Livingstone Travel Guide

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

  • A trip to Chobe National Park

    From Livingstone or Victoria Falls it's so easy to visit the Chobe National Park in Botswana for a day or longer. I did a day trip from my hotel in Livingstone, here are some of the animals I saw. More in depth details will appear on my Chobe page.

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  • Victoria Falls - Zambian or Zimbabwean...

    The only good answer one can give to that question is "both of them"! Given the fact that the majority of the falls is on the Zambian side, but the better viewpoints and bigger site is on the Zimbabwean side, you don't have a choice.We started with Zambia, but had chosen a double visa on arrival in Livingstone so that it was clear for us to visit...

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  • Victoria Falls - when to visit and what...

    Having visited the Victoria Falls only in August, I cannot give you personal information about the other times of the year, but I'll try to compile a few facts that should be able to make your decision easier.The falls are completely different at different times of the year. At the height of the flood season, i.e. when an enormous 10,000m³/s of...

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  • Victoria Falls - best viewpoints

    Several paths will take you to the viewpoints from which spectacular vistas of the falls are guaranteed. Starting at the entrance gate, you will first come across a map detailing important points of the site. From here, you can't see the falls yet although their thunderous noise can of course be heard well. So the first viewpoint you should stop at...

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  • Victoria Falls - general facts

    The Victoria Falls are easily the most impressive waterfalls one can imagine. Acting as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, they are accessible from both sides - and should be visited from both sides. It's amazing, but the views are completely different. In this tip, you'll learn a few general facts about the falls. My other tips will guide you...

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  • HELICOPTER TOUR OF THE FALLS - UNITED...

    Want the best and most dramatic views of the incredible Victoria Falls? Look no farther. UAC was founded in September 2001, is licenced by the Zambian authorities and takes people over the majestic falls every day. They fly modern tourist oriented helicopters. The windows are large so that photography is very easy. They also offer a DVD for sale of...

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Livingstone Hotels

  • Royal Livingstone

    Excellent service with a beautifull surrounding environment high quality great views

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  • Tongabezi Lodge

    Private Bag 31, Livingstone, Zambia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Zambezi Sun

    Part of the Sun International chain of hotels, the Zambezi Sun is a great place to stay for a few...

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Livingstone Restaurants

  • A touristy restaurant with lots of good...

    One of Livingstone's most popular restaurants is Café Zambezi which offers a mixture of African and Caribbean dishes. It tends to get very crowded in the evenings, so a reservation is highly recommended. Café Zambezi is located not far away from the centre on the busy road to the Victoria Falls. We spent a very nice evening in its Mexican-style...

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  • RITE PUB & GRILL

    You are in the Rite Place! I stopped in here briefly for a beer and it was served cold, quickly and with a smile. This is actually a large venue. They have a good restaurant with a local and international menu, large bar and a massive bar. They also do pub snacks. They have live local bands on Wednesdays and Jazz on Mondays. Sadly I deleted my...

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  • 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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Livingstone Nightlife

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    THATO'S BEER GARDEN & RESTAURANT

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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

  • Rent a taxi

    To rent a taxi it's not expensive. They also know where to take you, when , how, etc. I met a taxi drive, Nicholas Mubi and he always was on time, wait for me when i came from Zimbabwe on foot, helped me out into find specific things that i wanted to buy, took me to see the rhinos saving me lots of $$$ paying to "experts", etc. I was very pleased...

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  • 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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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

  • 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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  • FALLING TO YOUR DEATH

    How would you like to spoil your travel of a lifetime by the sudden death of one of your party? Doesn’t sound good does it? Throughout Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia’s name for its side of the falls) there is a noticeable absence of gates, fences and barriers to prevent you and gravity creating a fatality. Please make no mistake. A fall in or...

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Livingstone Tourist Traps

  • 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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  • 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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Livingstone What to Pack

  • Money

    Zambia's currency is the Kwacha (which, incidentally, sounds exactly like the German word "Quatscher", meaning "gossiper"). However, US$ are also widely accepted, even if they are not officially the country's currency. We found that literally every place accepted them around Livingstone - but as we didn't go to any other areas, I can't comment on...

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  • 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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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 General

  • 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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