My family and I flew from Johannesburg, South Africa on Comair a BA subsidiary Airline to Livingstone, Zambia in September 2013. It was very easy to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. I requested a multiple entry visa as we were going to Botswana and Zimbabwe.
September is warm and dry but it is the best time to view game. Although the Victoria falls is not as spectacular on the Zambia side at this time of the year. There is far more water on the Zimbabwe side.
I chose to stay on the Zambia side as I liked the Zambezi Sun hotel, a wonderful hotel with a great atmosphere. We were welcomed by some dancers and our stay here has been truly enjoyable experience. The gardens and pool were very nice and the restaurant near the pool was pleasant to have lunch and order drinks. Breakfast included buffet style with a huge choice of food. In the evening we mainly ate at Squires an a la carte restaurant but the hotel also offered buffet style meals and had nightly entertainment.
The Zambezi Sun is situated in the Mosi-oa-Tunya (Smoke that thunders) National Park. The hotel grounds are home to Giraffes, Zebras, Springbok, Baboons and Monkeys all wandering around the lawn and along the drive ways. We had to keep our room windows closed at all times in case of monkeys. It was a short walk to the Victoria Falls where you can view the Victoria Falls Bridge from this area. I loved the short helicopter ride over the falls as I could view both the Zambian and Zimbabwean side. It was truly magical and gave you a better perspective of how large the falls really are.
I enjoyed a sunset boat cruise on the African Queen and the cruise lasted 2 hours travelling along the mighty Zambezi River. Drinks and snacks were included and it was a relaxing way to enjoy the sunset and view the wildlife on the riverbanks from the boat. I saw many Hippos in the water, Warthog, Zebras, Springbok and Baboons on the riverbanks.
I also took a daytrip into Zimbabwe to view the Victoria Falls from this side and had lunch at the famous Victoria Falls hotel near the falls. This is where Queen Elizabeth stayed when she visited Zimbabwe in 1947. There are some curio markets to shop for souvenirs nearby.
Another daytrip I can recommend is a visit to Chobe National Park in Botswana. This is a full day and I left at 7am and returned at 5.30pm. The tour included a 2 ½ hour boat ride on the Chobe River viewing Game from the boat with drinks and snacks, buffet lunch at Chobe Lodge before going on a 2 ½ hour afternoon game drive. Afterwards the group was escorted back to the border to return to our hotels in Zambia.
I really liked the experience of staying in Livingstone, Zambia and found the hotels to be very well maintained and there was good infrastructure.
There are many adventure activities to do in Livingstone including, bungy jumping, white water rafting, sedge way, horse riding, walk with lions, jet boating and a visit to Devils pool to mention a few.
Also there are markets in Livingstone to buy local arts and crafts and also the Livingstone museum and railway museum. Another highlight I can recommend is high tea at the Royal Livingstone hotel which was a very special experience held from 3pm every afternoon.
Australian dollars are not able to be changed in Zambia, so make sure you take USD, GBP or Euros to change. Credit cards are readily accepted at most hotels. Visa is only accepted in ATMS in Zambia. USD dollars are only acceptable in Zimbabwe and credit cards at reputable hotels.
Please do not hesitate to contact me as I would love to put together an itinerary for you.