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Livingstone - The gateway to Zambia


Attractions

Livingstone Museum
The Livingstone Museum is located on Mosi-o-Tunya Road. The museum is the country’s biggest and oldest museum, dat...

Railway Museum
The Railway Museum is a museum in Livingstone, Zambia dedicated to preserving Zambia's railway heritage. For steam engi...

Makuni Village
Chief Makuni invites visitors to his village, home to the Leya people. This is a unique opportunity to see how the local...


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   Accommodation

Below is a list of accommodation establishments along this route. Bookings and enquiries can be made directly with the establishment.

Livingstone Guest Farm
Livingstone Guest Farm is a unique lodge, a private and peaceful retreat in an unspoiled rural setting on the Maramba Ri...

Prana Zambia
Conveniently located 15 minutes from the mighty Victoria Falls and Livingstone, yet far enough away from the hustle and...

Taita Falcon Lodge
When Mr. Fourie came to the area in 1994 with the intention to practice agriculture in the area, little did he know...

The Livingstone Safari Lodge and Campsite
Located near the Victoria Falls, Livingstone Safari Lodge and Campsite and opposite the Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park, ne...

Zig Zag Coffee House and B&B
Zig Zag Coffee House is a well-established restaurant just off the main road in Livingstone. In addition to serving a ra...

Kaazmein Lodge and Resort
Kaazmein Lodge and Resort is one of the finest lodges in Livingstone. The lodge is ideally located and only 10 minutes a...

   Activities

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Booking and enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Rainbow Safaris Ltd
Rainbow Safaris Ltd is tour operator in Livingstone, Zambia offering exciting Victoria Falls Holiday Tours, Historical T...

Floating Skies Safaris
Floating Skies is a destination management and safari company that offers a range of tours and activities. They offer sa...

thezambezi.com
Apart from being a favourite place for experienced kayakers, the Zambezi is a great place to learn how to kayak. The war...

   Arts & Crafts

Below is a list of arts and crafts outlets and projects on this route. Enquiries can be made directly with the business.

Kubu Crafts
Kubu Crafts are manufacturers and retailers of high quality household, business, and lodge furniture and items, combined...

 

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Livingstone is a historic colonial town and present provincial headquarters of Zambia’s Southern Province. Livingstone is rapidly becoming known as the “Adventure Center of Southern Africa”. Also known as Zambia’s tourist capital, the city offers various adrenalin sports, such as white water rafting through the rapids of the Batoka Gorge and bungee jumping off the railway bridge; the unmatched Victoria Falls scenery of breathtaking proportions and many other leisure options for outdoor lovers, as well as interesting cultural excursions such as a visit to Mukuni Village. Livingstone links well with other destinations on the Open Africa network including Kafue National, South and North Barotse Trails.

Reasons to visit

are many activities and attractions for travellers to enjoy in and around Livingstone. Game drives and bird watching in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park are a favourite, while – several outfitters operate white water rafting tours on the roiling waters south of the Victoria Falls which provide 18 of the world's best rapids literally starting in the gorge of falls in the Boiling Pot. More adventurous travellers can enjoy bungee jumping from the bridge spanning Zambia and Zimbabwe, micro-glider rides over the falls or even elephant back safaris.

History buffs will enjoy a visit to the Livingstone Museum of archaeology, ethnography and history and the magnificent collection of memorabilia relating to David Livingstone or the Railway Museum of the Mulobezi Railway.

The Victoria Falls

Described as the greatest known curtain of falling water, the Victoria Falls are also known by the ancient name “Mosi-Oa-Tunya”, meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. This is due to the column of spray, which rises hundreds of metres into the air and is sometimes visible from more than 30 kilometres away.

One of Africa’s major tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the falls are shared between Zambia and Zimbabwe, and each country has a national park to protect them and a town serving as a tourism center: Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and Livingstone in Zambia, and Victoria Falls National Park and the town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

The first European to see the Falls was David Livingstone on 17 November 1855, during his journey from upper Zambezi to the mouth of the river. The falls were well known to local tribes, and Voortrekker hunters may have known of them, as may have the Arabs under a name meaning “the end of the world”. Livingstone had been told about the falls before he reached them from upriver, and was paddled across to a small island that now bears the name Livingstone Island.  

He gave them their English name in honour of Queen Victoria and wrote in his diary: “No one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England....but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by the angels in their flight.”

Mosi-O-Tunya National Park

The little Mosi-O-Tunya National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses the Mosi-O-Tunya Falls. The park covers an area of 66km² (25.5 square miles) from the Songwe Gorge below the falls in a north-west arc along about 20 km of the Zambian river bank. The wildlife park part of Mosi-O-Tunya is at its north-western end, and the area next to the Victoria Falls. The park further extends downstream from the falls and to the south-east along the Batoka Gorges

The vegetation in the park includes riverine forest with palm trees, miombo woodlands and grassland.  Tourists have a chance of sighting a variety of bird species, and animals including giraffe, zebra, warthog, sable, eland, buffalo, impala and other antelope and white rhino.

Livingstone Town

Named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, the town was established in 1905 as a major European settlement. The town was made the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911 and enjoyed facilities far superior to anything in the rest of country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian colonial buildings that line the city's main road. Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country's first newspaper. Even though early settlers had established homes and businesses, it was not until the completion of the Livingstone bridge in 1924 that the door was truly opened to colonization. The bridge allowed access to Mulobezi, where large forests of hardwood could be found, which was in demand down south for construction. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling town soon became quiet and a little neglected, but nevertheless retained a special charm. The proximity to the Zambezi River and the Victoria Falls has led it to become a base for travellers from all over the world wanting to explore this Seventh Wonder of the World. The unstable political conditions in neighbouring Zimbabwe are also contributing to a revival of Livingstone in recent years. Both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides of the Falls offer different views and it is recommended to experience both to be able to appreciate the whole waterfall. 

The town of Livingstone is relatively small and is surrounded by several townships referred to as compounds. The main road, Mosi-oa-Tunya, is named after the falls and most business activities are found there. Some parts of the town, with its beautiful colonial buildings, have been restored, while others are still in disrepair. One can visit the first hotel in Livingstone, the North Western Hotel, just off the main road in the centre of town to see how dilapidated some of the buildings are. Also worth a visit is the Livingstone Golf Club next to the Police Barracks in town (ask a local to point the way). Founded in 1908, the golf club was one of the popular social gathering places in colonial times. The course and clubhouse was recently refurbished and is well worth a visit, especially for golf enthusiasts. 

The tourist information office is situated in the main road next to the Livingstone Museum. The office staff is friendly and helpful and will be able to provide brochures and travel advice on Livingstone and the surrounding areas.

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Livingstone is a historic colonial town and present provincial headquarters of Zambia’s Southern Province. Livingstone is rapidly becoming known as the “<em>Adventure Center of Southern Africa</em>”. Livingstone links well with other destinations on the Open Africa network including Kafue National, South and North Barotse Trails.

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