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.
Due to strange beliefs as to what would happen to the locals if they should touch the boabab tree, these beautifull trees have been allowed to grow to humangous proportions. This one was on the way to Makuni Village and you can climb up to the platform that was built and have a great view over the area.
This African Boma is located within the Southern Sun resort. Here you can experience the warm Zambian hospitality, smelling the wood smoke, taste the spit roasted venison and the rumble of the drums will capture this magical night under African skies. You will be entertained by dancers and have a great culinary feast.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
Experience river life on board on the two ships. Drive down the Royal Mile to the marina and board the vessels at the same spot where King George embarked in 1947. The twin-deck boats is stylish and beautifully handcrafted. I took the sundowner cruise and we were treated to lovely snacks whilst we enjoyed the animals both in and out of water.