273 Adam Standers Rd, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Best of Livingstone-Zambia

Destination Information

Livingstone, located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, is a captivating destination in Zambia that serves as a gateway to the majestic Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Rich in history, natural beauty, and adventure, Livingstone offers an unforgettable experience for travellers seeking both adrenaline-fuelled activities and a deeper connection with Africa’s cultural heritage.

At the heart of Livingstone lies the magnificent Victoria Falls, locally known as “Mosi-oa-Tunya,” meaning “The Smoke that Thunders.” The falls, shared with the neighbouring town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, create an awe-inspiring spectacle as the Zambezi River plunges into a chasm, generating a thunderous roar and a magnificent mist that can be seen and felt from miles away. Witnessing the power and grandeur of Victoria Falls is an unforgettable experience, and visitors can explore the falls from various viewpoints, taking in the breathtaking beauty and capturing stunning photographs.

Livingstone offers a plethora of adrenaline-pumping activities that cater to adventure seekers. Thrill-seekers can embark on exhilarating white-water rafting expeditions through the rapids of the Zambezi River, a heart pumping swim in a natural rock pool right on the edge of Devil’s pool overlooking the sheer drop of the Victoria Falls, take a plunge on a bungee jump from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge, or go on heart-racing helicopter or microlight flights to witness the falls from above.

Beyond the natural wonders, Livingstone offers insights into Zambia’s rich cultural heritage. Visitors can explore the vibrant local markets, where they can browse for traditional crafts, artwork, and souvenirs, or visit nearby villages to experience the warm hospitality of the local communities. Engaging in traditional dance performances and interacting with the locals offers a deeper understanding of Zambia’s diverse cultures and traditions.

Did you know?

What or who is the town named after?

The town was originally known by the first group of settlers as The Old Drift. Then later the town was named Livingstone after the famous Scottish explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who was the first European to witness the magnificence of Victoria Falls in 1855.

What is the history of the town?

Before the Victoria Falls Bridge was built, the first settlement began along the Zambezi River about 10-12 km upstream. Due to high Malaria cases, the town was moved 12km inland. It was the capital city of Zambia until 1935. Despite losing its status as the capital of Zambia, the town has continued to grow and has retained its “Tourist Capital” status as well as much of its original colonial character

What park is in Livingstone and which interesting animal can you find there?

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is one of the smallest wildlife parks in Zambia. What makes this park unique is it is home to white rhinos. These animals can be found in the park throughout the year and are closely protected from poachers.

Why are the Falls called Mosi-oa-tunya?

The local people named the Victoria Falls Mosi-oa-Tunya which means “The smoke that thunders” because when the river is in flood, clouds of mist rise up and soak everything around then falls and anyone within their reach.