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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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"Excellent value and a wonderful ambiance. - The hostel is very impressive. The lounge and pool are exceptionally pleasant and well cared for. The bathrooms are cleaned a few times per day. The hostel is situated in a prime location and security standards are very high. The food served here is good and the staff are friendly. People congregate here from around southern and central Africa. Having backpacked around the world for thirty years,...
"The best hostel - stay in the bunk beds! Hippos is amazing too :)" … "Check with the front desk when planning your days — they have some great deals." … "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...
"Excellent, friendly, new. Cheap. - This hostel has just opened and everything is clean new and its super cheap. We thought the place was excellent and would not hesitate to recommend it. They have a cabanna bar, jacuzzi, and climbing wall. Great vibe by the swimming pool." … "Clean, secure, cheap, and fun. - Stayed there for 4 days with my boyfriend and was well impressed. Staff were excellent, rooms very clean and secure, and pool...
"… and operated. Our staff epitomize the extent of Zambian hospitality and our service is second to none. Try out our TRAVEL SHOP for great safari specials and all of the adrenaline that Livingstone has to offer! If youd like to relax, our garden has ample space and shade to relax with a good book. - Free daily drop off at the Victoria Falls - Free pickup from Livingstone Airport - Free pickup from Vic Falls border at 1030am...
"… 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
"… FREE pickup from the airport. - FREE daily drop on departure to the airport. - FREE Tea and Coffee - INTERNET at small fee - Excellent security - 24hours Hot and Cold running shower - All the rooms have fan,aircorn,Mosiquito net( no malaria) - Car, Mini-bus and Van rentals are available at reasonable rates. -Guest are welcomed to use our kitchen facilities for coffee/tea, lunch and supper 24/7. - We also arrange tour...
"… 2) and three family rooms (3,5,9). There 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...
Comfort Corner Guesthouse
"… Guesthouse is found in a quiet area but allows its clients to access tour activities near the Zambezi river. The establishment started operating in 2004 and has developed from offering accommodation to domestic tourists to foreign as well. Visit us and you will feel at home away from your home. The guesthouse is located just near NewFairmount Hotel at Plot No 24 Maambo Way, Livingstone. The guesthouse makes booking for tour...
The Greens Inn
"… facilities, further u will find our hospitable waiters/waitresses whenever u need help and service. Besides, the new chinese restaurant is open to satisfy your special and unique taste in Livingstone, our experienced chinese chefs prepare a wide range of chinese dishes and snacks in the traditional way . Also, together with a bar, which offers chinese tea, cold drink, cool beer, and well stocked wine. Please note:...
Olga's Italian Corner
"… offer a wide range of homemade Italian dishes and a delicious Pizza cooked in the traditional Italian way with a wood 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:...
Gloria's Bed & Breakfast
"… 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 rental can be arranged...
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...
White Rose Lodge
"… trained Chefs and attendants. DSTV plus free to air channels. Laundry service is available daily. Hand in to reception by 08h00, returned by 14h00. Dry cleaning service available with next day return. We arrange for most tourism activities on request. The Lodge has 6 spacious, well designed, self-contained, and air-conditioned rooms all with hot water supply. The clean and well-furnished double rooms in the main building start...
"… 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...
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...
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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