For those that have always wondered about the link between Stanley and Livingstone, history has it that when Dr David Livingstone returned to Africa in 1864 with the intent to discover the source of the Nile years went by without anyone back home in England having heard from him. With fears of his death mounting, a New York reporter by the name of Henry Stanley was commissioned by his publisher George Bennet to go to Africa to locate Livingstone.
With a 200-strong army of explorers Stanley headed to Africa in March 1871 and after nearly eight months of searching, he found Dr Livingstone in a small village called Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.
You can be sure of a magical time at the legendary Stanley and Livingstone, perched near the Victoria Falls
The Stanley & Livingstone pays tribute to the adventures and pioneering spirits of these two men. Located in the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve (formerly the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve) the resort is an elegant tribute to tradition and timeless luxury.
REASONS TO VISIT
The Stanley & Livingstone is located a mere 10 minutes away from the majestic wonder that is Victoria Falls. Named a World Heritage Site and a World Wonder the falls are the largest body of falling water in the world and will enthral you with their intimidating yet majestic spray that hovers like a thick cloud of smoke. The roar of the water crashing down has earned it the name “the smoke that thunders”, and will take your breath away as it falls into the deep abyss into the Zambezi gorge that lies below.
Nestled in an unspoilt location, the S&L offers guests sheer luxury, elegance and pampering. A grand ol’ dame in stature and offering, it has only 16 rooms in total, all elegantly decorated and furnished in a classy fusion of Victorian and African.
Each suite overlooks the African bush and guests have the option of sitting on raised patios overlooking tropical gardens and a watering hole where wild animals come and languish for some game viewing with a difference, from the comfort of your suite.
The lush garden and greenery covers the resort in shade, which proves a welcome relief in the hot Victoria Falls climate.
The Stanley & Livingstone is famous for its fine dining experience under the experienced hand of Chef Jabulani Tshuma. With a cellar stocked that has a wide selection of connoisseur’s favourites, with wines from France and South Africa, every meal is an unforgettable experience.
WHY WE LOVE IT
1. The Stanley & Livingstone is an award-winning hotel that surpasses expectation. From 2009 to 2012 it has won the World Travel Awards as Zimbabwe’s leading hotel.
2. The S&L is the only hotel in Victoria Falls where you can go on a game drive on the property and be certain to see at least three of the big five: elephant, black rhino and buffalo.
3. Because of the limited number of suites at the resort, privacy is guaranteed and you can enjoy a holiday away from the crowd. The small number of guests ensures that personal attention.
4. Businessmen are catered for with the inclusion of a boardroom that seats 12 people.
5. Award-winning wine list, need we say more?
GOOD TO KNOW
· When travelling, note that Zimbabwe now accepts the following currencies: US Dollars, Euros and South African Rands.
· South African travellers do not require visas, but other nationalities will need to apply for a visa to enter the country.
· Victoria Falls is in a malaria risk area and while the hotel undertakes periodical mosquito fumigation exercises, guests are advised to take anti-malaria prophylactics prior to travelling.
· Game drives (on the reserve)
· Lion walking safari (on the reserve)
· Elephant-back safaris (on the reserve)
· Tour of Victoria Falls
· Sundowner cruise on the Zambezi
· Extreme sports such as abseiling, bungee-jumping and white water rafting