Livingstone at a glance
Livingstone is the adventure capital of Zambia. This vibrant town is located close to the Zambezi River, where it cascades over the world-famous Victoria Falls. If you're after an active lifestyle, Livingstone has plenty of activities. The town offers museums, restaurants, markets, campsites, spas, and luxury accommodation.
Typically a tourist getaway, the area has also built a reputation as a fantastic place to live. Here you can enjoy scenic views, a friendly community, and beautiful properties. Livingstone's large elegant homes, rustic farms, and vacant lands for sale have much to offer homebuyers and investors.
History of the area
The town of Livingstone draws its name from Dr David Livingstone, the intrepid explorer and missionary, who was the first European to discover Victoria Falls. Established in the early 1900s, Livingstone town became an important capital spurred by the 1905 construction of Victoria Falls Bridge.
Even though the capital was later moved to Lusaka, Livingstone has continued to rise as a popular tourist destination. On 1 June 2021, Proflight Zambia launched its Johannesburg-Livingstone flights, providing increased access to the area. A new Radisson Blu Resort is set to open in Livingstone in 2022. From safari lodge type accommodation, to backpackers, five-star hotels, exquisite five-star boutique hotels, and comfortable guesthouses, Livingstone can accommodate all levels of tourists.
As part of Zambia, Livingstone has a humid, subtropical climate. The winters are dry while the summers are warm and produce significant rainfall. Temperatures range from the mid-20s in winter and climb to the low 30s in summer. It's the perfect conditions to enjoy all of Livingstone's adrenaline-driven pursuits all year round.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
Livingstone lies just 4,7 km away from Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport. At roughly 13 minutes, you will have an easy commute for local and international flights. The close presence of the airport also places Lusaka within reach. A flight to the capital will only take you just over an hour.
Proflight Zambia, which has been operating regional and domestic flights for 28 years, has a good domestic network to connect you to Luangwa Valley, Lower Zambezi, and Lusaka. ProCharter Zambia can also take you where you want to go in your own time.
Schools in the area
Livingstone sets a solid foundation for your child's success. Top schools in the area include Nekacheya School, St Marys Secondary School, Acacia International School, Linda Secondary School, and Hillcrest Technical Secondary School.
The area is serviced by the Livingstone Central Hospital which includes the Livingstone General Hospital and the Batoka Hospital. It assists with internal medicine, paediatrics, surgery, obstetrics, and gynaecology. You can also seek treatment at the private practices of healthcare professionals in the area.
The two main shopping centres are conveniently located along the main road that runs from Victoria Falls into Livingstone. Falls Park Mall was the first to open in Livingstone, offering a stellar shopping experience. Mosi-oa-Tunya Square is the go-to place for grocery shopping and household supplies with its large Shoprite.
Whether you have a craving for authentic Zambian dishes, continental meals, or a fast food takeaway, Livingstone caters to all tastes. As a tourist hotspot, the area has seen the rise of several notable restaurants. Cafe Zambezi serves up wraps, peri-peri wings, sandwiches, salads, and even crocodile pops for the adventurous. Flavours Pub & Grill offers up hearty meals with live music. Olga's The Italian Corner whips up delicious pastas, pizzas, and Italian desserts. You also can't forget the well-known Ocean Basket restaurant.
As a top tourist area, Livingstone has places of interest at almost every corner. Here are some every Livingstone resident should visit.
1. Victoria Falls: One of the world's seven natural wonders, the fall's spray can be seen from miles away on a rainy day.
2. Museums: The Livingstone Museum provides insight into Zambian archaeology, history, culture, natural history, and David Livingstone's life. The Railway Museum preserves Zambia's rich railway heritage.
3. Livingstone Island: A trip to this island offers the best vantage point to experience the beauty of Victoria Falls. Thrill-seekers will also enjoy Devil's Pool, a natural pool that offers a heart-stopping swim overlooking the fall.
4. The Royal Livingstone Express: Hop on this grand steam train and take a trip to Victoria Falls Bridge for sunset views and a sumptuous five-course meal.
5. Batoka Gorge: Here you can enjoy action-packed adventures set below the Victoria Falls. You can do the exciting gorge swing, zip-lining, and take in absolutely breathtaking views from Taita Falcon Lodge. This lodge overlooks the winding waters and dramatic cliffs of the gorge where you can watch the Taita falcons nesting in the rocks.
On the ground for travel requirements, you can turn to Zambian travel specialists, Zamology.
Why buy in Livingstone?
Livingstone remains a popular international tourist destination, and with campaigns to increase domestic tourism, the town holds massive appeal. Its attractions, amenities, and pleasant weather make the area welcoming for buyers. Investors should take note of all the developments in the area which are helping property values rise. Additionally, there are plenty of investment opportunities available within the commercial, industrial, tourism, and residential property market. There are also lots of backpacking lodges available for sale.
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