Livingstone is a large town of 180,000 people. The main road from Lusaka to the Victoria Falls runs through the middle of the town with turnings to the airport and Kazungula (for Botswana and Namibia). The main commercial centre of Livingstone is all along the main road with plenty of shops and services.
The road to the south goes to the Victoria Falls, 10 km away. This road goes through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and is an elephant corridor, so take care if driving or cycling. The elephants are generally used to people but they are wild and should be given their own space.
Because Livingstone is not just a tourist town, there is a lot going on with people working in the many government offices, schools, hospitals, factories and shops.
The town is generally very safe to drive or walk around. If your vehicle is loaded it is best to park with extra security which is available at Spar or Mosi-oa-Tunya Square (at the traffic lights). You are advised not to walk around after dark.
There is plenty of accommodation in town and in the outskirts. Depending on your requirements look at the travel options below.
Most activities are based on the Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River. All reputable hotels/camps can organise bookings. The price does not vary, so there is no need to ‘shop around’.
Families can enjoy many of the activities. Horse riding, quad biking and fishing are very popular.
For a list of activities available, click on the link below:
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park encompasses the Upper Zambezi, the Victoria Falls and the gorges below. A section of the park is fenced and this is where the wildlife is viewed.
Visitors can either drive through this section themselves or take a guided tour.
To find out more click on the link below:
History of Livingstone
Livingstone started its life as a small hamlet along the Zambezi River but was moved further away from the mosquito-infested marshes to a ridge in a teak forest 10 km away. This was in 1905. To read more about the history of Livingstone click on the link below.