Radisson Hotel Group, a renowned name in the hospitality industry, has recently unveiled its first safari resort in Africa and the first resort in Zambia, the Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort.
- Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, this luxurious resort is a significant milestone for the group as it strives to achieve its goal of operating and developing 150 hotels in Africa by 2025.
- Livingstone, the location of the resort, is experiencing a resurgence of interest following the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Adventure enthusiasts and those seeking a romantic getaway are flocking to this iconic destination, primarily known for the breath-taking Victoria Falls.
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Accessible by train on a luxurious Rovos Rail voyage or a 90-minute flight from Johannesburg, Livingstone in Zambia is seeing some significant growth and development. From lush resorts to boutique lodges, the area is seeing a resurgence of interest post-Covid, as adventure seekers and romantics at heart are heading to this world-famous location, partly to view the spectacular Victoria Falls but also to experience all the attractions this slice of Africa has to offer.
The area has a range of accommodation options, from lush resorts to boutique lodges, providing visitors with a selection of stays to suit their preferences. The Sandton Times set out to be one of the first South African media to experience this multi-million dollar resort, getting a first-hand feel of what guests can expect – and it’s riverside resort living at its best! Having enjoyed a brief stay at the Royal Livingstone by Anantara at the edge of the Victoria Falls, the visit to the Radisson Blu Mosi-Oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort, provided a very neo-African experience with all the amenities one could ask for.
The Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort stands out for its contemporary African experience, distinguishing it from other properties in the region. The resort is ideally situated near the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, just 2km south of the historic city of Livingstone, and 4km northwest of the famous Victoria Falls. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Victoria Falls is a significant attraction drawing tourists from around the globe. The resort has been constructed and operates with utmost respect for this natural wonder, which serves as a habitat for several unique species of plants and animals.
Environmental sustainability is a key focus for the resort, and it has obtained a prestigious EDGE green building certification. The building boasts a 20% increase in energy efficiency, water reduction measures, and the use of sustainable building materials compared to similar properties in the region. Furthermore, the resort has signed the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge, aligning it with Radisson Hotel Group’s award-winning Responsible Business program.
The Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort offers a range of accommodations, including 200 rooms, luxurious suites, and villas, many of which offer stunning views of the Zambezi River. Guests can indulge in exquisite dining options at the bespoke all-day restaurant or enjoy their favorite drinks at the Shungu Bar and Lounge, the Viewing Deck, or the Pool Bar overlooking the river.
The resort features a fitness center, spa, and swimming pools for guests seeking relaxation or a workout. Additionally, the outdoor boma and firepit provide the perfect setting to enjoy African evenings and breathtaking sunsets. For events and meetings, the resort offers a ballroom, boardrooms, and meeting rooms, catering to both leisure and business needs.
One of the highlights of the resort is the Adventure of Mosi-Oa-Tunya River Cruiser, allowing guests to explore the Zambezi River. The River Cruiser offers a lounge on the first deck and a full bar and lounge on the second deck, providing a unique experience of enjoying snacks and drinks on the water. There is also a third deck with a viewing platform, adding to the overall experience.
In addition to its exceptional facilities and services, the Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort offers a wide range of amenities such as a spa, breakfast buffet, fitness center, free Wi-Fi, meeting facilities, airport shuttle, babysitting, bedding/pillow selection, complimentary coffee and tea, concierge service, family program, hair salon, laundry service, mini golf, minibar, Read It & Return Lending Library, tennis, and a gift shop. There is also something for the little ones, with a dedicated Kids Club featuring indoor and outdoor activities to keep even the busiest children busy for hours!
The resort also provides guests with an array of off-the-river adventure excursions, including activities at the Victoria Falls bridge, helicopter rides, water rafting, canoeing, and game drives, ensuring visitors have a memorable and fulfilling experience.
Over a coffee, Shaun Wheeler, the General Manager of Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort, expresses his excitement about the opening of the property and the opportunity it presents to offer visitors unforgettable moments and exciting experiences, including the chance to explore one of the Seven Wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls, which is located a short distance from the hotel.
With Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort being the second property in Zambia after Radisson Blu Hotel, Lusaka, and another hotel, Park Inn by Radisson Lusaka, Longacres, scheduled to open this year, the group is confident in the growth opportunities in the region.
The opening of the Radisson Blu Mosi-oa-Tunya Livingstone Resort brings a new level of luxury and African-inspired experiences to the region. With its commitment to sustainability, exceptional facilities, and personalized service, the resort is set to become a sought-after destination for travelers seeking a memorable stay minutes away from the majestic Victoria Falls and corporates looking for an extra-special, adventure filled conferencing venue or executive escape.
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