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The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa
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“Great stay”
Reviewed January 13, 2014 via mobile

The lodge is located on the banks of the Zambezi river about 2km upstream from the Victoria falls. It has a beautiful garden and pool that looks onto the spectacular river. The rooms are relatively spacious and quite comfortable with all rooms facing the river. Food was wholesome and tasty though not necessarily gourmet. Soups however deserve a special mention as they were spectacular. A la cart menu is a little limited and more than 2 days will leave you with limited choices. Service from the staff was always friendly and efficient. All in all a great place to stay.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We arrived in the evening, exhausted after a long day, and found we had to wait a considerable time for our room. We had been upgraded to a suite which was not ready (at 6 pm ?). The suite was a strangely designed room, and included a spa in the middle of it which drained when switched off. (Too noisy to leave on overnight.) The mosquitos in August were horrendous. The mosquito net was too close to the bed, so getting in/out or sitting on the bed without creating gaping entrances for lurking mossies was a feat. Other than that, the hotel was lovely and in a magnificent setting. Shuttle to and from the Falls was provided. The food was very good and dining service friendly and helpful. Free wifi available for a limited period.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Had a nice stay at the David Livingstone on 30 December. Initially there were a few problems with the room (AC not working, toilet broken, etc.) but we were quickly moved to another room which was lovely. The manager sent up a nice fruit platter to apologise which was a nice touch. The staff were friendly and very helpful, especially Nalu on reception. The food was excellent (lunch and breakfast) and well worth the money.

I'd stay here again in a heartbeat, hopefully getting a fully-functioning room straight away!

Room Tip: We had multiple problems with room 218 - poor wifi reception, broken AC, broken toilet… Moved to ro...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

A stunning location on the banks of the Zambezi and a good location to explore the falls and nearby town. Clean rooms with a good sized bathroom and a reasonable sized bedroom room. Staff were helpful, albeit we initially had problems of them accepting our prepaid voucher via hotelopia and they tried to charge us again for a room we had paid for. The issue was eventually resolved with a little persistence. Fabulous breakfast and good evening meals. A good location and although expensive seems better value for money compared to some of the extortionate rates charged by some nearby hotels.

Room Tip: Most rooms have a view of the mighty zambezi
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 27, 2013 via mobile

This was our second stay at the David Livingstone Lodge and again a very pleasant stay. The lodge is located such that you are close to all the memorable activities Livingstone has to offer, i.e. river rafting, bungee, Victoria Falls, helicopter rides you name it. The hotel also has an activity center and shuttle service which is very convenient. Fantastic value for money, great view of the river, very good food and hospitality. The hotel's look and feel also gives you a truly African experience.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

We stayed here a couple of nights to see the falls after having been on safari in Botswana. I debated about staying at the Royal Livingstone but the price difference for the David Livingstone, about half at only $450 a night vs $800 per night when we stayed, was the selling point. Clearly all the hotels charge outrageous amounts simply for being at the falls. However, there is nothing 5 star, or even 4 star about this hotel. Dont get me wrong, its comfortable, nice and great location, but just not up to what you are paying for.

The website photos are fairly accurate, although the pictures of the room are of a suite, but the bed setup is just like what we had in our room. Bed was comfortable.

Overall, I don’t know what other hotels are available but I would certainly look at alternatives that might provide similar facilities at a lower price.

The rooms were nice although some design flaws. The folding door to the balcony looks great, out of dark wood, but the joints don’t close all the way. So bugs come in at night. Even had a big cicada fly in. Gross.

The bathroom is sink area is tight. The shower is designed poorly so the water leaks out all over the floor.

At about 6 pm housekeeping came by to turn down the beds, set up the mosquito net, etc. Why at 6? I have had turn down service all over the world. They do it when you should be out having dinner! We were of course getting ready for dinner and asked that they come back in a half hour. The girls said ok. At 8:30 we came back and nothing was done. We called the front desk. A half hour later we called again. Eventually she came, sprayed the room, set up the net, etc.

Then there was a dinner. The waiter clearly was not trained well nor spoke English well enough to understand. We placed our order. The waiter listened but did not write anything down and was having trouble understanding what we ordred even when we pointed to it on the menu. He then came back a few minutes later to ask again what we ordered. When the food came, my wife’s steak was almost raw. She ordered it medium well. The guy argued a small amount with us that we ordered medium rare, but eventually took it back. The chef warmed it up a bit, still not medium well, but better, but they cooked it with the cheese still on top and then did not put a fresh piece to melt on the steak. Not very professional.

Front desk was very helpful and nice. As was the activity center. They hooked us up with several different activities we could do in the short time we had there. The free shuttle to the town worked well.

Overall, I would stay again if the price was a lot less as I just did not feel we got our monies worth when you compare to staying at a really nice luxury resort.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Flying into Livingstone Airport Zambia was great as they have just renovated the airport, a seamless, quick and easy process. You are greeted with huge african smiles and warm gestures, as they love showing off their beautiful country. A short transfer to David Livingstone Safari Lodge in a Hilux bakkie was super, you get to drive through Livingstone town and it feels like a semi private transfer if there are only a family.

At the David Livingstone Safari Lodge you are shown to your cool air-conditioned room with the refreshing welcome drink in hand and freshly cut up fruit on the table. Most of the rooms overlook the river and you have beautiful four poster beds which you can just lose yourself in.

The water is Zambia is not recommended for drinking but you do receive 2 bottles of water a day which does help. Zambia is more expensive than Zimbabwe and you are roughly looking at 3.5$ a soda and 4$ beer. They have a wonderful activity centre where you can arrange everything from your sun downer booze cruise, a casual encounter with Lions or a helicopter trip over the falls. Whatever you want in Vic Falls, they will arrange it! Vic falls has a million thrills in one destination, the activities are numerous offering special packages for all tastes of people.

The Kalai restaurant is in such a beautiful setting with awesome band entertainment most nights, but it is very pricey, so beware. If its not to your taste you can arrange a taxi to town where you will sure find a pizza place or buffet dinner to fill you up, you can even use DLSL complimentary shuttle to get there. A taxi back should be no problem and not too expensive.

The Lady Livingstone booze cruise is great fun, a good way to spend and evening with nice snacks, cold drinks, hippos, crocs and the orange sunset of Africa to keep you company. Sometimes you can see other game drinking at the rivers edge and we were lucky enough to witness a herd of elephant crossing the 500m wide river. You are then returned in time for dinner or bed.

There is a bar next door at the Zambia waterfront where you are sure to meet nationalities from all over the world, we met Canadians, New Zealanders and South Americans all marvelling in the beauty that is Africa. This is also where you meet up for your rafting, November is the best time of year to go if you looking for white water rapids. You are sure to get cooled off often by splashes of the rapids every 1km or so, beware of the half day as they trek up the gorge after is gruesome! The full day offers a cable car ride at the end and sandwiches on the river for lunch, a great way to spend a day especially in November and December..

I managed to have a look at the suites which were absolutely world class, not to sure about the price range but extremely beautiful.

The gym is one of the nicest I have seen as it looks over a fish pool and the river, absolutely stunning setting, you would have a harder time finding an photograph that beats the view from the treadmills. The gym includes a cold dip pool and a sauna which is super.

The Spa is world class. I did do 7 site inspections in the area and this spa was by far the best.

A world class lodge and absolutely suprerb service. A great holiday getaway.

Room Tip: Take some Snacks and maybe a couple of bottles of liquids for the room and activities.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Property: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa
Address: Riverside Drive, off Sichango Road, Livingstone 10101, Zambia
Location: Zambia > Southern Province > Livingstone
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 84 Specialty Lodging in Livingstone
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The lodge offers visitors a restaurant, bar, conference facilities, suitable to cater for large groups and the individual traveler, with a variety of safari excursions and activities in and around the falls. The lodge consists of 77 rooms, all en-suite, of which 5 are suites and 2 rooms accommodate the differently abled comfortably. All rooms look out over the Mighty Zambezi and a leisurely sun downer can be enjoyed from your private balcony. ... more   less 
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