You should not miss out on a visit to this vibrant and exciting market. It does remind you a little bit about a souq.
I did find the people very helpful and friendly. It is also a place where one gets an idea of the everyday lives of the locals. We visited the market on a Saturday and it was quite a buzz.
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Visiting this museum will give you a very good idea of the history and culture of Zambia. The museum is divided into different parts.
The first part is about the archaeological findings in Zambia. There are a part which could be called the ‘natural’ museum and also a part on the history and culture of Zambia.
The museum covers quite a lot and although I found the first part a bit boring, there were some very good and interesting exhibits.
Entrance is 10 US $
Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
The border is a crazy sort of place with loads of heavy goods lorries waiting on both sides and locals crossing back and forth. It is a VERY long walk, but actually the cheapest and quickest way. Both countries have some irksome and expensive visa requirements – except at this border. Cheaper options for a day visa are available so you can see both sides of the falls. Some guy may help you jump the queue in front of locals. Pay him nothing, but feel lucky if you get to do this. There seems to be a priority for tourists. Finally, you can go bungee jumping off the bridge in the small No Mans Land in between the border. Insurance? Won’t apply as its in neither country!
Please note: You will find it hard to find the 'Day Visas' offered by both countries on the internet. I can assure you they do and they are much cheaper than normal ones.
This is what you really came here for. Livingston is 11 kms (taxis will say 25 and try and charge for it) from the most powerful waterfalls in the world. Known in the past by a local name, Mosi-oa-Tunya, it truly lives up to its translation – ‘The smoke that thunders’. It is 1.7 km (over a mile) wide and 108 meters (360 ft) high, it literally shakes the ground. It is the largest sheet of falling water in the world and creates so much mist that the bottom on the Zimbabwe side is never seen. There are 2 National Parks on either side of the falls (and border). It was first spotted by a European, David Livingstone, in 1855. He promptly renamed it to Victoria Falls in honour of British Queen Victoria.
The main market here is a true African market. By that I mean it is for locals. There is a new completely separate souvenir market for tourists on Mosi-o-Tunya Road. It is a great place to people watch. Local folks shop for everything here from food to clothes, plastic goods, electrical items and other household. It also forms part of the super busy mini bus ‘station’ bringing shoppers in from outlying areas and back again. Feel free to shop, but it’s definitely a ‘working’ marketplace.
There are 2 ATM’s on the main Mosi-o-Tunya Road. They are Barclays Bank (pictured) and Standard Chartered Bank. They are virtually next door to each other and are both on world-wide networks. I used the Standard Chartered ATM because there was a queue at the Barclays machine. Do take care when getting out money. It has been known for unsavoury people to be hanging about. The Post Office is also close to hand and does Bureau de Change and Western Union services.
Barclay’s branch details are listed in the boxes below. Standard Chartered’s details are:
Standard Chartered Bank
PO Box 60592, LIVINGSTONE,
(03) 321745, 321743
Livingston Branch of Standard Chartered Bank
The Livingston Museum is the largest museum in Zambia. It traces the steps of the visionary explorer David Livingston, Zambia’s cultural history and recent political experiences. The museum is divided into 4 galleries: Prehistory (archaeology), Ethnography/Art, History and Natural History. There are very interesting displays of marriage customs, tribal medical practices, and even ‘voodoo’ style curses. They also have a good collection of personal belongings of David Livingstone as well as handwritten letters and descriptions of his travel routes. One room contains pictures and items showing the political unrest that preceded Zambian Independence in 1964.
Besides going to the falls, this is apparently the thing to see when visiting Livingstone! :)
It's a museum on the history of Zambia, and a bit on southern Africa as a whole as well. I was told it's the largest museum in the country.
The museum is pretty well done, and has four galleries: Prehistory (archaeology), Ethnography and Art, History and Natural History.
There is an interesting collection from the Scottish explorer, Dr. David Livingstone -- his personal belongings and descriptions of his routes.
Entry cost us somewhere in the realm of $2 U.S., and the museum is open to the public from 8:30 to 16:30 every day except Christmas and New Year. Plan on about 2 hours to see everything.
The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is a waterfall situated in southern Africa between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are, by some measures, the largest waterfall in the world, as well as being among the most unusual in form, and having arguably the most diverse and easily seen wildlife of any major waterfall site.
Although Victoria Falls constitute neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, the claim it is the largest is based on a width of 1.7 kilometres (1 mi) and height of 108 metres (360 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Victoria Falls are one of Africa's major tourist attractions, and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We were very fortunate to go when we did. If we had been there a month before, there was much less water because the rainy season had not begun yet. If we had went a month later, the mist would've been overwhelming and our view wouldn't have been so great. So, try to go in late January!
There are several helicopter tour companies that will fly you over the falls. They come over about every 10 minutes all day long, everyday. I actually saw these folks flying over and got a few pictures of their helicopters. They offer 2 helicopter trips:
1) The legendary Flight of Angels” – hovering over the falls for some great views & pictures
2) “The Game Flight” – same as the first, but longer and they go and chase some wild animals for you to take pictures of
They also offer these services:
• Transfers to/from their base
• Victoria Falls Whitewater Rafting
• One Day Trips in the area
• Overnight & Multi-Day Trips farther afield
• Riverboarding on the Zambezi
• Victoria Falls Jet boats
• Elephant Safaris
• Victoria Falls Bungi Jumping
You don't have to be crazy to do this, but you will enjoy it more if you are. These guys are located in the ‘No Man’s Land’ between Zambia and Zimbabwe. One of the pictures is of a friend of mine who took the plunge and enjoyed it once he realise he would actually live. The 111 metre (364 feet) is advertised as 100% safe and there have been over 50,000 jumpers. Sounds like good business. It’s certainly scenic and you do get pictures of your jump included in the price. I just hope your pictures come out better than these! You can book in advance or just so and make arrangements with them. Just about any tour agent on either side will sell you a time slot.
Have a blast!
The Curio Market was being completely renovated when I was there. There was one little shop around the corner which was open and absolutely filled to capacity with touristy souvenirs. I hope this re-opens by the time you visit.
Let’s be honest. Livingstone is a bit of a dump. It is not a nice town overall. It’s neighbour, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, is the beauty of the 2. However, you are probably staying here because the economy works and you can actually fly here. You can no longer get to Victoria Falls by plane. Across the town are ditches filled with litter. Locals often just throw rubbish on the ground with out a care in the world. Please do not join them. It is bad enough. There are few rubbish bins (trash cans) and I had to go look for them. Some local person got fed up with all the rubbish and even set fire to it (pictured). You can’t keep Livingstone clean, but you could keep it cleaner.
I would really recommend to book a helicopter ride. Most flights take you right over the falls and take about 15 minutes. The view from the top is simply extrodinary and really fantastic!
I recommend to book this flight before you leave on your trip! Because the helicoper rides are very popular and quickly sold out!!
To me trying to write something about Victoria Falls seems pretty much in vain.. It's sooo magnificent.. But an empty page wouldn't make too interesting VT tip, I guess ;)
Here are some facts:
- It's HUUUGE: 128 m (420 ft) high, 1.6 km (1 mile) long. The largest "single sheet of water" in the world. Vastly larger than Niagara Falls.
- The falling water sprays to a height of over 400 metres
- Native Africans call it Mosi-o-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders."
- Dr. Livingstone named it after the Queen of his native country, Great Britain
- There are many activities available such as water rafting, bungee jumping, safaris
Well, it's no use of explaining more. Go and see it yourself. You won't be disappointed!