Cape Town – Victoria Falls
Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, located at the edge of famed Victoria Falls, via Johannesburg.
The local people referred to the Falls as mosi oa tunya or the ‘smoke that thunders’. When David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the Falls, he named them after his beloved Queen of England. Today the Falls are one of the natural wonders of the world, and an extremely popular destination for visitors to Southern Africa.
Victoria Falls actually forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. The deep gorges that separate the countries are spanned, overhead, by a pedestrian bridge that allows visitors to walk between the two sides of the Falls, and the two countries. The actual cascade of water pours down the Zambia side of the gorge. This spectacular event is best viewed from the Zimbabwe side. However, the Zambia side has paths and natural swimming pools right at the lip of the Falls, which allow visitors to get extremely close to the watery cascade.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will obtain your visa at the Customs point, then meet our driver who has arranged for our transport to our reserved hotel.
You will have a little time to settle in and relax before the late afternoon transfer to the edge of the Zambezi River to board your sunset cruise vessel.
The leisurely cruise along Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and the islands affords plenty of opportunities to see a variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, giraffes and even elephants, crossing the river. Snacks and drinks are served on board. The experience is a beautiful and relaxing introduction to the glorious Zambezi River and her spectacular Falls.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge provides luxury accommodation in Victoria Falls. Set high on a natural plateau, the westward facing lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and is just four kilometers from the thundering Victoria Falls, Southern Africa’s foremost attraction.
Enjoying uninterrupted views of spectacular African sunsets and year-round game at its on-site waterhole, accommodation at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is ideally positioned to offer the most discerning traveler a taste of Africa at its best. The lodge offers outstanding accommodation and facilities, together with an authentic wildlife experience and warm hospitality.
Built of thatch and timber, the lodge rises several levels, giving the impression of a vast open-plan tree house. Our rooms all have private balconies, most of which overlook a central waterhole, offering the opportunity to observe herds of buffalo, elephant and kudu, as the sun goes down, and hyenas later in the evening.
All our rooms have digital safes, WIFI and power points, phones, remote control air conditioning, hairdryers, fans, mosquito nets, extensive range of customized toiletries including insect repellent, message pads, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities, and extra length beds. 5 of our deluxe double rooms can accommodate a rollaway bed for a child under 12 years.
Dining options include the a la carte Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, the more casual Buffalo Bar and The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show. (Breakfast)
After breakfast at the hotel, depart on an informative guided tour of Victoria Falls. En-route, you will be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where you will stop and take photos. Your group will then be will be accompanied through the rain forest by a local guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird, wildlife and other points of interest. Guides are also happy to assist clients with photographs whilst visiting this most spectacular of waterfalls. Raincoats are provided when needed.
The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.
The Victoria Falls is 1,708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s.
The Falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialization.
ACCOMMODATIONS: VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE (Breakfast)