Livingstone at Leisure
Victoria Falls is unique in that it is an attraction that can be seen from 2 countries. The waterfall cascades down the Zambezi River and the river itself is the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe the town adjacent the waterfall is Victoria Falls and across the river in Zambia lies the town of Livingstone. Each offers their own advantages but today we focus on Livingstone and the activities and accommodation options only available on the Zambian side.
Activities on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls
Microlight flights over the Victoria Falls are an absolutely spectacular way to see the attraction from the air. The so-called ‘flight of angels’ is undoubtedly the most breath-taking way to see the magnificent Victoria Falls in all their glory and in a microlight, you will feel the wind in your hair and the spray from the waterfall on your face. Keep in mind these flights are weather dependent.
Devil’s Pool, Angel’s Pool & Livingstone Island:
Livingstone Island sits in the middle of the cataracts of the Victoria Falls, on the brink and offers a unique experience. Follow David Livingstone’s footsteps as you tour the island, and soak up the view. In certain seasons you can even swim in Angel or Devil’s Pool on the very edge of the waterfall.
The Elephant Cafe:
Enjoy a 20-minute jet boat ride to this elegant fine-dining restaurant built near an elephant sanctuary. You then get to interact with several elephants, before being served a gourmet meal featuring local ingredients.
Mukuni Village Tour:
A 3-hour tour to Mukuni Village offers the chance to be immersed in a real modern-day Leya village and offers great insight into the culture of those who live there. A fantastic educational activity with children or teens who can interact with local children and play soccer or see the school.
Walk with the endangered white rhinoceros through the bush of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park just upstream from the Victoria Falls. Rangers accompany you on this guided and very special activity which includes a short game drive. 12 years and above.
Accommodation on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls
With all Livingstone has to offer there is also a wide range of accommodation available to suit all tastes. Most are located upstream from the Falls themselves on the Zambezi River. However, there are 2 resort-style lodges close to the Falls themself.
Royal Livingstone Hotel:
A beautiful colonial style 5-star hotel a mere kilometre and a half from the Victoria Falls waterfall. Rolling green lawns, historic artwork, daily high tea and magnificent architecture and Zambezi riverside location make this an excellent choice. Giraffe and zebra roam the resort grounds.
Avani Victoria Falls Resort:
This 3-star resort is next door to the Royal Livingstone and offers the same great location near the waterfall although with fewer views of the Zambezi as it is set back from the river. Relaxed and family-friendly with easy options such as a shuttle to and from the Falls.
Royal Chundu Lodge:
A gorgeous lodge on the edge of the great Zambezi River 40 minutes upstream from Victoria Falls. Perfect for peace and relaxation with lots of luxury inclusions. Massages on your private deck, a leisurely canoe trip to a picnic spot, lie by the pool and soak up the sun, private boat rides etc.
The fabulous and exclusive Togabezi lodge is located 18km upstream from the Victoria Falls. It offers a romantic getaway and beautiful secluded setting with 5 private houses and cottages less than 30 minutes from the Victoria Falls. You get your own private guide for excursions and many activities are included. A great honeymoon choice or for anyone who wants true luxury and privacy.
Thorntree River Lodge:
20 minutes upstream from the Falls, Thorntree River Lodge offers elevated riverside luxury and a kids’ club, welcoming kids of all ages. With an eco-conscious approach, the lodge is designed with an eclectic mix of local African culture accented by contemporary influences. Complimentary activities include guided walking safaris, game drives, canoeing, catch and release fishing, visits to the Falls and boat cruises led by qualified guides