The town of Livingstone rests just six miles from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. Named for the famous missionary and adventurer, David Livingstone, this unassuming city serves as the premier gateway to Livingstone’s greatest discovery and its surrounding beauty.
When Livingstone first came across Victoria Falls, he decided to name it after his sovereign and would later record that a “sight so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” The indigenous name for Victoria Falls, Mosi-oa-Tunya, directly translates to mean “Smoke that Thunders” and remains one of the most spectacular characteristics of the falls. Even Livingstone recounted his first exposure to this phenomenon in his journal, stating: “We came into sight, for the first time, of the columns of vapor appropriately called ‘smoke’… The tops of the columns at this distance appeared to mingle with the clouds. They were white below, and higher up became dark, so as to simulate smoke very closely. The whole scene was extremely beautiful.”
Today, Victoria Falls is counted among the Natural Wonders of the World, having been named to the UNESCO World Heritage List and topping the must-see tourism sights for southern Africa. Its grandeur plays host to some of the most exciting adrenaline-pumping experiences in Africa, with travelers from across the globe making the pilgrimage for that once in a lifetime bungee jumping or body boarding adventure. Beyond the drama of the falls, the Livingstone region is alive with various wildlife and adventure activities. The Zambezi River breathes life into the region and plays host to abundant hippopotamuses, crocodiles, African fish eagles, egrets, and herons, as well as thrilling white water rafting, excellent fly fishing, and leisurely sunset river cruise excursions. Treks into Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park also net unforgettable game viewing experiences, while mokoro rides to a local Simonga Village will allow guests to interact with villagers as they go about their daily tasks and introduce them to multiple education and community enhancement initiatives.
Contact your Ker & Downey representative today to incorporate Livingstone and the wonders of Zambia’s Victoria Falls into your next luxury journey to Zambia and Southern Africa.