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Oct 17th, 2005, 04:10 AM
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Livingstone Safari lodge

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Anyone have any thoughts on the Livingstone Safari Lodge in Zambia in Livingstone?

http://www.livingstone-lodge.com
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Oct 17th, 2005, 06:14 AM
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Hello,

It seems a bit far from the action at the falls -- and as transfers and activities don't appear to be included, those could add up after awhile.

Personally, I would prefer a riverside location and/or a location in walking distance of the falls.

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Oct 17th, 2005, 06:47 AM
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Hi Julian,

Yes, it seems a little way from the falls. I am estimating about 1/2 distance from Livingstone itself. The main goal of thinking of this place is looking for a reasonably quiet and comfortable place to stay after running around playing in the water and such, but at a reasonable rate (we will be coming from RPS and going to Chaminuka so some savings is nice). I would rather pick/pay for the activities so I can customize to what I would like to do (ie - croc farm may not be my thing, but riverboarding is).

The transfers for 2/2.5 hrs is $25USD per person, and I am figuring going in only once in the 4/5 days I am there.

Of course, I have reserved with no downpayment, but if this place is no good I would like some reasonably priced alternatives
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Oct 17th, 2005, 07:15 AM
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Hello,

I'd be surprised if you made only one trip to the falls -- there's not much else to do in Livingstone. All of the activities (riverboarding, rafting, bungi jumping, elephant back safaris, etc) would also involve a transfer to the falls.

I was originally looking at staying at some places further out, but decided against it because of the cost and hassle of transfers. 2-2.5 hours one way means 5 hours a day spent on transfers -- that's four hours too much for me.

There is a place called The Waterfront which looks somewhat similar and is quite reasonably priced. They also run a lot of activities from there which would be pretty convenient.

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Oct 17th, 2005, 07:58 AM
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Hi Julian,

In a lengthy email from them, most, if not all transfers for what we are interested in are included (from the lodge). Also, the 2/2.5 hrs is the amount of time for the trip (to, there, and from). They state they are only 5km from the falls ( and I assume an equal distance to the city ).

Have you been to the Waterfront?
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Oct 17th, 2005, 08:09 AM
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Hello,

I'm surprised to hear about the transfers, as that isn't indicated on their website. If the transfers are included, what is the $25 per person fee for? Do they require you to book your activities (with a mark-up) through them to get free transfers? If they're included it sounds like a good deal, but make sure you get everything in writing.

No, I haven't stayed at the Waterfront as my budget is more at the River Club level, but it has gotten some good reviews as a budget option.

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Julian
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Oct 17th, 2005, 10:23 AM
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Hi Julian,

The $25 is for a town tour, and "most" activities include the transfer from the lodge. I am not sure if there is some book with them policy, but I noticed SafPar is showing the same rate as the lodge ($95) for the rafting, and $10 cheaper for the raft/boarding. Now, I have no idea who runs their excursions, and I am sure that $10 discount may not be real.

I was thinking the River Club too, but since I plan on running around I just really need a place quiet to sleep, get some breeky and dinner, and be able to easily book excursions.
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Oct 17th, 2005, 11:18 AM
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Hello,

If the transfers are included, it's a great deal if you don't mind the travel time.

However, you should check if they are always included, or included only if you use a scheduled transfer (as opposed to one which has been arranged to fit your schedule).

When I was looking for a place in the Vic Falls/Livingstone area, I considered Matetsi Water Lodge as (much less) expensive alternative to River Club -- it's only $250 per person per night. Matetsi is about 45 minutes from the falls, but transfers were included so it looked like a great deal -- until I found out that only the group transfers (leaving around 10am and returning around 330) were free. Transfers at any other time were on a private basis, and would have cost over $150 per vehicle per one-way trip. Since many of the activities I was interested in (viewing the falls at night, breakfast at Livingston Island) would have involved a private transfer, Matetsi was much more expensive than it seemed based on rates alone.

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Oct 17th, 2005, 11:50 AM
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Thanks Julian,

I think with it being a short distance (5km), and that they are $35 USD per person per night, I will stick with it. I was wondering however if anyone had stayed there?
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