Livingstone & Victoria Falls

The Zambian side: where to stay near Livingstone

This page notes down our suggestions for places to stay in Livingstone - that is those on the north side of the river, in Zambia. As an alternative, some of our travellers choose to stay in or near the town of Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe, on the south side of the river.

Both sides can be lovely places to stay, and give good access to see the famous waterfall, and both have their pros and cons - depending on your transport logistics, and also what activities you want to do whilst you're in this area. So take a look through, but chat to our experts before you make your final decision.

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Avani Victoria Falls

Avani Victoria Falls

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Opened in 2001, the 3-star Avani Victoria Falls Resort (formerly known as the Zambezi Sun) is a sprawling resort hotel with an ...More about Avani Victoria Falls

Good  85%
(190 reviews)

We came here for some R&R after spending time in South Luangwa and it was a great choice. As it is 'connected' to the Falls and offers free entry, we wondered to see them ... reviews...

Royal Livingstone Hotel

Royal Livingstone Hotel

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Opened in 2001, the five-star Royal Livingstone Hotel sits amongst landscaped gardens on the banks of the Zambezi River. Despite ...More about Royal Livingstone Hotel

Excellent  93%
(77 reviews)

Great location so close to Vic Falls and very nice atmosphere in the hotel. It is amazing to see zebras and giraffes so close to you while you are resting or walking in its ... reviews...

Tongabezi

Tongabezi

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Set on the steep banks of the Zambezi River, about 18km upstream from the Victoria Falls, Tongabezi has long been one of the ...More about Tongabezi

Excellent  92%
(55 reviews)

Tongabezi is beautifully positioned and our accommodation (Bird House) had first class views of the Zambezi, as it appeared did all other rooms. The food was very good, a ... reviews...

Islands of Siankaba

Islands of Siankaba

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Upstream from the Victoria Falls, about 45km from Livingstone, the very peaceful Islands of Siankaba is built on two densely ...More about Islands of Siankaba

Excellent  95%
(52 reviews)

The Islands of Siankaba was an excellent way to end our trip to Zambia. The lodge is in the middle of the Zambezi River so you hear the calming and relaxing rush of water ... reviews...

Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

Waterberry Zambezi Lodge

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The small, congenial and family-friendly Waterberry Zambezi Lodge, which is usually known simply as ‘Waterberry Lodge’, is set ...More about Waterberry Lodge

Excellent  96%
(26 reviews)

On arrival we were shown chalets that meant that the children were planned to be on the other side of the grounds, from their parents and grandparents. Fortunately we arrived ... reviews...

Toka Leya Camp

Toka Leya Camp

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Set within the small Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, some 5km from Livingstone, Toka Leya is a luxury lodge operated by Wilderness ...More about Toka Leya Camp

Good  88%
(22 reviews)

Toka Leya sits on the banks of the Zambezi in an idyllic location but it is quite a strange environment. It appears to be geared up to cater for groups and honeymoon couples... reviews...

Stanley Safari Lodge

Stanley Safari Lodge

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Bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park near Livingstone, about 3km as the crow flies from the Victoria Falls, Stanley Safari ...More about Stanley Safari Lodge

Excellent  97%
(18 reviews)

Wonderful Staff. Extremely accommodating and friendly. Very nice facility but not as luxurious as others on the trip. About 1/2 hr from the airport. The grounds were quite ... reviews...

The River Club

The River Club

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The River Club sits high on the banks of the Zambezi River with expansive views both upstream and towards the Victoria Falls, ...More about The River Club

Excellent  94%
(17 reviews)

Of all the lodges we stayed at this was by far the best (which was a relief given it was my suggestion) and went to the greatest effort to make the trip special. The best ... reviews...

Sindabezi

Sindabezi

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On a private island in the middle of the Zambezi, Sindabezi offers barefoot luxury just a stone’s throw from the Zimbabwean bank...More about Sindabezi

Excellent  98%
(16 reviews)

We ended our trip with 2 nights at Sindabezi (on an island in the Zambezi close to Victoria Falls) followed by 2 nights at Tongebezi (close by on the shore). Our idea ... reviews...

David Livingstone Safari Lodge

David Livingstone Safari Lodge

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Opened in 2008, the imposing four-star David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is set on the Zambian bank a sweeping bend of the ...More about David Livingstone Lodge

Good  86%
(7 reviews)

Lovey place to relax. All rooms have a small deck overlooking the river. The food was good but the menu for lunches and snacks was quite limited. Room rate includes ... reviews...

Tangala House

Tangala House

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Tangala House is the private home of Ben Parker, one of Tongabezi's founders, his wife Vanessa, who works closely with the local schools in the area, and their young family. It stands on the banks of the Zambezi River, near to Tongabezi Lodge, about 15km upstream from the Victoria Falls. The house ...More about Tangala House

Thorntree River Lodge

Thorntree River Lodge

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Following a complete rebuild under new ownership, Thorntree River Lodge opened its doors to guests in May 2017. The lodge sits on the banks of the Zambezi River inside Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and has been re-built with a focus on the environment, combining contemporary ideas with ...More about Thorntree River Lodge

Zambezi Waterfront

Zambezi Waterfront

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Situated roughly 4km upstream from the Victoria Falls, The Zambezi Waterfront offers clean, functional and economical accommodation for anyone wanting to spend some time in the Falls area while not breaking the bank. Thus it attracts a range of ages and styles of visitors, including a healthy number ...More about Zambezi Waterfront

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