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Introduction

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Livingstone is a historical colonial city in the south of Zambia, right at the border with Zimbabwe. During recent years it experienced a boom in tourism, with the problems in neighbouring Zimbabwe where more and more tourists kept away from the town of Victoria Falls. It's located in the Southern Province of Zambia and has about 125,000 inhabitants.

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Sights and Activities

Victoria Falls

Vic Falls

Vic Falls

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At a height of over 100 metres and a width of about 1,700 metres, the Victoria Falls are the largest sheet of water falling in the world. Located within the boundaries of Mosi-oa-Tunya NP in Zambia and Victoria Falls NP in Zimbabwe, the falls are one of the most impressive landmarks of Africa and travellers from around the world are highly attracted by the opportunities near the falls. Hiking, wildlife viewing, bungeejumping, cruising, whit water rafting the Zambezi river and a helicopter ride to have a bird's eye view of the falls, all are very popular. As the falls are mainly located in Zambia, the best panoramic view is from Zimbabwe, viewing the falls head on. Even better would be the view from the air. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Victoria Falls Bridge

The Victoria Falls Bridge is located along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, spanning the Zambezi River. It connects the two cities/towns of Livingstone, Zambia, and Victoria Falls. It's almost 200 metres long with a span of over 150 metres and with its height of 128 metres also is a popular place for bungee jumping.

Rainbow bridge

Rainbow bridge

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Cecil Rhodes initially was the masterpiece behind the bridge, as it would be part of a desired railroad between Cairo and Cape Town. The bridge was designed by George Anthony Hobson and construction eventually started in 1904, after which it took just 14 months for it to be officially opened by George Darwin, son of Charles Darwin, on 12 September 1905. Although trains technically can still cross, there are no official passenger connections and most people either cross by car or on foot.

Other Sights and Activities

  • Livingstone Museum - dedicated to the life of David Livingstone
  • Victoria Falls Field Museum featuring geology and archaeology around the Falls.
  • Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park including the Batoka Gorges - there are good game drives and the popular Rhino Walk, where you go walking in search of the few White Rhinos who live here.
  • Railway Museum of the Mulobezi Railway.
  • Zambezi River - good for kayaking and rafting.

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Weather

Livingstone has a tropical climate with relatively high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. Temperatures are usually around 30 °C during the day and still above 20 °C at night, though June and July are about 5 °C cooler and the best months for a visit. November to April is rainy season when roads might be blocked and parks may be unreachable.

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Getting There

By Plane

Livingstone Airport (LVI) has a number of flights, with destinations being Lusaka, Nelspruit, Cape Town, Lower Zambezi (for the national park), Mfuwe (for South Luangwa National Park) and Johannesburg.

By Train

The Zambezi Express travel 3 times weekly between Livingstone and Lusaka, taking roughly 15 hours.

By Bus

Buses leave regularly for Lusaka (7-8 hours) and Shesheke (5 hours), from where you can cross into's Namibia's Caprivi Strip at Katima Mulilo crossing the bridge. The border with Botswana is just over an hour west and you can cross by ferry.

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Sleep

For information about sleeping on the Zimbabwe side, check the Victoria Falls article.

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Fawlty Towers216s Musi o Tunya RoadHostel88
Jollyboys Backpackers34 Kanyanta Road PO Box 61088Hostel85
Livingstone Backpackers559 Makambo Road LivingstoneHostel87
Livingstone Holiday home2644 / 121 Sinazongwe Street, LivingstoneGuesthouse-
Sunbird Guest HousePlot Number 2898/262 off Lusaka Road,Highlands AreGuesthouse88
Kaazmein LodgePlot 2764 Mainasoko Road Nott BroadGUESTHOUSE85
Jollyboys Camp80(S) Chipembi Road LivingstoneHOSTEL79
Tabonina Guesthouse3 Maina Soko St Nottie BroadGuesthouse90
Comfort Corner GuesthousePlot No 24 Maambo Way PO BOX M64Guesthouse89
The Stone Guest House40/1256 Kombe Drive Livingstone P.O.Box 61261 LivingstoneGUESTHOUSE-
Mosi-O-Tunya Executive LodgeP.O. Box 61209 Plot 4424/37, HighlandsGUESTHOUSE-
Golden Strides Guest HouseBox 60484 Plot 734, Simamba Road, Ellain BrittelGUESTHOUSE-
The Greens InnPlot 75, Lusaka Road livingstoneGUESTHOUSE-
Olga's Italian Corner20, Mokambo RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Pumulani Livingstone281 Mosi-O-Tunya RoadGUESTHOUSE-
Gloria's Bed & Breakfast19 Ghandi Avenue P.O.Box 60998GUESTHOUSE-
Trenchtown Lodge and ToursPlot 2898/82, HighlandsGUESTHOUSE-
Ngolide Lodge110 Mosi-oa-Tunya RoadHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet connections are available even in the smallest towns - they don't always work, and are sometimes slow, but there are, usually, plenty. Uploading photos and files is always slow. Internet usually costs about 100 kwatcha a minute, and in more touristy places 150/200 a minute. Ask for a discount, if you plan to stay online for long, and make sure the time is recorded correctly.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country code for Zambia is "260." Phone service both within Zambia and into Zambia is very hit-or-miss. In large cities, you are more likely to get regular, dependable phone service, but it is by no means a guarantee. The farther you travel from Lusaka, the less likely you are to maintain a good connection. International calling rates can be as high as $3 per minute.

Cell phones have been booming in recent years, and Zambia has a highly competitive market with three main operators: Airtel, Cell Z and MTN. Generally speaking, Airtel has the largest network, while Cell Z is the cheapest. You can pick up a local SIM card for as little as 5,000K ($1). Prepaid time is sold in "units" corresponding to dollars: figure on 0.4 units for an SMS or up to 1 unit/minute for calls, although as always the precise tariffs are complex.

Avoid using internet on your cellphone (especially if you don't have a local SIM card), except if you have wifi. Switch off data roaming to avoid high costs.

Booths labeled "public telephone" these days consist, more often than not, of a guy renting out his cellphone. Typical rates are 5K/min ($1) for domestic and 15K/min ($3) for international calls

Post

Post in Zambia is slow and not always reliable. A post card to Europe can take between four days and two weeks, and costs about US$0.30. Parcels take longer, and are quite expensive - make sure you only seal your box at the post office, so you can show what's inside. It also works in your advance - if the personnel sees you only have boring soapstone carvings and nothing of value, your parcel is much more likely to arrive. Leave your cards and letters in the biggest post office; it therefore passes through less hands and is more likely to get to its destination. If you want to send a package internationally, use a company like TNT, UPS, DHL or FedEx, as they are fast, reliable and just a little more expensive than the local post.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -17.841747
  • Longitude: 25.816611

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