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The Stanley and Livingstone
Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Victoria Falls
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Pvt, beautiful and just tranquil”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

My husband and I spent four nights at Stanley and Livingstone. From the efficient and friendly courtesy airport pick up (with refreshing cold towel water) to our straighforward check in we felt welcome.. The suites are amazing - spacious with a pvt verandah to sit and have your drinks and watch wildlife coming for a drink. Courtesy shuttle to the victoria falls. Staff and drivers very friendly. Beds and rooms very comfortable. Food portions very generous - food was 6/10. Room service also provided. The plus to this place is that its not located at the Falls where its very busy with tourists but in a more private game reserve environment - so you have the best of both worlds. Really enjoyed.

Room Tip: Have lunch at the Victoria Falls Hotel - excellent food. Don't waste time and money going to Bo...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Friendly staff and lovely rooms. Opportunity to view game from the sun deck - saw a lone elephant on day of arrival, and of course lots of baboons and monkeys. If you want to see more there is a comprehensive array of game viewing trips. Lots of room for improvement with restaurant service, food nice.

Room Tip: All rooms well appointed with view of watering hole
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Pointe Noire, Republic of the Congo
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We had a great stay which we thoroughly enjoyed. Its a great small boutique hotel about 20 mins drive outside of Victoria Falls town. With its location, it comes across as a small safari-lodge, an impression fostered by the reserve and waterhole which regularly attracts elephants, zebra, giraffe, babboons and buffalo - however, note that game rides in the reserve cost extra. Breakfast on the terrace was a treat, with a great range of buffet items, good coffee and hot meals cooked to order. The lodge has a comfy laid-back feel, with bar and lounges to simply pass away the time, and a very nice pool and garden to kick back and watch the wildlife and amazing birds. The theme of the hotel is spruced-up Victorian with numerous nods to modern day requirements - pictures and curios relating to Stanley and Livingstone are everywhere and are in keeping with the theme. Rooms are very spacious suites, with ac, tv and tea and coffee facilities present. Dinners were three course, fixed menu but the quality of the cooking was really very good and always with veggie / fish options available as needed, and some really good value, excellent South African wines to enjoy too. As others have remarked, there is a short drive into town for the attractions of the falls, but the hotel arranges three free round trips per stay, and they are really friendly and helpful when it comes to booking attractions or dinner reservations at other hotels or restaurants in town. This is not really a kids hotel - small ones would probably be a little bit bored, but then I suspect that this is not really the clientele they are looking for...for people looking for a really relaxing break away from the hurly-burly of the falls, then this is a great place to consider.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

We enjoyed our stay. Just sitting on the deck overlooking the waterhole we saw elephant, baboons, warthogs and various antelope. Rooms are large and clean, service is excellent. It is away from town so you need to shuttle in, but they take you in.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 13, 2012

We recently were lucky enough to have stayed in this beautiful resort. The setting is unique - every attention to detail has been paid to fitting out the room which includes all you'd expect and extras. The staff are professional and obliging and all meals excellent. Situated next to the national park. With two water pools - the animals that wander in over the duration of your stay are never ending and magical. We spent over an hour watching three elephants come to visit and drink at the pool only metres away from us! A hotel shuttle bus runs you into the village and to the river and falls. We will NEVER forget this beautiful place and our stay. Thanks to all concerned.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook the open space park - there is no bad room on site!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

We stayed at the Stanley and Livingstone for three days during April and enjoyed every minute. The staff are extremely attentive and nothing too much trouble. Pressure the mini bus Driver was just lovely, so helpful and knowledgeable about the wild life. The Bungalow suite we stayed in was first class. And we would like to thank the Restaurant staff for the very special evening they gave us on our wedding Anniversary. Definitely above all our expectations. Thank you to all the staff for making our stay so special.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

We were lucky enough to be upgraded to the Stanley and Livingstone as the sister camp, Old Ursula was being refurbished. The customer support from the Rani team was quite excellent. Everything about the place was perfect and just how you would imagine a luxury African lodge to be. The setting was fantastic with the lodges and main buildings all overlooking the bush and water hole.
We could not fault the service with friendly attentive staff but not over bearing.
The rooms were very large with fantastic bathrooms.
The only issue for some people might be the distance from the town and falls but the hotel offer an efficient transfer so no real issues.
If I ever got the chance again I would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Stanley and Livingstone
Address: Old Ursula Road, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Victoria Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Victoria Falls
#5 Business Hotel in Victoria Falls
#6 Romantic Hotel in Victoria Falls
#6 Spa Hotel in Victoria Falls
#10 Luxury Hotel in Victoria Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Stanley and Livingstone 5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Accommodation and the Big Five Minutes from Victoria Falls Home to the "Big Five", The Stanley and Livingstone at the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is an attraction in itself. Immerse yourself in the abundant sights of Africa just minutes from the Victoria Falls in all her glory. Here the luxurious Stanley and Livingstone Safari Lodge and intimate Ursula Camp spare no expense. 16 opulently appointed private suites overlook the abundant Reserve - and four intimate chalets offer retreat from daily life, amid green manicured lawns and flowing fountain ... more   less 
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