The Victoria Falls is one of the most visited attractions in Zambia, thousands of tourists go there every year, to walk in the beautiful rain forest and look at the scenic view points of the falls, during the months of November to April (rainy season), you will get particularly wet and the sound of the falls will be almost deafening.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively, Livingstone Town was established in 1905. As a capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything elsewhere in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian buildings that line the city’s main road. Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country’s first newspaper. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a quiet town, but still retaining a special charm.

The proximity to the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls has led Livingstone to become a base for travelers from all over the world wanting to explore this Wonder of the World.

There are several Adventure Companies offering Riverboarding, White water rafting, Canoeing, Horse riding trails, Abseiling, as well as Boat cruises, Walks with lions, Elephant back safaris, Quad bikes riding, Kayaking and tours to the Victoria Falls, Mukuni Cultural Village and the places of interest in Livingstone.

The mighty Victoria Falls has several view points from both countries, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, the most impressive one being the main falls.. The falls are a staggering 1708 metres in width with a maximum height of 108 metres.

The best ways of getting from Lusaka to Livingstone are Air, Bus, Self-drive, or Train. Below is a list of them and information about their schedules available and their fares.

 

Air

Rating: 5 out of 5

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, formerly Livingstone Airport, is an international airport on the northern edge of Livingstone, Zambia. The airport is named after Harry Mwanga Nkumbula, the leader of the Africa National Congress in Zambia. It’s the airport closest to the Victoria Falls.

There are a number of airlines that fly to Livingstone, namely, South African Airways, Lufthansa, British Airways, Kenya Airways, and Proflight Zambia, where the main airlines fly daily to Livingstone. A return flight from Lusaka to Livingstone and back would cost you in the region of ZMW1500 and there are 3 flights available a day. The flight is just over an hour long.

Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport is approx. 7 kilometers out of town, car hire is available, and vehicles can be picked up from the airport. Most of the hotels and lodges in Livingstone have a pickup service for their clients. Alternatively you can hire a taxi and can take a maximum of 4 people. There are also meet and greet bus services, that cost approx. US$3.00 one way per person from the Airport to the town itself.

Proflight Zambia's 737-200

Proflight Zambia’s 737-200

This is probably the best mode of transport to get from Lusaka to Livingstone, the fastest as well as the easiest. The only downfall is that it can be expensive.

ALL passengers departing from Livingstone, Mfuwe, Lusaka or Ndola airports on domestic or international flights please note that National Airports Corporation has introduced an Infrastructure and Development charge.

Summary of NACL charges:

J1 Departure Tax ZMW42.00 Domestic

QJ Security Tax ZMW16.00 Domestic

RM Infrastructure & Development charge: ZMW27 (USD5)/ ZMW54 (USD10) International

For Proflight Zambia’s Flight Schedule click here.

For other airlines go to www.skyscanner.net

Proflight Zambia’s contact details:
Lusaka Airport office +260 211 252 452+260 977 33 55 63
Email reservations@proflight-zambia.com
Commercial department +260 211 252 452
Accounts department +260 211 252 496
Livingstone Airport office +260 213 324 745+260 979 222 729+260 3 324235
Chipata +260 971 260 027
Kasama +260 214 231 591
Mfuwe +260 216 245 267
Ndola +260 212 611 796

 

 

Bus

Rating: 3 out of 5

There are several buses a day between Livingstone and Lusaka, times vary, but usually the first bus leaves each city around 6:00 am and every 30 minutes to an hour thereafter, the last one around 19:30 pm. Tickets should be booked and paid for the day before departure at the bus station in town. The cost is approx. US$13 to US$20 per person.

There are a few bus companies that operate this route and are decently priced with various classes of seating available.

The bus stations are in the town centers of each City and make numerous stops at each town along the way, where you can get on and off the buses.

It is approximately 482km from Lusaka City to Livingstone Town, taking them around 7 hours to complete the journey, they are very reliable and very affordable. The buses run on a daily basis and are extremely clean and comfortable.

The buses that run these routes are luxury coaches, fully air-coned, have food service available, on board toilets and television.

In Lusaka they are stationed at the Intercity Bus Terminus, Kamathi Road, Kamwala, and the bus arrives in Livingstone at Intercity Bus Terminus, Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road.

One of the better bus companies is called Mazhandu Family Bus Services.

Mazhandu Family Bus Services

Mazhandu Family Bus Services

The Mazhandu fleet makes use of the major routes between the Copperbelt, Central, Lusaka, and Southern Provinces. Major cities visited along the way include Kitwe and Ndola in the Copperbelt Province through to the capital city of Lusaka and of course Zambia’s tourism capital, Livingstone.

Mazhandu Family Bus Services contact details:
Telephone +260 977 806 060+260 977 489 414+260 977 619 698
Email mazhand69@gmail.com
Address Intercity Bus Terminus, Dedan Kimathi Road, Kamwala, Lusaka, Zambia

 

 

Self Drive: 

Rating: 4 out of 5

If you are aching to rent a car and drive yourself around Zambia, this might be the trip for you. The roads between Lusaka and Livingstone are among the country’s best, and the trip involves only one turn.

From Lusaka airport it is approximately 500kms to Livingstone Town taking around 7 and a half hours’ drive.

For the international driver, roads lead into Livingstone from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). You can buy a temporary import permit at your port of entry, for 1 month, 3 months or longer. Also a Zambian third party insurance is mandatory, next to reflective stickers or reflectors at the front of your vehicle (white) and at the back (red). Dimensions must be 5 x 5 cm, however rectangular is permitted as well.

If you prefer to drive from Lusaka to Livingstone Google Maps gives you 3 options, through Mazabuka (approx 500km), or through Chirundu and back through Pemba (approx. 600km), or through Mumbwa and past Itezhi Tezhi Dam down through Kalomo (approx 660km). Even though each route route is fairly similiar in distance, the times vary significantly due to the state of the roads. But each route offers great scenic views and you would experience true Zambia on either of them.

Self-drive is a really good option if there are a few of you travelling together as it would be fun and you could split the costs, and you could stop in at different towns and go sightseeing as you wish. You would be travelling at your own pace and change your route as you please. There are a number of fuel stations at each town you go through where you are able to fill up the vehicle and many places to stop and grab a bite to eat.

europcar logoIf you have your own vehicle that would help a lot and cut costs, but there a number of Car Hire companies within Zimbabwe, namely, Europcar, Rentalcargroup, and Easy Terra Car Rental.

 

 

Europcar Contact details:
Kenneth Kaunda International Airport International Terminal, Lusaka Airport+260 211 271 221/3+260 211 271 239 (Fax)
Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport International Terminal, Livingstone Airport+260 213 322 753+260 978 778 991
Ndola City Plot 17, Arusha Street, Ndola+260 212 620 314
Kitwe City 17 Enos Chomba Road, Kitwe+260 212 225 066+260 212 227 169
Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport International Terminal, International Airport+260 212 620 604+260 212 617 062

 

 

Rail

Rating: 1 out of 5

A concession called Railway Systems of Zambia has taken over from Zambia Railways, running passenger trains between Livingstone, Lusaka, Kapiri Mposhi (change for TAZARA trains to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania) and Kitwe.

Trains run 3 times a week from Livingstone to Lusaka and Lusaka to Livingstone. The rail line is very worn and trains are unreliable. We would not recommend them.

In reality, train timetables are constantly changing, delayed most of the time, and trains are not particularly safe for tourists. If you’re really considering this form of travel, call Zambia Railways.

Zambia Railways booking offices:
Lusaka +260 211 228 023
Livingstone +260 213 321 001
Kabwe +260 215 224 027

The international dialling code for Zambia is ‘260’. When dialling from Zimbabwe to another country dial ‘00’ before the dialing code of the destination country. The time zone is GMT+2.

The following emergency numbers can be dialled directly from a landline or dial 112 from mobile phones:

  • Police 999
  • Ambulance 991
  • Fire 993

112 from mobile phones.

 

How to get from Harare to Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls 24 does not take any responsibility for schedule or fare changes as they may change at any particular point in time.

By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 23 August 2013