Livingstone, Zambia

Statue off David Livingstone at Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

Statue off David Livingstone at Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

This small bustling town was named after David Livingstone, born in 1813 in the small Scottish Town Blantyre. His dream was to migrate to China as a doctor and missionary at the age off 20 Years. The so called opium war shattered his dream. He accidentally met missionary Robert Moffat and decided to follow him to Africa. His wife and kids followed him some years later. Living and preaching  in Kuruman for years, he decided to explore the regions further north.

With several tough going expeditions, he eventually explored the 3 Great Lakes, the Okavango Delta along the Chobe River and the whole length of the Zambezi River, including Victoria Falls, named after her majesty, Queen of England. David Livingstone died on his last mission in 1873 at the Benguela swamps in Zambia, obsessed to find the source of the Nile river. Famed as one of the seven wonders off the world, people flock in their thousands to either the Zambian or Zimbabwean side to witness the sheer force off water off the truly spectacular Victoria Falls.

Jasmine joined me again for a relaxed drive to Livingstone, family too close 24/7 gets a bit much. I sure understand and some nice company is always welcome to join me and Zimba. Particularly after the radio stopped working several weeks back. We somehow passed the Italian convoy while they were having lunch and we arrived first.

A large herd off elephants roaming the bush around Livingstone, Zambia

A large herd off elephants roaming the bush around Livingstone, Zambia

Most surprising was the herd off elephants, that just crossed this busy road and disappeared in the bush.

Happy munching elephants, Livingstone, Zambia

Happy munching elephants, Livingstone, Zambia

Let’s see if we can track them them down. And we did.

Elephant shadows, Livingstone, Zambia

Elephant shadows, Livingstone, Zambia

They passed right in front of us on a telephone wire track.

A play fight between young elephant bulls, Livingstone, Zambia

A play fight between young elephant bulls, Livingstone, Zambia

No aggressive behaviour at all.

Mother and calf elephant, Livingstone, Zambia

Mother and calf elephant, Livingstone, Zambia

What a start to Livingstone. As the Italians were still hours off, we decided to drive on to Victoria Falls, to cross the bridge for a first glimpse over the Falls.

Border patrol literally scratching his balls, classic, Livingstone, Zambia

Border patrol literally scratching his balls, classic, Livingstone, Zambia

We passed Zimbabwen customs, even though the border post looked a bit scratchy.

Is there some monkey business going on? Yes there was, Livingstone, Zambia

Is there some monkey business going on? Yes there was, Livingstone, Zambia

He sure kept a good eye on his surroundings,

Lunch and munch time, Livingstone, Zambia

Lunch and munch time, Livingstone, Zambia

and spotted some monkey business going on. We’re in Africa after all.

Construction marvel from the early 1900 century, Livingstone, Zambia

Construction marvel from the early 1900 century, Livingstone, Zambia

The high level bridge was completed in 1907, a technical and complicated marvel for those days.

Jasmine Miles away, and miles above, Livingstone, Zambia

Jasmine Miles away, and miles above, Livingstone, Zambia

It still stands strong and connects Zambia with Zimbabwe. The train tracks are still used for an old steam train arriving now and then, loaded with tourists. Right in the middle is the bungee jump off point, for those who dare. Even though suffering from vertigo, Jasmine was determined to take the plunge. Not today though.

View over Victoria Falls from the bridge, Livingstone, Zambia

View over Victoria Falls from the bridge, Livingstone, Zambia

We spent some time to watch these amazing waterfalls.

Not sure about this wooden elephant, Livingstone, Zambia

Not sure about this wooden elephant, Livingstone, Zambia

Wood carving vendors operate here too. That’s nothing new, but when this little boy saw this relatively large elephant carving, he was not impressed.

Fearful eyes, Livingstone, Zambia

Fearful eyes, Livingstone, Zambia

His anxious face looked rather cute.

Sunset over the Zambezi River, Livingstone, Zambia

Sunset over the Zambezi River, Livingstone, Zambia

The sun was setting and still be news from our Italians.

Perfect spot with great company, Livingstone, Zambia

Perfect spot with great company, Livingstone, Zambia

I spotted a nice place by the Zambezi River to watch the sunset,

Jasmine watching the sunset, Livingstone, Zambia

Jasmine watching the sunset, Livingstone, Zambia

just the perfect ending for this exciting start to Victoria Falls.

Thoughtful Jasmine, Livingstone, Zambia

Thoughtful Jasmine, Livingstone, Zambia

As soon as we joined the finally arriving Italian mob at ‘Livingstone Safari Camp’, there was drama all around. The once flourishing and spacious Camp area has been neglected over the years and didn’t meet general camping requirements. Shame really, as it is located way outside Livingstone right in the bush. 

We moved to ‘Thorn Tree Lodge/ Campground’ the next morning. This clean and well run campground lies next to a small river, which attracted elephants on regular basis. It is an incredible sight to see these giants slowly pass the camping area, just a few meters away.

Hippo art at Thorn tree lodge, Livingstone, Zambia

Hippo art at Thorn tree lodge, Livingstone, Zambia

Even hippos venture up stream from the Zambezi River. This one was permanent though.

Oversized Gecko art at Thorn Tree Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia

Oversized Gecko art at Thorn Tree Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia

The big gecko artwork was my favourite though.

Trampoline fun, Livingstone, Zambia

Trampoline fun, Livingstone, Zambia

With large fire area, pool and trampoline, it had everything to keep everyone entertained.

Wooden bike over fireplace at Thorn Tree Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia

Wooden bike over fireplace at Thorn Tree Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia

Clever homemade art was placed in different locations. Really cool.

Jasmine’s ghostly shadow, Livingstone, Zambia

Jasmine’s ghostly shadow, Livingstone, Zambia

Even ghostly shadows appeared now and then.

It was halftime for this Italian convoy. Jasmine and her brother Riccardo and Loredana fly back to Italy, whilst new arrivals would arrive in Livingstone, to explore Botswana and Namibia. 13 cars all up, Claudio asked me if I wanted to join. We’ll see. 

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