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Livingstone Island

Venture to the edge

Trace the steps of a great explorer

Discover the island from which Dr David Livingstone first witnessed the  Victoria Falls  – Livingstone Island, situated towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the Zambezi River plunges.

On 16 November 1855, Makololo paddlers landed the great explorer here on ‘Goat Island’ (now Livingstone Island) on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest later, he gazed upon one of the most spectacular sights in the world – ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ (The Smoke that Thunders) which he named after his Queen as The Victoria Falls. It is here that you will witness the most thrilling natural infinity pool in the world –  Devil's Pool .

Today visitors are picked up in a twin-engine boat with powerful motors and a skilled skipper retraces Livingstone’s approach to the island to witness the very best view of the Falls there is.

All visits to the island are during the ‘low water’ season, which usually begins in mid July and goes through to the end of January. High water visits are not possible as the island is continuously covered in the spray/downpour from the Falls. Pick up is from the wooden jetty adjacent to the Royal Livingstone River Deck by an aluminum boat launch with twin water jet propelled engines which then transfers guests on a 5 to 10 minute ride to the island. Drop off is again at the Royal Livingstone the trip. The trip includes a short-guided tour of the island and a view of the Falls as well as a light snack depending on the time of the visit.