After leaving Malawi the next destination was Zambia, the border crossing was quite easy, we had to write in a log book our yellow fever vaccination details which is not something we had to do anywhere else. The visa was an expensive one at $80USD each as we got a double entry because we were finishing the tour in Zambia.
Upon arrival in Zambia the temperature soared and once we got to Lusaka it was very developed in comparison to everywhere else we had been. We stopped at a fancy shopping centre that had a grocery store that stocked Waitrose items and we even stopped at a burger joint for some greasy food! After such a long time out of civilisation it was both nice and a little weird.
The camp site in Lusaka was fantastic as there were zebra and giraffe roaming freely, we all took a walk around the campsite and took a walk with some of the zebras.
At about 2am in the morning Dan woke me up as he heard animals outside the tent, so we popped our heads out and there were three giraffes feeding right over the top of our tent. It was incredible to be woken up by a bunch of giraffes! We got out of the tent and just stood and watched them for about half an hour. They were just working their way through the campsite munching away on the trees. It’s moments like that you realise just how special Africa really is, that humans and certain animals can live harmoniously together.
Once we left Lusaka it was straight to Livingstone which is the adventure capital of Zambia. People come from all over to experience the adrenaline filled experiences that are on offer and of course to see the famous Victoria Falls.
The campsite in Livingstone was one of the best we had stayed, it was the Zambezi Waterfront. It was situated right on the Zambezi River, it had two pools, a great bar and good facilities. Zambia was extremely hot and it was difficult being outside during the day as it was well into the 40’s. We went to Victoria Falls but were left feeling so disappointed as the falls were completely and utterly dry. What we didn’t know was that it was the dry season and the falls are non existent at this time of the year from the Zambia side but are flowing on the Zimbabwe side.
The second day in Livingstone a group of us went to the famous Devil’s Pool which is only accessible in the dry season (an upside of not seeing Vic Falls). Devils Pool is a natural pool at the top of the Vic Falls which you can sit in and literally hang off the side. It was one of the highlights of the trip, I was petrified but I’m so glad I did it as it was just awesome! You can read more about Devils Pool here.
The last day in Livingstone was spent in town, there are a couple of nice cafe’s where we went to access the wifi and we also had a meal at Cafe Zambezi which served fantastic food. Being out of ‘civilisation’ for so long makes things like wifi and a good coffee seem like luxury.
A whole new bunch of people joined our tour in Livingstone which took the total number of people up to 23 which was a lot more than what we had previously but it was great to have some newbies for the next leg of the trip.
We really enjoyed our three nights in Livingstone. It was great to just be in one spot for three nights, the campsite was brilliant, the Zambezi River was gorgeous and they sold ice cold slushies at the bar which helped when the temperatures soared.
But as always with the travelling life the mundane tasks still need to be done, our washing dried in about half an hour whilst we were here though so there’s always a silver lining.
Where we stayed: The Waterfront – Livingstone
Where we ate: Cafe Zambezi
There are so many activities you can do in Livingstone but as we are on a real budget we just decided to do Devils Pool. You can helicopter or micro light over the Falls, there are animal encounters and white water rafting.
You can read about my other African adventures here: