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    Victoria Falls

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 2, 2009

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    The Victoria Falls on the Zambezi river are one of the world's greatest waterfalls. It is a massive wall of water a mile wide and 350 feet high - twice as high as Niagara Falls and 35% wider. The Falls straddle the Zambia/Zimbabwe border and are a short 10-minute taxi ride from Livingstone. The areas around the falls on both sides of the river are preserved as national parks by both Zambia and Zimbabawe. Both side have extensive viewing area for tourists.

    We visited the falls on the Zambia side. You pay a fee to enter the viewing area and then a paved and well-maintained path takes you to a series of viewpoints along the top of the cliffs across the narrow canyon from the falls. If possible, bring a poncho or windbreaker, because you will get wet from the mist from the falls.

    The volume of water going over Victoria Falls is highly seasonal. April is generally the month with the most water, while November generally has the least. In October and November, there are usually gaps in the falls due to the lower water volumes.

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    The Livingstone Museum

    by mikelisaanna Updated Sep 1, 2009

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    The Livingstone Museum is the national museum of Livingstone, Zambia. It has a variety of interesting exhibits and is worth a visit. Our favorite section of the museum was the exhibits about the life of David Livingstone and his various African expeditions. A fascinating part of the exhibit was a collection of letters that he wrote, which you can now read.

    Other interesting sections of the museum were its exhibits about the ancient people of Zambia (and the archeological findings from the stone age and bronze age), animals of Zambia, traditional village crafts, and the history of modern Zambia. We liked the fact that there were exhibits that would be interesting to a wide variety of visitors, including both adults and children. You can see the entire museum in about 2 hours, including 30 minutes in the David Livingstone section.

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  • "African Shoes" - the Musical

    by lucyfreeman Written Aug 10, 2009
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    "African Shoes" is a must see for anyone who has come to Livingstone in search of the culture. It is a vibrant and colourful musical based on the story of a young Toka Leya high school student who faces the realities of becoming guardian of his family while struggling to complete his education. This all-too-familiar modern-day Zambian story is set against a backdrop of rich and exciting songs, dances, stories and ceremonies of the Toka Leya people – the people of the Falls.
    The songs are incredibly catchy and the acting is at a very high level considering it has only been running for 6 or 7 months. I would say that the standard of this show could compete with many shows in the West End at the moment.

    The organisation that has put on this production is an NGO so all of the proceeds go to help employment, education, health and the arts - yet another reason to see it.
    It is currently showing at the Zambezi Sun resort on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8.00pm but will also be heading to the Capitol theatre in the centre of town very soon.

    Check out their website to find out about the charity and what other activities they have lined up for the future. www.lipaf.org

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    Walking Around

    by PierreZA Written Apr 18, 2009

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    Livingstone is a very nice town just to walk around. Bu doing this, you really get a feel for the place and the people.
    While walking around we met several friendly locals, playing games, at street markets, braiding hair etc.
    It a vibrant, but also very relaxed town with friendly people.

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    The Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park)

    by PierreZA Updated Apr 18, 2009

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    This is most probably the main reason for people to visit Livingstone. Entry to the National Park is about 10km from Livingstone, close to the border post.
    We visited the Zimbabwe side first, and completed the visit to Victoria Falls on the Zambia side, where you will see the western side of the Falls. We got wet on the Zambian side and the Falls are just as impressive. On this side, you can get much closer you the Zambezi River and the area where the river plunges down.
    We visited the Park on a Saturday, and there was quite a queue (about 40minutes).
    You can rent raincoats and umbrellas inside the Park.

    Entrance to the Park is 15 US $.

    You can visit my Victoria Falls page if you would like to know more about the Falls on the Zimbabwe side.

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    The Central Market

    by PierreZA Written Apr 18, 2009

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    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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    The Livingstone Museum

    by PierreZA Written Apr 18, 2009

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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.

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    THE BORDER

    by DAO Updated Apr 14, 2009

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    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.

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    VICTORIA FALLS

    by DAO Updated Jul 24, 2008

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    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.

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    TOWN CENTRE MARKET

    by DAO Updated Jul 24, 2008

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    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.

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    GET CASH

    by DAO Updated Jul 24, 2008

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    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
    Branch-Livingstone Branch
    PO Box 60592, LIVINGSTONE,
    (03) 321745, 321743
    (03) 321721
    Livingston Branch of Standard Chartered Bank

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    THE LIVINGSTONE MUSEUM

    by DAO Updated Jul 24, 2008

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    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.

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    Visit the Livingstone Museum

    by Kid-A Written Feb 10, 2008

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    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.

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    See the Falls, of course! :)

    by Kid-A Written Feb 6, 2008

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    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.

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    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!

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    HELICOPTER FLIGHTS - SHEARWATER ADVENTURES

    by DAO Updated Jan 9, 2008

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    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

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