Named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively, Livingstone Town was established in 1905.
As a major European settlement, being close to the Zambezi River crossing over to Southern Rhodesia, the town was made the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911. As the capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything elsewhere in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian buildings that line the city’s main road.
Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country’s first newspaper. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a quiet town, but still retaining a special charm. A major event in 2011 was the installation of the town’s first set of traffic lights! The proximity to the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls has led Livingstone to become a base for travellers from all over the world wanting to explore this Wonder of the World.
There are several Adventure Companies offering Riverboarding, White water rafting, Canoeing, Horse riding trails, Abseiling, as well as Boat cruises, Elephant back safaris, Quad bikes riding, Kayaking and tours to the Victoria Falls, Mukuni Cultural Village and the places of interest in Livingstone.
Livingstone is rapidly becoming known as the ‘Adventure Centre’ of Southern Africa, with various adrenaline sports, unmatched scenery of breathtaking proportions, and many other leisure options for outdoor lovers.
The small town of Livingstone stands as an entry point to Victoria Falls as well as to the surrounding Zambezi region. As far as activities go, Livingstone has something for everyone. Adrenalin-junkies, explorers, romantics and adventurers will all find something here.
Victoria Falls Activities
Bungi Jumping – off the 111 meter high Victoria Falls Bridge.
Abseiling and Gorge Swinging – off the sheer cliffs of the Batoka Gorge below Victoria Falls.
Microlighting or Helicopter flips over the Falls.
Steam Train Rides – over the Victoria Falls Bridge.
White Water Rafting through the Batoka Gorge.
Canoeing on the upper Zambezi.
River Boarding – mega thrills on the Zambezi rapids.
Tandem Kayaking – An experienced kayaker will take you through the raging rapids of the Zambezi River, below the Falls.
River Safaris – Quiet jet-propelled boats take you into remote parts of the upper Zambezi.
Jet Boating – High-speed, jet-propelled boats take you down the rapids.
Horseback Trails – in the Mosi-o-Tunya National Park.
Game Safaris – Take a drive or a walk through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and see all of Zambia’s plains game. No predators are here so the animals are relaxed and easy to observe.
Elephant back Safaris – Tame elephants give the best view for game viewing in the Reserve.
Cheetah Walks – No leashes or restraints and no enclosures. The Mukuni Research Centre has an ongoing program for conserving and breeding the threatened Cheetah, through education and understanding of this amazing animal.
Fishing – Spend a day on the magnificent Upper Zambezi River – pitting your skills against the ferocious Tiger Fish or delicious bream as well as various other fish that the Zambezi has to offer.
Accommodation in Livingstone
Livingstone's Best Lodges
The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa is a beautifully appointed thatched lodge oozing with charm set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi.
This exclusive Islands of Siankaba lodge is intrinsically set on two islands that are inter-connected by a series of wooden walkways and swing bridges on the mighty Zambezi River.
The safari-style sanctuary of Wilderness Safaris’ Toka Leya Camp, situated in Zambia’s Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, overlooks the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands.
The River Club is the ideal destination for that perfect mix of idyllic relaxation and adventure travel, along with unbeatable sights.
Set in a lovely, secluded position on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River with views to the Zambezi National Park on the opposite bank.
Located within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, only 3km upstream from Victoria Falls, this property is renown as the adventure hub of Livingstone.
Other places to Visit
South Luangwa has been dubbed by experts as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and with good reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa.
Lower Zambezi is still relatively undeveloped, with it’s beauty lying in its wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game, wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular.
The remote Liuwa National Park lies along the Zambezi flood plain in western Zambia and covers an area of 3,600 square kilometres of remote, wildlife-rich wilderness.
Found in the centre of western Zambia, Kafue National Park is the oldest and largest of Zambia’s national parks. It covers a massive 22,400 km2.
North Luangwa spans a total of 4636 square kilometres, offering one of the best wilderness experiences in Zambia.