3 Days in Livingstone, Zambia
Our three-week safari began in Zambia, so we decided to head there a few days early to see the sights on our own before joining the group. We’re sooooo glad we did! We saw so many things in just three short days - here are some of our recommendations.
Stay at Avani Victoria Falls. It’s a beautiful property with zebras, giraffes, impalas, and monkeys roaming the property freely (yes, freely!), plus it’s a 5-minute walk to Victoria Falls, which you get free entrance to as a guest of the hotel.
Cross the Knife Bridge at Victoria Falls. There’s no point of wearing one of those plastic rain ponchos - you WILL get soaking wet. But cross this bridge and you won’t regret it. The power of the Falls is something that can’t be missed during your stay.
Be Adventurous. Livingstone is the adventure capital of Zambia, so if you want to whitewater raft, swim at the ledge of Victoria Falls, bungee jump in the Fall’s mist, or do a gorge swing or microplaning - you’ve come to the the right place.
Get a Massage. Our hotel offered the most magical setting for a massage. After we waited for the zebras to move away from our private spa huts, we were spoiled with a massage just feet from the Zambezi River. We could hear the thundering Falls as we relaxed on the riverfront.
Ride the Royal Livingstone Express. This old steam engine train will take you to the bridge connecting Zambia and Zimbabwe over Victoria Falls. Enjoy beer and wine while learning a bit about David Livingstone and his mission to connect Egypt to South Africa via railway.
Do a Lion Walk. Don’t miss the chance to interact with lions (in a responsible way)! You can learn about how they play hunt as youngsters and what is being done to increase the wild lion population.
Go on a Safari! Last but not least, you can get picked up right from the hotel lobby and venture out into a national park to see if you can spot the Big 5. We didn’t do this in Livingstone because we already had a Serengeti safari planned, but we saw plenty of groups at Avani who had done this and they just raved about it.
All-in-all, Livingstone is the perfect place to go if you’ve never been to Africa before and you’re looking for the full experience at your fingertips. Africa is a HUGE continent and it can be daunting to figure out where to visit and how to get there, so take our word for it and get your buns to Zambia!