Livingstone is a small town located in southwestern Zambia, a few kilometers from the Zambezi River and the border with Zimbabwe.
The town was inspired and named after Scottish explorer Dr David Livingstone who was the first European to see and name the Falls after the British queen at the time. The history and culture are rich as is evidenced by the number of museums, the art and craft producers, the architecture, and the native food and way of life in the town.
When Dr Livingstone discovered the Falls in 1855, he opened up the area to hunters, traders and other missionaries. In 1911 it became the capital of what was then called Northern Rhodesia. While Lusaka is today the capital of Zambia, Livingstone remains the “Tourist Capital” as there is so much to see and do.
17 BEST ACTIVITIES:
Livingstone stands as an entry point to Victoria Falls as well as to the surrounding Zambezi region. It is a small town, but it offers a lot of activities for everyone. Adrenalin-junkies, explorers, romantics and adventurers will all find something here. These are some of the activities:
Victoria Falls is the best attraction to explore during the Livingstone Island tour. You can take a walk to see the Victoria Falls on both sides - in Zambia and Zimbabwe. You can easily cross the bridge from Livingstone to Zimbabwe.
Microlight Flights or Helicopter tour over the Victoria Falls - the other option to explore Victoria Falls, which is the best way to observe the beauty of this amazing waterfall that stands as the largest in the world.
High-water season is from about February to July – expect the most spectacular views of the Falls and prepare to get a little wet. Low-water season is from about August to January – this is the best time for activities like white-water rafting and swimming in Devil’s Pool.
Swimming in Devil’s Pool or Angel’s Pool during low-water season.
Sunset Boat cruise on Zambezi River.
White-Water Rafting – through the Batoka Gorge.
Canoeing – on the upper Zambezi.
Horseback Trails – in the Mosi-o-Tunya National Park.
Gwembe Reptile Park and Safaris crocodiles and snakes at close range.
Bungi Jumping – off the 111 meter high Victoria Falls Bridge.
Abseiling and Gorge Swinging – off the sheer cliffs of the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls.
Tandem Kayaking – An experienced kayaker will take you through the raging rapids of the Zambezi River, below the Falls.
Game Safaris – Take a drive or a walk through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and see all of Zambia’s plains game. No predators are here so the animals are relaxed and easy to observe.
Game Drive - If you have enough time, you can take a game drive in Chobe National Park (Botswana), full day trip, including breakfast or lunch, including a wildlife viewing on the boat.
River Safaris – Quiet jet-propelled boats take you into remote parts of the upper Zambezi.
Fishing – Spend a day on the magnificent Upper Zambezi River – pitting your skills against the ferocious Tiger Fish or delicious bream as well as various other fish that the Zambezi has to offer.
Golf – Set in a botanical garden with over 118 tree species, there is an 18-hole course providing a unique African golfing experience. The clubhouse is a national monument and has an excellent restaurant and bar, a gymnasium and a pool.
Steam Train Rides – Take you over the Victoria Falls Bridge with a magnificent view on Victoria Falls.
ARTS & CRAFTS:
For the cultural enthusiast, there is plenty to do in the town of Livingstone:
Livingstone Museum – the oldest museum in Livingstone shows the town’s history and a collection of pre-history and cultural development.
Craft market – next to the parking area to the entrance of the Mosa oa Tunya National Park is one of the largest craft markets in the town.
World War 1 Museum – again close to the entrance of the Mosa oa Tunya National Park is the memorial honouring those who lost their lives in the war.
Livingstone Railway Museum – have a look at some of the steam locomotives and coaches that make up the heritage of Zambia’s railway tradition.