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.