Livingstone is many ways a poor cousin to Victoria Falls. Although not in wealth.
It is probably richer these days as it has the far larger share of tourists visiting the Victoria Falls these days.
Many opt for here are afraid of what they perceive to be the volatile situation of Zimbabwe.
However Livingstone lacks the small town charm of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. It is much the larger, much busier neighbour and not fully reliant on tourism.
Having said that do not misunderstand my point, the falls while best viewed from the Zimbabwean side they are also spectacular from the Zambian side.
Also if you want to go to markets, eat out and general shopping or visit museums you will find more options here just because of the relative size of Livingstone.
There are a few other advantages to being on this side of the falls. Some activities such as taking a microlight can currently only be done from the Zambian side.
We stayed in Victoria Falls for 5 days but on one day we crossed the border to take a microlight. Booking through the Amadeus Guesthouse, we asked our driver not to wait for us as we indented to spend the day on the Zambian side.
Arriving at the microlight airstrip, we were given the normal safety instructions and then separately we were on our way.
The microlight over the falls is simply an opportunity to be grasped.
The view from the air is exhilarating and the fact that you are exposed to the elements and not sheltered (as would be the case in a helicopter or plane) is wonderful and unrestricted view and while you cannot take pictures for safety reasons you can purchase photos taken from the microlight.
After the flight was over we then went to the falls on foot (of course on the Zambian side). The view was still beautiful and the scenery nice.
After was arranged for a taxi driver to take us several places in Livingstone. A good taxi driver is rare anywhere but your chances are better in Zimbabwe or Zambia and we were lucky.
The driver took us to a place to eat but not to where we asked. Usually that is a red flag but I had read about the place he mentioned (that he said a relative worked at). Unfortunately the name escapes me but perhaps it was the Armadillo.
We had some nice food and the setting was nice.
Do try nshima, it is a maize dish eating throughout this part of Africa.
After dinner the driver took us on a Livingstone tour. Pointing out historical colonial buildings like the old cinema, a synagogue, and the like.
An old building of note is the North Western hotel that was once off-limits to the native population, and a trading area reserved for blacks. Basically the apartheid style practices of the type South Africa once employed were in use here.
We were driven to the border where we walked across the Zambezi Bridge back into Zimbabwe and back to the town Victoria Falls. I believe the Lonely Planet advise against doing this but we faced no problem.