Livingstone town in Zambia is named after the first European to set eyes on The Victoria Falls and its surrounding area – David Livingstone. The actual town is about 10 kilometres from the Victoria Falls Waterfall and the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zambia to Zimbabwe. Livingstone is a tourism hub as many travellers come to Livingstone to see the Victoria Falls and to experience the many activities that it has to offer.

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Essential Traveller Information

Taxi services 

Taxis are always readily available in Livingstone and are probably the best way to get around as town is quite a distance from the Victoria Falls and there are wild animals (mainly elephants) roaming the roads! 

Some hotels and lodges offer free shuttle buses to and from the waterfall, so make sure you ask about this on arrival as it will save you some money. 

Does the town have an airport?

Yes. Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport is the airport in Livingstone. Usually, this airport receives flights from all over Africa including (but not limited to) Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Lusaka and Lower Zambezi. 


Livingstone has a few small shopping malls, the main ones being Falls Park Mall and Mosi-oa-Tunya Square. You will find a music store, a popular seafood restaurant, some fast-food restaurants, curio shops and some supermarkets. There are also a few clothing shops, boutiques, grocery stores and pharmacies lined up along the main road. The craft stores and curio shops sell local, handmade goods, as well as paintings and jewelry. 

If you visit a market in Livingstone, such as the Maramba Market, you will be able to find nearly anything you want, from food to clothes, to blankets and more!

Hours of Business

Most businesses and shops in Livingstone are open from 08:00 till 17:00 during the week and some are open on Saturdays. Restaurants and bars stay open until late. 

Zambia’s official currency is the Kwacha (ZMK), however the US Dollar is also widely accepted and there are ATM’s around town that accept foreign bank cards. We do recommend carrying cash with you as it is not unheard of for the ATM’s to be down. 

Some restaurants, hotels, lodges and other shops do accept credit cards, but of course this will come with a surcharge.

Like Zimbabwe, Zambia’s electricity can be unreliable, however it is not as bad as Zimbabwe. It also does not affect tourists as hotels, lodges, restaurants and so on are almost always backed up by solar power, inverters or generators. 

Zambia uses power outlets and plugs of types C, D and G. Type C is the standard European plug with 2 small round pins. Type D has three round pins and type G, which is mostly used in the UK, has three square pins.