This is a friendly and comfortable lodge with five cozy chalets surrounding a shady, green, and well-tended garden, and a couple of rooms in the main house. It’s one of the smaller lodges in Livingstone, a nice change from the bigger, more tourist-oriented ones. For longer stays, it’s also one of the more affordable ones. I was here about a month, and during that time about half the people staying were here for work or a longer stay (more than the usual 1-2 days).
It’s located on a quiet street about 15 minutes easy walking from downtown. There’s a pool, a small patio restaurant and bar, fruit and flowering trees, and guinea fowl roaming the garden and geckos roaming the walls. Some mornings and evenings there’s music and singing from the several churches and schools in the neighborhood.
Andrew and Victoria can arrange any of the activities available in Livingstone, from the most relaxed leisure to the most adventurous. They arranged about half a dozen for me, and I was always pleased with the recommended companies. Breakfast is included; lunch and dinner are reasonably priced and delicious (Andrew is also a chef - see the restaurant tip). There’s laundry service too. I’ll be staying here again on my way back through in a few months.
Moores guesthouse in Livingstone was closed the night I was there in August 2009. But I took some pictures over the fence. It looks shady.
Livingstone Backpackers is a backpacker lodge like JollyBoys, with a private garden shaded with mango trees. It's cheaper than JollyBoys. The guesthouse looks dark and shady at nights.
Cheap prices for accomodation, from 5 USD. Group and student discounts available. Livingstone Backpackers has special deals.
This hostel is for Red Cross workers, other aid workers and possibly you, but don’t count on it. They seem to have a preference system for sure, so check it out before you try and check in.
I stayed at the Stone Guest House together with my husband for ten days in August 2007. It is located close to the airport road in a quiet little street, so it is very easy to catch a taxi from there. Staff at the guest house is all locally trained and very friendly and helpful. They assisted us in organising trips and helping us with our luggage, which was stuck on the way from Frankfurt via Johannesburg - a common event! The cook is preparing meals from a menue but if you wish something else he will be happy to get it ready for you. We liked specially the Traditional Zambian Dinner with local veggies and chicken. The athmosphere is not hectic at all and very relaxed; forget your clock! The owners Alex and Yvonne speak German and Portugese (beside English and several local Zambian languages) and help their guests to make the best of their stay!
The rooms are all individually designed and build - one of them with big black stones inside, that give the name of the guesthouse. Some of them have air condition, some fans. There are TVs in the rooms, but we did not use ours , because we enjoyed more to sit outside in the beautiful garden in the restaurant/ bar area. There is also a small swimming pool which is popular at weekends.
The Vic Falls are 11km away, but here you are definitely close to the Zambian life! We visited the Livingstone museum and the railway museum, the big market in one of the suburbs (go by taxi), the Steak Restaurant with an old fashioned music band on Saturday night , a very nice Indian Restaurant on the road out to the Falls, made a safari trip in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, a boat trip on the Zambezi, a day visit to the Traditional Village - and saw the Falls, sure enough!
... or actually in the middle of the beaten elephant track :-)
Former Nyala Lodge, now Bushfront Lodge, provides nice chalets, bar/restaurant and swimming pool in the bush just outside Livingstone, bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
Spend some kwatchas on a cab to get there, you'll enjoy the place. Beware of elephants if you want to roam the bush on your own :-) - we were told to bring a stick to wave them off, luckily we didn't need it...
Paul (the owner of the place when we were there some years ago) knows everything worth knowing about vic falls extreme sport adventures and loves to share. just ask. in close proximity you can do white water rafting, horseback safari, river cruise, bungee jumping, and of course you need to go see Vic Falls...
Our African overland tour ended in Livingstone, and we needed to book a room for one night, before we took our plane back home. It wasn't easy to find something that wasn't outrageously expensive!
So we booked one night, a double room with private bath, for USD 35.-
The room was small, but had a fan as well as a mosquito net over the bed. Unfortunately, there was a gap under our door, so there were some "uninvited" crawling guests... Yuck.
It was ok for one night though.
There are many options, either dorms, private rooms, and you can even camp. There is a small pool, but it didn't look very clean, so we didn't go in it.
There is a bar/restaurant (Hippo's) right next door, food is good and the prices are good too.
The backpackers entry gate is guarded. The reception staff was ok, one day there was a really nice and helpful lady and the next day, there was someone else, who didn't really care.
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