Livingstone is one of Africa’s many adventure capitals, the Victoria Falls bungy topping the list as one of the most daring feats on offer. But this Zambian playground doesn’t only cater to adrenaline seekers, as there are plenty of options for the wild at heart, looking to go slow, kick back and enjoy this regular overland pit stop.
The beauty of the Victoria Falls! It’s no wonder that David Livingstone uttered the famous words, “gazed upon by angels in their flight,” the world’s largest curtain of water plummeting down over its basalt wall from an amazing 350-feet. While it’s said that the falls can be viewed from over 50-miles away, there’s nothing better than a close up – a network of paths allowing you obtain great views of this massive torrent of water. For a small fee you can also cross over to the Zimbabwean side where the falls are said to most impressive. March 19th of this year will be the 200th birthday of the famous Scottish Explorer, the bicentenary of his birth set to be marked by cultural and sporting events, as well as an international arts exhibition. Street theatre, traditional dancing, bands and concerts are sure to add a sensational African vibe to the adventure haven, making low season one of the best times to travel in 2013.
Situated along the banks of the Zambezi, the Mosi-O-Tunya National Park covers 62km2. Home to the last of the country’s white rhinos, this is also a conservation hot spot, zebra, giraffe, hippo and plentiful birdlife often putting in an appearance. While you won’t find any predators here, the relatively small size of the reserve and proximity to the various campsites makes it an easy add-on – and for those who are looking for a walk on the wider side, there’s the option to go walking with lions. Alternatively, elephant backs safaris are available where you can take a ride on a gentle giant and even have the opportunity to interact.
A short boat ride from Livingstone will take you to Livingstone Island, another great place to view the falls, but in an entirely different way. An activity that is very much dependent on water levels, the best time to go is from September through January. Here you can literally swim across to the lip of the falls themselves, an ideal experience for those who might find the idea of a micro-flight just that little bit too daring,. However no less exhilarating from this viewpoint you’ll be able to hear the roar of “The Smoke That Thunders” and capture this natural world wonder in all its glory. Livingstone Island is restricted to only 60 visitors a day, so it’s one activity to check off your list as soon as you arrive in the adventure capital.
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