The pool decorations at the Royal Livingstone Hotel 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.
Royal Livingstone Hotel
We stayed at the Royal Livingstone Hotel – basically to relax and recharge.
We’d already experienced a heart-stopping South African “Big 5” safari – where we witnessed a lion kill! And we wanted to see the famous Victoria Falls before flying on to Lower Zambezi National Park (for an even wilder safari at Chiawa Camp in the Zambian bush).
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…
The Royal Livingstone Hotel was the perfect place for some luxury downtime, African-style.
Not many hotels offer the opportunity to lounge by the swimming pool, while watching zebras strut by…
And we could walk right to the spectacular Victoria Falls.
Photo credits: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images Royal Livingstone Hotel