The magnificent Victoria Falls are Livingstone’s raison d’etre, a must-see natural wonder that has thrown up a thriving tourist town on the banks of the Zambezi. Livingstone itself is not particularly inspiring, but the Mosi Ao Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) is genuinely awe-inspiring. And there are varied ways to take it in, by air, on foot or in shallow pools on the ridge of the Falls, peering over the precipice as a massive volume of water thunders down over 100 metres. Viewing from the Zambian side can be enjoyed independently or with a guide, and there are different perspectives after dark, when an ethereal lunar rainbow can appear amidst the spray. The Falls also vary in character throughout the year, with the late dry season and early rains rendering them more of a trickle but permitting access to pools on the lip. After reinforcement by emerald season downpours, the Falls are a multi-faceted cascade, when all that restricts your view can be the vast amount of spray!
Accommodation around Livingstone is characterful, quaint and often luxurious, with lodges stationed on the banks of the Zambezi and some actually on exclusive islands in the middle. Two to three night stays permit detailed exploration of the Falls, with guided tours often included and the option to book a helicopter or microlight flight. Evening river cruises with a sundowner and snacks are romantic and relaxing, while the small Mosi Ao Tunya National Park provides an enjoyable introduction to game drives. Livingstone and the Falls absolutely should not be missed, representing the perfect introduction to Zambia or a relaxing climax to a tiring safari itinerary.