The city that draws many people from around the world. There are many things to do in Livingstone Zambia, beyond Victoria Falls. I am going to take you through some of the cool places to visit in Livingstone, Zambia, some free things to do in Livingstone, the main outdoor activities in Livingstone, many of which are centered around experiences and things to do in Victoria Falls and Mosi-oa-tunya National Park. Will also cover tours like the Royal Livingstone express
, and other Livingstone activities prices, as well as Livingstone hotels.
My trip back to Zambia a few months ago saw me pack as much into the trip as I possibly could, in addition to introducing my boyfriend to the continent other than our diving trip in Egypt’s Red Sea
. We explored Mosi-oa-unya national park, stayed in cool Livingstone hotels on the Zambezi River, did game drives, explored the Livingstone Island and swam across Victoria Falls to dip into the Devil’s Pool, while wondering if David Livingstone had the pleasure of experiencing this beautiful natural wonder on the Victoria Falls before he renamed it….So if you are heading to visit Livingstone Zambia then I have a couple tips for exploring that area, places to check out, cool tours and activities not to miss out among tourist attractions in Livingstone you need to check out.
Outdoor Activities In Livingstone
You may have seen my posts on Dipping into the Devil’s Pool
or getting a little rest and relaxation from the world’s insanity at Tonabezi’s river lodges
. If you haven’t then you need to go check them to give you an idea of what to do in Livingstone as well as to inspire your Livingstone Zambia holiday activities. There are endless outdoor activities in Livingstone to get lost in. From places like Reptile Park, which is Livingstone’s Reptile Park that boasts a collection of Livingstone’s most notorious reptiles. For adrenaline junkies, one cannot miss out on whitewater rafting as you marvel at the magnificent beauty of the Batoka Gorge between some of the most exciting and challenging rapids rafted anywhere on the planet. Below are some the cool and exciting outdoo activities to experience in Livingstone:
- Whitewater rafting through Batoka Gorge
- Canoeing on the Zambezi River
- Game Safaris
- Micro lighting or Helicopter over Victoria Falls
- Lion and Cheetah walks
- Abseiling and gorge swinging
- River Safari
- Fishing in the Zambezi
- Steam Train Rides over the Victoria Falls Bridge
Free Things To Do In Livingstone
In addition to the above, my absolute favourite places to visit in Livingstone, Zambia are the nearby markets, a perfect addition to those looking for free things to do in Livingstone Zambia. Just because I am at home doesn’t mean haggling goes out the window. No, sir! Livingstone market, was where Bee gots her little treasures to bring back to London from her travels. Below are some of our pictures, with shots from our journey from Lusaka to Livingstone. For more tours to add to your list of Livingstone Zambia attractions check out Get Your Guide and Viator Tours in Livingstone Zambia
Top 10 Things To Do In Livingstone Zambia | Activities To Do In Victoria Falls
The below are among the best things to do in Livingstone, Zambia. So you find yourself at Victoria Falls and you have marveled at God’s masterpiece and have taken a million selfies (let’s not kid ourselves, I will bet you are also hiding a selfie stick too – don’t worry I will keep the judging to myself). So what else is there in this little city of Livingstone?
Just for reference as Victoria falls is on the border with Zimbabwe, most of the things to do in Livingstone Zambia, in the list below are based in on the Zambian side. Also, note that you can get the bus to Chobe’s national park from Livingstone. The attractions and places to visit in Livingstone below can easily be added to your Livingstone or Zambia itinerary as I have also linked to tours you can easily add on to your itinerary. For Victoria Falls tours in Zambia click here and for Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe click here. While you are here, also worth checking out is Zimbabwe’s Bulawayo.
1. Explore Victoria Falls from both Zimbabwe and Zambian sides.
Among things to do in Livingstone Victoria Falls is an unmissable attraction. As far as Livingstone activities Zambia and Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls views are both a must see. You can only see the falls from the Zambian side during the dry seasons as the Zambia side is mostly submerged in water from the Zambezi River – The water source for the Victoria Falls. When and if you do, its an experience not to be forgotten. Visiting the national park in Zimbabwe to see the falls costs about £10.
2. Zambian Bridge Swing Over Victoria Falls
No, nope not that kind of swinging, but it will still involve swinging on both sides. I am talking about both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side, of course. There are gorge swings on the bridge
by the border where you start from Zambia and swing into Zimbabwe and back. Essentially swinging on both sides! This thrilling Victoria Falls experience is perfect for thrill-seeking adventurers who want to have one of Africa’s most-adrenaline pumping experiences.
3. Take A Cruise On The Zambezi
Attractions near Victoria Fallsdon’tt get any cooler. There are a few operators that operate morning, noon and sunset cruises on the Zambezi where you will see crocodiles, hippos, elephants, bird life and whatever animal decides to turn up to the party all the while cruising with a drink in hand a leisurely pace. There are plenty of tours available in Livingstone and Zambia
4. Explore Livingstone Island Tour & Dive Into The Devil’s Pool
Activities to do in Victoria Falls seriously do not get any cooler than this. If you don’t have the heart to dive into the Devils pool on Victoria Falls
, you can also opt for the guided tour of Victoria Falls by way of the Livingstone Island tour
. This tour takes from your hotel in Victoria Falls via coach to Royal Livingstone Hotel and then take you to Livingstone Island by boat. Take in stunning views, swim in its famous pool and explore Livingston Island before a tasty bush breakfast or lunch.
5. Adrenaline Seeker’s Delight In Bungee Jumping Over Victoria Falls
African bungee jumping over Victoria Falls
are what ultimate African bucket lists are made of, knowing you have only the rope to keep you from being a tasty taster to the crocodile’s dinner for the day, in the river below. Now, how’s that for an adrenaline kick!
6. Afternoon Tea At Royal Victoria Hotel On The Zambezi
Learn all about the local culture, the pioneers and the history of the town on this full day trip. Visit Victoria Falls Hotel, the oldest hotel in Zimbabwe, to enjoy its famous high tea, see the 1000-year-old big tree and discover the falls. You can also opt to enjoy an afternoon tea at Royal Livingstone Hotel where tours to Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool leave from.
7. Explore The Livingstone Museum
You can sample Zambia food in the town centre of Livingstone before checking out the Livingstone museum. You can learn about Zambian history, living and national food too. A cool addition to an itinerary with attractions near victoria falls. The museum will set you back an equivalent of about £2-3 or about $4. Also handy is the tourist information site right next to the museum where you can find more information on hotels in town for those that are more lastminute.com as well as tour operators, transportation and the like.
8. What To Do In Livingstone For Thrill Seekers? Zambezi White Water Rafting!
For those that like to test just how fast their heart can dance around their rib cage then you will be left in a state on nirvana with activities like white water rafting down the Zambezi. The Zambezi River is internationally acclaimed as one of the best locations for white water rafting. Enjoy the adrenaline pumping thrill of this exceptional activity, and also marvel at the stark, sheer beauty and tranquility of the Batoka Gorge.
9. Go For A Safari In Zambezi National Park
Explore Zambezi National Park for a safari
by embarking on this full day guided tour with lunch where you will be taken to the Victoria Falls rainforest and the Zambezi National Park. At the end of the day, you will go on a sunset cruise down the majestic Zambezi River. Zambia has some of the most amazing safaris in Africa and we are one of a couple of countries still left with tree climbing lions.
10. See Victoria Falls From Above On A Flight of Angels Helicopter Experience
The “Flight of Angels”
is an amazing journey over the 1700m vast curtain of water known locally as the “Mosi oa Tunya” (the smoke that thunders) aka Victoria Falls, along the Zambezi River and the Zambezi National Park.
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Livingstone Zambia Hotels | Where To Stay In Livingston
I have blogged about some of our experiences at Maramba River Lodge, Livingstone accommodation that caters to budge and mid-range, on-site you can camp, you can rent a luxury tent and you can also have chalets. I found this to be great value for money as we were right on the banks of the river which meant that safari animals can be seen all while you have breakfast, lunch or dinner.
We also sampled Tongabezi and Royal Livingstone which fall under luxury accommodation near Victoria Falls Zambia. With Royal Livingston,e you can see the mist of the Victoria Falls as you are that close to not only the falls but activities on victoria falls as Livingstone Island and Devil’s Pool tours leave from here. For more hotels and accommodation near victoria falls zambia side click here and for Victoria Falls hotels Zimbabwe side click here.
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