Arriving in the essential travel to Africa stopover point of Livingstone at Victoria Falls on the Zambian side is inspiring, the launching pad for glorious accommodation and compelling safaris and activities. Livingstone is a hub of tourist information so ask Voyage2Africa about your safari tour from here into famous game reserves and national parks if you are travelling between Victoria Falls, Central and Southern Africa. We offer great rates in Livingstone as you spend a few days exploring the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vic Falls.
Livingstone still reflects the era of colonial rule in its sturdy architecture, and, established in 1904, this was the original capital of Northern Rhodesia. When the capital of Zambia became Lusaka in 1935, Livingstone kind of crumbled but today the town has been revived as a tourist centre. It is also a vital gateway to the Falls and several spectacular game reserves and national parks, adventure activities and cultural excursions in Zambia.
Originally known as the Old Drift, the town of Livingstone was developed as a staging point across the Zambezi River and to get to Victoria Falls 11 km away. Tourists love to explore Livingstone town, rich in culture and heritage – see the arts and crafts, museums, colonial architecture and African lifestyle. The hospitality and warmth of Livingstone Town are infectious and will lure you back for more. Embark on a unique Zambian safari from here.
History tells us that David Livingstone was the first explorer to view ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (the Smoke that Thunders) in 1855. He was standing on one of the islands in the Zambezi River, now known as Livingstone Island and he was so in awe that he wrote in his journal ‘on sights as beautiful as this, angels in their flight must have gazed’. He also referred to an older name, Seongo or Chongwe, meaning “The Place of the Rainbow” due to the constant spray from the Falls.
The southern Tonga people known as the Batoka/Tokalea called the falls Shungu na mutitima. The Matabele, later arrivals, named them aManz’ aThunqayo, and the Batswana and Makololo call them Mosi-o-Tunya. All these names mean essentially “the smoke that thunders”.
The falls were well known to local tribes, and Voortrekker hunters may have known of them, as may the Arabs under a name equivalent to “the end of the world”. Europeans were sceptical of their reports, perhaps thinking that the lack of mountains and valleys on the plateau made large falls unlikely.
All the constantly flowing water of the Zambezi River pours through the First Gorge’s 110 m wide exit about 150 m, then enters a zigzagging series of gorges. Water entering the Second Gorge makes a sharp right turn and has carved out a deep pool there called the Boiling Pot. Intrepid explorers can reach it via a steep footpath from the Zambian side to see its 150 m wide depths. Objects and animals that are swept over the falls, including the occasional hippopotamus, crocodile, or human, are frequently found swirling about here or washed up at the northeast end of the Second Gorge!
Pack up the entire family for a safari holiday to Zambia that they will never forget. Intrepid journeys into Africa introduce your kids to the biggest classroom in the world, nature! Game viewing, nature walks, river cruises and camping under the stars are all part of a safari adventure your family will talk about for years down the line!
Bring your children into the true wilderness of Zambia, our top African safari destination of all time – so check out the luxury lodge and bush camp accommodation where children are made to feel at home and book your special family package today.
Plan a Zambia tour and safari with Voyage2Africa, the African travel experts, and enjoy signature experiences to the premier wildlife destination south of the equator. We bring you thrilling adventures in the southern regions, Kafue, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa and the famous adventure capital of Africa, Victoria Falls. We offer you the best of the best safari accommodation in Zambia, in lavish lodges, family resorts, modern hotels, eco villas and rustic wild campsites in nature. Bring your camera and your hat, your binoculars and your sense of spirit to an African land that is home to humankind.
The basalt plateau of Victoria Falls, over which the Zambezi River flows, was formed during the Jurassic period, around 200 million years ago. Early Stone Age Acheulean stone artefacts and Oldowan tools were excavated at archaeological sites around the falls, as well as other ancient artefacts dating to the Middle Stone Age. Archaeologists also found evidence of iron smelting in a settlement dating to the late first millennium AD.