"Livingstone – The Smoke that Thunders" Top 5 Page for this destination Livingstone by MikeAtSea

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The first European settlement in the Victoria Falls area was the Old Drift, an almost wild west establishment on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It was established shortly after Sir Dr. David Livingstone’s reports about the falls which attracted traders to the region.
Due to malaria death the settlement moved to the site of the present day Livingstone.
In 1902 to the amazing plan of a railway between Cape Town and Cairo meant that the first bridge was built across the Zambezi River; and with this the influx of tourists started growing.
Livingstone became the tourist hub of Zambia, however during the economic and political chaos that emerged in this great country in the 1970’s and 1980’s the town was eclipsed by the town of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side.
In recent years the country started booming again, also supported by the demise of the neighbouring country and its political regime under Robert Mugabe. Now Zambia is booming, its stability is regained and Livingstone a magnificent tourism destination.
In my opinion the area of Livingstone has also learnt from the mistakes that have been made in the tourism development of other areas in the world, building enchanting resorts and lodges that fit right in to the fragile landscape of Mosi oa Tunya – the smoke that thunders.

And all this is made even more enchanting as it is supported by the warmth of the Zambian people and its easiness to enter and leave the country – since in my believe everyone in Zambia has realized about the importance of tourism, including the officials.
Hence Livingstone is the pristine destination to visit the Victoria Falls, inexpensive in comparison to its Zimbabwean neighbour, with charm and great hospitality – and just for the record, the majority of the Victoria Falls are in Zambia in any case.

  • Last visit to Livingstone: Aug 2005
  • Intro Written Aug 7, 2005
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  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Excellent page...."Livingstone I presume..." Incredible range of activities for tourists.

  • Jul 28, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    I'm planning on visiting South Africa on Sept. I'm from Argentina. Could you help me with some information? How do I get to Sudwala or Echo Caves from Johannesburg?? How long does a trip to Victoria Falls last? Do you recommend me some agencys? THANK YOU!

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    thanx for the tips. will come in useful

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2006 at 3:55 AM

    and just where does homeland security get their tax money justified if the people can actually relax before a flight? heaven forbid. good tips on all. thanks

  • spanishguy's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2005 at 6:12 AM

    What some wonderful pictures! Good job

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Oct 1, 2005 at 6:01 AM

    I don't have to presume...this is a nice page on Livingstone.

  • THLIN's Profile Photo
    Aug 7, 2005 at 4:18 AM

    Oh lala...this is very nice page indeed!! It reminds me a lot of my memories!!

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