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You don't need to look further than Livingstone, Zambia, for evidence of how awesome it is to trek through the continent; the option of backpacking in Africa doesn't get talked about as much as Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and that really is a shame.
Livingstone has a small town vibe to it because, well, it is fairly small. Even so, it has a lot going for it and the tourism industry and activities in the city are very well organized with safaris, white water rafting, bungee jumping, and zip lining all easily accessible and reasonably priced.
There is a wide array of decent accommodation, including Livingstone hostels. Livingstone hostels host a variety of people; some include amenities like a bar, pool, library, ping-pong table, and pool table. Look for a Livingstone hostel that is very clean and secure, something not to be taken for granted in Africa.
Of course if you are there, Victoria Falls is a must, as it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. In terms of surface area, the falls are the largest in the world and you can get up close and personal by walking right next to it, or stay dry by taking in a bird’s eye view via helicopter.
If you like to collect stamps on your passport, walk a bit farther and cross over the border into Zimbabwe. Unless you have a passport from a Southern African Development Community country, you will likely have to pay a fee to cross, but at the end of the day you can say you were that much closer to Robert Mugabe.
Should you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being paired with a picky eater or someone who does not enjoy trying different foods, do not let him hold you back here -- there are so many exotic things to try while in Zambia (and Africa in general). In Livingstone, you don’t have to look too hard to find the so-tasty crocodile meat, honestly the best meat on this planet. Try it with an appetizer of caterpillars, but put some hot sauce on them, and you’ll have enough protein to last you for days.
If you’re looking to do it all in one go, look to Livingstone. See one of the Seven Wonders of the World -- check. Eat crocodiles and caterpillars -- check. Bungee jumping -- check. The list goes on. What’s more, the people are friendly and the weather is amazing. It’s like Hemingway said, “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and I was not happy.”
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"Good stay in Livingstone - I liked this hostel quite a bit. There is a lot going on here and lots of people ... very good atmosphere. It is decently clean, but it is africa, so maybe not as clean as you are used to coming from elsewhere in the world. Only big complaint is that most rooms have only a screen window (no glass), which isn't great for noise control (loud guests at night, loud staff in the morning) or security. Otherwise, really...
"What a great Place to stay - This has to be 1 of the best backpackers in the world, and I have stayed at hundreds over 30 years of traveling. Clean, well organised, safe, well located and friendly staff willing to assist organising your trips and needs. The on-site bar, pool and restaurant means you don't have to go out and be accosted by the hawkers. If you are on a budget, the supermarket across the road has everything you'll ever need to...
"Livingstone Backpackers is located just off Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, right in the centre of town. The surrounding neighborhood is very calm and safe during the entire day. This hostel has an extensive outdoor common area, with a TV room, library, swimming pool, rock-climbing wall, garden, and large kitchen and bar where the guests usually hang out. The hostel consists of a number of buildings, with a large yard in between and there is free Wi-Fi...
"… are a leisurely ten minute walk away! The Victoria Falls are only 8kms away but we do a free shuttle every morning at 11am! We will do all in our power to make your stay in Livingstone as amazing as possible! Jollyboys has been catering for budget travelers since 1995 and is still owner run and operated. Our staff epitomize the extent of Zambian hospitality and our service is second to none. Try out our TRAVEL SHOP for great...
"… Want some more comfort? Our dorm beds are carved by local craftsmen and fitted with comfortable mattresses. And if you like your privacy, try one of the beautiful village chalets, two of which come with their own African shower. You can use all of our services: * Swimming pool * Self-catering kitchen * Braai/Barbecue facilities * Picknick tables & hammocks * Bar with regular Happy Hours * Clean ablutions blocks * Secure car...
Sunbird Guest House
"… minimal charge (transport to and from Cafe free for group lodgers). Please discuss with our reception for more details.Car, Mini-bus and Van rentals are available at reasonable rates.Guests are welcomed to use our kitchen facilities for coffee/tea, lunch and supper.We also arrange tour packages eg. Boat cruises, canoeing, bungi jumping and much more. General Accommodation details: Facilities available to guests are security, DSTV...
"… are two TV lounges available and the twin rooms, chalet and two family rooms are equipped with their own television. The family suite (9) comprises two connecting rooms, one with a queen size bed, and the other with two single beds An additional room (10) with two double beds, a camping area for three tents, an ablution block (sinks, hot water showers, toilets) and a self-catering kitchen are also available. All rooms include a...
Golden Strides Guest House
"… rd in Ellain Brittel area of Livingstone. We are 2km going to L/Stone central town and 3km going to the Airport.We offer flexiable services including self catering/guesthouse caters for the clients. We have a tour activities desk and provide free transport to our guest on arrival to the guesthouse. Our rooms are self contained except for 2 and we have wireless internet,the surroundings are clean and secure for we pride in our...
Comfort Corner Guesthouse
"most of our customers are Business travellers, Holiday makers,leisure tourists and international tourists Most of our clients enjoy the city of Livingstone by involving themselves in activity tours such as boat cruise,White water rafting, Helicopter flights,Horse riding,Lion Encounter,Bunji jumping and many more. Comfort Corner Guest house offers budget but exciting Accommodation for our adventure and Leisure Tourists. We have 7 en-suite...
Olga's Italian Corner
"… fired oven. All Olga's profits go to the Youth Community Training Centre (YCTC), a vocational training school for orphans and vulnerable youth based in Livingston built by the Livingstone Diocese in partnership with CeLIM (an Italian NGO running development projects in Zambia since the '80s). Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h advance notice Late cancellation or no show – one night charge Payment upon arrival by cash...
Gloria's Bed & Breakfast
"… lounge area for relaxing and they are best for long term stay. Gloria's Bed & Breakfast has a small garden with a swimming pool where you can cool off and relax after a long tiring sunny day. Services and Facilities Gloria's Bed & Breakfast provides the following: • Self catering facilities • Laundry services • Daily house keeping • Swimming pool • Car parking • Free Airport pick-up •Vehicle Hire/ Car...
Trenchtown Lodge & Tours
"… is a fully stocked bar and restaurant on the premises that is open seven days a week as well as secure off-street parking. All rooms have air-conditioning, en-suite, 24hrs both cold and hot water plus 24hrs access to Free WiFi. For guests in the non self-catering rooms, free breakfast is provided. Please note: Cancellation policy: 72h advance notice Late cancellation or noshow – one night charge Payment upon arrival by...
Wane Guest Lodge
"… security services A comfortable Lounge and an in-house Bar where guests can enjoy a drink in a relaxing and warm atmosphere. A full Restaurant serving a variety of International and Zambian dishes. A sparkling pool and outside dining area. Five beautifully furnished self-contained bedrooms. A Conference Center seating up to 30 people. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late...
Golden Days Lodge
"… work and sleep. All our rooms are self-contained and comes with DSTV, free High Speed Internet, 24/7 Wireless Internet Access as well . Golden Days Lodge Policies & Conditions: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. This property may preauthorize your card before arrival. Check in from 09:00 to 11:00. Check out from 09:00 to 11:00. Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes included....
Sunset Junction Lodge
"… during your stay within the Tourist Capital of Zambia. Restaurant: Our restaurant is stocked with a variety of tantalizing local and continental dishes saved to your preference. Our smoked goodies will guarantee you every reason to visit Sunset Junction Lodge. Our outside restaurant gives you the most beautiful view of the rich Sunset. Sunset Junction Lodge Policies and Conditions: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival....
"… Mini-Bundu Experience awaits you! (That's Zambian for'Enjoy a wee outing in the bush!') - - - - - - - - We offer chalet accommodation. Our meals include local, international and fusion cuisine. We have a library, a gift shop and a bar. A biological swimming pool is our showstopper attraction. WiFi and Internet Services are available. Please note: Cancellation policy: 48h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No...
"… can be arranged for guest to suit their interests and budget during their stay. Pumulani offers neat accommodation with spacious air-conditioned, en-suite rooms. Each room boasts crisp, clean linen and a fusion of African and modern decor. Digital satellite TV and Wi-Fi internet is offered in every room. Spacious and secure parking is also available. Our traditional Zambian restaurant that is set in gardens naturally shaded by a...
Kaazmein Lodge & Resort
"Kaazmein Lodge & Resort is an eco-friendly resort with execellent facilities in our fully furnished rooms. Its natural environment gives you peace while you enjoy your stay. The rooms are air conditioned with hot water showers as well as mini bar fridges are available in each room. The resort has beautiful ever green surrounding and you can enjoy your relaxed moment around the swimming. The self catering kitchen makes you feel at home. Anyone...
"… Fridges, Tea/Coffee making facility, Direct Dial out Telephone, Mosquito Nets and Room safes. Ngolide Lodge has a Fully Licensed Bar where you can enjoy an Ice cold beer and imported wines of your choice while relaxing in our comfortable, quiet and peaceful lounge. There are intimate conference facilities, Wi-Fi access throughout the Lodge, safe car parking onsite with 24 hours security. Please note: Cancellation policy:...
Livingstone Travel Tips & Suggestions
I went to see the VIctoria Falls, and the crocodile farm -- there are a million things to see in Livingstone.
I get to Livingstone very regularly (every month). The armchair is awesome, but check with a bone fide tour operator if the level is safe first. Don't trust unscrupulous off the street "guides". Royal livingstone is beuatiful, but expensive, try Zambezi Waterfront for sundowners. If you have time to travel out of town there is a much better croc farm 340 ks away at Siansowa, Lake kariba.
You can get cheap flights up from Johannesburg lots of places do package deals. Don't drink the tap water. Check out the croc farm. At low water the walk across the top of the falls is possible and there is a special pool there that you can swim in called the Devil's Armchair...right on the edge. Do that - around Christmas time when the water is low. Eat a funky munky pizza, drink at the Royal Livingstone at sunset and eat at Rite Pub and Grill if you're there on a Sunday.
— Bob Bach
Livingstone is dusty and strange, the night life is poor. But the zambezi river makes up for everything. The falls were magical.
— Kelly Jo
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