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It didn't take us long to get to the airport in the early hours of the morning for a 6:30 flight but it took a little while to find petrol for the hire car return. Most companies work on the deliver full/return full basis and the surcharge for returning a car with much less than a full tank is quite high. The nearest petrol station to the airport …
... We were booked into Lokuthula lodges, located just outside the Victoria falls town on the Zimbabwean side which is a beautiful location overlooking miles of African game lands. They have a game viewing platform at the bar where we could watch kudu, warthogs and even buffalo drinking from the waterhole whilst we had a (rather expensive) gin and tonic as the sun set. It was pretty idyllic!
Our cottage was close to the game too, when we arrived there were loads of ...
... geologic formation! The Falls stretch almost 2 k. across the gorge but fall into a very narrow chasm and then the chasm zig zags back and forth so that there are spits of land as high as the falls that you can walk on to see the entire area close up, if you can catch my drift. We choose to have a morning tour of the Falls the first day and did get entirely soaked in our oilskins. Spectacular!
We left Livingston for Joburg and went directly on to Cape ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsZambezi Sun Livingstone
The hotel is beautiful, situated right on the edge of Victoria Falls. The rooms are comfortable and the compound is safe.
The internet - just OK. The connection was fast, but limited to 15 Minutes per session (unless you buy a data package) - and worse - no Internet connection was available from the room - you had to go to the business center to connect.
Everything else was great - but expensive.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Zambezi Sun Livingstone
We have just returned from a visit to the Zambezi Sun (then on to Cape Town afterwards). We found the hotel to be much, much more than we expected and will always remember the courtesy and happy smiles of staff there, and from the various tours/trips we took. Everything that Louise and others have said is true; yes you will find food (we didn't buy wine) rather expensive at $35pp evening meal but wow, what a choice and what a setting. Even in March we have been able to sit out every day for our meals in the glorious main restaurant (though we did try the others also) - and what choice of food in the main restaurant and what fantastic service (with a smile), wow and double wow! We were greeted with happy smiles all day/night long and found the trips we took enchanting.
This is a really beautiful hotel - the decor is really something and the whole hotel has a light and airy feel to it. It is within a complex within a national park and so there are giraffe's, zebra's & monkey's roaming free which is pretty amazing to see. As it is within a complex you are pretty much tied to staying there or visiting the next door hotel the Royal Livingstone - a little less family orientated but looked very luxurious and has a stunning deck by the Zambezi River where you can watch the sunset and sip on cocktails (around $7-10 - wine can be more expensive than cocktails!).
A great time with the whole family relaxing by the pool. A great adventure close to he falls and lots of activities. Hotel stay includes access to the small game park to which Victoria falls is a major part. Clean accommodations and friendly service.
Disaster of note
Family and friends arrived at the Zambezi sun, excited about our five night stay. Dinner was disastorous at $40 per person. Every morning we dealt with the strong smell of sewer water as the sewers are drained. Waiting for sandwiches around the pool was equally disastarous,waiters could never help us with a simple sandwich. I would not reccomend this hotel. Pay the extra and stay at the Livingstone that has to be better.
Sunset over the Zambezi
A comfortable and informal hotel walking distance from the Victoria Falls and situated within a national park with zebra grazing in the grounds, glimpses of baby giraffes and a proliferation of well-mannered monkeys - now there's an oxymoron !
Zambia for tourists is expensive due to very hig taxation. Wine for example carries a tax at 125%. Despite that, it is a wonderful country to visit with very friendly people.
Not sure what hotel these other reviewers were staying at but it wasn't the experience we had.
What's not to love about this hotel!
This is a special hotel and a memorable experience. Even though I was there on business, it's the kind of place you would honeymoon or spend a little extra to stay. From the moment you arrive, you are well cared for and very well fed. This is a family resort, and kids would be really happy here. The food is out of this world -- diverse and imaginative buffets await for breakfast and dinner. The service is very good. There is a huge pool and poolside bar, and nightly entertainment. When I was there, a Zambian band was covering Sinatra -- rather hysterical but fun. The rooms are spacious and decor interesting and colorful. The bathrooms are large, with separate tub and shower. The best part is you are only a short walk from Victoria Falls. At night I dreamt it was raining, but I awoke to realize what I was hearing were the falls! There is an African crafts market to browse, monkeys to avoid, and a sister hotel to visit. I would go back in a minute!
I tried to contact the management of the hotel direct to thank them personally for a wonderful time. The staff were warm and wonderful, food was excellent and rooms were confortable and appealing. Located so close to the falls was a bonus. We would return for another visit in a blink!!!! Well worth the cost. Also great and reasonably priced massages at the Livingstone!!!! Made us love Africa even more! Thank you once again!!!!
Gigi and Carlos Gramuglia
Having travelled from Jo'berg to Cape Town for two and a half weeks we flew on to Livingstone and stayed at the Zambezi Sun for the last few days of our honeymoon. The location of this hotel is amazing - you can hear the roar of Victora Falls from the hotel gardens and the falls themselves are a two minute walk away. It's also very easy to travel over the Zimbabwean side of the falls - which I would recommend.