Livingstone Zambia is the country's gateway to magnificent Victoria Falls, considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Its sister city (also called Victoria Falls) is found across the Zambezi River in the neighboring country of Zimbabwe. While Luangwa National Park in the far northeast of the country is becoming more popular, it is Victoria Falls that is the country's greatest tourist attraction. There are several Livingstone Zambia hotels located right in the town. The Livingstone Airport is located less than a mile north of town.
The best of the Livingstone Zambia hotels are located south of town along the Zambezi River and with easy access to and views of the falls. About two miles away from the falls is the Stanley Safari Lodge, an exclusive and luxurious property that is very intimate, with only ten sumptuously appointed cottages and suites. Located even closer to the river and falls is the Royal Livingstone Hotel, a larger five-star property with more rooms and suites, an elegant gourmet restaurant, a more casual al fresco dining area, spa, swimming pool, and an elegant bar and lounge. These are some of the finest of Zambia hotels to be found anywhere in the country, including the capital city of Lusaka. Other upscale accommodations include the Zambezi Sun. Closer to town are a few three-star properties and budget hotels. Other Livingstone Zambia hotels include bush camps and safari lodges and very modest guesthouses. There are even a couple camping sites for backpackers and overland visitors.
No matter where you are staying around Livingstone Zambia you will see, hear, or feel the mighty power of the falls. Its nickname is the Smoke that Thunders, and this is an apt description because the roar of the falls can be heard for miles. Mist from the several cataracts shoots high up into the sky and is visible for miles. When the wind is right, you might feel the refreshing drops of mist when you are simply sitting outside enjoying a drink.
Activities offered by virtually every lodge and hotel are walking tours of the falls, white water rafting, horseback riding, bungee jumping from the bridge that spans the river between Zimbabwe and Zambia, and even an excursion to Livingstone Island just above the falls. Here you can stand in shallow water only a couple inches from where the water plummets over the cliffs. When David Livingstone first gazed upon the natural spectacle, he said there were "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." Another popular activity is a scenic helicopter or small airplane tours over the falls called Flight of Angels. Most of these flights originate at the main Livingstone airport that is the facility used for flights from the country's capital city of Lusaka. This is how most tourists arrive. There is another small Livingstone airport called Batoka Airport very near the falls that can accommodate only small sightseeing planes and helicopters.
Even if you are not staying in the town of Livingstone Zambia itself, the little colonial town is well worth a visit. The Livingstone Museum is the oldest museum in the country, and you can enjoy shopping for local handcrafts, fabric, and other souvenirs at the Maramba Market. Just outside of town is a crocodile farm where you can observe the fearful creatures quite close.
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