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How to Spend 1 Day in Livingstone

How to Spend 1 Day in Livingstone

Though best known as Zambia’s gateway to Victoria Falls, Livingstone is more than just a stepping stone to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With some planning, it’s possible to get an overview of the city’s rich history, cultural traditions, and natural attractions in just one day–here’s how.

Morning: Explore Historic Livingstone

Start early to tick off Livingstone’s landmarks before it gets too hot. Soak up the atmosphere as you stroll between central attractions, such as the Livingstone Museum, Mikuni Market, and the Railway & Gateway Jewish Museum, or take a bike tour to zip easily between the center and suburbs for a wider perspective. Join a guided tour to learn more about the city’s often-overlooked precolonial history as well as its colonial and modern influences.

Afternoon: Natural Highlights and Cultural Experiences

Dedicate your afternoon to discovering the region’s rural highlights, taking advantage of half-day tours to reach outlying attractions with ease. Victoria Falls is undoubtedly one of southern Africa’s most famous sights, with several tours exploring the UNESCO-listed waterfall along with its rain-forest surroundings. Alternatively, join a wildlife-watching tour of Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park to optimize your chances of spotting native species such as the protected white rhino, or enjoy an immersive sightseeing experience with an afternoon of abseiling, swimming, or ziplining in the Batoka Gorge and Zambezi River. For culture vultures, a cooking class in the home of a local provides insight into Zambian cuisine and traditions. 

Night: Unwind After Dark

Sunset cruises are a great way to absorb your final views of Livingstone. Unwind as you sail along the Zambezi, aperitif in hand, and keep an eye out for hippos, elephants, and crocodiles that live in the calm waters. To avoid the hassle of getting to the airport, arrange for private transfer and enjoy your last hours at length with a relaxing Zambian supper in one of the luxury waterfront lodges.

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Sunset Cruise

Sunset Cruise

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Treat yourself to a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River and enjoy unlimited drinks, refreshments, and wildlife watching. Perfect for a romantic evening out, this cruise gives you the chance to relax and enjoy local fare while keeping an eye out for hippos, crocodiles, and birds. The sunset cruise also provides perfect lighting for photos, making this a great option for photographers.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Half-Day Nature Walk in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park from Livingstone

Half-Day Nature Walk in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park from Livingstone

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Hiking in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mosi oa Tunya National Park with a guide ups your chances of spotting animals like giraffes, warthogs, and zebras in the wild. This tour takes you on a guided trek routed to feature the best of the park’s plant and animal life up-close, featuring the quality of  insight only possible from a local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Guided Bicycle Tour Around Livingstone

Guided Bicycle Tour Around Livingstone

This bike tour is the best way to explore the city of Livingstone. You will ride along the picturesque Zambezi river, visit local villages and markets, and interact with locals. We stop along the way to discuss the local cultures and landscapes. These tours directly support a community school and we finish the tour by visiting this school and meeting some of the children.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Experience Traditional Zambian Dining With The Locals

Experience Traditional Zambian Dining With The Locals

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MWABONWA NO BEENZU KU KU SHUNGU NAMUTITIMA! (Welcome to Zambia, home of the smoke that thunders), the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World! I’m Sophia, co-founder & proprietor of MWABONWA Cultural Experiences. For over 15 years, I thrived in the Zambia’s hospitality industry serving & arranging activities for our international guests along our tourist corridor, which includes the falls and beyond. The falls are very significant to Zambia, but there is something much more amazing that falls deeper & and is mightier than thunder! Would you like to experience Zambia, beyond the roar of the mighty Victoria Falls, beyond the tourist corridor? If so be our guest to create a memorable experience! MWABONWA offers the only way to authentically experience Zambia, through my people & rich culture. We take you beyond the tourist attractions and invite you to be our guest in our providences & homes, where you can experience our Zambian life style as a local.
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  • 3 hours
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