The Zambian town of Livingstone is located less than 15km from Ilala Lodge in Victoria Falls, and as such, is ideally situated for exciting day trips from Victoria Falls. An excellent base for a consistent stream of travellers from across the globe, the town offers the best of both sides of this natural wonder.
Most of the Livingstone activities on offer require a sense of African adventure and exploration, as experienced by Dr Livingstone himself, and many a day trip to Livingstone from Victoria Falls may be enjoyed, including:
The Zambian thrills of the Victoria Falls
With a Kaza Univisa, you can meander across the river at will to take part in a day of thrilling Livingstone activities. White-water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, bungi jumping, abseiling, kayaking and gorge swinging are up for grabs, or you can take a stroll down to ‘The Boiling Pot’, to view the Falls from below.
Just 10km from Victoria Falls, visitors are welcomed to the Mukuni Village by Chief Mukuni himself. The tour offers a sneak peek into the daily goings-on of a working African village and a hint at village politics by a headman who also demonstrates how traditional huts are made and decorated. The large on site market is filled with curios handmade by the villagers, which are available to purchase as a souvenir of your visit.
A trip to Devil’s Pool
During the dry season, another worthwhile Victoria Falls day trip is a hike to the notorious Devil’s Pool, where you may immerse yourself in the waters of the Zambezi right on the edge of the Falls, from mid-August to January.
Safaris are a big part of all that is Africa and if you’d like to include a game drive in your planning, head for Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, just outside Livingstone, on the banks of the Zambezi River. A specialised tour operator will be able to make all the arrangements on your behalf, or you can speak to your hosts at Ilala Lodge
Jeremy T. Hetzel