Cheap Flights to Livingstone, Zambia
- Area : 752,614 km²
- Area Codes : 213
- Currency : Zambian Kwacha (ZMW)
- Population : 103,288 (2000)
- Official Language : English. Others widely spoken: Bemba, Tonga and Lozi
- Time Zone : CAT (UTC)+2
- Airport : Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI)
Formerly ‘Livingstone Airport, ‘LVI’ is a mere 4,9km from the city that takes just 12 minutes to drive via the M10. Transport from the airport comprises car rental vehicles, pre-arranged transfers, taxis or collections provided by some hotels and lodges.
Airlines departing from Cape Town to ‘LVI’ with non-stop, one and two stop flights include:
- South African Airways
- British Airways
- Kenya Airways
Including the above, from Johannesburg travellers can fly with:
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Air Namibia
- Rwandair Express
Reasons to Visit Livingstone, Zambia:
- The city affords visitors history and culture, spectacular natural wonders along with thrilling adventures. Experience the best of Africa with superb game viewing, breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, an array of exciting outdoor activities and wonderful friendly people.
- Bordering the great ‘Zambezi River’, this historical city is named after famous explorer David Livingstone, the first European to experience the magnificence of Victoria Falls, named in honour of ‘Queen Victoria’.
- For accommodation visitors have a great choice of elegant lodges set within lush African surroundings, some located within parks while others are nestled along the banks of the ‘Zambezi’. There are superb guest houses affording lush tranquillity with security, en-suite rooms and pools. Or opt for a tented safari camp, camping site or backpacker establishment such as ‘Fawlty Towers’ voted the best backpacker in Zambia in 2015 by ‘Hostelworld.
- The city provides meals for every traveller’s taste. Be adventurous and sample a plate of traditional Nshima with cabbage, chicken or stew or opt for your favourite international dish in a tavern, restaurant or coffee shop or relax under trees at a pavement café and watch life go by. ‘Kubu Café’ located in ‘Mosi-Oa-Tunya Square’ in the city (right next to Shoprite) serves excellent coffee, breakfasts, lunches, teas, snacks and outstanding dinners. It’s open from 08h30 to 22h30. For a great pizza ‘Peppino’s’ bar and restaurant is situated at ‘The Victoria Falls Waterfront’ and besides good food affords marvellous outlooks of the ‘Zambezi River’.
When to Visit Livingstone, Zambia:
July and August are peak months for ‘Victoria Falls’ with decreased water levels and reduced spray affording superb vistas of the falls. Visitors can take excursions to ‘Livingstone Island’ and indulge in white water rafting once the water’s dropped to levels safe enough. Although winter, temperatures during the day average between 25 and 32°C.
From September to November the falls are at their lowest, sometimes just a trickle but its peak season for rafting, visiting ‘Livingstone Island’ and ‘Devil’s Pool’ to swim on the edge of the falls. The days are hot with temperatures between 30 and 35°C, sometimes reaching over 40°C. September and October are also great months for game viewing in reserves.
The high water season occurs from April to June with the ‘Zambezi’ in flood and ‘Victoria Falls’ at its most powerful. The abundance of mist and spray restricts visibility from some vantage points, excursions to ‘Livingstone Island’ are impossible and with the river’s high levels, the rafting season is usually closed. Daytime temperatures average between 25 and 32°C.
The height of summer and the rainy season between December and March often has afternoon thundershowers occurring. During December the ‘Zambezi’ is low but gradually increases with rain water coming from upstream and the falls becoming more remarkable. Days are hot and humid with temperatures well above 30°C. White water rafting generally closes during February and ‘Devil’s Pool’ and ‘Livingstone Island’ are also closed to the public in January or February because of high river levels.
Places to Visit Livingstone, Zambia:
- The ‘Livingstone Reptile Park’ affords visitors a captivating experience into Africa’s reptiles. Filled with Nile crocodiles and indigenous snakes, visitors should book an enlightening ‘Croc & Snake Park Tour’ where they can have any related questions answered. Snakes are housed in glass cages ensuring maximum safety for visitors. Take your camera, a hat or cap, sunglasses, mosquito repellent and sunscreen!
- The ‘Victoria Falls Bridge’ was opened in 1905 by the son of Charles Darwin and is 128m high and 198m in length. A popular bridge for bungee jumping with spectacular surrounding scenery, it attracted American actor Will Smith who can be seen (on Youtube) taking the plunge! In addition to bungee jumping there’s the bungee swing, gorge-swing, flying fox/cable slide and a tram bridge tour or abseil into the magnificent gorge
- The incomparable beauty of ‘Victoria Falls’ on the ‘Zambezi River’ forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the 1800s it was termed ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ (Mosi-oa-Tunya) by the Kololo tribe that lived in the area. Today it’s known as the ‘greatest curtain of falling water’ in the world. During the peak rainy season more than five hundred cubic meters of water tumble each minute over the edge, almost two kilometres in width into the gorge more than a hundred metres below, creating clouds of spray that can be seen miles away and transforming the easy-going ‘Zambezi’ into a fierce surge. Superb vistas of the ‘’Main Falls’, the ‘Boiling Pot’ and the ‘Eastern Cataract’ can be had from ‘Knife-edge Bridge’ as well as ‘Devil’s Pool’, the ‘Lookout Tree’ and the ‘Falls Bridge’.
- Arrange a once in a life-time trip to ‘Livingstone Island’ and ‘Devils Pool’ with ‘Tongabezi’, holders of an exclusive operating licence for these tours. Only 16 people are permitted at a time in one of only five daily trips. Tours are seasonal and only handled when the ‘Zambezi’ water levels are low, ensuring maximum safety. A definite must do experience.
- Located along the upper ‘Zambezi River’, the 66km² ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park’ founded in 1972 stretches approximately 12km up the ‘Zambezi’ above the ‘Victoria Falls’. It’s a ‘UNESCO World Heritage’ site that’s paired with the ‘Victoria Falls National Park’ in Zimbabwe. Savour a wonderfully relaxed drive alongside the river with a wide variety of wildlife to be viewed fairly close up. Elephants cross the river and walk freely throughout the park that’s home to antelope, rhino, zebra, warthog, giraffe and smaller animals including many bird species. For staying over there are a number of excellent lodges located within the park and just on the outskirts of its boundaries.
- The ‘Maramba Cultural Museum’ is committed to preserving traditional Zambian art and culture.
- The ‘Railway Museum’ affords a glance into Zambia’s railway heritage showing off fine examples of olden stream locomotives, vintage coaches and railway memorabilia.
- The ‘Livingstone Museum’ previously known as ‘David Livingstone Museum’ and ‘Rhodes-Livingstone Museum’ opened in 1934 and is Zambia’s oldest and largest museum. The ‘Archaeology Gallery’ describes the cultural development of the country from the Stone Age to the Iron Age as well as human evolution. The ‘Ethnography & Art Gallery’ displays items related to the country’s various cultures including musical instruments and handicrafts. The ‘History Gallery’ enlightens visitors to the origins of Bantu people and British colonial rule. It also shows off a large assortment of Livingstone’s relics, donated to the museum by his family. Additionally there’s a ‘Natural History’ section with an extensive library and some of Livingstone’s journals.
Getting Around Livingstone:
Taking a cab is probably the quickest way to get around. They’re sedan vehicles, light blue in colour and located throughout the city. Not usually metered, prices can be negotiated or obtained from the city’s ‘Civic Centre’.
Driving in the city is generally safe but be aware of potholes and drivers under the influence of alcohol. Never have or leave visible valuables in the car and always lock the doors. Car rentals include:
- Sally Mebs Trading – Travel, Tours & Car Hire