Bushtracks Africa : Go to the Victoria Falls

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Livingstone Island Tour

View the falls as Dr Livingstone first saw them.

Visits to Livingstone Island; Children under 12 years pay half price & under 5 years are free.

Dr. David Livingstone was paddled in a dug out canoe through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist suspended above a cliff over which the whole of the Zambezi River plunged. The Makololo paddlers skilfully landed him on 'Goat Island' (now Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rainforest and, on the 16th November 1855, 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.

Today visitors are picked up in a twin engine boat with powerful motors and a skilled skipper re-traces 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.

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Pick up is from the wooden jetty adjacent to the Royal Livingstone River Deck by an aluminium 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, viewing the Falls and a light snack depending on the time of the visit Morning visits

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Morning Tea Tours: 3 morning visits of 1 ½ hours each (giving about 1 hr 15 mins on the Island). Departing Royal Livingstone 07h15 depart 07h30, 08h45 depart 09h00 and 10h15 depart 10h30. Includes tea & coffee, soft drinks and light snacks.
The Livingstone Island Lunch: No age limits but for older clients, be aware that they have to climb in & out of a boat and over rocks on the island. Departing Royal Livingstone 12h15 depart 12h30, returning at 15h15. Includes buffet lunch, soft drinks, beer and wine.
Afternoon Visit: 1 afternoon visit of 2 hours, departing Royal Livingstone 15h15 depart 15h30, returns at 17h30. Includes tea, coffee, light snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine. In low water season, (approximately end of Aug to Dec) guests can swim in a rock pool on the rock on the edge of the falls accompanied by a guide. This is for possible for lunch and afternoon trips only.