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“A tasty history lesson”

The Royal Livingstone Express
Ranked #13 of 36 Restaurants in Livingstone
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$180 - US$180
Description: Fine dining aboard a classic steam locomotive promises an iconic journey, with a choice of breathtaking railway passes. Relive the bygone era of Victorian elegance. Relax with exceptional service. Capture memories of Africa’s rugged landscapes. Pair your taste for true adventure with an impeccable six-course dinner, expertly crafted by Anantara chefs, served with wines, beers and soft drinks.
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Description: Fine dining aboard a classic steam locomotive promises an iconic journey, with a choice of breathtaking railway passes. Relive the bygone era of Victorian elegance. Relax with exceptional service. Capture memories of Africa’s rugged landscapes. Pair your taste for true adventure with an impeccable six-course dinner, expertly crafted by Anantara chefs, served with wines, beers and soft drinks.
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This experience was part of a sort of company retreat so everything was arranged for us. We were taken to the train from The Royal Livingstone Hotel late in the afternoon. Once inside, we were given a lecture from a local historian. "Lecture" makes is sound boring but he was very good at spinning a tale and everyone was quite taken with how he presented the history of the train. He spoke about Cecil John Rhodes and his dream of a railway line from Cape to Cairo. Although some of us were from South Africa and knew the story he made interesting links and we would have enjoyed hearing more from him.

The train doesn't go very far, taking you to the bridge that connects Zambia and Zimbabwe. It arrives at sunset and it's a good place to get out and take pictures but be aware there are locals there who will hassle you to buy their souvenirs. You can climb into the engine while you're walking around too.

After this the train returns and stops a little way away from the Royal Livingstone. Then dinner is served. The food is good and if you aren't a drinker there are several different juices you can ask the crew for. They are friendly and efficient. Once you're finished eating you'll be returned to the hotel full and content.

Overall a pleasant and interesting experience and something to try if you have the money and inclination.

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Thank Erin S
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Prakash K, Food and Beverage Manager at The Royal Livingstone Express, responded to this reviewResponded 24 November 2017

Dear Erin,

Greetings of the day!

Thank you for your kinds words and the valuable time you took to share them with us. It is great to hear, that you have enjoyed memorable train run with us. Rest ensured, that we will take you comments for further encouragement within the team to ensure personal service and warm welcome for your next visit.

Looking forward to welcome you back and have a great day ahead!

With Regards
Prakash Krishnan
Food and Beverage Manager


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Reviewed 1 November 2017

We really enjoyed sitting in the well preserved carriages enjoying the attentive service from the staff. Wine, beer and gin is included in the price and the drinks flowed freely. In our case the food was in the form of canapés (at the request of a powerful holiday company) but the price was therefore reduced. The food is provided by the Victoria Falls Hotel. The train doesn't go far, apart from to the bridge, where you get out and stretch your legs and enjoy the view but we had great fun.

Thank TishLondon
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

The crew were very friendly, the food good, drinks fun and taste great. The train looks good,
But the trip goes nowhere and is boring.

Thank 8084P
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

A great way to travel to a view the falls. The restaurant car makes a great setting, given its surroundings for the trip.

Thank Viv259
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

This was the most expensive in a series of very expensive things we did in Zambia. On balance, it was probably just about worth it. It's a beautifully restored old train, the food was wonderful, and you get plenty of alcohol. The trip itself was rather shorter than I expected - of the four hours you spend out there, less than half is moving. I think in the past this went further into the national park, but now goes from town to the bridge and back, with a two hour stop for dinner. It would make sense to me for this stop to be on the bridge for the view, but it isn't, it is back in teh bush area for some reason. You can get off at the bridge though, wander to see the engine, look at the sunset etc. Be prepared to be quite heavily hassled for sales from locals of their souvenirs though. If you want to treat yourself, this was easily the nicest meal we had in Zambia and in a lovely setting, but if you're doing it for the views and travelling by rail....maybe spend the money elsewhere.

Thank fozzie37
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