Livingstone Victoria Falls Adventure Map
Day 1 Livingstone
Arrive at any time. Our G Adventures Experience Officer will go over the details of your stay and arrange your choice of optional activities. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, embark on a optional sunset cruise for sundowners and wildlife viewing on the magical Zambezi River. Cruise along the river boundary of the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, around Siloka Island and back to The Waterfront jetty. The total cruise time is approximately 3 hours and arrives back after sunset. From the boats sightings of elephant, giraffe and even rhino coming down to the river to drink are common. There is also an abundance of hippos, crocodiles and bird life. All cruises have a complimentary bar and serve freshly baked snacks. An experienced guide accompanies each cruise and has good knowledge on the wildlife and local history of the area.
Tonight you will have a good night's sleep in your adventure tent (see "about accommodation" section).
*We highly recommend that your flight into Livingstone arrives no later than 2pm.
Day 2-3 Livingstone
Livingstone, a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting optional activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with the Victoria Falls in view.
David Livingstone was born on March 19, 1813 in the village of Blantyre, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. He first studied Greek, medicine, and theology at the University of Glasgow and while working in London, joined the London Missionary Society became a minister. He originally planned to gain access to China through his medical knowledge. The Opium Wars, which were raging at this stage with no signs of peace on the horizon, forced Livingstone to consider other options. From 1840 he worked in Bechuanaland (present-day Botswana), and in the period 1852–56, he explored the African interior, and was the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall, which he renamed Victoria Falls after his monarch, Queen Victoria.
The Victoria Falls waterfalls occur in a country that is perfectly flat. From its source on the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Zambezi River meanders for 1300 km across the wooded plateau of Zambia, eroding for itself a shallow valley on its mild descent to the site of the falls. The river eventually found a weak spot on the lower lip of the surface over which it passed, and forced a passage which was steadily deepened into an exit gorge. During the last half million years the river has scoured out eight of these cracks across its bed. The Victoria falls occur where the river is 1688m wide, presents the spectacle of an average maximum of 550 million liters of water a minute tumbling over the lip of the trench in five main falls, the Devil’s Cataract, Main falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow falls and the Eastern Cataract. The highest of these is Rainbow falls, on an average 108 m high. A peak flood sees 750 million liters of water in one minute hurtling over the falls.
The name Zambezi comes from the Tonka tribe, also meaning Great River, but the Sotho-speaking Kololo people of the upper reaches of the river gave it the well-known name of Mosi o a Thunya (smoke that rises). The Lozi people call it by the same name but translated it into smoke that sounds. The Ndebele call it aManza Thunqayo (the water that rises like smoke). The Namibian people call it Chinotimba (a noise-making place like the distant sound of digging).
A natural phenomenon and one of the seven natural Wonders of the World, the Victoria Falls is an immense curtain of water cascading down over a sheer 100m drop. Around 550 million litres of the Zambezi spill over the lip every minute, at peak flow this increases to 750 million litres. Around the Falls is a rainforest sustained by the spray which is home to some plant species rarely found elsewhere in Zambia or Zimbabwe. Our tour ends at approximately 11 am. Please arrange your own transfer to the airport, your accommodation can arrange it for you.