Livingstone is Zambia’s former capital and a charming colonial town. It is the gateway to the mighty Zambezi River, the game-filled Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and a plethora of exciting adventure and extraordinary safari and lodge experiences, including the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
Travel experts agree that the Livingstone offers entrée to an incredibly authentic African safari and adventure experience thanks to its proximity to the Falls and the mighty Zambezi River … and, of course, the magnificent and unspoilt Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where the Falls are situated.
Named for the intrepid Victorian-era British missionary and explorer David Livingstone, Livingstone is arguably the most popular tourist town in Zambia. From here, all roads (make that one road: Mosi Oa Tunya Road) lead to the Falls – Victoria Falls AKA Mosi Oa Tunya or ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. Travel just 10 kilometres from the centre of this town to the park and you can expect to experience sightings of elephant and rhino. If you’re an adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker, you’ll be spoilt for choice: Livingstone plays host to a plethora of adventure-sports companies offering everything from bungee jumping to kayaking in the Zambezi’s white waters.
Zambia’s former capital – a charming town with many of its original colonial buildings still in use – is now its most popular tourist hub, home to a number of smart accommodation options (from comfortable four-star hotels to affordable guesthouses and backpackers) and a number of easily accessible luxury safari lodges, each blessed with jaw-dropping natural surrounds.
For thrill seekers and safari goers looking for an out-of-the-box experience, you’ve come to the right place. From Livingstone, it’s easy to book a lion or rhino walking experience as well as other fully immersive wildlife experiences. With the river so easily accessible, it goes without saying that river cruises, kayaking and boat excursions are an essential part of an authentic Zambian experience. There are thrilling jet rides over rapids to be had or more tranquil, luxurious sunset game-watching cruises … and don’t miss out on an opportunity to get up close and personal with Victoria Falls with a swim in the rock pools above or below the Falls.
Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush? The Victoria Falls Bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe plays host to a 111-metre-high bungee jump experience operated from the Zambian side of the bridge. This is regarded as one of the most impressive experiences of this kind in the world. Another outstanding experience in Zambia is tiger fishing – and it’s easy to arrange an excursion to catch and release these incredible fighting fish from Livingstone. Do it, you won’t be sorry!
Things to do
• Bungee jumping
• Victoria Falls guided tour
• Zambezi River boat cruise
• Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park guided game-viewing drives
• River rafting & tubing
• Guided lion, rhino & elephant bush walks
• Devil’s Pool guided swim
• Jewish Museum
• Livingstone Museum
• Royal Livingstone Express
• Catch-and-release tiger fishing