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%
(208 reviews)

We felt that the accommodation was average. The establishment was large, impersonal and we had disappointing service at dinner. It was noisy - both around the restaurant ... Avani Victoria Falls 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%
(83 reviews)

Luxurious but welcoming accommodation. Great location with prime view of the Zambesi river, definitely a plus, as well as easy access to the Zambian side of the Falls. Att... Royal Livingstone Hotel 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  93%
(60 reviews)

The hotel was in an amazing setting. The staff couldn't do any more for us. Entertainment each night and dinner was served in a new location on campus. Food excellent. Tongabezi 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  96%
(54 reviews)

We choose the Islands specifically to relax at the end of our Safari and get to see the Falls and were not disappointed. The location is ideal, two private islands and treehouse ... Islands of Siankaba 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  97%
(35 reviews)

We only had 2 nights here but the experiences were amazing. Kelly and Webby were fabulous and surprisingly accommodating. We were pleasantly surprised when Kelly offered ... Waterberry Lodge 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... Toka Leya Camp 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%
(21 reviews)

Very comfortable lodge in a quiet location. The closed chalet was a real treat. Food and service very good, and the arrangements for the activities went very smoothly. Stanley Safari Lodge 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 ... The River Club 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 ... Sindabezi 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 ... David Livingstone Lodge reviews...

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 ...More about Thorntree River Lodge

Excellent  100%
(3 reviews)

Everything about Thorntree is so polished and, to me, seemed just right. My stylish villa (No. 2), the exquisite food, the well-trained staff, the perfect setting, amenities ... Thorntree River Lodge reviews...

Sussi & Chuma

Sussi & Chuma

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Extensively remodelled in 2018, with rustic tree house style chalets dotted along the banks of the Zambezi, Sussi & Chuma is ...More about Sussi & Chuma

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 ...More about Tangala House

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