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Welcome to Livingstone, Zambia!

Livingstone is the tourist capital of Zambia, and located only ten kilometres from the spectacular Victoria Falls. It is a town well-oriented towards tourism, more so than any other place in the country. Relatively unheard of until recently, it was named after David Livingstone, the explorer and missionary.

The recent inflow of tourists on the Zambian side of the falls is due to the prevalent political problems in Zimbabwe, and there is an optimistic feeling of change in the air. You can even wake up to the sounds of Victoria Falls cascading outside the window if you are staying at one of the magnificent Livingstone Hotels that are directly located at The Victoria Falls.

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Livingstone, Zambia is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the superb Victoria Falls, as well as spectacular wildlife in nearby national parks, great adventures, rich culture and friendly people. It is the perfect place to begin or end a Southern African Safari.

The number one tourist attraction in Livingstone is of course the magnificent Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. It is twice as tall as Niagara Falls, and several times longer, affording visitors a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing experience. The Falls are also becoming an adventurer's paradise and abuzz with a rush of adventure and nature based things to see and do, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter- and microlight flights. Finally, there are several excellent national parks nearby offering Livingstone tours and safaris to see the abundant wildlife. Elephants, zebras, hippos, giraffes, baboons and buffalos are easily found.

With a population of around 140,000, Livingstone is a relatively compact town and easy to see on foot. If you prefer to sightsee in a taxi, look out for the certified blue taxis with red number plates. The town itself is being upgraded, and with new shops and restaurants and plenty of places to stay, travellers are well cared for. All budgets are catered for, and you can choose from decadent colonial lodges, Victoria Falls hotels and Livingstone Hotels, to more subtle bush lodges and camps. You can even use our Livingstone map to choose your Livingstone hotel based on its location. 

The city of Livingstone was established on 25 February 1905, against the wishes of the English pioneers who had come here. The resilient locals settled down along the riverside, 5 km upstream from Victoria Falls, as they felt that moving to the New Livingstone area further away would be detrimental to their trade. In 1905 The British South African Company (BSAC), which governed this part of Central Africa, completed the construction of the Victoria Falls Bridge, as they thought it was high time that the settlers were shifted from the mosquito-infested swamplands near the river where they had stayed for the past ten years. 

The BSAC had to implement the move by levying a fine of one shilling per day on anyone who refused to shift. In due course the old settlement known as the 'Old Drift' was vacated. There is hardly anything left to see at the original location, which is now inside a Game Park, except for some of the graves of the people who used to live here and a few trees of foreign origin. Livingstone was then the capital of Northern Rhodesia for a short period from 1911 to 1935 which resulted in prosperity for the town. The main road of Livingstone is the important 'Mosi-oa-Tunya Road' or the 'Victoria Falls Road', lined with buildings built in the classic colonial style. The English Victorian architecture is clearly visible in these tin-roofed houses with wooden verandas.

Although we tend to think of the days gone by as a romantic period, life was difficult in those times. Water was a perennial problem - it had to be pumped from the Maramba River and then transported by buckets to all the houses. Toilets were located in the backyards and sanitary buckets were used, which had to be emptied each morning by the 'bucket brigade', using ox-carts. All the roads had a lot of deep sand on them, which made walking for even a small distance very tedious.

Later, a tram-line was laid from the town to the Livingstone railway station and further up to the boat club. Although many of the houses built during this time are in bad shape, some are being beautifully restored and worth seeing. If the economy of Livingstone continues to rise, more restoration work can take place in the future, which will enhance the beauty of this town increasing the number of Livingstone accommodation options for tourists and increasing the economic stability of the region.

With quality Livingstone hotels, adventurous safaris and Livingstone tours, the magnificent Victoria Falls and a fascinating and rich culture, Livingstone is a great place to visit. Travellers of every style and budget can find a Victoria Falls hotel and accompany it with Victoria Falls tour to suit their tastes.  Come and explore the town and its nearby attractions, the perfect place for a Southern Africa holiday!

Travelling around Zambia? Check out our Kafue National Park or Lusaka accommodation and tour options.  We also have accommodation and tour providers in nearby locations including Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Johannesburg, Swaziland and Lesotho.



From: USD 245

The Zambezi Sun Hotel is moments away from The Zambezi River with the dramatic torrent of The Victoria Falls adjacent as a natural backdrop and situated within the Mosi O Tunya National Park.

 

 

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The Royal Livingstone Hotel is a Sun International Hotel, meaning you can expect nothing less than the highest level of service and enjoy a myriad of superior activities. In everything we do at The Royal Livingstone Hotel, we aim to exceed your expectations, allowing you to escape into the romance and luxury of your journey. The Royal Livingstone Hotel is excellently situated along the Zambezi River, within close proximity of Livingstone town and Victoria Falls.

 

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Maramba River Lodge is set on a hill that overlooks the Maramba River in the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park.

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From: USD 415

David Livingstone Safari Lodge has 77 rooms. Of these, 72 are standard rooms and five are suites. Six of the standard rooms are inter-connected (ideal for groups or bigger families) and four are equipped for paraplegics (two of these are inter-connected).

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From: USD 200

The Protea Hotel Livingstone is centrally located between Livingstone town and Victoria Falls.

 

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From: USD 130

This unique semi outdoor self-catering accommodation is the ideal hideaway on the Zambezi River

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From: USD 125

Set on the banks of the upper Zambezi River, this spacious 2 bed-roomed river house and three bungalows, provide the ideal escape surrounded by natural beauty. You can relax in this luxurious fully furnished house or the bungalows while exploring the Victoria Falls and all Livingstone has to offer.

 

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From: USD 25

Located on the banks of the Zambezi River with fully equipped chalets in a beautiful natural environment.

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From: USD 60

Prana Tented Camp is located just 15 minutes from the mighty Victoria Falls & Livingstone, yet far enough away from the hustle & bustle of town to truly relax, unwind & rejuvenate in this very special corner of the world.”

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Set on the banks of the upper Zambezi River, the bungalows provides the perfect romantic hideaway, surrounded by natural beauty and directly on the river's edge. An ideal base to explore the Victoria Falls and all Livingstone has to offer as well as the nearby Chobe National Park.

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From: USD 160 / person
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This tour promises an encounter with an African lion!

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From: USD 290 / person
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The Ultimate African Experience

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From: USD 180 / person
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Chobe National Park is one of the best parks in Africa. It is only an hour's drive from Livingstone.

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From: USD 40 / person
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This tour has guests coming face to face with some of Livingstone's most notorious man-eating crocodiles. Guests also get to seea fascinating collection of Zambia's most dangerous and venomous snakes.

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From: USD 90 / person
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The Livingstone Island was opened in 1992 to provide exclusive and unique picnics on the edge of the Victoria Falls. It caters for Tongabezi Lodge and the other hotels , lodges and other people around the Victoria Falls area both on the Zambian and the Zimbabwean sides.

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From: USD 105 / person
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The best way to experience the Zambezi River is in a canoe. This half day trip will leave your exhilarated but not exhausted.

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From: USD 85 / person
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It is on this Jewel of the Zambezi that you find comfort and relaxation as you enjoy a gentle cruise on the beautiful and forever changing Zambezi River.

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From: USD 174 / person
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Batoka Sky Adventures Ltd. operates weight shift microlight aircraft that are manufactured by Rainbow Aircraft in South Africa and DTA, French company.

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From: USD 65 / person
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We offer African food served as a buffet setting. This is a true African experience for everyone to enjoy.

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From: USD 130

This unique semi outdoor self-catering accommodation is the ideal hideaway on the Zambezi River

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From: USD 125

Set on the banks of the upper Zambezi River, the bungalows provides the perfect romantic hideaway, surrounded by natural beauty and directly on the river's edge. An ideal base to explore the Victoria Falls and all Livingstone has to offer as well as the nearby Chobe National Park.

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From: USD 630

Livingstone's original luxury lodge, Tongabezi Lodge is said to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world.

 

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From: USD 325

Waterberry's great location on the banks of the Zambezi River is just 30 minutes from Livingstone and Victoria Falls, yet in the heart of the bush.

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From: USD 645

Machenje Fishing Lodge is a small exclusive lodge situated in an area with lots of waterways on the Zambezi River. Ideal for fishing and enjoying birlife and the serenity of the African bush

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Welcome to Livingstone, Zambia!

Livingstone hotels team

Karien Kermer manages the office of Wild Side Tours, which was started in 1992 in Livingstone, assisted by Judith Chongo. Since then they have introduced many people to fascinating Livingstone, who often come back for more because their stay is always too short.

Besides the world reknowned Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi, there are many other interesting places to see and lots of things to do.

Zambians are friendly, smiling and welcoming. It's also safe, full of tradition, culture and history. Livingstone offers a wide choice of accommodation, from the superbly luxurious to the more affordable.  We will help you find the Livingstone hotel or Victoria Falls lodge that is right for you

We speak Nyanja, German, English and Dutch.

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Excellent service as usual. I will always book with Wild Side. Karien is wonderful, and her man Joseph is likewise.
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