Livingstone Destination Guide

Livingstone is quickly being recognised as the "Adventure Centre" of Southern Africa. It offers a range of adventure sports, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, helicopter- and microglider flights, together with numerous leisure activities for the nature lover. It is a beautiful place with unparalleled scenery, and there are several excellent national parks nearby offering safaris to see the abundant wildlife.

The biggest draw card of Livingstone is of course the magnificent Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most breathtaking sights in the world. However, there is also the nearby national parks for wildlife viewing and safaris, as well as numerous adventure activities.

Our Livingstone destination guide below will give you an idea of the main attractions on offer there. A popular way to see the sights is to book an exciting activity or tour in Livingstone directly with us. You can also take a look at some useful information for your travels in Zambia and Victoria Falls tour.

Things to See & Do in Livingstone

Follow the links below or scroll further down the page for details on some of the many interesting tourist attractions in Livingstone:

Abseiling and Gorge Swinging Top

You can pump up your adrenaline levels by abseiling with a rope, some 53 metres down the Bakota Gorge. Increase the rush further by jumping over the edge of the gorge tied in a body harness. After falling a distance of 50 metres, you will swing right across the gorge and back several times until your momentum finishes and you touch the ground.

Bungee Jumping Top

A 111-metre bungee jump from the main bridge linking Zambia and Zimbabwe is the ultimate adrenalin pumping experience. This jump, which takes place off the Victoria Falls Bridge, has a safety record of 100 % and the falls themselves provide a stunning backdrop. Over 50,000 people have undergone the thrilling experience of jumping off this bridge so far. There is a separate ankle and body harness which is attached to you, to help you recoil back onto the bridge after jumping. Photographs and videos of each jumper are clicked and can be bought later.

Canoeing Top

For those of you who want to experience the calmness of the Zambezi River, canoeing is the perfect option. The canoe trails start approximately 25 km upstream from the Victoria Falls in the still waters and very gentle rapids of the Upper Zambezi River. Canoeing involves paddling downstream in 2 men fibre glass canoes , where you paddle for around an 15 km stretch for a full day and 8 km for a half day, with an intermediate stop for lunch on an island or on the banks of the Zambezi.

Game Drives Top

Near the Victoria Falls, on the banks of the Zambezi River, lies a small wildlife sanctuary, the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. You will find antelopes, buffalos, giraffes, wildebeest and zebras. The park is also home to the only two surviving white rhinos in Zambia. You can get a spectacular view across the Zambezi River and the riverside flora is also beautiful. You may also see the 'Old Drift' where the settlers once resided before the year 1904.

You can also take a day tour to neighbouring Botswana, for a visit to the Chobe National Park which is famous for its abundant bird life and a large number of elephants.

Helicopter Flights Top

In order to appreciate the true beauty of the Victoria Falls, you must get a bird's eye view. If you are lucky, you will see the falls from your aircraft while flying into Livingstone. If not, a helicopter ride will give you stunning views not just of the Victoria Falls but also of the Bakota Gorge, the Zambezi River and the 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' National Park. The seats inside the helicopter are designed in such a way that all passengers get a good view of the landscape below. Alternatively, the same journey can be made in a light aircraft or even a 1940s vintage Tiger Moth biplane, with a leather helmet and goggles to complete the experience!

'The African Queen' River Cruises Top

Experience the splendour of an era gone by while sailing on the waters of the mighty Zambezi River, nestled in spectacular Zambia. Relive the old world charm when self-indulgence was not a rarity but a way of life. Embrace the affluence and way of life of the privileged and experience the mystery and tradition of untouched Africa. The true spirit of Africa is embodied in 'The African Queen'.

The African Queen is a 70 feet catamaran with three decks which are done up with Rhodesian Teak, Beech Wood and brass furnishings. With a total capacity of 120 guests, The African Queen offers lavish cruises on the Zambezi River and lets you experience the wonders of this expansive river and nature all around.

When you arrive at the Royal Landing, you will be greeted with a cocktail and the sounds of a band playing the marimba. The marimba is a local musical instrument with wooden keys resembling a piano, which resonates to the sound of Africa. A fully functional bar on the upper and lower decks serves a variety of snacks along with chilled drinks and an assortment of cocktails. Cruises available include ones starting at noon, lunchtime and sunset.

The Livingstone Museum Top

The Livingstone Museum is the oldest and largest museum in Zambia, established in 1930 when Livingstone was still the capital of the country. Some of the highlights of the museum include a nineteenth century medicine chest, a placenta-stuffed python and a replica of an arm bone mauled by a lion.

The museum has a fine collection of over 37,000 specimens of natural history, historical items and traditional cultural artefacts. Another interesting collection is that of Dr Livingstone's memorabilia, which includes his personal diaries and letters, notebooks, a medicine chest, his jacket and a braided cap.

The Livingstone Museum is located on the Mosi-oa-Tunya Road and is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm daily. The entry fee is US $1 for children and US $3 for adults.

Victoria Falls Top

Victoria Falls, almost double the size of Niagara Falls, has a million litres of water per second plummeting over its soaring cliffs, even during periods when the quantity of water is less. When David Livingstone saw this overwhelming spectacle in 1855, he named the falls in honour of Queen Victoria. However, its native name Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means 'the smoke that thunders', is more suitable. The cloud of spray that is expelled into mid air is visible from a distance of 80 km, the noise is deafening as you approach the falls and once there, it is impossible to avoid getting wet as you look at the screen of water cascading downwards.

Below the waterfall, the Zambezi River flows along to reach the rocks and rapids of Bakota Gorge. Here, opportunities for a wide array of adventure sports like white water rafting, bungee jumping canoeing and helicopter flying are available. You can also find a number of safaris here, giving a fascinating insight into the ancient colonial era in Africa.

White Water Rafting Top

The Zambezi River is recognised by rafting and kayaking enthusiasts as being one of the top ten rivers for paddling in the world. It is also renowned as the 'wildest one day white water run' in the world! You know you have not experienced white water rafting in the Zambezi if you do not at once associate the terms 'Stairway to Heaven' and 'Oblivion' with adventure!

Below Victoria Falls, the swirling rapids of the Zambezi offer some of the best and most exciting rafting opportunities in the world. This is a pool-drop river with a high volume of water and very little exposed rock surfaces in the 12 rapids or the pool below. The best months for rafting in Zambia are August and September. Professional guides accompany all rafting trips along with a complete briefing and familiarisation with your raft before the trip begins.

The rapids are exciting as well as arduous, while the landscape in the gorge will take your breath away. You can also try tandem kayaking, which is a thrilling alternative to rafting. A tiring climb up the gorge marks the end of a superb day and this is where lunch is served. You will be served cold beers on your way back to town.