This place isn't fancy -- and by giving it 5 stars I don't want to imply that it's a luxury stay -- but Tabonina offers excellent value for money. The owners provide outstanding hospitality: my family was even picked up at the Livingstone airport (for free) by the owner because he had the time and thought it would be easier for us. They are also happy to assist you with any questions you might have regarding transport, shopping, sightseeing, dining, etc. The rooms aren't fancy, but they are comfortable in a very "African guesthouse" kind of way. You definitely get a sense of place here, and it's only a short and safe walk into town (worthwhile to have a look, and maybe buy a souvenir or two). You need a taxi to get to the Falls, which I recall costs $10 each way.
Tabonina's rates are very affordable, and much cheaper than you'll likely find across the border in Zimbabwe (alas, if you're coming to see the Falls, you'll want to cross the border because the Zimbabwe side has better views: figure out the visa rules/cost in advance).
I would say even more, but I agree with almost everything written by previous guests. A perfect place to stay for an inexpensive, personalized visit to Livingstone.
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- Situated close to the Victoria Falls, one of the biggest wonders of the world, Tabonina Guesthouse is a secure, cosy and relaxing guesthouse located in the peaceful Nottie Broad area of Livingstone, only a short walk away from the town centre. Set in a beautiful mango tree garden, Tabonina Guesthouse consists of nine en-suite rooms, a breakfast/dinner area, a sitting room equipped with large flat screen TV, a swimming pool and a gazebo for drinks and games. ... more less
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