Cheap Flights to Livingstone Airport
The town of Livingstone sits in south-western Zambia near the country of Zimbabwe. Named for the Scottish explorer David Livingstone, the town is a favoured touchdown spot for visitors to Victoria Falls. The airport, now named the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), is only five kilometres from the centre of town, a mere 12 minutes by car or taxi. Skyscanner can help you plan your trip to this African gem. The Whole Month Search screen lets you easily shop for the lowest fares. Pick your dates and then find your itinerary on the flight screen. Other helpful features allow you to find accommodations and cars. It's an easy way to book that well-deserved vacation.
Getting to Livingstone Airport
It takes a bit of work to get to Livingstone Airport. First, you'll need a flight to either Addis Ababa International Airport (ADD) in Ethiopia or Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International (JNB) in South Africa. Flights to either city are available from most major Canadian airports, including Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. Itineraries have at least one stop. Airlines that fly into Addis Ababa include Ethiopian Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates, KLM, Turkish Airlines and United. Carriers into Johannesburg are similar, with KLM, British Air and Delta being the prime carriers. Codesharing on both routes is common. A codeshare is where you buy a ticket on one carrier, but you fly on a partner airline for one or more segments. The Skyscanner flight screen shows you if a codeshare applies.
Your flight to Livingstone Airport from Addis Ababa would be on Ethiopian Airways, while from Johannesburg you could be on British Airways or South African Airways. Depending on your schedule and connections, you might consider doing a stopover in either of those cities and then catch your continuing flight the next day. Let Skyscanner help you plan your stopover hotel stay.
Livingstone Airport has two terminals, the older one dedicated to domestic flights and the newer terminal for international service. You will most likely end up at the international terminal. It's a small airport, easy to get around, but with few services. A car rental desk is near baggage claim, and you will find food and beverage services in the main passenger area. WiFi is free throughout the airport. One ATM is available near the main passenger section.
Taxi stands are just outside the arrival doors. This is your only option to get into town other than renting a car. Consider checking with your hotel to see if they provide transfers. Taxi fare to downtown Livingstone is roughly $10 CAD for the five-kilometre trip. Taxis charge about $25 CAD for the 15-kilometre drive from the airport to Victoria Falls. The scenic but twisty ride usually takes just under an hour. Currency is the Zambian kwacha.
Things to do in Livingstone
- Victoria Falls is the true headliner as far as tourist attractions go in Zambia. This is where David Livingstone first set eyes on this Central African mega-waterfall, the first European to do so. Named for British Queen Victoria, the falls also carry the indigenous name Mosi-ao-Tunya, which means "Smoke that Thunders." A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the falls are twice as high as Niagara Falls, and more than twice as wide.
- You'll find a number of tours to Victoria Falls from downtown Livingstone. Some are half or all-day driving tours with stops at various points along the falls, often including a walk across the famous Victoria Falls Bridge. Climb aboard a helicopter and take in the falls from above, perfect for some eye-popping pictures. Another tour takes you to an Elephant Café where you enjoy a meal in an open-air dining hall while elephants wander around outside. The elephants seem just as interested in checking you out.
- While you are exploring the town of Livingstone, consider visiting the Livingstone Museum. It gives a great overview of the town's history, the falls, and insight into the famed explorer. The museum curio shop is a good place to look for souvenirs.