Historical &

Cultural Activities

Too often Africa is seen only as providing wildlife experiences. But we ourselves always try to encourage our guests to get to meet the people who actually live here.

This includes, for example, a visit to a local village, and especially so its school. Livingstone in particular is also noted for its museums, giving you an insight into how the whole area has come to be how it is today.

Livingstone Town (on the Zambia side)

Sprung up with the construction of the railway over the Falls, funded by Cecil Rhodes, in order to aid access to the copper deposits in the north. A century ago there was just the one place for tourists to stay - the Livingstone Hotel, which consisted of buckskin slung over a few poles. Now there are many luxurious places to stay, both in the town itself, and strung out along the length of the Upper Zambezi.

Victoria Falls Town (on the Zimbabwe side)

Less than 2 km from the river, Victoria Falls Town provides much readier access to the Falls themselves than does Livingstone (which is 10 km away). Visitors here are therefore much more likely to actually wander around the town itself, with its Craft Village and Elephant's Walk Shopping Complex. And, even if you are not actually staying here, a visit to the historical Victoria Falls Hotel is well worth making, especially if you stay for lunch.

Mukuni Village (on the Zambia side)    ($50)

Chief Mukuni's Village is a Royal village which was founded around the 13th Century, and which is home to about 7,000 Leya people.  This is a working village, rather than a purpose built tourist attraction, but it welcomes visitors here to get a glimpse of how its people have lived for generations and to learn a little about their traditional customs and beliefs. In July of each year the Leya people partake in the colourful Lwiindi Ceremony.

The Livingstone Museum (on the Zambia side)    ($50)

This is Zambia’s oldest and largest museum where you can learn about Zambia’s culture and natural heritage. Here you will also get a fascinating insight into Dr David Livingstone, the world-renowned philanthropist and missionary. The museum contains a wealth of memorabilia relating to David Livingstone – personal effects, letters, notebooks, photographs and maps. There is also his walking stick, a giant flintlock gun, a tin box he stood his candles on and a spearhead (that had been thrown at him).

The Railways Museum (on the Zambia side)    ($50)

For many years Livingstone was the Railway Capital of a vast region, and much of its wealth came from the railways. Housed in the now-restored Zambezi Sawmill’s historic locomotive sheds, this steam railway museum display artefacts dating back to the height of the railway industry in the 1930’s when the Zambezi Sawmills Railways was reputed to have the world’s longest rail-line. Exhibits include one of the country’s first locomotives and other rolling stock.

Maramba Market (on the Zambia side)    ($50)

Maramba is the largest market in Livingstone - colourful, vibrant and bustling with activity. Here the local people sell everything, from clothing, fruit and vegetables, grains and rice, to pots and pans (made out of old motorcars), and farm tools. This is very much where the people of Livingstone come to shop, and a visit here gives you an unusual insight into their lives. See our Safari Diary site for more information.

The Boma Dinner (on the Zimbabwe side)    ($60)

Accessed from the Zimbabwe side, and situated just outside Victoria Falls Town, The Boma is situated in the grounds of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, and, as described in our Safari Diary, provides you with a truly African dinner (I myself sampled kudu, warthog, eland, crocodile tail and Mopani worms) accompanied by African singing, drumming and dancing. This is a truly unique cultural experience that bombards the senses with the tastes, sights, sounds and smells of Africa together with the warmth and hospitality of Zimbabwe, and its people.