• Satisfied guests since 2006
  • Dedicated travel experts
  • Tried & tested quality tours
  • Carefully selected guides
  • Price Guarantee
  • 24/7 assistance during tours
  • Member of ATOL & ABTA
HomeLivingstone Island
Livingstone Island

On 17 November 1855, David Livingstone paddled up the Zambezi in a canoe. For quite some time, he and his 200-strong entourage had been able to hear a roaring in the distance. Ahead of them, they could see smoke rising up into the air, and the flow of river became increasingly powerful. The chief accompanying the group asked the men to manoeuvre their canoes up onto a small island called “Goat Island”. David Livingstone went ashore, lay on his stomach and stared straight down into some massive volumes of water. He renamed the island Livingstone Island and Mosi-o-Tunya – “The smoke that thunders” – was named Victoria Falls in honour of the British Queen.

If you visit Victoria Falls from September to November, we recommend that you purchase an excursion to Livingstone Island. During this period, the waters of the Zambezi drop considerably, so the falls are not as big as they are from February to May, for example. On the plus side, you can do like David Livingstone and see the waterfalls from Livingstone Island. The island is open to visitors from around mid-July to late January – depending on the water level. Like David Livingstone, you will sail over, go ashore and have a guided tour. If “Devil’s Pool” (a natural pool on the island where you can lie in the water and look out over the sheer drop of the rock wall) is open, you can also go on a guided swim.

After a tour of the island, a light breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack is served, depending on what time of the day you visit the island.

We strongly recommend that you book this tour from home if you would like to experience Livingstone Island. The tour is extremely popular and the number of visitors allowed to visit the island every day is limited.

Children under the age of 12 are not allowed on this tour. The tour takes approx. 2½ hours.

The tour goes ahead when there are at least 2 people

Morning Per person:  £129
Lunch Per person:  £198
High tea Per person:  £171

Connected tours

Our most popular tours
Others travel here
Contact travel consultant Neil Smith

Write to:

01279 704 135

Hours of opening:
Mon, Wed & Fri: 8 - 16
Tue & Thu: 8-21
Sat: 9-17

We use cookies for statistics and targeted marketing at third parties.
You accept this by clicking on.
Read more here.

Welcome to the new design on Africasafari.co.uk

We have redesigned since you last visited us, but our tours are still the same.