Livingstone, Zambia, is named after the first European to set eyes on The Victoria Falls and its surrounding area – David Livingstone. The city is approximately 10 km 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, experience its many activities, and visit the surrounding National Parks.

Essential Traveller Information

Taxi services 

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

Some hotels and lodges offer free shuttle buses to and from Victoria Falls, 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 are Falls Park Mall and Mosi-oa-Tunya Square, where you will find a music store, a popular seafood restaurant, some fast-food restaurants, curio shops, and supermarkets. Along the main road, there are a few clothing shops, boutiques, grocery stores and pharmacies. The central craft market and curio shops sell local handmade goods, as well as paintings and jewellery.

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 – 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 widely accepted. 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 out of service.

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

Zambia’s electricity can be unreliable, but it does not affect tourists. Solar power, inverters or generators almost always back up hotels, lodges, restaurants and other tourist centres.

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

MAP OF Livingstone

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