Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe
Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis. The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around.
Victoria Falls and Zimbabwe
The Victoria Falls have always been one of Africa’s main attractions and for very good reason. When it is in full flood it is a thunderous, soaking experience with its spray visible for miles around. Even when the volume of water drops the Falls are amazing to see with the best views being on the Zimbabwe side. When the Zambezi is down it does allow for other activities to take place, such as swimming in the Devil’s Pool right on the edge of the Falls or white water rafting the Zambezi below the Falls. If you are flexible as to when you travel, check what levels of water are likely to be going over the Falls when you plan to be there.
Getting here is straight forward with a number of flights arriving from different parts of Africa in to Livingstone or Victoria Falls. Or consider taking the Rovos Rail train from Pretoria (or return to) and have a stylish rail journey that is a wonderful way to start or finish your African odyssey. But book early – places go fast.
While here we would recommend that you consider a safari in to the Parks of Zimbabwe to see some Africa’s pristine country and wildlife. Our suggested itinerary is as follows:
Day 1 – Victoria Falls
Choose the level of accommodation that suits you as there is a whole range of hotels and lodges to choose from. You could be in a National Park in a tent on the Zambezi with elephant and lion around, in Colonial splendour or a hotel in town near the Falls.
Visit the Falls, take an elephant ride or white water raft depending on the time of year.
Day 5 – Eastern Hwange National Park
An hour flight or 4 hours on the road has you settling in to your tent overlooking the plains with its attendant wildlife. The lodges have popular waterholes and the chances are that you may even have a dinner under the stars somewhere on the plain one night.
HwangeNational Park with its large herds of elephant, wildebeest and sable is just a short journey away, making you well placed for a wildlife feast. Game drives are in the morning and afternoon but highly recommended is joining the all day “pump run” that takes you deep in to the Park to supply the waterhole pumps with fuel and the attendants with food and wages. For a completely different take on the area join a night drive.
Day 8 – South Eastern Hwange National Park
An extended game drive through Hwange to the South East sees you arriving in a camp that is truly wild Africa and well away from everyone – just African nature to keep you entertained. Consider having your bed made up on the veranda of your tent and sleep out under the stars. Enjoy game drives daily here.
Day 10 – Victoria Falls
Return to the Victoria Falls area for the onward or homeward journey.
Walk out onto the bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia and watch the fearless bunjee jumping down towards the Zambezi River.
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