For cosmetics, toiletries or medicines there are two good pharmacies
with a selection of items as well as insect repellents, suncreams, medical supplies, batteries, film and more. Both have a trained pharmacist, who can also offer advice on medications and fill prescriptions. Otherwise, the HK photo studio by the Capital Theatre sells a variety of beauty products, and Shoprite carries the basics. The pharmacies are:L F Moore Chemists
Akapelwa St; tel/fax: 03 321640. Located across from the High Court and bus depot, L F Moore was established in 1936 and remains the best-stocked chemist in town. Open Mon–Fri 08.00–12.30 and 14.00–18.00, Sat 08.00–13.00, Sun/public holidays 09.30–12.30.Musamu Dispensing Chemist
Tel: 03 323226 or 095-832197 (after hours); email: email@example.com. Located by African Gifts/Zulunet on MOT Rd opposite Finance Bank. Open Mon–Fri 08.30–19.00; Sat 08.30–16.00, Sun 09.00–13.00.
You can pick up clothing essentials
at the Pep store on MOT Road almost opposite Zambia National Commercial Bank, or at Power Sales, a few doors down from the same bank, though you'll need to be selective. The Hammerkop's Nest, next to Capital Theatre, has a small selection of safari wear – mainly hats, shirts and shorts as well as African-style tops. For shoes, try Bata, next to AutoWorld by Barclays Bank, though both the selection and sizes are rather limited.
Despite its shortcomings on high fashion, Livingstone is a great place to find African wear – brightly coloured shirts, skirts and dresses, some complete with matching caps or headscarves – and garments can often be made to order with a few days' notice. Chitenge, the colourful lengths of traditional African cloth, can be found at most of the small Indian shops on the main road and on Kuta Way, one block down, parallel to the main road or at any of the local African markets.
Alternatively, take a trip to the large, busy and colourful Maramba Market where these vivid fabrics are on sale amid a multitude of stalls selling almost everything you can imagine. For the widest selection of ready-made clothing at reasonable prices, check out the Mukamba Boutique and Tailoring (on John Hunt Way, off Airport Road – turn by Barclays Bank, go up one block and turn right), who also have their own tailor.
Emma's Tailoring on MOT Road, across from Liso House, can tailor-make anything from clothing to tablecloths, quickly and affordably. Bring your own fabric (bought at a local market or an Indian shop in town) or choose one of hers. Down the street from Emma's next to Fairway Market is a small shop selling African-style clothes as well as shoes and handbags.
For dry cleaning
, try Sun International's warehouse (see above), tel: 03 320134, fax: 416927). Clothing is returned within 24 hours and a same-day service is offered for items delivered by 10.00.
try African Visions on MOT Road near 217 area. They sell a good selection of new and secondhand books. Jollyboys has a book exchange system. Alternatively, many curio shops, like Kubu Crafts, stock wildlife reference books and regional travel guides, as does the Livingstone Trading Company shop at the Zambezi Sun. Current magazines may be harder to come by. Try Shoprite (expensive if they have them) or check out the street vendors in front of the Capital Theatre. Oddly, they seem to have more recent ones and at much lower prices, but this can be hit or miss.
Basic camera supplies
can be found at L F Moore Chemists (see above), but a better bet is the Konica Film Centre on the main road. Konica does one-hour photo processing, enlargements and passport photos, and stocks film, photo albums and related supplies. There's also the HK photo studio, next to Mo-Money on Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, which sells Agfa film, or Kodak Express in Liso House on MOT Road; both will process film, the latter in an hour.
For cassette tapes of popular music, including many African selections, try the open-air local market at the bottom of Kapondo Street (called 'Zimbabwe' or Central market). They have a wide selection of cheap (probably bootlegged!) cassette tapes (and videos too). Follow your ears for blaring music and you'll find a kiosk selling tapes!
needs, your best choices are Reprographix or The Print Shop, across the street from each other on MOT Road just before Liso House. Also convenient, by the Capital Theatre, is PostNet (see Post and communications). If you have computer trouble
, Falcon Technologies (tel 03 322676; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) by Fawlty Towers offers repair and service and also sells new and used computers.
For international airline tickets and fares, your best choice is Southend Travel (PO Box 60225, Livingstone; tel: 03 320773 or 320241; fax: 03 322128; email: email@example.com), who are agents for most major airlines and are able to advise on special air fares. Located in Liso House, next to Finance Bank along MOT Road, they can book Nationwide and Comair/British Airways flights in and out of Livingstone and other regional destinations, but are unable to book flights within Zambia as Zambian carriers insist you book direct with them. They're open Mon–Fri 08.00 to 17.00 (closed 12.30–14.00) and Sat 08.00 to 12.30.
The two best workshops in town are Foley's Africa (PO Box 60525; tel/fax: 03 320888; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) in the industrial area, catering for Land Rovers, or Bennett Engineering (PO Box 60126; tel/fax: 03 321611; email: email@example.com) at 2671 Mutelo Road (off MOT Road), who service most of the tour-operator vehicles in town. Although both are generally very busy, they are your best bet for more serious problems and employ the most qualified mechanics. For more basic repairs, contact Fallsway Motors (tel: 03 321049) at the corner of Nakatindi Road or Channa's Motors (tel: 03 320468) on the main road just across the railway line. Their facilities are somewhat limited and service can be slow but they can often help get you moving again, barring major problems. For punctures and tyre repairs try the Total fuel station, on the right side of MOT Road, as you head up towards the centre of town. And if it's just parts or vehicle accessories that you need, the most central place is Auto World next to Barclays Bank.