Livingstone / Mosi Oa Tunya NP
The dramatic Victoria Falls, or as the locals refer it as Mosi-oa Tunya – the “smoke that thunders”, has a certain magnetism and mystique that draws visitors from all corners of the globe to view her beauty… and certainly all 'types' of visitors as well, from honeymooners to backpackers and families. However, 'The Falls' herself is not the only draw card to this area, the huge array of adventure activities in this adventure hub attract tourists in their numbers.
• The name of Victoria Falls was originally coined by explorer and missionary, David Livingstone. (“Dr Livingstone I presume”)
• As mentioned above, the local people, both in Zimbabwe and Zambia, refer to the Victoria Falls as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ which means in English. “The Smoke that Thunders’. This is of course due to the marvellous vision of rising mist that can be seen from distance away when the river is at its highest.
• The main street of this quaint colonial town is the important Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, sections of which are lined with classic colonial buildings. These Victorian tin roofed houses with wooden verandas, many of which are decaying, are a typical example of the English settler architecture.
• The spectacular Victoria Falls Bridge is only about 10km away from Livingstone town
• This bridge, which crosses over the mighty Zambezi River and is below the mists of Victoria Falls, forms the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
• Livingstone became the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911, but the capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935. Livingstone then returned to being a lazy, quiet little town with much charm.
• Happily, Zambia is encouraging tourism in Livingstone and there is a feeling of change and optimism in the air.
• Zambia cannot be beaten for that perfect African Safari with its mix of wilderness, wildlife and adventure.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park meaning "The Smoke Which Thunders" is an UNESCO World Heritage site as it incorporates the Victoria Falls.
The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park is situated along the upper Zambezi River. It includes the Victoria Falls and is only around 6600 hectares big, It originates from the Songwe Gorge below the Victoria Falls , in a north-west curvature along about 15 km of the Zambian river bank . The Park provides a home for numerous antelope species, zebra, giraffe, warthog, and a variety of birds and smaller animals. Elephants cross the Zambezi and freely walk through the Park and the surrounding area. One can take a very pleasant drive around the Park in a couple of hours and all the animal species should be seen at close quarters. Since there are no predators in the Park, the animals are very relaxed and afford some excellent photo opportunities. Visitors can drive their own vehicles through the Park or go on organised open-vehicle game drives through any of the hotels and lodges in the region.