Livingstone, Zambia

Livingstone was founded in 1905 in the same year as the completion of the Victoria Falls Bridge having been sited away from the swampy area next to the Zambezi River crossing at the Old Drift. In 1911 it became the capital of what was then Northern Rhodesia until 1935 when Lusaka was named as the new capital.

Steeped in history, Livingstone has now become the tourism capital of Zambia. There are several notable museums and places of historical interest in Livingstone, namely the Livingstone Museum in the centre of town, the Railway museum which also hosts the Jewish museum, The Victoria Falls Bridge Museum next to the Bridge by the same name and the early man museum next to the Victoria Falls.
Livingstone also offers a huge variety of activities to keep most visitors occupied during their stay. Rafting, Sunset cruising, River safaris, Walking under the Falls, Elephant interactions, Crocodile tours, Fishing , Micro-lighting and Game Drives to name a few. One of the favourites is the Chobe day trip which takes place in the Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana.

Livingstone also offers numerous places to dine in style or just enjoy the sun set over the Zambezi River. The river deck at the Royal Livingstone and the Pool deck at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge are local favourite spots to watch the sun go down. There are several curio markets around Livingstone as well as an Art Museum featuring local artists.
The Mosi-O-Tunya National Game reserve is a short drive from Livingstone and hosts the only surviving white rhinos in Zambia.

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ACTIVITIES

Croc park Tour

Gwembe Safaris
45min guide tour of our Reptile Park
$15 pp*

Lunar Rainbow Tour

Gwembe Safaris
Early evening visit to the Falls to see the Moon rise. Appox 2 Hrs
$40 pp*

Sunset Cruise

African Queen, Lady Livingstone, Makumbi
2.5 Hr cruise on the Zambezi with drinks and snacks.
$85 pp*

River Safari

Livingstone’s Adventure
2.5 Hr jet boat safari of the Zambezi River including snacks and drinks -
$110 pp*

Horse Riding

Ride Zambezi Private Trails, Victoria Carriage Company
$90 pp*

Cycle Tours & Hire

Livingstone Urban Adventures, Victoria Falls Bicycle Safari or Cycle Hire
Approx $40 pp*
Phone +(260) 213 323539 / 0977545754

Quadbikes

Livingstone’s Adventure
$80 pp*

Rhino Walk

Rhino Walking Safaris
3 hr guided bush walk

Other interesting things to do:

  • Buffet breakfast : Royal Livingstone Hotel, Waterfront
  • High Tea : Royal Livingstone Hotel
  • Zambezi Sundowners : Royal Livingstone Hotel, David Livingstone Safari Lodge
  • Livingstone Museum : Best collection of David Livingstone Memorabilia
  • Jewish Museum : Situated at the Railway Museum
  • Curio Markets : Mukuni Park and Falls Entrance
  • Big Tree Lookout : Next to Sun Hotel
  • Dry Manzi : Great picnic spot on the Zambezi River
  • WEATHER

    JANUARY

    Usually wet but the sun comes out between showers. Temperature is variable but can be cool to warm. Some days can be humid.

    FEBRUARY

    Like January but getting cooler so humidity is not a major factor.

    MARCH

    Rain starting to become scattered. Vegetation is very green and temperatures usually in the high 20’s to low 30’s Centigrade.

    APRIL

    End of the rainy season but could have the odd “April Shower”. Temperature is in the 20’s. this is the best month to visit Zambia.

    MAY

    Getting cooler. Days are warm but it can be cold at night. Bring a set of warm evening clothes. Best time to visit the Falls.

    JUNE

    Winter is here. Cool during the day but the evening can be bitterly cold.

    JULY

    The heart of our winter! Temperature can get down to zero at night.

    AUGUST

    Temperatures starting to rise again. Warm days and cold nights are the norm.

    SEPTEMBER

    Spring ! Generally warm to hot and the river temperature is rising.

    OCTOBER

    Getting hot! It’s also dry, dusty and windy but it’s a good time to view animals in the parks as they congregate around the water holes.

    NOVEMBER

    Usually a hot and humid month. The odd early rain shower has settled the dust by now.

    DECEMBER

    Green and humid but generally not too hot. Expect the occasional torrential tropical thunderstorm.

    RESTAURANTS

    Zest

    Continental (Best Steaks in town)
    Mosi-O-Tunya Rd.

    Golden Leaf

    Indian food (Best curry in Zambia)
    Mosi-O-Tunya Rd.

    Zig Zag

    Nice Breakfast
    Mosi-O-Tunya Rd.

    Gemstone

    Breakfast / Lunch (Nice Kebabs)
    Off Mosi - O - Tunya Rd.

    Kubu Café

    Breakfast / Lunch (Great wraps)
    Mosi –O- Tunya Square.

    The Old Farm House

    Lunch / Dinner (Great Portuguese chicken)
    Sichango rd. (Currently under renovations).

    COFFEE SHOPS

    KUBU CAFÉ

    Mosi – O – Tunya Square, Next to Shoprite ( wifi available )

    ZEST

    Mosi -O- Tunya Rd. near Railway crossing

    TAKE-AWAYS

    Debonaires

    Pizza
    Fallspark on Mosi – O – Tunya Rd.

    GoldenLeaf

    Indian Cuisine
    Railway crossing on Mosi – O – Tunya Rd.

    Steers

    Burgers
    Fallspark on Mosi –O – Tunya Rd

    Hungry Lion

    Fried Chicken
    Mosi – O – Tunya Square.

    Olga’s

    Italian
    Next to Mosi – O – Tunya Square.

    INTERNET CAFÉ

    BANTAM

    Falls-Park Shopping Centre.

    ZAMTEL

    Mosi - O- Tunya Square.

    MASSAGES

    For those that want a little pampering in the comfort of our premises, there are options available:

    NAMAKAO

    Mobile +(260) 977 878 883

    Namakao is a freelance masseuse who offers the following: Manicure, Pedicure, Massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue, Aroma therapy, Hot stone, Ukuchina, Leg or half leg, back or Indian Head Massage) Wax (bikini and under arm) She will usually also charge the taxi fare from her home and back.

    SARAH

    Ask at reception

    Sarah works for Gwembe Safaris and can do a good foot massage for those that just need to get the circulation going after a long morning walking around the curio stalls or the Victoria Falls.

    NIGHTLIFE

    FezBar

    Bar / Restaurant / disco, daily,
    Mosi - O – Tunya Rd.

    Zest

    Salsa Night (Thursday @ 19:00)
    Mosi-O-Tunya Rd.

    Munga Lodge

    Jazz night (Sundays @ 18:30)
    Mosi-O-Tunya Rd.

    BANKS & ATMS

    BARCLAYS BANK

    - Mosi – O – Tunya Rd., City Centre
    - Day Activity Centre, Zambezi Sun Hotel

    STANBIC BANK

    - Mosi – O Tunya Square, Cnr, Nakatindi/Mosi O Tunya Rd.

    ATLAS MARA BANK

    - Shoprite Super-market, Mosi O Tunya Rd
    - Mosi – O – Tunya Rd., City Centre

    FNB

    - City Centre, Mosi – O- Tunya Rd.

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