Visiting Livingstone, Zambia for the first time

Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls)

Years ago I went to Southern Africa for a holiday. I’d always wanted to and my parents were like “hey, do you want to go to Africa?” and of course I said yes! Okay that’s not quite how it happened but you get the point. The trip started in Livingstone, Zambia.

We were only in Livingstone for a few days before we started an overland tour south to Cape Town. Obviously, a main reason for having some extra time in Livingstone was to see the world’s largest waterfall, but there were some other things we wanted to do.

As for my photos, I was a little disappointed at the quality of the photos I got from my camera. At the time I had an old video camera that also took still images with a mighty 2MB image quality. I’ve decided to share some of the images here.

Livingstone’s main attraction is Victoria Falls which sits on the Zambezi River. The falls also set the backdrop for other activities in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.

The world famous Victoria Falls, known locally as Mosi-oa-Tunya meaning “The Smoke that Thunders” is the world’s largest waterfall and when you’re standing there you really know it. The amount of water and sound of the water falling is immense.

Victoria Falls at sunset
Victoria Falls at sunset

Most of the falls is on the Zimbabwe side of the border, if you want to look from both sides you’ll need a visa to be able to cross into Zimbabwe. We stayed on the Zambian side of the border which has a national park and a few walkways including the Knife Edge Bridge.

Mist from Victoria Falls, falls over Knife Edge Bridge
Mist from Victoria Falls, falls over Knife Edge Bridge

If you want to experience the full force of the water raining down on you, it is best to head to the knife edge bridge and the path that continues. You’ll differently need a jacket or you can rent a poncho from some entrepreneurs further up the track. The rain that falls isn’t a light mist, it’s a torrential downpour.

The path to the Knife Edge Bridge starts at the main road that heads towards Zimbabwe. At the top of the path we had amazing views of the water heading over the falls. Maybe this is where my super unhealthy obsession for sunsets came from, I don’t know.

Sunset over Victoria Falls from the Zambian side
Sunset over Victoria Falls from the Zambian side

I also got to walk with lion cubs in a free range setting with no physical barrier between us. It was such an amazing and humbling experience to be next to these amazing creatures. The lion is the symbol of Africa and it’s the king of the pride lands.

Lion cubs during the walk
Lion cubs during the walk

Something I learnt while walking with these cubs is that when born, cubs have spots much like a leopard or jaguar. As they get older and grow, the spots fade and disappear.

A sleepy cub
A sleepy cub

A lion lying down
A lion lying down

 

The best way to see Victoria Falls is from above. There are a few options for viewing the falls and if you’re adventurous you can choose a microlight to glide over the falls

Mist from Victoria Falls rises in the distance while a microlight is prepared in the foreground
Mist from Victoria Falls rises in the distance while a microlight is prepared in the foreground

We went for a Falls helicopter ride. It was my first helicopter ride and it was amazing. Being up high looking down to this massive river and waterfall

The Zambezi River from above
The Zambezi River from above

Not only did I get to see the falls from above, but also the scenery and landscape of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Mist rises off Victoria Falls with the Victoria Falls Bridge in the foreground
Mist rises off Victoria Falls with the Victoria Falls Bridge in the foreground

The falls are over one kilometre wide and you can only really get an appreciation of the size from above.

Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls)
Mosi-oa-Tunya (Victoria Falls)

While swimming in the Zambezi is strong discouraged due to things like hippos and crocodiles, many boat trips still make sure of the river for cruises. We went on a sunset dinner cruise.

Lady Livingstone, our cruise boat on the Zambezi
Lady Livingstone, our cruise boat on the Zambezi

We did see some wildlife on this cruise although for more wildlife check out out Chobe National Park cruise in Botswana (Coming soon).

River cruise on the Zambezi River
River cruise on the Zambezi River

Another sunset, this was from the river cruise over looking the Zambezi.

Zambezi River sunset
Zambezi River sunset

 

I loved the few days we had in Livingstone and it’s somewhere, as well as the rest of Zambia that I want to revisit and explore more/

Next: See the wildlife in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Elephant herd in Chobe National Park, Botswana
Elephant herd in Chobe National Park, Botswana

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