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Reviewed October 14, 2011

This was our first trip to Zimbabwe and we were a bit nervous about the political situation in the country. The Fodor's guide book we bought not only didn't recommend any hotels in Zimbabwe but suggested that few travelers even consider landing at their Victoria Falls Airport. We would have stayed in Zambia if they didn't require a Yellow Fever Vaccine to get back into South Africa (we flew home to the U.S. out of Jo'berg). Our physician recommended avoiding the vaccination, if possible, so we decided to take a chance and stay in Zimbabwe. The Stanley and Livingstone hotel was lovely - an oasis really. It is about 15-20 minutes from the town of Victoria Falls so it is close enough to get to the Falls and other activities but far enough away that you benefit from it being quite as well as bustling with various animals daily at the waterhole the patio and rooms overlook. It wasn’t uncommon to see giraffe, buffalo, wild dogs, etc. as you were eating a delicious breakfast or lunch. In addition, the safe feeling of the gated hotel with security was very comforting. The rooms were very nicely decorated in an "old English" style as was the hotel so you could easily imagine Stanley and Livingstone having lived/stayed in similar style. The food was very good but the wine list was extremely expensive. I do understand that they can only access so much in the way of provisions so we simply stuck with wines by the glass which were the only reasonable option. If I had one suggestion for the hotel, I'd suggest either mosquito netting or better insulation around the doors. The windows in every room had screens, which was a pleasant surprise and very much appreciated when trying to keep mosquitoes out of the room. If only the doors had better insulation around them, we wouldn’t have had several mosquitos sneaking in every night. This is the only reason I rated "sleep quality" as poor because of the buzzing mosquitoes that snuck in every night. Insulation would be a cheap fix and probably save the hotel in air conditioning costs since some a/c must be getting lost due to the gaps around the door. Other than that, we enjoyed our stay immensely. The staff was excellent and very accommodating. If you're going to stay in Zimbabwe, this hotel is clearly the best choice!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank luellen
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Enjoyed our stay at this " historical" hotel. Hotel was built 11 years ago to replicate old English style. The suites are very large and well appointed. The view is spectacular, over looking a private game reserve. We saw cape buffalo, zebras, kudus, impalas, elephants, warthogs, baboons, eland and painted dogs. My husband actually witnessed the dogs hunt and kill a kudu. Wine is overpriced.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

This is a lovely hotel with beautiful and huge suites. There is a watering hole where cape buffalo come. The location is removed from the town of Vic Falls so transportation must be arranged to leave the property. On the downside: internet only in or very near public areas and the wine and drinks are outrageously priced. Food for dinner becomes monotonous (though good) and the breakfast is very good.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

Vic Falls is a busy place, what with the Zambezi full of sunset cruises and helicopters circling overhead nonstop, so if that sounds like a bit too much hoopla for you, the Stanley & Livingstone is the perfect place to stay. It is about 20 minutes away so you should plan the extra transport time into your daily activities, but it was well worth it. The service was impeccable, the rooms very nice - everything is kept in a colonial theme, down to the books on the shelves, so that you really do feel David Livingstone might poke his head around the corner any minute - and we loved being able to relax by the pool with a drink (with a slice of a lemon to waiter had just plucked from a tree) while watching elephant and buffalo coming to the waterhole. The meals were all excellent, and frankly you just can't beat the scenery all around you. I've heard people say the Zambia side of Vic Falls is somehow better than Zimbabwe, but personally I would always go back to the Stanley & Livingstone. For more info, visit http://joburgexpat.blogspot.com/2011/04/victoria-falls.html.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Excellent place where to spend your time at Vic Falls. The lodge is on a private reserve and so just outside your room you can see the first zebras or giraffes of your vacation (of course if you start from Vic Falls and the go for example to Okavango Delta). All the furniture and the style of the lodge makes you realize how it should have been life in the colonial period. The service is quite good. Our accommodation was superb and made up of a living room, a bedroom with a huge four poster bed and a bathroom with wonderful victorian bathtub (and a big shower also). Meals are excellent and elaborated. Wonferful honeymoon beginning.

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Thank Bacarlone
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