Livingstone City

Named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively, Livingstone Town was established in 1905.

As a major European settlement, being close to the Zambezi River crossing over to Southern Rhodesia, the town was made the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911. As the capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything elsewhere in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian buildings that line the city’s main road. Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country’s first newspaper. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a quiet town, but still retains a special charm. A major event in 2011 was the installation of the town’s first set of traffic lights! The proximity to the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls has led Livingstone to become a base for travellers from all over the world wanting to explore this Wonder of the World.

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Our event travel agent is offering river boating, white water rafting, canoeing, horse riding trails, abseiling, bungee jumping as well as boat cruises, quad bikes riding, micro-light or helicopter flights, kayaking and tours to Victoria Falls, Mukuni Cultural Village and the places of interest in Livingstone. Further, you can book day tours to Botswana and/or Zimbabwe as well as safari trips within Zambia.

How to get to Livingstone?

You can fly directly into Livingstone (Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport, LVI).

Alternatively, you can fly to Lusaka (Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, LUN) and then take either a domestic flight to Livingstone, take an intercity bus from Lusaka to Livingstone or you can rent a car and drive to Livingstone (min. 7 hours drive).

Less recommended option is to fly to Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls International Airport, VFA) and to take a taxi to the border bridge, walk over the bridge. The conference venue is around the corner.

Where are the Victoria Falls?

The Victoria Falls (local name: Mosi-oa-Tunya; "The Smoke that Thunders") is on the Zambezi River. The border between Zambia and Zimbabwe is along the Zambezi River. Means, part of the Victoria Falls is in Zambia another part is in Zimbabwe.

The town on the Northern side of the Falls calls Livingstone and is in Zambia. The town on the Southern side of the Falls calls Victoria Falls and is in Zimbabwe.

The Victoria Falls (as in the waterfall) is within walking distance from the conference venue. The waterfall is literally in their front yard...

Ms Saliwe Sibanda and Ms Rachel Ward from our event travel agent is happy to help you planning and booking your travel (contact details:  Indicate the following reference: FAIC23

Check out the proposed activities under the link "Accommodation & Tours".

What else to see in Livingstone City?

The Livingstone Museum is the country’s biggest and oldest museum and is dating back to the 1930’s. The Archaeology Gallery - one of the museum's five sections - describes human evolution and cultural development in Zambia from Stone Age to Iron Age. The Ethnography and Art Gallery shows objects relating to the different cultures of the country including handicrafts, musical instruments. The History Gallery includes the origins of the Bantu people, the development of British colonial rule and the attainment of independence. It also houses a large collection of David Livingstone memorabilia, donated by the Livingstone family. The natural history section shows various indigenous animals in their natural habitat. There is also an extensive library with books ranging from archaeology, wildlife and also some of Livingstone’s journals. The museum is open daily from 09h00 to 16h30 and is on the main road through the centre of town.

For steam engine enthusiasts, the Railway Museum in Chishimba Falls road holds some fine examples of Zambia’s railway heritage including old steam locomotives and vintage coaches to the tiniest railway memorabilia and old photographs illustrating life in the pioneer days of the town.

Livingstone also has an 18 hole golf course, complete with clubhouse, restaurant, proshop and gym.

There is also a Reptile Park with large specimens of Crocs and snakes.

There are many markets in Livingstone making and selling everything under the sun but a stop to the Mukuni Park Curio Market is a not to be missed! Find yourself a unique, Zambian produced craft as a memento of your holiday.