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Livingstone and Victoria Falls

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Livingstone was named after the intrepid traveller David Livingstone, who first explored Zambia and the surrounding regions in 1840. Over the years Livingstone has developed into a bustling town which boasts a number of stunning lodges and camps, vibrant markets, an interesting museum, game viewing opportunities, river cruises and of course, it is best known for being the gateway to the mighty Victoria Falls!

The Livingstone Museum is situated in the heart of the city. Established in 1934 it is the largest and oldest museum in the country. There is a vast and interesting collection of David Livingstone’s belongings and details of the routes he followed. Home to a vast archaeological collection, among which is evidence from the biggest trade market in Africa and excavated finding of prehistoric Broken Hill man. It also houses the largest collection of the biodiversity of Zambia as well as a rich ethnographic collection dating back to the early 20th century.

Maramba is a lively market that mostly caters for locals and if you want to get up close and personal with Africa in the raw then this is the place to visit. Being the largest market in the area it is a hive of activity where one may purchase everything from ‘chitengies’ local brightly coloured fabrics, pots and pans carefully created using old car parts, fruit and vegetables, beautiful vibrant beads, handmade jewellery, farm tools and even chickens and meat.

Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the upper Zambezi River; the national park covers just 66 square kilometres and it is provides home for a number of species including antelope, giraffe, warthog and zebra, a good variety of smaller animals and birds can also be spotted here. Herds of elephant wander freely through the park and across the Zambezi River. Elephant back rides have now been introduced.

A truly relaxing and exciting way to safari through the bush is atop one of the world’s largest mammals, on an African elephant back safari! With your mahout and private guide you will be taken along ancient trails through the bush and pristine wilderness. The thoroughly interesting trips through the wild teach you not only about the sights and sounds of your beautiful surroundings but also about these gentle giants. The local guides aim to increase awareness about elephant conservation initiatives that are in place to keep these magnificent creatures safe.

Moving on to Victoria Falls, David Livingstone said ‘It had never been seen before by European eyes. Scenes so lovely they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’. Gushing waters from the Zambezi River cascade over the lip of the falls crashing down 100 metres down to Batoka Gorge with a constant thundering sound and misty spray, creating beautiful rainbows!

One of the seven natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls lies on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe and it can be seen from both sides. Vic Falls as it is fondly known is a World Heritage Site and is the worlds largest waterfall, the spray drenches the surrounding cliffs and at peak flow (February to April) the waterfalls roar can be heard 25 miles away!

Known as 'the adventure capital' of Africa, Vic Falls is an adrenaline junkie’s dream, offering a multitude of exciting activities including helicopter flights over the Zambezi River and Falls, white water rafting, canoeing and bungee jumping to name a few. Alternately, one can relax on a scenic boat along the Zambezi River, spotting game along the way, watching vervet monkeys swing through the trees whilst various species of bird, including the white fronted bee-eater and fish eagles swoop through the sky.

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