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Named after missionary and explorer David Livingstone, Livingstone is located about 10km from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls.
The city acts as a gateway to the magnificent attractions of Victoria Falls and the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park. While the Falls are the major site bringing visitors into the city, if you're interested in local culture and history visit the Livingstone Museum - the oldest museum in Zambia, with interesting displays of David Livingstone memorabilia - and the bustling Maramba Market, which sells everything from vegetables and cooking pots to handcrafts and colourful fabric.
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If you've been to Africa but haven't visited Victoria Falls then you should. The falls are visible from two countries: Zambia and Zimbabwe. A bridge connects the two and it is possible to cross from one to the other to see the falls from both sides but take stock of the visa situation first.
In Zambia admission costs $20 and the site is easily accesible by blue minibus from Livingstone (bus park just down the road from Shop Rite supermarket).
Security on site is good and visible, though not so much as to intrude, and so you can pretty much wonder as you wish and not keep looking over you shoulder.
Wading/padlling is possible at the top of the falls and there even some islands you can cross to (depending on recent rainfall, of course). A security man on site will direct you.
The Boiling Pot is a great spot for a picnic and a rest. Its virtually at the foot of the falls in a chasm which makes for a lot of roar and amazing sights including adrenalin junkies bungee jumping from the bridge (no doubt you'll be approached at some stage by a tout offering you the same priviledge for a fee).
You reach the pool through a small area of rainforest which is quite picturesque. The way is well-marked and passes over several streams.
You can pick up gifts and local handicrafts - some of them actually quite good - from the stalls at the entrance to the park. Refreshments are also available though, if you're using public transport, I recommend grabbing a cold beer from one of the vendors at the bus park which is about 10 minutes away on the other side of the road, and drinking it in local company under the shade of the acacias.
This is such a beautiful plasce to visit and there are so many things to do!!! This is where one of the best white water rafting can be done, going between the months of late September and Early december is the best time because the water level is low and the rapids are a lot funner. There are also an abundance of other adventure activities to do such as gorge swings, helicopter rides up the Zambezi River and down to the falls as well as cruises on the river where you can watch the sun set with the african wildlife surrounding you (watch out for the croc's!!). There is a range of accommodation to suit every need. Whether you want 5 star luxury, or a family fun resort (both found right on the river and you can get free access to the Victoria Falls because you have to pay to see it now!!). Or if you want something more native there are great lodge style accommodation where you sleep in a hut style room, but dont worry they come with bathrooms and beds!! Well most of them. When visiting Africa it is always important to be wary of the crime and possible dangers, but i havn't experienced any problems in Livingston. If you just ask hotel staff and stick with tour guides, everything should be A OK :-)
Livingstone lives! The explorer David Livingstone is immortalised in this City at the edge of the Victoria Falls and that is where you must go. The bridge across the Zambesi Gorge is the International Border between Zambia and Zimbabwe, you will have to leave your passport at the Zambian Immigration Post and then stroll down to the Bridge, in the middle is the white line demarcating the Border, but there are no armed guards so feel free to work across and step on to Zimbabwean soil. The prime activity on the Bridge whether you are 18 or 88 is the Bungee Jump, all of 111 metres to the raging rapids of the Zambesi. Do it and get the pictures, never mind the t-shirt.
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