Meet The Explorer Club Africa.
CREATE YOUR STORY IN THE ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF AFRICA.
Connect with Zambia’s people, nature and culture with The Explorer Club Africa.
We are Livingstone’s leading total solution operator in the ultimate adventure destination – Victoria Falls, Zambia! We are passionate about our destination and we want to share it with you. Our award-winning experiences and unique range of accommodation promise to inspire and enlighten your travel experience – creating memories and connections in one of the world’s most powerful destinations.
Let’s create your story in the extraordinary destination that is Livingstone – Africa’s adventure capital.
We showcase the very best this outstanding destination has to offer. Talk to us about the different seasons that Victoria Falls undertakes so you can plan the ultimate travel experience. We provide unmatched destination knowledge with our passionate team on the ground.
The Livingstone Experience
The Livingstone Experience with Safari Par Excellence
Experience the World’s Best One Day Rafting with SAFPAR Rafting – the top-rated rafting company on the Zambezi, or join us for the annual Zambezi Whitewater Festival for a weekend of outdoor adventure and music on the Zambezi River. Live life on the edge with a swim in the Devils Pool and put your photography skills to test on a Chobe Day Trip, home to the world’s largest population of elephants. Take in a famous Zambian sunset on a sunset cruise and have a taste of the wild at The Elephant Café – rated Zambia’s Top Restaurant.
SAFPAR Rafting – Rated #1 Rafting Company on the Zambezi
Considered the best one-day rafting experience in the world, the Zambezi River flowing down the Batoka Gorge provides one of the most intense sensory thrills imaginable. SAFPAR offers a Full Day Rafting experience and the season is split into Low or High Water. Choose a full-day or opt for an overnight / multi-day experience – the ultimate off-the-grid experience! Discover rarely-accessed stretches of the Zambezi River and meet rapids such as “Ghostrider” and “Upper Moemba” on an epic adventure. See the beautiful Moemba Falls and camp on white beaches under the African stars at night. Please contact us for set departure dates or a tailor-made itinerary that suits your interests and budget.
ON THE EDGE OF THE MIGHTY ZAMBEZI RIVER.
The Explorer Club Africa own and operate a unique range of accommodation on the banks of Zambezi River. Opt to be in close proximity to Livingstone Town and Victoria Falls or choose a boutique experience where the only noise you will hear is a hippo chorus. Take a look at our accommodation options here.
3* The Victoria Falls Waterfront
The ideal location to base your cost-effective Livingstone adventure. Located within the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, only 3km upstream from Victoria Falls, this Livingstone accommodation is renowned as the adventure hub of Livingstone where white-water rafting, raft safaris, jetboat adventures, sunset cruises, safari drives, and cultural tours start and finish.
It is the first choice of accommodation for self-drive, 4WD, and motorbike enthusiasts with a large, beautiful campsite surrounded by huge trees, a swimming pool, and the use of all the lodge facilities on-site. Accommodation options at The Victoria Falls Waterfront comprise en-suite river-facing chalets, garden-view chalets, family chalets, adventure village rooms and tents (complete with linen, electricity and a fan) and the campsite.
4* The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa
When it’s adventure and romance that your heart craves, choose The David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa, a beautifully appointed thatched lodge oozing with charm set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. Stay in a Suite with a jacuzzi and make use of the award-winning SPA for the ultimate Zambezi escape. Guests may enjoy the cocktail bar with daily specials, two restaurants and the famous Zambezi-infinity pool with a view of the Victoria Falls spray, just 3km away. The lodge offers a complimentary shuttle to Victoria Falls and Livingstone Town several times per day.
5* The River Club Zambia
Reminiscent of heydays of exploration in Africa, The River Club Zambia is an enchanting oasis located a short distance from the historical town of Livingstone where time has appeared to have stood still. The private and spacious suites are individually set within magnificent trees on the edge of a sweeping bend on the Zambezi River, overlooking the Victoria Falls.
With a private island for special occasions, this blissfully romantic Lodge has won the hearts of many a bride and groom as one of the most unique and magical spots on earth to make their wedding dreams come true. River Suites, Luxury River Suites with a private pool, a Luxury Family Suite, and the Princess Mary Suite are available.
Groups & Incentives
POWERFUL – MEMORABLE – VICTORIA FALLS!
Our Groups & Incentive team support operators in Africa’s supreme MICE destination – Victoria Falls. We offer local knowledge, buying power and creative wizardry with an experienced operations team on the ground. Our groups and incentive division are proud to work with the top agents, operators and incentive houses worldwide selling the very best of Africa.
With our extensive local expertise, creativity and resources we specialise in designing and executing your event objectives from arrival to departure. Our tailor-made itineraries are carefully designed for business and corporate clients, taking into consideration client needs, interest, budget and expectations.
Our services include:
- A range of accommodation options in Livingstone.
- Off the grid venues and catering services for unique dining experiences.
- A complete safari solution.
- Transformative & immersive experiences within local communities.
- Community-friendly CSR initiatives.
- An opportunity to support local enterprise with client gifts.
- Locally-made travel accessories.
- Professional photography services to capture every moment.
- Tours & Activities.
- Prime conference and meeting space.
- A fleet of vehicles for transfers and client logistics.
- Airport arrival and visa assistance.
- Pre and post extensions.
- Destination educationals with agents and operators.
- FIT & family-friendly experiences.
Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, with a tropical climate and consists mostly of high plateau, with some hills and mountains, dissected by river valleys. At 752,614 km2 (290,586 sq mi) it is the 39th-largest country in the world (after Chile) and slightly larger than the US state of Texas. The country lies mostly between latitudes 8° and 18°S, and longitudes 22° and 34°E. Zambia is drained by two major river basins: the Zambezi basin in the south covering about three-quarters of the country; and the Congo basin in the north covering about one-quarter of the country. A very small area in the northeast forms part of the internal drainage basin of Lake Rukwa in Tanzania.
In the Zambezi basin, there are a number of major rivers flowing wholly or partially through Zambia: the Kabompo, Lungwebungu, Kafue, Luangwa, and the Zambezi itself, which flows through the country in the west and then forms its southern border with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Its source is in Zambia but it diverts into Angola, and a number of its tributaries rise in Angola’s central highlands. The edge of the Cuando River floodplain (not its main channel) forms Zambia’s southwestern border, and via the Chobe River that river contributes very little water to the Zambezi because most is lost by evaporation.
Two of the Zambezi’s longest and largest tributaries, the Kafue and the Luangwa, flow mainly in Zambia. Their confluences with the Zambezi are on the border with Zimbabwe at Chirundu and Luangwa town respectively. Before its confluence, the Luangwa River forms part of Zambia’s border with Mozambique. From Luangwa town, the Zambezi leaves Zambia and flows into Mozambique, and eventually into the Mozambique Channel.
While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water. Read more about the Zambezi water levels here.
Livingstone Town was established in 1905 named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively. Livingstone was paddled in a dugout canoe or ‘mokoro’ through swift rapids towards the roar and rising cloud of mist, the mokoro paddlers skilfully landed on ‘Goat Island’ (now known as Livingstone Island) right on the lip of the chasm.
A few steps through the small rainforest on 16th November 1855 and he first laid eyes upon the spectacular sight which he named in honour of his Queen Victoria. He later described the Falls as a ‘scene so lovely it must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight.’ After Livingstone died in what is now Zambia in 1873, his heart was buried under a Mpundu tree before servants carried his body to the east coast, from where it was shipped to Britain for burial in Westminster Abbey.
The Livingstone Museum devotes an impressive gallery to the adventures and memorabilia of David Livingstone. The display includes original letters sandwiched between glass panels that visitors can decipher, his family tree, olive-green caped coat, black cap, carved umbrella, weaponry and more.
As a major European settlement being close to the Zambezi River crossing over to Southern Rhodesia, the town was made the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911. As the capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything elsewhere in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian buildings that line the city’s main road. Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country’s first newspaper.
During its glamorous heyday, Livingstone Town, with its charming art deco main-street buildings, was a magnet for royalty – all bar one of King George V’s children visited, as did Hollywood royalty such as Alfred Hitchcock.
The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a tourist town, but still retains a special charm. A major event in 2011 was the installation of the town’s first set of traffic lights! The proximity to the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls has led Livingstone to become the base for travelers from all over the world wanting to explore this Natural Wonder of the World and preferred MICE destination due to the incredible Zambian hospitality, quality and size of the hotels, meeting facilities available and the huge selection of experiences in close proximity.
There are two main seasons, the rainy season (November to April) corresponding to summer, and the dry season (May/June to October/November), corresponding to winter. The dry season is subdivided into the cool dry season (May/June to August), and the hot dry season (September to October/November). The modifying influence of altitude gives the country pleasant subtropical weather rather than tropical conditions during the cool season of May to August. However, average monthly temperatures remain above 20 °C (68 °F) over most of the country for eight or more months of the year.
View the Seasonal Guide here.
Visitors to Zambia are categorised by:
- Nationalities requiring a visa prior to travel
- Nationalities permitted to get a visa on arrival
- Nationalities who do not require a visa
Who needs visa prior to travel? NATIONALS FROM INDIA, CHINA, LEBANON, PAKISTAN and others.
Zambian entry visas for nationals whose countries fall under this category require advance clearance by the Zambian Authorities and cannot get a visa on arrival. Applicants must apply for the visa through the Director General of Immigration prior to their arrival into Zambia. The applicant must receive a letter of approval prior to his/her travel. Applications for visas for this category must be made online through the eServices portal.
- Full list can be found here https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/nationals-requiring-visa-prior-to-travel/
- Online e-visa application can be made here https://eservices.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/app/services/Visa
NB It is likely that you will also require a pre-approved visa for Zimbabwe / Botswana if you are planning to travel there. This means they should arrive in Zambia with a pre-approved Zambian (single, double or multiple entry) visa and a pre-approved visa for Zimbabwe / Botswana.
Nationalities permitted to get a visa on arrival
You do NOT have to fill out any form or application before travel.
This applies to the following nationals: https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/nationals-who-require-visa/
For those who qualify for visas on arrival the following applies:
- Those remaining in Zambia will only require a single entry visa of USD 50.00 per person.
- Those going to EITHER Zimbabwe / Botswana for an excursion will require a double entry visa of USD 80.00 per person.
- Those going to BOTH Zimbabwe and Botswana for an excursion will require a multiple entry visa of USD 150.00 per person.
- KAZA VISA – The KAZA UNIVISA costs USD 50.00 and allows tourists to obtain one visa to visit both Zambia and Zimbabwe on a multiple-entry basis. The visa is valid up to 30 days in any given period of 12 months, as long as the holder remains within Zambia and Zimbabwe. It also covers the return to Zambia those who visit Botswana for day-trips through Kazungula Borders. NB A single-entry visa to Botswana may apply. The KAZA VISA is not for business travellers.
Payment can be made by VISA / Master Card or can be made in cash, US currency only, upon arrival.
Nationalities who do not require a visa
Nationals of the countries listed below do not require visas to enter Zambia. You do NOT have to fill out any form or application before travel and will not be required to make a visa payment on arrival.
This applies to the following nationals: https://www.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/nationals-who-dont-require-visa/
Cash & Credit Cards
The Zambian currency is the Kwacha (ZMK). Unless on a self-drive trip, it is generally not necessary for visitors to purchase Kwacha. It is not accepted anywhere else and local curio traders are happy to accept US$ or South African Rand in cash.
Park entry fees are only accepted in US$ and it is advisable to also have enough cash for visas.
Zambian banks have recently announced that they will no longer accept any US$ notes minted before 2007. Please ensure you carry notes minted from 2007 upwards. They will also no longer accept notes in the 2006 series or ‘white’ notes.
Zambian banks no longer accepting ZAR cash – consequently, David Livingstone Safari Lodge & Spa does not accept ZAR cash, ZAR credit card transaction, YES!
Most businesses in Zambia are merchants only for Master or Visa credit cards.