Royal Livingstone Hotel

Victoria Falls, Zambia

The Royal Livingstone has a location that simply can’t be beat—just a 10-minute walk from mighty Victoria Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. It’s right on the edge of the river, and the long, shaded sundeck is a great place for a drink and uninterrupted views of the Zambezi River and the huge spray of the falls in the distance. Although a lot larger than the hotels we usually choose, it is well-laid-out complex and the grounds are often full of wildlife from monkeys to giraffes and zebra. The buffet breakfast here is a lavish spread. The Royal Livingstone was rated among Africa’s Top 10 Hotels by readers of Travel & Leisure.