We’ve long been on the hunt for a charming boutique hotel as a base for visiting Victoria Falls and the Stanley and Livingstone has come up trumps. Away from the hustle and bustle of town, this is the ideal base to place yourself for peace, tranquility, and a little luxury.
What’s Stanley & Livingstone really like?
It’s probably around a 15 minute drive south of the falls to the private reserve where the Stanley and Livingstone is located. Arriving at the lodge there’s a friendly welcome and a comfortable feel with a contemporary colonial décor, with high thatched roofs, exposed rafters and plush sofas. The hand-drawn wallpaper is chic and striking (if not to everyone’s taste) and we can certainly imagine long evenings spent in the wing-backed chairs beside the fire in the bar. Outside, the lawns and shady trees drop down towards the waterhole, though don’t worry, this is strictly separate from the swimming pool.
Beyond the main lodge are sixteen lovely suites, decorated in soft greys and creams, with a cosy sitting area and the sort of bed that makes you want to dive straight on to it. Bathrooms have big walk-in showers, claw footed tubs, and gorgeous Africology products (we’ve got to be honest, we love these so much, we’re often tempted to let them fall into our suitcases on the way home). You also have a small terrace if you want to perch outside with a book or a pair of binos.
What can I do at Stanley & Livingstone?
Although you are set away from the falls here, the lodge runs a shuttle back and forth from town, where you can visit the falls, take scenic helicopter flights, or try canopy tours by zipwire. The sunset cruises are a particularly lovely way to round off your day.
Giving back at the Stanley and Livingstone…The lodge is working to install a community borehole to provide clean water, and help upgrade Masuwe Primary School, where children still study by candlelight, and some of the school buildings are shared with livestock. We can arrange a visit as part of your stay and if you’d like to support the project further, the school has a “wish list” of needs guests can help with.
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