Region: Livingstone, Zambia
Physical Address: Stand 142A, Nakatinda Road, Livingstone, Zambia
Livingstone is named for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. The main street of this quaint colonial town is the important Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, sections of which are lined with classic colonial buildings.
These Victorian tin roofed houses with wooden verandas, many of which are decaying, are a typical example of the English settler architecture. The spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge, which is only about 10km away from Livingstone, was completed in 1905 and settlers moved in to the higher ground at Livingstone to try and escape Malaria.
Zambia, “the Real Africa”, is regarded by many as the continent’s greatest secret, ranging from the mighty Victoria Falls to the world renowned National Parks of the Luangwa and Zambezi valleys. The fact that the country has, for so long, been largely overlooked as a tourist destination is one of its greatest assets. The wilderness areas are pristine and the country offers its guests views of the African bush that have not changed for centuries.
Travelers to Africa have dubbed South Luangwa as one of the greatest unspoilt wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. Game viewing on the rich alluvial floodplains and oxbow lagoons of the Luangwa River, rivals with the best found anywhere in Africa. A Luangwa safari has to be on top of any Africa traveler’s list, it is truly a destination where one can re-connect with the wild, a place of peace and tranquility.
The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life blood of the park’s 3,535 square miles. The Park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness ranging from dry, bare bush veld in the winter to a lush green wonderland in the summer months.
There are 60 different animal species including huge herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra and most of the other common antelope species found on the continent. For the “birders”, Luangwa boasts over 400 different bird species.