Livingstone is quite a large and sprawling town. It was never intended to be a tourist town; it was an administrative centre. With the increase in tourism, lodges and guesthouses have sprung up all over the town and on the outskirts.
Nkwazi is essentially self-catering but does have a bar and restaurant
Kayube Estate is self-catering only
Baobab is self-catering only
Within town, there are heaps of guesthouses and hotels. On this map I have shown only a few. As business tourism is popular, many of the guesthouses are mainly used by business people coming to Livingstone for conferences. The ones shown, are ones which I know to be highly recommended by the international tourist community.
Garden Villa and Mose Street are self-catering.
Victoria Apartments is self-catering but is a short walk, in the same grounds, as Protea Hotel.
North of Livingstone
Mabula Game Farm. 40 km north of Livingstone on the Lusaka Road. Mabula offers chalets and camping. Turn-off at 17° 33.69’S, 25° 59.32’E.
Livingstone has an excellent International Airport which brings in visitors from all over the world. Within Zambia flights run several times a day between Livingstone and Lusaka where connections can be made to Zambia’s other main attractions. Charter flights are also available. Travel time by air from Johannesburg is 1 hr 40 mins; from Lusaka is 1 hour 10 mins.
By Road from Zim, Bots and Nam
Self-drive will arrive from Zimbabwe over the Victoria Falls Bridge, just 10 km from Livingstone. From Botswana the journey takes visitors across the Zambezi River by pontoon, 70 km from Livingstone.
From Namibia, the border is at Katima Mulilo where a bridge crosses the Zambezi River just after entering the country. It is then a 200 km drive to Livingstone. The road has some bad patches so it is likely to take 3 hours.
Buses are available from Sesheke; taxis from Kazungula. Intercape buses travel between Livingstone and Windhoek, Johannesburg, Lusaka, Bulawayo, Harare, Malawi.
By Road from Lusaka
To Livingstone from the north, the road is generally good tar, with a bad stretch north of Mazabuka to the T-Junction. The map shows the road from Lusaka (470 km). At the T-junction after crossing the Kafue River, straight on is for Chirundu, Lower Zambezi and Siavonga, right is for Livingstone. The road to Livingstone passes through many villages where ladies sell tomatoes, children cross to school and dogs wander here and there; so drive carefully when passing through them.
13 km south of the T-Junction the road passes through the Munali Hills. These are named after David Livingstone, who was called Munali by his fellow travellers. There is a memorial on the top of the rise – it is said that this was the site where David Livingstone first saw the Kafue River.
Buses travel between Lusaka and Livingstone.
Trains also travel between Livingstone and Lusaka but are not recommended at the moment.
A good place to stop en route is the Choma Museum. It is on the north of the main Choma centre, on the western side of the road. The museum displays the story of the Tonga people and has attractive crafts for sale. Next to the museum is a small cafe (with loos).