Victoria Falls – Certainly one of the highlights of an African safari. It is both a National Park and a World Heritage Site. Once you have spent time following in the footsteps of the famous explorer, David Livingstone, you will understand why it is called the ‘Smoke that Thunders’!
Livingstone – Named after missionary and explorer David Livingstone, the town sprung to life when the spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge, just 10km away the city centre was built. Commissioned by Cecil John Rhodes in 1900, it was completed in 1905 and settlers then moved in to the higher ground at Livingstone to try and escape Malaria. It was the original capital of Zambia (then Northern Rhodesia) in 1911 before it moved to Lusaka in 1935.
The Luangwa Valley – A premier game viewing area worth a visit. Located in the north east. In the rainy season it becomes a veritable paradise for huge roaming herds of antelope, zebra, giraffe and buffalo.
South Luangwa National Park – Situated approximately 700 kilometers north-east of Lusaka, the park is reputed as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Few parks match its phenomenally high game densities. The intense concentration of game around the Luangwa River, variety of vegetation and oxbow lagoons make this national park unique.
Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park – The country’s smallest National Park located approximately in the southernmost edge of Zambia on its border with Zimbabwe. Divided into 2 sections; namely Victoria Falls – one of the great natural wonders of the world, and the game park which lies further west along the riverbank. It worth a visiting, not only for the sight of what are Zambia’s only remaining rhino, but also for the common species including the odd roaming elephant.
Adventure Activities – The adventure centre in Livingstone which has a wide range of adventure activities and shops offering river boarding, white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding trails, local tours to the Falls and around Livingstone. In addition adrenaline junkies can also abseil down or high-wire across the gorge. Scenic flights in micro-light aircraft offering aerial views of the falls are also available. White water rafting on the tempestuous Zambezi, or a full bodied plummet down the chasm of the Victoria Falls on the end of a rope are a couple of the more overzealous activities up for grabs. Rock climbing and hiking are also popular.
Bungee Jumping – The highest commercial bridge jump in the world spanning the magnificent Batoka Gorge, it is the most spectacular setting for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Situated on the Victoria Falls Bridge, there is no booking necessary. As the bridge is situated in ‘no man’s land’ between Zambia and Zimbabwe, a border crossing is necessary.
Flight of Angels – Named after Livingstone’s famous comments, the flight of angels is a scenic flight over the falls and provides magnificent views of the falls and the surrounding region. Flying lower than a conventional, fixed-wing aircraft, you will fly a complete course over the falls in both directions and up river and back over the Zambezi National Park. For those who require more adventure, micro lighting provides spectacular views.
Victoria Falls Craft Village – Situated in Livingstone behind the post office is the Victoria Falls Craft Village. This small complex of curio shops has some excellent pieces of art and crafts for sale. Zambia is an excellent place to buy wooden and stone carvings. Prices are competitive and bargaining is welcomed.
Batoka Gorge – A world heritage site, this gorge, with its steep cliffs, churning deep waters and abundant birdlife, is a spectacular site and considered one of the best stretches of commercially Run Rivers’ in the world and provides one of the most intense thrills imaginable. Consisting of twenty three white water rapids, striking scenery deep within the sheer black cliffs, it affords the adrenaline junkie a roller coaster ride along the Great Zambezi. The rapids are run in large rubber rafts, launched from just below the falls. Half day trip, full day or two day trips are available. When the river is high from the months of March to July, only the last 13 rapids can be done. As the water subsides, from June to February, all 23 are navigable.
Livingstone Island – In 1855 the great explorer, David Livingstone, first viewed the falls from this island. Today visitors can have this same opportunity to view the spectacular sight. For those feeling brave, there is an opportunity to take a heart-stopping peek over the island’s edge to the churning waters below or enjoy a dip in the fall’s very own “swimming pool”; Devil’s pool is situated adjacent to Livingstone Island.