Livingstone, located in southern Zambia, has become a popular tourist destination thanks to its proximity to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The city offers a diverse range of experiences for visitors, from cultural and historical attractions to adventure activities.
The Victoria Falls
The main attraction of Livingstone, Victoria Falls, is a breathtaking sight that draws thousands of visitors every year. Take a guided tour to learn about the history and geology of the falls, or opt for a thrilling activity like bungee jumping or white-water rafting.
Livingstone is an adventure-seekers paradise with a wide range of activities available, including white-water rafting, bungee jumping, and helicopter rides. Take a microlight flight over Victoria Falls for a bird’s-eye view of the falls, or go on a safari to see the wildlife of the area.
Livingstone is home to a rich cultural heritage, with many traditional villages and historical sites to explore. Take a tour of the Maramba Cultural Village to learn about the customs and traditions of the local people, or visit the Livingstone Museum to learn about the city’s history.
From national parks home to exotic wildlife to stunning natural landscapes, Zambia offers much to discover on a safari and the great thing is, you get various adventure-filled options too!
Game Drive Safaris
A great way to explore national parks is while being driven in 4×4 open safari vehicles that take you to the heart of these reserves home to plenty of wildlife. An ideal place for this is Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park near The Royal Livingstone Victoria Falls Zambia Hotel by Anantara; on your game drive, you will get a chance to see white rhinos, zebras, giraffes, monkeys, antelopes and much more.
Apart from game drive safaris, you can look to enjoy those on water too! For example, for travellers staying at a Livingstone hotel, Victoria Falls is not the only natural attraction to experience here; one can also embark on exciting canoeing safaris along the Zambezi River to spot wildlife and birdlife. Other areas for such escapades include the Kafue and Luangwa rivers as well as various lagoons in the country.
For more up-close exploration, certain areas can be toured on a walking safari. As you would expect, such excursions, be it on short trips or longer mobile safaris, are done with highly trained guides. Getting closer to animals will be truly rewarding and unforgettable and places, where you can look forward to such experiences, include the South and North Luangwa and Lochinvar national parks.
For something different, look to set off on a safari in Zambia on horseback or even atop an elephant! Such excursions are available for those staying at hotels in Livingston close to Victoria Falls. Since the country is a place where one can see over 740 bird species, it has also become a prime destination for bird-watching safaris at spots like the Lower Zambezi and Lochinvar national parks.
Venture into a country of diverse wildlife and natural beauties that guarantee an action-packed vacation for travellers. Enriched by large pools of water and vast areas of land, Zambia is one of South Africa’s awe-inspiring tour locations.
Fancy a game drive to spot the African buffalo? Thrilling rides at the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park are one of the top things to do in Zambia, which is easily reachable in a 27-minute drive from Avani Victoria Falls Resort. Explorers will be able to spot a wide array of wildlife species from birds to feared predators. Among them are the Angolan giraffe, warthog, impala, Burchell’s zebra and sable.
Take strolls down Zambian National Parks to enrich your stay in the country. This South African exploration may seem like quite the challenge at first glance, but with the guidance of armed guards and professional guides, it will seem like a walk in the park, only much better and exciting. The guided walks will open the doorway for travellers to discover fauna and flora that haven’t been spotted before in their lives.
A Dinner Cruise Down Zambezi River
Connect with Zambian nature as you cruise down the Zambezi River by Victoria Falls. The river cruises create space for travellers to get up close and personal with the surroundings of the river and the astonishing offerings of Zambian nature. The Zambezi-style dinner at the dinner cruise is a bonus to your experience.
The jaw-dropping view of Victoria Falls is guaranteed to linger in your memories for years to come. Back in the 1800s, the tribal people, Kololo described the cascade of waters as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, which translates into ‘The Smoke That Thunders’, owing to the grandeur standing of the waterfall as the greatest curtain of falling in the world.
A waterfall that is formed by the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls is hailed as one of the largest waterfalls in the world due to its humongous width. It provides a flourishing habitat to its many species of animals and plants.
If you’re planning on a tour to this scenic island, you should know that they are seasonal and the island can only be reached when the Zambezi River’s water level is low enough to provide safe access to the island. The best time to visit this island would be from late June to early March.
Story behind Name
David Livingstone first revealed the whereabouts of this island in November 1855; hence the name of the island. It is said that he lowered a length of cotton cloth with a bullet attached to it in order to measure the depth of the pool.
As the name suggests, the water level has to be pretty low for someone to even consider swimming at the Devils Pool.
Africa is a land that is synonymous with adventure and wild-life, and there is no better way to experience the glory of an African wilderness quite like a safari, and there is no safari quite like a Zambian safari in South Luangwa. The Luangwa region is iconic for its spectacular scenery and wild-life amidst an unforgiving and rugged wilderness. Despite this, the safaris in Luangwa are renowned for providing a comfortable voyage into some of the harshest yet most beautiful terrains of Africa.
You can enjoy your stay in Luangwa in a variety of ways, one is by spending it at one of the area’s many lodges in the heart of the wilderness, if you wish to venture even deeper, the accompanying professionals will set up a camp for you to intimately experience the African wilderness. If the first two options are a tad too extreme for you, there you can go for a luxury hotel such as the Victoria Falls Hotel Zambia by the renowned Anantara Hotels, Resorts Spas where you can comfortably enjoy the river and wild-life experiences in Zambia amidst five-star luxury.
The safari providers in the area have decades worth of experience as well as recognition and will uncompromisingly provide you the best, and safest, experience you can hope for. The South Luangwa National Park encompasses almost ten thousand square kilometers and plays refuge to over four hundred species of birds and more than sixty different species of mammals. Leopards, Elephants and Crocodiles in particular are known to gather in large numbers in South Luangwa Park. The dry season from April to October is the best time for a visit, since the rivers dry up and the animals wander towards the lagoons where water is plentiful.
So if you seek a safari adventure like no other, head on to South Luangwa for a voyage you will surely cherish for a lifetime.
Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world. Google+