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  84%
(183 reviews)

We arrived at the Avani to find we had been 'upgraded' to the next door Royal Livingstone (owned by the same group). Almost nothing went right from the beginning ... 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%
(72 reviews)

John particularly liked the ceiling fans, which were a feature of life in Northern Rhodesia, as Zambia was known in his previous time there. The hotel evokes that earlier ... 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  94%
(53 reviews)

Well what a way to end our month! You really don't get it much better than this. We thought we had died and gone to heaven! The room was superb, without doubt the ... 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%
(50 reviews)

This was a perfect place to unwind after the fantastic safari. The setting and staff were great. Only 6 lodges and we had 3 and there was a couple in another and it seemed ... 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%
(20 reviews)

We arrived in darkness and only stayed one night so didn't really get a chance to properly see all the lodge had to offer. The rooms were comfortable and the location ... 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  89%
(19 reviews)

The Chef should be at a 5 star London hotel. Fabulous food. Lovely staff and great spot covering mini safaris, river and The Falls. Highly recommended. 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  96%
(17 reviews)

Would recommend standardization of village tour as experiences there varied significantly based on the person doing the tour. Village market at the end is like being ... 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%
(16 reviews)

Lynette and I ended our 2 week safari with a 3 night stay here at The River Club. Words can not begin to describe this wonderful facility on the banks of the Zambezi. We ... 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  99%
(15 reviews)

Overall, our experience at Sindabezi was great, and a very pleasant way to begin our African holiday. It was a very relaxing and beautiful spot, made all the better by ... 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

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