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Victoria Falls Livingstone
Why Travel Here?
  • Livingstone and the Zambian side of Victoria Falls is a more peaceful place to stay than the vibrant, touristy hustle and bustle of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe. 

  • In 1900, Cecil John Rhodes commissioned the building of a bridge taking the railway across the Zambezi just below the Victoria Falls. Although Rhodes did not live to see it done, the building of the border bridge over the Zambezi Gorge in 1904 resulted in the birth of the town of Livingstone. 

  • Livingstone was the capital of Northern Rhodesia between 1911 and 1931, when Lusaka became the capital. 

  • It is a compact town and easy to get around.Classic old colonial buildings can still be found along the main road. 

  • The Railway Museum is worth a visit for those with an interest in the history of locomotives, whereas the National Museum has more to offer in general. 

  • There’s a choice of superb lodges that cater for those that appreciate personalised service and attention to detail.  

  • You are sure to spot a rhino in Mosi oa Tunya National Park whether on a game drive or guided walking encounter.

  • Only 11km south-west of Livingstone are the mighty Victoria Falls – at this point the Zambezi River is 2km wide and drops over 100m into the gorge below – a spectacular sight and no wonder they are considered one of the Wonders of the World. 

  • The Zambian side offers some unique viewpoints allowing one to walk right up to the falling water by following a steep track to the base of the Falls. 

  • Knife Edge Point, reached by a footbridge across which only the brave dare to go, offers stunning views of the Eastern Cataract and the Main Falls, as well as the Boiling Pot where the river turns and heads down the Batoka Gorge. 

  • An ancient baobab tree near the railway line is appropriately called “The Look Out Tree”. 

  • Nearby Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the upper Zambezi, stretching from and including the Falls for about 12km up river. 

  • Activities on offer at the Falls are endless and include a 111m bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge. 

  • Those with a talent for bartering will not be disappointed by the range of curios at the stalls (money and slightly used western clothing have equal value!) 

  • At full moon the park remains open in the evening allowing visitors the opportunity to view a lunar rainbow. 

  • Best to visit from April through to November when the river is lower and there is less spray to obstruct the spectacular views.  

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How to get there

Livingstone is located approximately 300 km south west of Lusaka and can be reached by car, plane or train. 

By air
There is an airport in Livingstone and another international airport is located in Zimbabwe near the town of Victoria Falls.

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