Departs: Daily private departures based on a minimum of 2 passengers
On the banks of the great Zambezi River, is The Royal Livingstone. With its cool lounges and shaded verandas, you will encounter the grace, elegance and sophistication of an earlier, more courteous age. Complete with personal butler, each of the 173 rooms is exquisitely decorated. A magnificent sun deck overlooks the Zambezi as it flows to the Falls, an ideal spot for late afternoon to enjoy the traditional ‘sundowners’, re-creating the ambiance of bygone days.
Day 1 - Livingstone
On arrival at Livingstone Airport you will be met and transferred to your resort.
The local tribe’s people call it Mosi-Oa-Tunya – the Smoke that Thunders. The fine spray of the mighty Victoria Falls may be seen like a cloud across the bushveld, throwing rainbows hundreds of feet into the air. On the forested banks of the great Zambezi River, upstream of the mighty cataract where it thunders into the Batoka Gorge, is The Royal Livingstone, pride of Zambian hospitality. In its cool lounges and shaded verandahs, you will encounter the elegance and luxury of an earlier, more courteous age. The Royal Livingstone is a serene and gracious refuge from the heat of the African sun. The 173 luxurious rooms with their comfortable furnishings are tastefully decorated in the soft earth tones of the bushveld, with spreading views of the river and Acacia forest. Guests may pass lazy days on the magnificent sun deck overlooking the Zambezi as it flows relentlessly to the Falls, and enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or on the long veranda overlooking the gardens. In the warm smile of your personal butler, or in the simple luxury of a cane chair, you will find an Africa that has all but vanished.
Day 2 - Livingstone
Enjoy your day at leisure. (B)
Day 3 - End of The Royal Livingstone Stay
This morning you will be collected from your resort and transferred to Livingstone Airport. (B)
Dates and Pricing
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
Over 4 weeks 'safari' in Africa
Over 4 weeks 'safari' in Africa, all planned and booked with Bench's help, and not a glitch. Apparently, this is pretty unusual for anything in Africa! Their knowledge and expertise in providing an appropriate itinerary to match our needs (animals and scenery, not civilization) ,and in setting the appropriate expectations for our holiday, made for a very smooth and extremely enjoyable experience. There were 4 of us travelling in a group, which turned out to be optimal for virtually all aspects of the journey through Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya (with a small break to finish in Zanzibar). The accommodation was perfect for our needs, well chosen to optimise our time in each location, with daily excursions focused on what we wanted to see. Thoroughly recommend.G&R Destination: Botswana
Southern & East African Safari Review
The plan - all of the places Bench sent us to had their own individual style and character which provided a rich and diverse experience.
They provided expert advice on temperatures and clothing choices for each safari.
The timings recommended by Bench; I.e doing the Southern African safari first guaranteed that we would see some of the Wilder beast migration during our East African safari.
The first two camps in Botswana gave us a close up of the animals we had come to see, because they had private concessions which allowed the cars to go off-road.
Kadizora & Linyantee bush camps were both excellent, and the Chobe Princess was very relaxing and had excellent game viewing.
Flights between camps in the Southern safari really optimised our game drive time and worked well.
The two hotels in JBurg and the Royal Livingston were good.
All the camps in the East African safari were good and whilst the game viewing was on-road; Ngorongoro, Ambercelli, the Serengeti and Masi Mara all delivered great viewing.
Karen Blixon was the pick of the Eastern safari camps.Edward Binney