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Livingstone is a natural sister to Luangwa
December 22, 2005
December 22, 2005 Issue #009

Written by Enestle Zimba,
Founding Editor
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African


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================== TABLE OF CONTENTS ===================

o Africa’s Best Kept Secret

o Just My Thoughts

o Resource Centre

o Free Trials


o Why is Livingstone Africa’s best kept secret?

...Because it’s a natural sister to Luangwa Valley

Luangwa and Livingstone in Zambia form a duet of Zambia
safari favourites.

At Livingstone the magnificent Victoria Falls is the
world’s largest curtain of falling water. The waterfall
measures 1,708 metres wide and it’s cascading water
drops 108 metres below into the chasm. A mist generated
forms plumes of smoke that can be seen over 40 kilometres
away. The smoke and the accompanying booming sound
inspired the name. Mosi-Oa-Tunya which means the “smoke
that thunders”

The bellowing smoke creates a strange and awesome
experience. Despite all the power and the ferocity of
the water the falls has remained virtually unaltered
since David Livingstone’s days. And when was this?
Dr. David Livingstone a Scottish missionary doctor is the
world’s renowned explorer who was the first European
to sight the great waterfall on the Zambezi.

This was 150 years ago on November 16, 1855 when
Livingstone arrived at the island named after him. He
had canoed from up stream of the Zambezi. Gazing down
the great chasm he marvelled at this spectacle, the
majestic world wonder he named in honour of the English
monarch Queen Victoria. He couldn’t resist writing in
his dairy, “...scenes so lovely must have been gazed
upon by angels in their flight…” Thus, Livingstone
described the waterfall and its surrounding area.

Eight kilometres north of the Victoria Falls is Livingstone
city. In itself quite attractive. It’s a city of three
museums, hosts the adventure centre of southern Africa and
the spectacular 9 zigzagging gorges. And of course the
theme designed lodges dotting the banks of the wild but
tranquil Zambezi River.

The small personally run river lodges on the banks of the
Zambezi are havens to the traveller tired of the hustle and
the endless demands of touring. For those seeking
adrenaline pumping excitement and adventure there is the
excellent white water rafting over 22 rapids, micro light
and rigid wing flights, chopper hovering at the Victoria
Falls, parasailing, abseiling, river boarding, gorge
swinging, etc. You may also want to consider the world’s
highest bunji jumping at 111metres above the Zambezi.

That’s not all! There is also the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National
Park. This park was created to protect both wildlife and
one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, the
Victoria Falls. The Park is home to sable, eland, giraffe,
buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, and Zambia’s only surviving
white rhino. However, black rhinos recently poached to
extinction are now being repopulated in the North Luangwa
National Park, a game reserve that epitomes the wilderness
in Africa.

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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~JUST MY THOUGHTS~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Perhaps the top two well known safari destinations in
Zambia are Luangwa and Livingstone. And for obvious reasons
too! Zambia’s premier national park with a great wealth of
wildlife is on the Laungwa River while the magnificent
Victoria Falls is on the Zambezi River near Livingstone.

The Luangwa River cuts the bottom of the Luangwa Valley.
It meanders as it changes its course down stream and from
year to year. The changes make the valley dynamic as the
tented camps move to new positions. It also forms ox-ball
lakes and lagoons as it meanders along the river channel.
These lagoons become centres of attraction for wildlife
during the dry season. The lush vegetation, drinking water
and all!

The Zambezi River is Africa’ fourth largest river. With a
humble beginning at its source in north western Zambia the
Zambezi runs a total 3,450 kilometres before it discharges
Its water into the Indian Ocean. By the time it reaches
Livingstone it is slow moving, wide and tranquil. However,
it passes through many changing environment and terrain;
rocky and fast moving, through flood plain and gorges.
Mosi-Oa-Tunya national park is small but has many commonly
seen animals in Zambia. The park is a natural corridor for
elephants as they travel to and from Zimbabwe and Botswana

Luangwa and Livingstone are two well-known safari
destinations in Zambia. They form a duet of Zambia safari
favourites. Both places depict unspoiled Africa where time
appear to have stopped. The myth of the Zambezi and the
Luangwa Rivers is that magic lives there. It is here where
you get to see and enjoy Zambia safari at its very best.

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Written by: Enestle Zimba
Africa’s Best Kept Secret Ezine (Abkse)
(c) copyright 2005 Zambia African
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Luanshya, Zambia

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