The Kalolo people call Victoria Falls “Mosi-Oa-Tunya”. The Zambian view on the falls is as spectacular as it is from the other side with excellent views on the Eastern Cataract and fine viewpoints from the Knife Edge Bridge, and an ancient baobab tree near the railway line appropriately called “The Look-out Tree”.
Livingstone, the town on the Zambian side of the river, hasn’t been as extensively developed as the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean bank but offers some excellent lodge accommodation and activities during the almost obligatory stay to see Victoria Falls.
There is a good selection of activities in the area including all the adrenalin activities, especially white water rafting, but fine fishing and birding is also possible on the upper Zambezi stretches away from the crowds closer to the falls themselves. For more details on adrenalin activities and accommodation deals see Africa’s Adrenalin Capital.
Since the political problems in 2000, Livingstone and surrounds have developed tremendously. Nowadays there are horse drawn carriages to take you through town and a delicious lunch on an old-fashioned steam train which passes through the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
Anyone visiting the area with the main purpose of seeing the Falls, would be well advised to visit both sides to fully appreciate the full width of the fall. Bear in mind there will be Visa costs to pay to get into both countries, and remember to ask for a multiple entry Visa which costs the same price as a single entry when you first enter the country you’ll be staying in. It is also possible to get a cheaper day Visa to either country depending which side you’re staying on.
In 1905 the Victoria Falls bridge was completed, linking the two sides together for the main purpose of transporting coal. Today this is where bunjee jumpers fly off the side of the bridge into the gorge below!
Excellent lodges and hotels have developed in the last 10 years or so, stretching along the banks of the Zambezi and most within a short driving distance of the Falls. There is a range of backpacker hostels and cheaper hotels in the town itself plus various campsites of which sadly very few are actually on the banks of the river.
Linking up other areas with Livingstone is very easy. Fine walking safaris in the South Luangwa Valley, for around a week, are a great combination with a visit to see the Victoria Falls. Canoe safaris on the Lower Zambezi are always very popular and we have a range of participatory or luxury trips we run. We also have excellent horse riding safaris available in both Hwange National Park and Kafue National Park. Excellent game parks are just a 2½ hour drive from Livingstone and we often do a day trip to Chobe National Park from any lodge or hotel in Livingstone.
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