Campsites That are Worthy of Packing Your Tent and Heading to Livingstone
Some people have the mistaken assumption that Livingstone is only a destination for the rich and well-to-do; however, this misconception is far from the truth. We’ll admit that Livingstone, Zambia has some of the world’s top luxury lodges frequented by celebrities, but there is also a load of choice at the other end of the accommodation spectrum.
The spots on our list are all worthy of packing your tent. They are clean, comfortable, safe and have a friendly staff that are on hand to answer all of your questions about things to do in the tourist capital of Zambia. You’ll save your hard-earned money, which can be spent going on a game drive in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park or sipping on cocktails while cruising down the Zambezi River.
Spending your vacation outdoors at a campsite can be a fantastic option for families, groups and on holiday weekends when Livingstone hotels and lodges might be fully booked. Creating memories around the campfire with a chilled Mosi lager helps you unwind and distract yourself from the pressures of everyday life. Check out our list of campsites that are worthy of packing your tent and heading to Livingstone.
Camp Nkwazi is a destination unto itself. Located about twenty minutes outside of Livingstone town on the road to Botswana, this lodge offers tented chalets and camping facilities. Each of the 13 separate campsites has lush lawns and private braai areas. The larger campsites have their own ablution blocks with hot water, a private scullery area, and powerpoints. The lodge has a swimming pool, bar, and restaurant, which campers can use as well.
Maramba River Lodge
Maramba River Lodge is located approximately halfway between Livingstone town and Victoria Falls. There are various accommodation options, including camping with your own tent in the shaded woodland area. The lodge facilities such as the children’s play area, bar, swimming pool and restaurant are available for all to use. Be extra careful when walking around at Maramba River Lodge, as elephants also enjoy the lodge’s indigenous trees.
Victoria Falls Waterfront
Victoria Falls Waterfront offers camping facilities for individual travellers or large groups. There is a well-appointed ablution block, and swimming pool located in the camp ground and all residents are welcome to use the riverside bar and restaurant. They have sunset cruises that depart from Victoria Falls Waterfront, and this is a popular spot for Friday night drinks during happy hour.
In the Bush
If you are looking to get away from it all and feel like you are in the middle of the bush, then Baobab Cottages is the ideal camping destination. They have four campsites available and an additional two tented units, all with enough space that you will be assured privacy and serenity. All campsites have a basic kitchen area, bathroom, electricity and braai.
Thorntree House and Tented Camp
Thorntree Safaris has a beautiful lodge and tented camp located halfway between the town centre and Victoria Falls. There is ample space to pitch your own tent amongst the shady trees, and you’ll be welcome to use the lodge facilities, including a swimming pool, lounge area and self-catering kitchen. Mountain bikers will be in for a treat as Thorntree has expert guides that can take you and a hired bike on excursions well off the beaten track.
Bongwe Guesthouse and Camp
Bongwe Guesthouse and Camp is located on the ridge on the way towards Mukuni Village. This heavily wooded area is ideal for groups and families wanting privacy and exclusivity on a budget. There is a swimming pool with slide, braai areas and resident guides on-site for bush walks and tours in Mosi-oa-tunya National Park.
Peregrine’s Nest Bush Camp
Located adjacent to Taita Falcon Lodge, Peregrine’s Nest Bush Camp ensconces the true spirit of camping in the African bush. You will need to go down a long, windy and bumpy road through remote villages of smiling faces before coming to a stunning spot right on the edge of Batoka Gorge. Ensure that you are self-sufficient as there is no refrigeration though it is possible to book meals with the lodge in advance. Ask them about their guided gorge walks for one of the most scenic hikes in Zambia.
Livingstone has fantastic camping options whether travelling solo, with your book or with your entire rugby team. Getting back to the simple things in life like cooking over an open fire or sleeping to the sounds of the bush and the rapids of the Zambezi River are ideal for lulling yourself to sleep.