This is information about money in Zambia
You can use US $, Euro, British Pound, South African Rands or Kwachas to pay for things around this area. You will often get your change in Kwachas if you pay with a foreign currency.
Be aware of what the exchange rates are so that you are not done in.
Visiting in November: Low Water Month
Obviously, the reason to come to Livingstone is to visit Victoria Falls. Certainly, that was the primary thing I came to visit, and that is where I spent most of my time during my brief visit to this area.
However, you need to understand something about visiting in November: that is a month you will find some great deals, but you will also find that it is the lowest water month of the year. The rains have just started, so your risk of getting hit by a storm are failry high. However, there hasn't been enough rain for the river to fill up.
Thus, there is a good reason for the good deals you will find at this time of the year.
If you don't believe me, look at the photo!
There is a fair amount of water in the river, but most of it is over on the Zimbabwe side of the river. You can visit the Zimbabwe side, but unfortunately on that side of the river there are other problems: many of the falls are simply too close to the edge to be able to see the entire falls.
Map of Zambia
The central southern African country of Zambia is also known as the “Real Africa” a bustling area that comprises of many other attractions besides Livingstone and the Victoria Falls; as can be seen on the enclosed map.
ATM in Livingstone
Withdrawal in local currency from ATM's in Livingstone is easy. However, from time to time, the banks lose their connections with the credit card exchanges which makes withdrawals impossible.
The picture is taken right outside the post office in Livingstone downtown.
Livingstone - The Man
Livingstone is one of the few cities in the region that has retained it British name - most places in this part of Africa have changed to African names.
David Livingstone, however, is highly respected by a large number of Africans.
For one, his first hand accounts of the evils of the slave trade (one of his journals, which I have read, provides a graphic description of dead bodies down the river due to the number of lives simply thrown away by slave traders upriver) did much to motivate people in power to end this wickedness.
For another, as much as anyone in that era would think of doing, he treated native Africans with respect as fellow human beings.
Thus he earned a place in the hearts of many Africans.
Interesting insights into the state of Africa may still be gained by reading what Livingstone wrote during his journeys there.