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Livingstone is to Zambia what the town of Victoria Falls is to Zimbabwe. Also known as Maramba, it was once the capital of Zambia before it was moved to Lusaka. Livingstone is in the Southern Province of Zambia.
Livingstone has its own airport (LVI), and flights arrive daily.
British Airways and South African Airways fly between Livingstone and Johannesburg. Kulula (operated by BA) often has great prices
ProFlight Zambia between Livingstone and other destinations in Zambia and has several flights between Livingstone and Lusaka each day.
SA Airlink flies between Livingstone and Nelspruit.
The Livingstone International Airport was renamed Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport - he was an integral part of Zambia's independence movement.
You can also fly into Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (airport code VFA), Livingstone's sister city, on the Zimbabwe side of the border.
Rail services have been cut back in recent years. A twice-weekly overnight train from Kitwe via Lusaka, taking around 40 hours is still running. Also, a third-class only train connects with Mulobezi once a week.
If you are aching to rent a car and drive yourself around Zambia, this might be the trip for you. The roads between Livingstone and Lusaka are among the country's best, and the trip involves only one left turn.
For the international driver, roads lead into Livingstone from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). You can buy a temp. import permit at your port of entry, for 1 month, 3 months or longer. Also a Zambian third party insurance is mandatory, next to reflective stickers or reflectors at the front of your vehicle (white) and at the back (red). Dimensions must be 5 x 5 cm, however rectangular is permitted as well.
The city of Livingstone -- where the bulk of the accommodation, restaurants, nightclubs, etc. are located -- is relatively small. Most likely, you will be comfortable walking around town.
The city sits about 6 miles/10km from The Falls, making it long enough to not want to walk. The going rate for a taxi is U.S. $10 in each direction between the town and the falls.
What to see
Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most amazing sights in the world. Twice as tall as Niagara Falls, and several times longer, Victoria Falls affords visitors a once-in-a-lifetime sightseeing experience.
Thanks to a well-designed park, visitors can touch the waters of the Zambezi just meters before it plunges over the falls; cross the gorge on a narrow bridge that provides spectacular views; and take thousands of photos - without a single one being redundant.
Wet weather gear is for hire as you enter the park. Turn left to walk in front of the gorge and see the water, take the track to the right to see the water just before it drops. Consider possibly doing the walk upriver first, as it may be less appealing when you are already soaking wet. Think about how you are going to keep your camera dry.
An admission fee is payable as you enter the park. The ticket is valid for multiple entries on the same day. There is limited food or drink inside the park. There is a small stand that sells bottled water and cold drinks. There are a couple of food stalls near the curio markets
The Livingstone Museum is worth breezing through. Has a natural history section, as well as an area describing the independence of Zambia from (naturally) a very Zambian perspective. There is a curio shop in the museum, and many touts out the front. A curious piece of information is that Zambians did not have access to a wheel until Europeans brought one in the 19th Century.
Don't forget the activities at on the other side of the falls.
Victoria Falls is becoming an adventurer's paradise. In recent years, many "extreme sports" have appeared, including:
White Water Rafting -- boasting several Class V rapids, the roiling waters south of the Falls provide 18 of the world's best rapids literally starting in the gorge of Victoria falls in the Boiling Pot, right under Victoria Falls Bridge.
You can body board the first few rapids (it is advisable that you be able to swim fairly well or you won't get the most out of it)
Bungi Jumping from the bridge spanning Zambia and Zimbabwe is very popular. The location affords a spectacular view of the Falls.
Another must is the elephant back safari run by Elephant Trails, a truly spiritual experience.
It's possible to walk with several young lions in a park in Zimbabwe. It costs $160 and is well worth the expense. Inquire at your hostel or hotel.
There is Jet Extreme, wherein you fly across the class five rapids of the Zambezi River for $95, the tickets can be booked at any of the back packers. The trip also involves an hour and half drive through the bush and a vertical climb down in a cable car about 220 meters. The thrill of coming to a spinning halt from 50 mph to 0 in a second is too good to miss.
African Queen River Safari with Livingstone's Adventure.
Finally, there are several National Parks nearby, many of which are well-worth the visit. Livingstone, has the well known Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park which has the only White Rhinos in Zambia.
Take a tour with the Royal Livingstone Express offering excursions by a colonial era steam train.