Livingstonia Things to Do
The "Industrial Block" was built at the beginning of the last century. There was a technical school inside. Nowadays there is a training centre for engineers.
There was a Stone cairn erected as a memory of the place where Dr. Laws and his companions pitched up their camp during the first night on the plateau. The two house nearby are “House No.1”; Dr. Laws first house and the “David Gordon Memorial Hospital” that had been the biggest hospital in Central Africa in the early times of Livingstonia.
There is not too much to see in Livingstonia except the magnificent view, but while there its worth to have a look at the church. It was built in 1894 in Scottish style. Inside there are some nice windows to see. The motives in the windows are showing the arrival of David Livingstone at Lake Malawi.
There is no public transport to Livingstonia. Neither on the “main road” leading up the plateau from the eastside, nor on the one coming from the west side. The turn off on the Karonga – Mzuzu road is at the village of Chitimba. You have to be there early to catch a lift. Sometimes the last pickup passes by at noon. Expect to pay for the lift.
If you can’t manage to find transport you have to walk. There are several short cuts but to find them you should have a local to guide you. It takes them about 4 hours to walk up the plateau! There is a campsite on the other side of the road near the lake. Another one is about halfway at the turn off to the Manchewe Waterfalls.
The road to the west is a shortcut heading towards Rumphi. It’s in very poor condition and only accessible during the dry season by 4x4 cars. There is hardly any traffic. You will be very lucky to find somebody going that way!
Livingstonia Tourist Traps
"Wanna see the rockpaintings at Manchewe Falls?" The only paintings the guide could find were something like "Bill was here in1996!"
Fun Alternatives: Even if there are no ancient paintings it´s still worth visiting the falls!
Livingstonia Off The Beaten Path
About 6 kilometres down the road from Livingstonia are the 60 metres high Manchewe Falls. They are about 300 metres off the road. It´s possible to follow a small path to get to the caves behind the falling water.
Favorite thing: The kids of Livingstonia will offer to to your washing or to guide you. If you need one of these “services”, make sure to get it done in the afternoon, because in the morning the kids should be at school!