Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel is owned and run by MORE, a family company specialising in life-enriching and unique experiences throughout Southern Africa. Offering good food and service, it appeals to travellers wishing to enjoy wildlife viewing in the private reserve, with the option of visiting the Falls too. The hotel’s ‘Hip and Historic’ Victorian-era grey-painted buildings have interesting toned-down colonial touches. Accommodation is booked on a B&B or half-board basis, including up to three scheduled shared transfers daily between the hotel and both Victoria Falls’ international airport and town. The hotel is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel can be accessed via 15 minutes’ drive from Victoria Falls International Airport. It’s situated within the Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve, which borders the Zambezi National Park.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE BOUTIQUE HOTEL:
Guest accommodation consists of 16 suites, within eight one-storey structures positioned in the hotel’s well-kept gardens. Two pairs of suites are interleading and are sufficiently spacious to fit an extra bed. One suite is suitable for wheelchair users. Every unit offers an impressive 70 square metres of floor space! This includes a comfortable bedroom, featuring a double bed or twin beds, bedside stands and lighting, a writing desk and chair, a wardrobe, and a separate seating area. The en-suite washroom contains flush toilet, twin washbasins, shower, and bathtub. There’s a lounge too, with a sofa, two easy chairs, a coffee table, and a television. Additional amenities comprise air conditioning, mosquito nets, telephone, mini-bar, safe, and free Wi-Fi. Doors lead out onto a private terrace, where you’ll find a couple of chairs, a table, and amazing views over the grounds and towards a nearby waterhole that’s very popular with wildlife!
Most of the communal spaces at the Stanley & Livingstone occupy a large building just right to the centre of the site. Inside, you’ll find the lounge, which contains a range of super-plush seating around a coffee table and amidst various colonial touches such as a bust of Queen Victoria and a globe stand. An ornate chandelier hangs from the ceiling, one wall has a safari fresco, and an upright piano is positioned in a corner. However, the central focus is the grand fireplace with its ornate mirror and candlesticks over, and sturdy bookshelves on either side. Adjacent to this area is the hotel’s bar, merging winged armchairs and more contemporary chairs and barstools, and offering an excellent assortment of drinks, not least fine wines from the cellar. The gourmet restaurant is one setting for delicious meals, and guests can also dine on the terrace while marvelling at garden and waterhole views! Anyone in need of a little pampering can pop to the spa for therapeutic massages, facials, mani-pedis, and more, while the peaceful gardens include a highly inviting swimming pool, with sunloungers and parasols alongside.
ACTIVITIES AT STANLEY & LIVINGSTONE BOUTIQUE HOTEL:
Below, we list a selection of the activities you can enjoy here. Please note, all incur an additional charge.
Expertly guided game drives- Morning and evening drives are available. The morning outing includes breakfast and the evening adventure features a boma dinner. Usually there’s a minimum age requirement of 3 years, but a private vehicle can be arranged for families with younger children. Wildlife highlights here comprise all Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – in addition to numerous smaller mammals!
Walking safaris- Also accompanied by an experienced and knowledgeable guide, walks are perfect for taking a really close look at the smaller lives of the reserve. These include plants, insects, and birdlife.
Birding- The hotel’s staff are happy to organise special excursions for keen birders. These can involve travelling in the safari vehicle, on foot, aboard a boat, or all three, in your search for feathery friends here!
Fishing- Keen anglers could easily while away an entire afternoon fishing on the mighty River Zambezi. In particular, the river is famous for its tiger fish.
Victoria Falls tours- Hotel staff can also organise tours of the world’s largest waterfall for you. Serving as a fascinating introduction to the Falls and the surrounding area, tours focus on history and environment.
Watersports- White water rafting… gorge swinging… zip lining… it’s for good reason that Vic Falls is considered one of the world’s most thrilling destinations! For further details on these and other activities, click here.
Helicopter flights- For breathtaking views, take the ‘Flight of Angels’, which loops the Falls several times. For something extra, go for the ‘Zambezi Spectacular’, which involves both the loops and a flip over the Batoka Gorge! There’s more information here.
Sunset cruises- A cruise on the Zambezi river is a blissful way in which to spend an evening, whether or not your day has been occupied with extreme sports! You can watch the sun descend while tucking into tasty snacks and, of course, sundowners.
Children’s activities- The hotel’s Mack & Madi Kids Programme offers lots of things to do for youngsters, such as nature sanctuary visits, woodlands village tours, and movie nights!