Livingstone Things to Do

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    Zambezi Canoe Trip

    by Skibbe Written Jun 19, 2014

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    Several companies in Livingstone will take you out on a canoe trip for a half-day, full day, or for overnight trips. It is more like a raft trip without rapids. It was a nice way to see the river and some of the wildlife around but definitely bring a hat and sunscreen because that African sun is brutal.

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    Zambezi Sunset Cruise

    by Skibbe Written Jun 18, 2014

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    Several companies offer this, a 2-3 hour cruise with all the food you can eat and drinks you can drink. Though I went solo, it was a lot of fun and a good chance to interact with other travelers. You don't see the Falls at sunset but the views of the river are unforgettable.

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    The Falls--Zimbabwean Side

    by Skibbe Written Jun 18, 2014

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    It is about a twenty minute walk from the border with Zambia and that is a walk filled with touts trying to get you to buy the jewelry they say they made themselves or old Zimbabwean currency in 2 billion dollar denominations. It will also cost to get a visa (about $20 when I went).

    The worst information I got on this trip was when I was told that you don't get wet on Zimbabwe's side of the Falls. On the Zambian side, there are points where you get soaked but you can see them coming. On Zimbabwe's side, the Falls cause a steady rain for much of the walk and no one was renting out rain coats when I was there. They do have a pretty good restaurant with Wi-fi and the views are amazing, just as they are on the Zambia side.

    The town here (also called Victoria Falls) is closer than Livingstone is to the Falls but there seem to be more lodging choices on the Zambia side.

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    The Falls--Zambian Side

    by Skibbe Written Jun 18, 2014

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    People debate which side of Victoria Falls offers the best view--the Zambian or Zimbabwe side. I'm not sure but I believe both should be visited. The Zambia side probably offers more tourist infrastructure and the best chance to get all soaked at once (though raincoats are available for rent).

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  • white water rafting

    by sarahluk Written Jan 7, 2014

    white water rafting is claimed to be the best rafting trip available in the world. if it your first time rafting it is scary but you will have a licensed guide and it is highly enjoyable. rafting is done on the Zambezi river where you would see hippos though crocodiles swim away cause of the noise of the paddles. I would recommend it because it is very enjoyable.

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    Elephant Safari

    by tayloretc Written Oct 29, 2012

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    The Thorntree Lodge makes fantastic use of its riverfront property for these elephant-back safaris. The route goes through the riverside scrub, into the river itself, across a small island, and back through scrub. The river part is a lot of fun – part wading, part swimming, and you’re likely to end up at least a little wet, especially if you’re on one of the more playful or the smaller elephants.

    Elephants aren’t like horses, always travelling in a line nose to tail. The best the steerer can do is suggest a direction, so while they stay more or less together, it doesn’t feel so much like a trail ride as like travelling with a herd. It’s not fast, and you don’t cover all that much ground, but it’s an excellent experience, and is very relaxing. Along the way, the steerer can inform you about the elephants and your surroundings, and point out other animals.

    They go twice per day: very early in the morning and late in the afternoon, when most of the animals are out and about. And since you’re on an elephant, the land animals aren’t as frightened, meaning you see lots of creatures, and the crocodiles won’t eat you, which is nice.

    After the ride, you get to hang out for 20 minutes or so, giving your elephant treats made of molasses. After that, there’s a hard sell for the video of your ride (which is expensive), or you can buy a print of your elephant’s foot.

    All proceeds go to maintain the small herd here, which is comprised of orphans of poaching. They appear to be treated very well.

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    Rhino Walks/Game Walks

    by tayloretc Written Oct 29, 2012

    I went with Bwaato Adventures for two walks, and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. Our guide was great, knowledgeable about the park, the animals, the tracks, the dung, alternative uses for various trees, all that kind of stuff. It’s all small groups – one was with five people, one with three – with a maximum of 12. They also do bird watching trips, and I talked to them about doing an individual photography trip.

    The rhino walk is specifically to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya park’s eight rhinos (five adults, three young), which tend to stay in a quieter part of the park. You are guaranteed a sighting, because the guides are in touch with the rhino’s 24/7 armed protection (against poachers). The rhinos are accustomed to people, so although they aren’t tame, and aren’t fenced in, they do allow people to come very close.

    The game walks go through the park closer to the river, an area also used for the local game drives, and seeing all the kinds of animals there can be hit or miss. There are a huge number of animals there, though, including several kinds of antelopes, elephants, monkeys, warthogs, Cape buffalo, hippos, and on and on, although the only big predators are the crocodiles. You won’t see lions – this park is too small to support a pride, and it’s too close to town to be safe.

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    Microlight

    by tayloretc Written Oct 29, 2012

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    What a way to see the falls! Microlights are a hang glider attached to a light tricycle frame with a propeller in back – very light, very agile, and very bouncy in even the lightest wind. Most flights are early in the morning, lasting until the wind gets too strong (they won’t go up when it’s too strong), although I saw them later in the afternoon on a calmer day, too.

    I was booked for half an hour, which would have included circling over the falls, and going a little upstream and down, but we were cut short by the wind picking up rather suddenly. The short version is 15 minutes, just enough to circle the falls a couple of times, go over the main island, and back down.

    You can’t take a camera – or anything loose – since if you were to drop it, it would get sucked back into the propeller, which could explode and damage the wing, and then you’d die. The wind is too strong anyway. The photo here is from the camera mounted to the wing, part of a set of several hundred you can buy of your flight.

    This is one of the more expensive activities you can do here, but it is worth it.

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    Under the Spray

    by tayloretc Updated Oct 29, 2012

    A completely different perspective of Victoria Falls. You walk down a side gorge, scramble over boulders along the cliff beside a Class 5 rapids, raft a short ways upstream, scramble over more boulders, and, finally, jump into a natural pool under the falls on the Zambian side (Eastern Cataract). It takes some effort to get there, but it’s fun, and the swim is wonderful after the boulder scrambles. You can only do this during the dry season, between August and December. The rest of the year, there’s so much water that all river activities below the falls stop.

    A word of caution: the description does warn that it requires a basic level of fitness and sense of balance, but that’s a bit of an understatement. Most of the walk down is easy enough, but there are parts that are more challenging, where the rocks are slippery or too far apart for short people to jump (if they aren’t used to jumping around on rocks), and the water under the falls is rough.

    Very fun, though, highly recommended!

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    • Rafting

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    EXCHANGE MONEY

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I had a good look around town and the best rates were offered by the Post Office once you factored in the commission fee the other exchange places charge. The Post Office does not charge a fee. They do give you a slightly less favourable rate for $1, $5, $10 and $20 U.S. notes. There is a little office in the middle of the post Office, just go and sit down. They are fairly quick. You need your passport with you.

    Please note: sometimes their website does not work.

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    THE POST OFFICE

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Main Post Office is slightly chaotic, but it does the business. They offer Post Restante services, fax, postage, stamps and most importantly – Bureau de Change and Western Union. You have to sit down in a small room in the middle for foreign currency, but they are fairly quick and offer a good service.

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    ZAMBIA NATIONAL TOURIST BOARD

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This place seems to be under renovation. The building is in the car par of the Livingstone Museum. They had a sign up (pictured) saying that they were inside the Livingstone Museum. When I asked inside the Museum the lady at the ticket desk said she would try and help. She was unable to help me with any questions or a map. She did offer to sell me some very overpriced postcards. I hope this place re-opens by the time you go for a visit.

    Pack a good guidebook!

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    HELICOPTER TOUR OF THE FALLS - ON AIR TOURS

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This company uses some distinctive looking black helicopters (last picture). They offer 3 helicopter trips:

    1) Short Flight – hovering over the falls for some great views & pictures
    2) Long Flight – same as the first, but longer and they go and chase some wild animals for you to take pictures of
    3) Picnic in the Gorge – you land and have some food & champagne on the beach

    They also offer these services:
    • Raft and jet boat combinations
    • Charters & Medical Evacuation service
    • Transfers from Livingstone Airport
    • All flights include transfers to and from the helipad

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    The border and Victoria Falls bridge

    by georeiser Written Nov 8, 2009

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    The immigration border of Zambia is 400 meters away from the Victoria Falls Bridge. (The immigration border of Zimbabwe is 400 meters away the bridge in the other direction). So the bridge is administered by both Zambia and Zimbabwe. Make sure to stop here and don't just pass through. Victoria Falls is probably one of the "Seven Natural Wonders".

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    Livingstone museum

    by georeiser Written Nov 6, 2009

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    Livingstone museum, Zambia
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    Livingstone museum is the oldest museum in Zambia. It contains collection from the prehistory which describes the human evolution and cultural development in Zambia from the stone age. An art gallery shows different cultures of the country. A historic gallery shows the history in Zambia from the native people, British colonial rule, to the independence. And a large collection of David Livingstone personal items, like his journals and books.

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