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Located in Zambia :: Four Nations  :: Livingstone
Category: Places :: Town

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In 1855, explorer David Livingstone documented the existence of what he later named Victoria Falls, after Queen Victoria. The local tribes called it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ meaning ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. Tradesmen and missionaries soon settled in the region of Old Drift, 10 km west of the Falls, until the completion of the Victoria Falls railway bridge in 1905, when they moved to higher ground near the bridge, and established the town of Livingstone.

The British South African Company made its headquarters in Livingstone, and the town grew rapidly. In 1911 it became the capital of Northern Rhodesia, but Britain made Lusaka the capital in 1935 in order to be closer to the copper and farming districts. Livingstone’s status as capital city saw it receiving preferential treatment as is evidenced by the many majestic Edwardian buildings which line the streets. Ironically, the town only got its first traffic light in 2011. Originally neglected by tourists in favour of the much smaller town of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, tourism activity in Livingstone increased due to Zimbabwe’s political instability after independence. Today, more than 140 000 people live here.

Contact [ correction ]
Address :  Livingstone Tourism Association, Zambia
Contact :  Livingstone Tourism Association
Tel :  +260(0)21 332 2365
Email :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Good Main Cellular Network :  Airtel or Zamtell

Directions [ correction ]

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Destination Information [ correction ]
Police Station :  Yes
Hospital : Yes
Doctor : Yes
Tourist Information :  Yes   Tourist Information Telephone :  +260(0)213 326 656
Petrol :  Yes   Petrol Type :  ULP/LRP
Diesel :  Yes   Diesel Type :  500ppm
Towing Service :  Yes   Towing Service Telephone :  +260(0)96 658 7526
Facilities :  Gas Refill, Shopping Mall, Shopping Centre, Shops, General Dealer, Bank, ATM, Foreign Exchange, Internet Cafe, Tour Services, Lodging, Camping, Butchery, Bakery, Liquor, Restaurant, Pharmacy, Airport, Airstrip, Car Rental, Tyre Repair, Tyre Sales, Mechanical Repair

Facilities [ correction ]
Other Facilities :  Medical Centre. Fast Food. Auto Dealer/s. Commercial Offices.

Activities [ correction ]
Game Viewing, Game Drives, Night Drives, Quad Bikes, Tours and Excursions, Hiking Trails, Guided Walks, Mountain Biking, Horse Trails, Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Snorkelling, Surfing, Water Skiing, Canoeing, Makoro Trips, Sailing, Boat Trips, White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Scenic Flights
More Activities :  Visit to the Livingstone Museum. Archaeology Gallery. Bungee jumping. Elephant back riding. Safaris. Sunset cruises.
Notes on Activities :  (Some activities may be offered nearby).

Travelling Information [ correction ]
Closest Main Route :  M10 & T1

A selection of hotels, lodges, guest houses, B&B, backpackers and camping is available around the city. (Jan-2019).

Car rental services offered by Europcar situated at Livingstone International Airport, Main Airport Building open from 06h00-20h00 daily, Tel : +260(0)21 332 2753. Voyager Zambia is the Franchise for Europcar. (Jan-2019).

For internet access, visit the City Cyber Business Centre situated along Dambwa central market open between 08h00-18h00 daily; Cell: l +260(0)95 420 7142. Services offered also includes laminating, photocopying and binding among others. Most accommodations and restaurants now provide free WiFi access. (Jan-2019).

City has a branch for the Speciality emergency services specialising in air medical evacuations tel +260(0)21 332 2330.

NOTE: Visitors to Zambia are advised to have their own personal travel insurance. Local police, hospitals, clinics etc. cannot be relied upon.
Please note that any emergency numbers indicated on our data will be for the local police, hospital, clinic etc. and most of the times, don't work. Many tourism sites show the numbers like 999 for police, they often don’t work.

If you have a medical problem when in Zambia, Specialty Emergency Services has a Call Centre (24 hours). Phone them on 737. This company has offices in Livingstone, Lusaka and Kitwe. But they will fly anywhere to assist if visitors have the right insurance. If you want to check your insurance, contact SES on [email protected] (

You will find good food supplies here in Shoprite and Spar. Restaurants and fast food take-aways scattered all over town. (Jan-2019).

Note that petrol and diesel prices change all the time, and you can expect to pay different prices at different fuel stations. 'KR' in the petrol and fuel prices refer to 'Kwacha renewed', as the many zeros are being removed from Kwacha currency. Some fuel stops in Livingstone includes the Engen fuel stop, Total fuel stop, Puma Fuel Stop, all situated along the main T1 highway in Livingstone. (Jan-2019).

Done at Ankufa Supplies Gas Refill where SA Gas bottle refill is done but cannot refill UK bottles. (IOverlander Info Nov-2016)

Hospital contact is the Livingstone Central Hospital open 24 hrs a day situated along Zambia Youth Ave. There is also the Southern Medical centre along Mokambo Rd, also open 24hrs; Tel: +260(0)21 332 3547. Clinics also includes the Maramba along Maramba Rd and Mahatma Gandhi Clinic along Kanila and Maoma Rd also open 24hrs. Doctor Tel added is for Dr Shroff. Most pharmacies are situated along the T1 major highway. These includes the Healthrise pharmacy, Health and Glow pharmacy and HK pharmacy amongst others. (Jan-2019).

For vehicle repairs and auto parts visit Autoworld situated along John Hunt way open till from 08h00 to 17h00 during working days; 08h00-12h00 on Saturdays and closed on Sundays; Tel : +260(0)97 996 7768.
There is also Foley's Land Rovers situated along Balewa Rd, open 08h00-17h00 during working days and 08h00-12h30 on Sat; Tel: +260(0)21 332 0888. (Jan-2019).
Or contact Desmond Hitchens on +260(0)96 504 0950. (2019).

Banks around Livingstone includes Barclays bank, Stanbic, Finance, FNB, Investrust Bank Plc, ZNCB and there is the Golden Coin Bureau De Change situated at Kobil Filling Station, Livingstone which caters for all the currency exchange services; Tel: : +260(0)21 332 4776. (Jan-2019).

Police contact added is for the Livingstone central police station. (Jan-2019).

There is the Falls Park Shopping Centre, a one stop shopping centre in the city. For craft market, visit the Mukuni Park Curio Market along Mwela Street. Bobbili Gems and jewellery offers a selection of jewellery, necklaces and earings. (Jan-2019).

Tow-in tel is for CFAO Zambia but they cater for their clients only who have the Nissan vehicle brands. (Jan-2019).
Also try Deemac Vehicle Recovery +260(0)95 419 5050. (2019).

Tyre repairs services are also offered at Foley's Land Rovers situated along Balewa Rd, open 08h00-17h00 during working days and 08h00-12h30 on Sat; Tel: +260(0)21 332 0888. (Jan-2019).
Tyre repairs and sales are available at Autoworld in Livingstone. (2019).

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