Livingstone is the old capital of Zambia and the centre of activity in the area nowadays. With a cluster of larger hotels around the Falls themselves and some stunning river lodges further upstream, Livingstone also has a colonial town centre lined with fascinating, if somewhat decaying, Victorian buildings. Livingstone is our destination of choice for travellers visiting Victoria Falls, rather than the Zimbabwe side.
Located on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Victoria Falls (or Mosi-oa-Tunya, 'the smoke that thunders') is the world's largest curtain of falling water. When the Zambezi is at its highest, from March to May, an awesome 5 million cubic metres of water thunder over these falls - creating so much spray that it looks like thick smoke and leaves you, 100 metres up, completely soaked! At 1.7km in width and between 90 and 107 metres in height, Victoria Falls truly deserves its place as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
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Livingstone: where to stay
The most famous lodges on the Zambian side of the Falls are the River Club and Tongabezi. Both are super expensive but you get what you pay for! The River Club has the best views of any of the lodges round here and an eccentric Edwardian charm – croquet, Pimms and walks with the owners' labradors are encouraged. Tongabezi is right next door, but is at river level so does not have such great views. What ‘Tonga’ lacks in views it makes up for with five absolutely fabulous open-fronted suites. You will not be disappointed with a stay in either lodge. Show me more >