The highway starts 55 km south of Lusaka, just across the Kafue Bridge, turning off the Great North Road, historically once seen as part of a Cape to Cairo Road, which comes up from the border town of Chirundu and Harare in Zimbabwe. Because the latter route is the road to the south, the Livingstone road has never been widely called the "Great South Road" in the style of its north, east and west counterparts.
It is a magnificent scenic road with views throughout.
- Camerapix (1996). "Spectrum Guide to Zambia." Nairobi: Camerapix International Publishing. ISBN 1-874041-14-8.
- Terracarta/International Travel Maps, Vancouver Canada: "Zambia, 2nd edition", 2000.