Livingstone Island

Victoria Falls is one of the world’s natural wonders and among the most spectacular sights in all of Africa, and arguably the best vantage point from which to witness it is Livingstone Island.

A profoundly sacred site in local tradition, it’s possible to walk onto Livingstone Island from the Zambian side when the river level is low enough. During the dry season from about August to December, visitors from the Zambian side of the Zambezi can cross the low waters to this historical site with a trained guide. This is also one of the best places to swim at the Falls.

The island is so named because it was from this site that David Livingstone first saw the Falls in 1855 while paddling downstream.

Access to Livingstone Island depends completely on water levels. It is generally totally inaccessible between March and June. Even as the levels begin to drop, the current may be too dangerous until much later in the year. Please note that it is illegal to access Livingstone Island (even by boat) without a guide and that a strict age limit applies to children. This activity also has a limited group size.