Livingstone Zambia

General Info

The most land-locked country in Africa, with eight borders, Zambia enjoys a tropical climate moderated by elevation – the land is mostly high plateau with some hills and mountains dissected by river valleys.

At 752,614 sq km it is the 39th largest country in the world – bigger than France, Spain and more than five times the size of England. It was formerly Northern Rhodesia, a British colony, until Independence in 1962.

The legendary Zambezi River forms Zambia’s border with Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World shared by both countries. One point in the south (Kazangula) features the only place on earth where four countries meet (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia’s Caprivi Strip).

Imagine visiting four countries in one day and having the passport stamps to prove it! Now THAT’s unique!

Accommodation

  • From in-depth personal knowledge and 25 years experience in the area Glen Byrom of twiice endorses only a few hand-chosen properties in and near Livingstone.
  • For International Incentives and Weddings: The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa (4 Star); The Royal Livingstone (5 Star).
  • For exclusive VIP safari retreats (6-12 rooms): The River Club; Thorntree Safari Lodge; Sussi & Chuma; Taita Falcon Lodge; Toka Leya.
  • For  conferences (50-150 rooms): The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, The Royal Livingstone, The Zambezi Sun, Chrismar Hotel, Protea Hotel, The Courtyard.
  • Budget Adventure for groups (back-packing style): The Waterfront Chalets; Waterfront Tents.

Livingstone - The Town

Proven as an inspiring and powerful global incentive and conference destination Livingstone was the heartbeat of an IBM USA programme SITE Crystal Award several years ago. Established in 1905 and named after famous Scottish Victorian explorer, Dr David Livingstone, in 1911 it became the capital of the then British colony of Northern Rhodesia and therefore excellent facilities were developed , as may be seen today from the surviving Edwardian colonial-style buildings that line the town’s main street.

The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city fell into a slumber, though today still retains a special charm. However, its close proximity to the Victoria Falls and Zambezi River has established it as one of the foremost tourist centres in Africa, today acclaimed as the unchallenged Adventure Capital of Africa and Zambia’s tourist capital.

The Big Attraction

The showpiece, for both sides of the river, is the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World “now in its 150 millionth fantastic year.” In full spate (April-July) the Zambezi River is a mile wide (1.7km) as its plunges 108 metres into the basalt gorge.

Group experiences in Livingstone are also highlighted by an impressive array of easy-to-access activities, ranging from sedate sunset cruises on luxury boats to the wildest one-day white water rafting in the world. Adventure in a wild and wonderful spot on earth is the key.

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Climate

The Victoria Falls area features two main seasons – the summer rainy season (Nov-Apr) and the dry season (May-Oct). In winter (June-August) it is cold in the early mornings and evenings but the days April through September are pleasant sub-tropical conditions, usually bright and blue.

Best time of the year

Livingstone is a year-round destination. If it’s the supreme full-spate view of Victoria Falls you seek then February through June is  best, though various time frames are best for specific requirements. For example: Best time to raft the Zambezi  (August-December); best blue-sky weather and ideal temperatures for weddings (April-August); best months to view the Falls in full-flow ( March-June). Some notable points:

March-May: Massive volume of spray makes viewing and photographing of the falls from the ground difficult but a superb time for aerial viewing by helicopter.
November-December: Low water level of the Zambezi River sees parts of the Falls dry up. The physical structure of the basalt gorge is still hugely impressive.