Days 11 & 12: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
David Livingstone was the first European to see and record the existence of these magnificent waterfalls, naming them in honour of his Queen Victoria. The local people called the Falls “smoke that thunders” in several different languages. This name is very apt and a beautiful description of the rushing and thundering sound of the water that can be heard at a distance of many kilometres at high water and the spray that is visible as a white cloud over a great distance.
Victoria Falls has been listed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. In bare terms, the water of the Zambezi River plummets into the gorge to a depth Of over 100 metres and at high water over a breadth of 1,7 km. But these bare facts do nothing to describe the highly powerful and emotional reality of the Falls.
A visit both in the morning and in the afternoon is recommended because the sun shines into the gorge from noon on and often creates several rainbows in the spray. Guests should take their time to savour the visit, the incredibly loud thunder, the always changing but nevertheless hypnotic sight of the falling water, the fresh smell of the river, and of course –depending on the season the occasional or almost constant shower from the spray.
Many activities centred around the Zambezi River and its waterfalls are on offer for visitors. Here is only a small selection that can be recommended:
• A guided tour of the Falls and Rainforest that takes you all the way along the various lookout points from Livingstone’s View to the view of the railway bridge. We have already included this in your visit for you.
• A sunset cruise where you spend about 3 hours on the river winding in between and around the islands and watch the animals and birds on the banks and in the water. Drinks and a little snack are included. This is already included and planned for you.
• A helicopter flight over the Falls, “Flight of Angels”. This is the best way to see the entire scope of the mighty Zambezi River and its many islands.
• A half day canoe trip. Savour the power of the mighty river and watch the birds and animals at “eye level”.
• Whitewater rafting. Let the highly trained guides take you through breathtaking rapids as you experience the awesome power of the Zambezi where it surges through the gorges.
• A few hours in a ground-level hide beside a water hole where herds of elephants and buffalo drink regularly
• A visit to the Victoria Falls Craft Market, where some excellent quality and very imaginative curios can be bargained for as keepsakes or gifts for those who stayed at home.
You will overnight at the A’Zambezi River Lodge, a freshly renovated, very comfortable hotel on the banks of the Zambezi. As the lodge is directly beside the Zambezi National Park, don’t be surprised if some of the animals come to pay the lodge gardens a visit. There are complimentary shuttle buses to take you into town several times daily.
Overnight: 2 nights, A'Zambezi River Lodge, Bed and Breakfast