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The Royal Livingstone Hotel

  • On 16 November 1855, David Livingstone first laid eyes on the waterfall that would define his life story, and that of an entire country.

    As he lay on his belly on an island in the middle of the Zambezi River close to where its waters thunder down a 110metre drop, he observed the rising mist from the falls as it drizzled down on him like rain. Visible from over 30km away, the Kololo people with whom he had travelled downriver called it Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders.

    As the first European to witness this magnificent site, he decided to name it Victoria Falls in honour of his Queen and carved his initials into the bark of a tree before leaving the island.


    David Livingstone.

    As he took one last look at the magnificent sight before him, he thought to himself, “This will tell our story".

    At the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of a river that flows through the soul of our continent, your own African story waits to be told.

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