This was our second visit to Zambia and the Zambezi Sun. Both stays were enjoyable. You can't beat the location with its easy pedestrian access to the Victoria Falls just outside the gate.
No complaints about the rooms. Beds comfortable. Linen soft. As in nearly every African hotel, plugs and sinks seem to be in constant battle with each other.
The breakfast buffet is well presented and covers all tastes and preferences. The waiting staff were super friendly and did a good job. The coffee and juice were topped up constantly without needing to ask.
We aren't fans of evening buffets, so we used the Squires steak house round the corner. Still, when passing the hotel restaurant in the evenings, people tended to be generally smiling as they shovelled it in. And many of your fellow guests will be really good at shovelling it in :-)
It's lovely seeing the local zebra and giraffe sneaking into the hotel gardens to graze. Monkeys can be a nuisance if you want your sliding window/door open, but the security staff do their best with chasing them off.
We rented a car which allowed us to drive round the small but animal-rich Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park game reserve.
Overall, this hotel is a very pleasant and relaxing place. It's not a luxury hotel by any means and if you're considering it, be honest with yourself in accepting that you're basing your decision on your budget, or that you're a non-independent traveller staying where your agent sent you. We chose it both times purely on location, and used the leftover budget on helicopter & micro light flights. We've developed a soft spot for this hotel.
Special thanks to Selina Phiri on the customer service desk who helped me most courteously with an enquiry, and to Matson the porter. The reception staff were gracious and efficient.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Zambezi Sun, located on the edge of the eastern cataract of the Victoria Falls, reflects the richness and diversity of the country’s heritage; capturing the very soul of Africa – unpretentious, fun and welcoming. With its warm, earthy architecture, inspired by an African walled village and simple finishes highlighted in bright mosaics and fabrics as well as intoxicating Zambian artworks and accessories, the Zambezi Sun is set to turn your stay into a memorable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zambezi Sun Livingstone
- Zambezi Sun Hotel Livingstone