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.
Livingstone is dusty and strange, the night life is poor. But the zambezi river makes up for everything. The falls were magical.
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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