The Hidden Gems within Livingstone

Home to the mighty Victoria Falls, the hub of adventure and river based activities

From sedate sunset cruises on the Zambezi River to white water rafting in the gorge below the Falls, there is SOMETHING FOR ALL AGES AND INTERESTS in Livingstone. Quite rightly, most people choose to start or end a visit to Zambia with a stay in Livingstone and therefore the town combines well with safari experiences in the Southern Kafue or fishing on the Upper Zambezi river.

Livingstone is perfectly suited to:

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What you can find in this region

Unique attractions or experiences in this region include:

Victoria Falls

The largest waterfall in the world based on volume can be seen kilometres away as the towering cloud of water vapour gives the Falls their local name which means “The Smoke That Thunders.” Viewed from both Zambia and Zimbabwe, the spray of the Falls will literally drench you to the bone when the water levels are high! Another superb feature of experiencing the Falls from Zambia is ‘Devil’s Pool’ – something that needs to be experienced to be believed!

Zambezi River

The Zambezi River in Livingstone is broken into 2 distinct parts – above the Falls and the gorge below. The river above the Falls is wide, slow flowing and ideal for boat cruises and canoe safaris and home to wildlife like hippo and elephant to name a few. Below the Falls, the river is a raging series of massive rapids and offers world class white water rafting.

Accommodation Ideas in this region

Where we suggest you stay in this region:

Chundukwa Lodge

An intimate, owner run lodge located in a tranquil setting on the banks of the Zambezi River -30km upstream from the Victoria Falls.

The River Club

Eleven spacious, private suites individually nestled within the tree line along the edge of the magnificent Zambezi River

Tongabezi Lodge

A romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi river, upstream of the majestic Victoria falls

Waterberry Lodge

Nestled in the seclusion of the Mopane Woodland on the banks of the Zambezi River makes this lodge it an ideal setting for a relaxing getaway.

Avani Victoria Falls Resort

Located just a 10-minute walk from the Victoria Falls, Avani boasts an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants and a garden.

David Livingstone Safari Lodge

A Colonial styled luxury hotel situated 5km from Livingstone and 10km from Victoria Falls

Royal Livingstone Hotel

A 5 star luxury en-suite hotel on the Zambezi River just a short walk away from the Victoria Falls

Livingstone Travel Package Ideas

Some package ideas as to how you can best experience this region

Waterfalls & Wildlife

A perfect 6 night combination experiencing the mighty Victoria Falls and a 3 night safari in the Southern Kafue National Park

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Livingstone & Victoria Falls Photo Gallery

Photographs from around the Livingstone region

Routes through the Southern Region

The Southern Route begins and ends in Livingstone, depending on your direction and includes regions within the Southern, Central and Northern parts of the Kafue. Full route details below:

Heading north from Livingstone after experiencing the buzz of the Falls, you will reach the town of Kalomo. Here you leave the beaten track! A detour through the village market and 70km of dirt later, you enter the Dundumwezi or Nanzhila Gate. The Southern Kafue begins with a very solid belt of miombo forest. Beautiful, multi-coloured bush and a bird lovers haven but tricky for game viewing. However, you will soon be through miombo and crossing the plains that make the southern region so diverse for game viewing. Most guests choose to have 2-3 nights around Nanzhila Plains to explore this area before heading north onto Lake Itezhi-tezhi.

Itezhi-tezhi is often thought of as a ‘mini-Kariba’ and offers some stunning shoreline vistas before you bend back into more miombo and follow the Kafue River north. About 2 hours north of the lake is a stunning collection of camps including Kaingu, Kasabushi and Mawimbi and all offer an awesome river based experience at various budget levels. Canoeing, fishing and boat cruises now compliment the game drive experience and adds another dimension to the Kafue experience. If you continue north from here, you will hit the M9 Great West Road.

Once you hit this road, you have 2 options. The more popular option is to then head west towards Kaomo and join the western route. Alternavitely, you can continue to explore the Kafue and a fantastic option is to head east along the M9 to Mumbwa and then bend back to the North-Eastern sector of the park where the magnificent Kafue River Lodge is based. Here, depending on seasons, you can explore this remote corner of the park OR venture into the Busanga Plains on a mobile safari or the newly opened Lufupa concession. By heading back to the M9 at Mumbwa, you can connect with the road back to Lusaka