Livingston Island - Morning Breezer
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Stand near the lip of the Victoria Falls and feel the wonder David Livingstone must have felt when he saw them for the first time
Livingstone Island is a 5–8 minute boat ride from the Royal Livingstone Hotel. It's in the middle of the Zambezi River, touching the lip of the Victoria Falls, where the water thunders down the 103-metre drop. Access to this island is seasonal and depends entirely on the water level in the Zambezi River.
Dr David Livingstone paddled in a dugout 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 skillfully landed him on 'Goat Island' – now called Livingstone Island – right on the lip of the chasm. A few steps through the small rain forest and, on 16 November 1855, he gazed on one of the most spectacular sights in the world – Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders), which he named Victoria Falls after his Queen.
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All visits to Livingstone Island are during the low-water season, which usually begins in mid-July and goes through to the end of January. High-water visits aren't possible as the island is continuously covered in the spray/downpour from the Victoria Falls.
Each day in the low-water season three morning visits of 1½ hours each (giving about an hour and fifteen minutes on the island). The tours depart from the Royal Livingstone Hotel at 7:30am, 9am and 10:30am. You'll be given a short guided tour of the island, see the Victoria Falls from the same vantage point as Livingstone did 150 years ago, and enjoy tea, coffee, soft drinks and a light snack.
Transfers from your hotel to the Royal Livingstone can be arranged at an added cost.