Historic & Cultural Tour of Livingstone
Livingstone, Zambia holds a special place of importance in the history of Southern Africa during the first days of European Settlement and the beginning of Colonial Rule in the region. Livingstone served as the Capital of the British Protectorate of Northern Rhodesia between 1911 – 1935 and as such enjoyed far superior facilities to the rest of the countries, and the magnificent Edwardian colonial buildings lining the main road bear testimony to this.
The original town was sited on the river at a place known as Old Drift but was moved in 1905 due to the high incidence of Malaria, and the the new town was built on Constitutional Hill. There was the advantage in this of formal town planning with wide streets, lined with trees, and a lot of the original Architecture can still be seen today.
From 08:00am each day, flexible times depending on other bookings of the guide. +/- 2 Hours including transfers
Historic & Cultural Tour of Livingstone Highlights
- View the magnificent Edwardian colonial buildings and a historical background of the town.
- Visit the Livingstone museum and learn about Zambia’s cultural and natural heritage.
- View the memorabilia and original belongings of David Livingstone
- Visit the Mukuni Curio Market and the Maramba Market
- Optional Tour to the Livingstone Railway Museum.
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Inclusions Activity Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Part 1 – Livingstone Museum
The tour starts with the collection of the guest from their lodge or hotel in Livingstone and a trip through the town to the the oldest museum in Zambia, Livingstone Museum. Here you will learn all about Zambia’s natural and cultural heritage .
The museum houses a very comprehensive collection of some of David Livingstone’s personal belongings including journals, photographs and letters. You will be given an insight into this world-renowned philanthropist and missionary.
Part 2 – Mukuni Curio Market and Maramba Market
The next part of your tour will take you to the Mukuni Curio Market and the Maramba Market, where you will experience part of a day in the life of a Zambian by observing the hustle and bustle of the colourful activity in the market, where the locals sell everything from “chitenges” (brightly coloured fabric) to local artwork made from various materials such as old vehicles and tools.
See the daily routine of the locals buying vegetables, fruits, grains and rice and nuts which form a big part of their daily diet. A guide will accompany you and help you with the bargaining ritual to get some great artefacts at bargain prices, a very interesting and rewarding experience.
Optional – The Railway Museum
The Livingstone Railway Museum can be found in the historic locomotive sheds at the Zambezi Sawmills. This hugely interesting Railway Steam Museum displays locomotives and artefacts dating back to the 1930’s when the Zambezi Sawmills was reputed to have the worlds longest rail-line.
Minimum – 2 Guests, Maximum 40 Guests (We can accommodate larger groups on request)
Children under 12 are 50% of advertised price – Infants U2 are free
Dress / What to Bring
- Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes
- Hat / Cap, Sunglasses
- Cash to experience the shopping at the market, Kwacha or small denomination US$ notes.
- Return Transfers from Livingstone Hotels and lodges
- Entrance Fees to the museums
- Chilled mineral water is provided every hour
- We encourage the clients to use their own refillable water bottle to cut down on plastics usage.
- Items and purchases of a personal nature.