Getting Oriented in Livingstone, Zambia

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Getting Oriented

Victoria Falls is in southern Africa and literally provides a border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Each country has a national park that surrounds the falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia and Victoria Falls National Park in Zimbabwe), as well as a town (Livingstone in Zambia and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe) that serves as the respective tourist center. The fissure containing the falls stretches over a mile, roughly from southwest to northeast. Livingstone lies to the north and the town of Victoria Falls immediately to the south of the falls. The border between the countries is within walking distance of the compact town of Victoria Falls. The stretch between the falls border and town center on the Livingstone side should not be attempted, because of the dangers of wandering elephants, the African sun, and the occasional opportunistic thief.

Livingstone, Zambia. Named after the famous Dr. David Livingstone, the town was established in 1900, 10 km (6 mi) north of the falls. Its main street, Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, is lined with classic colonial buildings. The current unresolved political strife in Zimbabwe has caused many tourists to choose Livingstone as their base over Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The town of Victoria Falls lies west of the falls on the Zambezi's southern bank. The view of the falls and the gorge is pretty spectacular from Zimbabwe. At one time, the town was the principal tourist destination for the area, but the lack of political stability has sent many tourists to the Zambia side. The town continues to be perfectly safe, but the atmosphere can be understandably negative.

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