There is A LOT to do in Livingstone, Zambia, from leisurely escapades to adrenaline-packed adventures. The destination is famous for its sunset cruises and wildlife, but keeping the family entertained every minute can start to add up. Luckily, there are also plenty of low-cost activities to keep the whole family busy in the tourist capital of Zambia.
Some of our ideas require a bit of forward planning or printing but trust us when we say that it will be worth it when you see how excited your kids will be. You might even consider sending out one parent so that the other can enjoy the opportunity to chillax with a novel or a cocktail (or both!). Keep reading if you need some inspiration for low-cost, family-friendly things to do in Livingstone, Zambia.
For families with older kids able to ride, bike tours make a fantastic outing. Not only will you get the opportunity to go to a part of Livingstone that you wouldn’t likely otherwise see, but you’ll be able to tire out the kids in the process. Local Cowboy Cycle Tours have been operating in Livingstone for decades and offer fully customizable trips that start right from your hotel.
Guided Cycle Tours are typically four hours in length but can be shortened or extended based on your family’s preferences. You can decide to visit a local village, go through markets, have an historical Livingstone town tour, or meander through the high-density areas and get a clearer picture of daily life for many residents. Funds raised assist the Local Cowboy Pre and Primary School, also included as a stop on the tours.
Livingstone Crocodile Park
Children young and old are always thrilled with a visit to the Livingstone Crocodile Park. Open from 8 am-5 pm daily except Wednesday, this attraction is located approximately halfway between Livingstone town centre and the Victoria Falls National Park. A park guide will show your family around the complex and point out numerous crocodiles that were regarded as a danger to the local communities and tell their stories. Crocodile feeding is on Saturdays at 3 pm, although alternative times may be arranged with prior notice.
During hatching season, children can have the opportunity to hold a baby crocodile. There are also rescue tortoises and turtles, and a variety of indigenous snakes safely tucked away in their enclosures. Education is encouraged so please feel free to have your children ask as many questions as they please. There is a shady, grassy area with picnic tables and a small play area if you would like to take in your non-alcoholic drinks or lunch and extend your day. Before you leave home, print off some of these FREE crocodile coloring pages and bring along some crayons.
The Livingstone Museum is Zambia’s largest and oldest museum, with the opening dating back to 1934. Located in the centre of Livingstone, this museum is open daily, including public holidays except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. There are fascinating sections, including archaeology, ethnography, natural history, and Zambian history.
The museum also houses a large gallery about David Livingstone and his life as a missionary, explorer, and doctor. Complimentary tour guides are on hand for assistance, subject to availability and all public areas are wheelchair accessible.
Livingstone town is filled with different types of markets, and each has its own character and unique treasures to find. There are craft markets at the Victoria Falls National Park and in the centre of Livingstone town beside Fairmount Hotel. The Green Market is on Kuta Way, opposite the High Court, where you will find seasonal fruit and vegetables, including towering displays of the tastiest tomatoes you’ve ever experienced. Speak to your lodge or guest house about arranging a local guide, or ask your taxi driver if they can show you around.
Maramba Market, located about ten minutes from the centre of Livingstone town, is where you will find just about everything, including the kitchen sink. It is here that you will discover carpenters making beds, live chickens for sale, elaborate chitenge outfits being designed, and local produce on offer. Second-hand clothing, or ‘salaula’ is everywhere and you can find some amazing bargains. Give your kids a budget and see if they can grab themselves some new clothes or donate the items to Lubasi Children’s Home across the street.
No two trips to this natural wonder of the world are ever the same, especially if you go into the Victoria Falls National Park at different times of the year. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is an excellent location for a photo scavenger hunt. Spend some time writing up age-appropriate treasure lists before you depart and watch the excitement begin once you arrive. Older kids can then use search online to discover unknown facts and tips about the local flora, fauna, and landscape.