Livingstone

Boat in Livingstone at sunset.
Overview

Come to this upbeat colonial city to see the thunderous Victoria Falls and the mighty Zambezi River. Visit colourful, bustling Maramba Market, and learn about Zambia's history at the Livingstone Museum. Be adventurous and build up for white-water rafting, bungee jumping or abseiling with a bowl of nshima (maize meal porridge). Then round off your perfect day with a well-earned cold Rhino beer.

Background

Formerly known as Constitutional Hill which was founded in 1905 as capital of Northern Rhodesia Livingstone was renamed in 1964 when Zambia won its independence. Just five miles from Victoria Falls, and named after famed explorer David Livingstone, this is one of Africa's great adventure destinations. Choose from a whole host of white-knuckle activities or try them all. You can slow the pace down with a riverboat ride on the Zambezi River, or with a round of golf. Then shop for souvenirs on lively Mosi-oa-Tunya Road.

First-time visit

See Victoria Falls from above in a helicopter or microlight. Make a splash as you go white-water rafting on the roaring Zambezi River, or bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge. Go on safari in search of wildlife, maybe even on the back of an elephant. Buzzing Maramba Market sells exotic fruits, while the Mosi-oa-Tunya Road stalls sell souvenirs. Don't forget to haggle. Be enthralled by the impressive collection (including many of Dr Livingstone's possessions) at the Livingstone Museum. At sunset, watch hippos and crocodiles on a river cruise before you go dancing in a downtown nightclub after dark.

Return visit

If you're a train fan, get steamed up at the Railway Museum at Chishimba Falls. Leya tribal life is on show at Mukuni village. Try to hook a tiger the powerful tiger fish is one of Africa's top freshwater game catches. Enjoy the African bush and Zambezi riverbank scenery on horseback. You can cool off with a swim in the Devil's Pool, a small lagoon on the very lip of Victoria Falls, from August to early December. Take a trip over the border to Botswana's Chobe National Park, renowned for its abundant wild game.

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