Named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively, Livingstone Town was established in 1905.
As a major European settlement, being close to the Zambezi River crossing over to Southern Rhodesia, the town was made the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911. As the capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything elsewhere in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian buildings that line the city’s main road. Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country’s first newspaper. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a quiet town, but still retaining a special charm. A major event in 2011 was the installation of the town’s first set of traffic lights! The proximity to the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls has led Livingstone to become a base for travelers from all over the world wanting to explore this Wonder of the World.
There are several Adventure Companies offering Riverboarding, White water rafting, Canoeing, Horse riding trails, Abseiling, as well as Boat cruises, Walks with lions, Elephant back safaris, Quad bikes riding, Kayaking and tours to the Victoria Falls, Mukuni Cultural Village and the places of interest in Livingstone.
Livingstone Airport / HARRY MWANGA NKUMBULA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Formerly Livingstone Airport, the recently upgrade airport is named after Harry Mwanga Nkumbula, who was the leader of the Africa National Congress in Zambia. It is the closest airport to the Victoria Falls. It has international status and is located on the northern edge of Livingstone, Zambia.
The airport has recently undergone a major expansion and a new international terminal added to service the growing number of people wanting to visit the area. There are now premier lounges and complimentary WiFi throughout the building. Visas can now be paid by credit card.
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As Zambia’s entry to the Victoria Falls and the surrounding Zambezi region, Livingstone has something for everyone – romantics, adventurers, adrenalin junkies and explorers.