Livingstone City - Zambia’s Great Tourist Capital!

Livingstone City was Capital of Zambia (Northern Rhodesia) from 1911 to 1935 when the administrative capital was shifted to Lusaka. The town offers a lot of activities including sight-seeing at the Victoria Falls, elephant safaris, helicopter rides over the Victoria Falls, fishing, game viewing, white water rafting and other adventurers’ tours. The town has undergone tremendous growth and today Livingstone City is a great Zambian tourist destination.

Livingstone City

Livingstone City

The most well-known attraction is the mighty Victoria Falls , located about 10km from the City. When it’s at its peak just after the rain season, an average of 550,000 cubic liters of water pours down the cliff in a minute. The first white man to see the falls was the Scottish explorer David Livingstone, who was thrilled by the falls that he named it after Queen Victoria of England. The nearby Mosi-oa-tunya game park is home to antelopes, zebra and the recently re-introduced white rhino. Bird watching and wild life safaris are under taken in the game park.


Despite being the home land for the Tonga speaking people, the language widely spoken in Livingstone City is Lozi from the Western province. English, the country’s official language, is used mostly for business.

Out and About

Livingstone City’s heritage sites are beautiful as they offer historical memories that have stood the test of time. Among these cultural heritage sites, is the first shopping centers built in 1910. The buildings portray the old architectural ingenuity that has been passed on to the current generation. The office for the prince of England, Prince George, built in 1914, is presently used as the local court.

Livingstone Museum

The Livingstone Museum, which is the oldest museum of the Zambian museums, has on exhibit interesting discoveries. Among these discoveries are the local traditional fire guns used for witchcraft, traditional aero plane, local mappings depicting the entire Livingstone, a collection of David Livingstone's memorabilia and many more. If you happen to be after some Zambian curios, the Mukuni Park Curio Market is the right place for you.


Livingstone City has some fine restaurants that can restore your weaning appetite. A cruise through the following list will show you one restaurant that suits your taste. The list is by no means exhaustive. The types of restaurants differ as the following list shows:

1. Chanters.
Serves; A la Carte.
Tel: 0213323412, Lukulu Crescent.

2. Cafe Zambezi.
Offers a wide variety of foods including African, barbecue, Caribbean and pizza.

3. Riverside.
Serves; A la Carte.
Tel: 0213324189, Maramba River Lodge.

4. Squires Legendary Grill.
Specializes in Asian cuisine. It is highly ideal for a family outing.

5. Armadillo Oriental And Grill.
Serves; Asian cuisine.

6. Pig's Head.
Serves; Pub Food.
Tel: 021320785, Kabompo Road

7. Nijinsky.
Serves; Exotic.
Tel: 021320723, Fairmount Hotel.

8. Rhapsodys.
Serves; Gourmet.
Tel: 021322015, Falls Park.

9. Ocean Basket.
Serves; Seafood.
Tel: 021321274, Mosi-oa-Tunya Road.

10. Tamarind.
Serves; Exotic.
Tel: 021320723, Fairmount Hotel.

Getting There

Livingstone international airport is linked directly or indirectly (through Lusaka airport) to the outside world. British Airways/Comair and the South African airways have scheduled flights from Johannesburg (South Africa) to Livingstone, and there are Domestic carriers like Proflight with regular flights to Livingstone from Lusaka.

By road, the town has excellent links within or with neighboring countries. It is about 487 km from Lusaka and there are reliable and timed coaches running between Livingstone City and Lusaka. From the south you can use Chirundu (Zimbabwe) or Kazungula (Botswana) border posts.

There's a train from Kitwe, via Lusaka to Livingstone by the Zambia Railways, but service is slow and its advisable to use it when you've got plenty of time.


Sun Hotel

There's abundant accommodation within or near Livingstone. There are Hotels, Lodges and Guest houses (Bed and Breakfast). The following are some of the hotels and lodges;

1.THE Royal Livingstone Hotel
Located on Mosi-oa-tunya road, its one place where you can spend your quality time.

2.The Protea Hotel
Also on Mosi-oa-tunya road is the Protea Hotel. The friendly staff compliments the excellent and comfortable rooms.

3.The River Club
Located on Nakatindi road, with an exciting view of the Zambezi River, it has a lounge, a bar and a dining room. The River Club guarantees you quality service at your disposal.

4.Royal Zambezi Sun
Offers buffet breakfast, double bed rooms, and much more, all this is just 5 minutes’ walk to the Victoria Falls.

5.New Fairmount Hotel
The New Fairmount Hotel, with over 400 rooms is situated right in the centre of Livingstone City and therefore offers accessibility to all that Livingstone has to offer.

6.Tongabezi Lodge
Located on the banks of the Zambezi river, the lodge has a beautiful scenery with a friendly atmosphere.

7.The Wasawange Lodge
The Wasawange Lodge, is conveniently situated only two minutes’ drive from the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, with the Victoria Falls, one of the wonders of the world, only some 8 Kilometers away.

8.Nena Guest House
The Nena Guest House is located a mere 6 minutes’ drive from Livingstone city. The guest house has all the facilities a discerning visitor can ask for.

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