Livingstone Travel Guide

  • This canvas now hangs in my dining room!
    This canvas now hangs in my dining room!
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  • Mukuni Craft Market
    Mukuni Craft Market
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  • Victoria Falls
    Victoria Falls
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Livingstone Things to Do

  • Zambezi Canoe Trip

    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

    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

    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...

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  • The Falls--Zambian Side

    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

    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...

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  • Elephant Safari

    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...

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Livingstone Hotels

  • The River Club

    Livingstone, 60469, Zambia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Tongabezi Lodge

    Private Bag 31, Livingstone, Zambia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Royal Livingstone

    Excellent service with a beautifull surrounding environment high quality great views

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Livingstone Restaurants

  • Chill with Zambian Cuisine

    This is popular with tourists and locals. It is a clean place with good service and a nice relaxing atmosphere where you can meet friends or just relax with a cold Mosi beer. I ate here four times in the five nights I was in Livingstone. The crocodile was terrific, both as ribs as an entree and on toothpicks as an appetizer. The Village Chicken,...

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  • Excellent Food, Relaxed Atmosphere

    The Green Tree Lodge serves excellent food, from traditional Zambian dishes with nshima to delicious variations on continental-style steaks and pastas (Andrew, the owner of the lodge, is also a chef). Many of the vegetables, spices, and fruits used in the dishes are grown on premises, and all of the sauces, marinades, chutneys, etc., are made on...

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  • Thatos beer

    I followed the steps of DAO, and stumbled uppon Thatos Beergarden. The restaurant was closed when I arrived at 9 PM. DAO writes: "Want a quick dip in the pool and an ice cold beer? Sit in or out and enjoy sports on the big screen TV. This is the way bars should be! They do food as well. Paradise found. Drink here, eat here, relax here!". Maybe it's...

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Livingstone Nightlife

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    by DAO Updated May 25, 2009

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    Want a quick dip in the pool and an ice cold beer? Sit in or out and enjoy sports on the big screen TV. This is the way bars should be! They do food as well. Paradise found. Drink here, eat here, relax here!

    (Formerly called The Mission)

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Livingstone Transportation

  • From Livingstone to Lusaka with bus

    Two major bus companies and many small ones are offering trips from Livingstone to Lusaka. I took the Mazhandu Family Bus services. A business ticket costs 80000 Kwacha (16 USD). The socalled business bus is a new bus with better space between the seats. The other buses are older and usually more crowded. The normal ticket costs 70000 Kwacha.The...

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  • Taxis in Livingstone

    There are a lot of Taxis in Livingstone. You can see the blue taxis in Livinstone downtown or at the Victoria Falls border post to Zimbabwe. I took a taxi from the border to Livingstone and paid 50000 Kwacha (10 USD) for the trip.

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  • To Livingstone by road

    Livingstone can by reached by road in several ways. -If you are coming from Botswana, cross the border at Kazungula by ferry and continue east for about 60 km.-If you are coming from Namibia, cross the border at Katima Mulilo and continue east.-If you are coming from Lusaka, take the southbound Kafue Road out of Lusaka. Just after the Kafue River...

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Livingstone Shopping

  • Crafts Without the Haggling

    I don't do well at haggling so this was the best place for me to buy my gifts. They have a good variety of crafts with good quality and fixed and very reasonable prices. And they let you shop in peace. Even if you want to shop the craft stalls around town, it might be a good idea to come here first and to check out the prices of many of the same...

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  • Crafts market

    The Mukuni market shopping mall is an open air arcade. The market is open from 7 AM to 6 PM. Crafts are important for Livingstone and the industry relies on local craftsmen. Craft like indigenous artefacts, carvings, leather goods, bead works, drums, spears, and other curios and souvenirs. The sellers are good business men and announce the price...

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  • Street sellers

    Street traders gather along the main streets of Livingstone to sell their products. In most cases they sell food, vegetables and fruits. But also CD's, DVD's and crafts.

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Livingstone Local Customs

  • TRULY ZAMBIAN

    ‘TRULY ZAMBIAN’ is actually the advertising slogan for Mosi beer. Mosi is the most popular beer sold in Zambia. Despite its humble origins, it seems to strike a chord with local people who are proud of their country. You will see this slogan just about everywhere! MOSI-OA-TUNYA is from the Kololo or Lozi language and means ‘The Smoke That...

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  • MOSI-OA-TUNYA NATIONAL PARK - THE RULES

    The National Park extends to just outside Livingstone and around Victoria Falls. They have some important rules to follow:Rule no. 1:Animals have the right of wayRule no. 2:Maximum speed 65km/h- and - THE FOLLOWING ARE PROHIBITED:* Entering or leaving the park without registering at the entry point* Carrying firearms, ammunition, bows, arrows,...

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  • Locals are used to foreigners

    The local people in Livingstone are used to foreigners. Although they are friendly, you will not receive the same curiosity and obligingness as other more remote areas in Zambia.

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Livingstone Warnings and Dangers

  • New Kwacha

    At the moment the governement is dropping 3 zero's from the Kwacha, the new bills look very similar to the old, for instance the old 20.000 had K20 writhen big and then 3 small zero's the new has only K20 writhen, otherwise quite the same. New bills come in 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100, and coins for 1Kwacha and smaller. With the 2 to 50 bills should...

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  • Don't fall into the canyons near...

    Along the path leading to the various viewpoints at Victoria Falls, we saw a great sign warning people about the danger of falling over the cliff it they strayed from the paths and crossed the fences. Hopefully nobody is stupid enough to defy the warnings and risk a plunge into the canyon.

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  • Baboons

    There are many baboons around the area of the Park. They are quite a nuisance, although the problem is largely caused by tourists. We saw a male grabbing fruit out of people’s hands with some aggression! The problem is that tourists feed these wild animals, and we also saw two kids teasing a baboon which was behind a fence. It took the angered...

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Livingstone Tourist Traps

  • MY GRANDFATHER’S BRACELET

    You are looking at pictures of an idiot. This guy hangs around the Bungee Jumping station on the bridge between the borders of Zimbabwe and Zambia. He will show you a small cloth with a few copper coloured bracelets inside. He will go on to explain that he has hand-made them as his dearly departed Grandfather taught him as a child. He may even...

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  • ROTTEN THIEVES

    If you think that taxi drivers here are any different from other taxi drivers elsewhere – think again. Yes, they lie, cheat and steal. Thieving bastards – every one. They will happily charge you $20-50 to get between Livingston and Vic Falls. I finally jumped in with a taxi that already had passengers and paid less than $5. OK, Maybe there is one...

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  • STUCK IN THE MIDDLE OF VICTORIA FALLS

    If you come to this side of the falls in the dry season, you can walk over them! In fact, you can see the inviting Livingston Island right in the middle of the falls. It has a commanding view over the always wet Zimbabwe side. If you get close enough – you then find out what the problem is. This sign explains. If you go over to the island the...

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Livingstone What to Pack

  • Bring your own suntan lotion

    I bought suntan lotion in the Shoprite center in Livingstone. It was not the best brand I have tried. I recommend to bring your own suntan lotion before you travel to Zambia. However good toothpaste and soap can be bought in the shops.

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  • A few things to remember to pack

    If you are traveling during Zambia's winter (Jun-Aug), bring layers (sweaters, fleece, windbreaker, etc.), because it can be hot during the day (25-30 degrees Centigrade) and cold at night (10 degrees or less). Also, bring a light waterproof jacket or poncho for visiting Victoria Falls, because you will get wet from the mist. Bring bug spray and...

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  • A GOOD BACKPACK

    You came all this way to see on of the natural wonders of the world. Its 11 kms out of town, it’s hot as hell here all year round and (thankfully) there are no facilities inside the National Park. That means carrying around heavy water bottles all the time. On top of that is the huge souvenir/craft market at the entrance to Victoria Falls National...

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Livingstone Off The Beaten Path

  • Zambezi Sun Statue Garden

    I'm putting this tip here because officially speaking only guests at the Zambezi Sun hotel are supposed to visit this area of the hotel grounds:This hotel has a statue garden area. Most of the statues are modern / contemporary art, and all have been made by African artists. Some are bizarre, some are beautiful, and others leave the visitor...

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  • Victoria Falls at Sunset

    If you have come to Livingstone, chances are you have came because you want to visit Victoria Falls. After all, that is the primary attraction and the basis of all the other tourist activities in this region.The falls themselves are therefore certainly not an "Off the Beaten Path" activity, but very few people are in the park just as the sun is...

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  • The Lookout Tree

    Across the road from the Zambezi Sun hotel complex, there is a road that leads to the Mukuni Village. Driving down this road maybe one hundred yards (meters) after crossing the railroad line, you will come to this huge tree on the right side of the road.This tree is called the lookout tree. There is a small parking area underneath it and there is a...

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Livingstone Favorites

  • Post office in Livingstone

    Livingstone has a large post office in Mosi-oa-Tunya Road in the city centre. A bureaux de change and a forex dealer (Western Union) is located in the same hall. A stamp to Europe, America or other Mzungi-land costs 5000 Kwacha (1 USD). The poscards took 12 days to Scandinavia.

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  • The highest building in Livingstone

    The highest building in Livingstone is the 8 storey tall "Mosi-oa-Tunya House". It's located in Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, just opposite the Livingstone Museum.

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  • Livingstone border and visa on arrival

    Visa on arrival is possible in Livingstone. The border is 400 meters after the Victoria Bridge. The tourist visa at the border cost 50 USD for all, and takes less than 15 minutes if there is no queue. If you already got a visa from an embassy prior to your arrival, there is nothing for you to write. The officer stamps your passport and the...

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