The pool decorations at The Royal Livingstone kick if you walk too close to them. They’re zebras – live zebras.
In fact, many wild animals roam about the grounds of this five-star resort in Zambia overlooking Victoria Falls, perhaps the world’s most spectacular waterfall.
There are cheeky vervet monkeys, which try to snatch cookies and sugar from your room if you don’t lock your sliding balcony doors.
Regal giraffes pose for tourist pics near the hotel’s entrance.
Shy impala – those lovely African antelopes with lyre-shaped horns – wander by too. But no lions, thank goodness…
We stayed at The Royal Livingstone – basically to relax and recharge – after seeing lions on our South African safari and before flying on to Lower Zambezi National Park for an even wilder safari at Chiawa Camp in the Zambian bush.
And it was the perfect place to do just this.
Not many hotels offer the opportunity to lounge by the swimming pool, while watching zebras strut by…