Hello Magazine shares the top 5 things to do in Livingstone Zambia.
If you’re looking for a truly natural Zambian experience, look no further than Livingstone.
Home of the mighty Victoria Falls, also known locally as Mosi-Tunya directly translating to ‘The smoke which thunders’. Livingstone is a historic city named after the British explorer David Livingstone, and it’s known as the tourist capital of Zambia. Set just 11km from Victoria Falls, it is a fantastic base for visiting one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The city of Livingstone gives travellers not only the experience of the mighty Victoria Falls but also the opportunity tackle the thrilling adventure scene. This makes Livingstone the mecca of backpacking for thrill seekers.
1. Victoria Falls
A trip to Livingstone Zambia requires a compulsory visit to the Victoria Falls, with walks that let you view the falls from different angles. You can cross the footbridge that sways through a cloud of water spray towards the Knife Edge (a slippery walkway that runs right along the crags). Other ways to experience the falls is to make your way down the slopes to the banks of the Zambezi, where the Boiling Pot (a massive whirlpool) roars away.
Thrill seekers, rejoice! The exhilarating Microlight flight is the perfect opportunity to get your pulses racing. It also has unique, uninhibited and immensely breathtaking view of the Victoria Falls. Furthermore, you can experience the spectacular gorge that the Zambezi River has carved into the surrounding landscape over thousands of years. The Microlight literally gives you a bird’s eye view of the incredible vast wildlife. Something not to be missed by adventure seekers.
3. Riverboat Safari
If you’re not a fan of heights but still want to do something fun, why not try a riverboat cruise for the upper river safari experience. The boat safari allows you to explore the Zambezi River and its myriad of islands such as the famous Livingstone Island. This particular safari lets you enjoy the thrill of speeding over rapids across the river then slowing down for a leisurely viewing trip around the Zambezi and coming up close and personal with hippos, crocodiles and more. The river safari, in particular, is perfect for avid bird watchers, giving an extraordinary insight into the vast species of birds within Zambia from the Bee Eater to the African Data and Kingfisher. Meanwhile, the romantics can also enjoy sunset cruises along the famous river.
4. Mosi-Tunya National Park
If you’re desperate to see beautiful animals in their natural habitat, be sure to book a visit to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which may be one of the smallest of its kind in Zambia. The park is perfectly situated along the Zambezi River, just a stone’s throw away from the mighty Victoria Falls. Home to Africa’s biggest personalities, such as the white rhino and buffalo, you can also find other animals such as antelopes, warthogs and elephants which can be spotted crossing the Zambezi towards Mosi-oa-Tunya’s ‘sister park’ on the Zimbabwean side of the border. This park is also perfect for bird watchers who can view up to 35 species. The open game-viewing vehicles, driven by expert guides are the best way to encounter these animals in their natural habitat.
5. Royal Livingstone Express
Dining with a twist! The Royal Livingstone express offers a culinary journey of a lifetime and you’d be crazy to miss out on the unique experience A combination of fine dining opulence mixed with picturesque views – it really is quite something. Complete with a smart dress code, passengers have a classy adventure to the Victoria Falls Bridge to watch the gorgeous African sunset and marvel at the sight of the world’s largest waterfall, before heading back along the newly refurbished Mulobezi railway line to Livingstone town in a beautiful and romantic steam train.