Livingstone Island activity will re-open as from 2nd June 2013.

Livingstone Island

Livingstone Island

Livingstone Island is a 5-8 minute boat ride from the rivers banks and is located in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103m drop. Access to this unique Island is seasonal and depends on the water level of the Zambezi River.


Due to the unique nature of the Island only 16 guests may visit at any one time and enjoy a choice of five daily visits, restricting this exclusive island to only 80 visitors per day.

A visit to Livingstone Island can be organised by Bushtracks or Tongabezi. The cost for one of these trips starts at US$75.00


About Livingstone Island:

Livingstone Island circled in red which lies along the Victoria Falls lip

Livingstone Island circled in red which lies along the Victoria Falls lip

It was from this island that David Livingstone first saw the Falls on the 16th November 1855, when he was paddled downstream by his local guides.Livingstone first measured the height of the Falls from Livingstone Island. He lay on the precipice and lowered a string weighted by some bullets held in a square of calico down over the edge.

It got lodged at 90m, still some way off the bottom. Livingstone had great hopes for the island, which he named Garden Island. He planted apricot pips and coffee seeds, hoping to create a nursery. However, these were eaten by hippos.

As you can see in the photo above, Livingstone Island is much closer to the Zimbabwean bank than the Zambian bank, yet it is classed as a Zambian Island. This is due to the fact that the rivers main channel runs extremely close to the Zimbabwean side, Devils Cataract to be precise, the deep water channel. Historically, this is what defines the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, which in fact makes Victoria Falls mostly Zambian.

F ast facts about Livingstone Island:
 Livingstone Island activity opens  2nd June 2013
 Average number of months open  10 months / year
 Maximum number of people  16
 Time it takes to get there from mainland  5 minutes
 Rules  No permanent structures
 Who does the Island belong to?  Zambia


It caters for Lodges and Hotels around the Victoria Falls area both on the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides.

Livingstone Island, being part of the Victoria Falls that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a World Heritage site, plus its geological location makes it a very exclusive and unique picnic spot. It can most certainly be classed as one of the most awesome picnic spots in the world and certainly worth a visit, shown in the picture above.

Livingstone Island is a profoundly sacred site in local tradition.

By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 28 May 2013