269. Livingstone, Zambia
Why Livingstone, Zambia?
Livingstone, Zambia is quiet town that sits just across the border of Zimbabwe within close proximity to the Victoria Falls so it benefits from that economy. It’s a small town of working class people with a vibrant market and craft scene. So if you want to experience how the locals live, this is a great place to do so.
Livingstone, Zambia in the continent of Africa is located in the southwest end of Zambia just about 20 minutes drive from Victoria Falls.
How To Get Here
There is no passenger rail service.
The nearest airport is the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in Livingstone, Zambia (LVI).
The following airlines serve the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, Zambia (LVI):
British Airways (BA), Kenya Airways (KQ), Proflight Zambia (P0) and South African Airways (SA).
Then there’s the airport in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (VFA) across the border. A visa is required to cross the border for select citizens, so check on that before you choose this option.
The following airlines serve the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Airport (VFA):
Air Namibia (SW), Air Zimbabwe (UM), British Airways (BA), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), FastJet Tanzania LTD (FN), Kenya Airways (KQ), Korongo Air (ZC) and South African Airways (SA).
There is also service to the capital city of Lusaka, at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN). You would then have to get local transportation to get to Livingstone.
The following airlines has service to the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN):
Air Botswana (P0), Air France (AF), Air Namibia (SW), Emirates (EK), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), FastJet Tanzania LTD (FN), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Kenya Airways (KQ), Rwandair Express (WB), South African Airways (SA), TAAG ANGOLA AIRLINES (DT) and Turkish Airlines (TK).
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
There are a few hotels here including an AVANI which is closer to Victoria Falls. Ensure that you are staying in the city itself rather than closer to the Falls. It should be about 3 USD or so to get to the Falls if you need to; but they will charge you more if you are a tourist.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
There are tons of places to eat along the main street; just take your pick. I had some chicken and rice which was a lot more than I thought. I could not even have dinner later that night as I’d eaten so much.
What To Do
We walked around the town and just took a bunch of photos and checked out the architecture. It has a bit of old stuff including an old theatre straight from when the British were there.
There is a Craft Market at the end of town, do check that out.
Plus the market a block off the main street is good to experience. You can pretty much get anything you want/need there.
The more touristy stuff is to go see the Falls and/or do a safari. We saw elephants as soon as we crossed the border, so you don’t have to go far to see wild life. For some reason our cab driver was not happy about that. I think he was just having a very bad day though.
On the drive back to the border, I noticed a sign for a Croc Park so you can check that out as well.
Here are some photos of life in Livingstone.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>> Here is a list of Tour offered by Viator.
Currency: Zambian kwacha (ZMK). Always buy currency from an established currency exchange.
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