money: There are safes in each room.

Accepted payment on location: Cash payments are accepted in US dollars, Euros, British pounds, Botswana Pula, South African Rand and Zambian Kwacha. Payment can also be made with Visa and MasterCard with a 5% surcharge.