Zimbabwe : Victoria Falls
The local name for the falls is 'Mosi-oa-tunya' or 'the smoke that thunders'. It is a spectacular sight and has become an adrenaline fuelled town of white water rafters and Bungee jumpers it is a wonder of the world which cannot be missed. At certain times of the year up to a hundred million gallons of water a minute plunges over 100 meters into a 1700m chasm below and the spray can be seen up to 70km away. The water is then forced through a narrow gorge, creating the best and most dramatic white water rafting in the world. You can view the falls by taking paths through an exotic rainforest, which is watered by the spray, but prepare to get wet. An unusual lunch spot can be arranged on the Zambian side on Livingstone Island right at the top of the falls. You can stay up river away from the bustle of town in one of the lodges in or around the Upper Zambezi National Park and enjoy game viewing, sunset cruises and canoeing on the gentler waters of the Zambezi River.
You can also visit Victoria Falls in Zambia
The hotel originally opened in 1904 and has kept its elegance with manicured lawns and tastefully refurbished rooms and suites and an ambience of gracious living from the past. It is set in acres of private gardens and has excellent views of the falls and Livingstone Bridge. There is a choice of 3 restaurants including Jungle Junction overlooking the gorge, a swimming pool and tennis courts. All the rooms and suites have air conditioning, television and radios. As the hotel is only a 15-minute walk along the private path to the falls themselves there is no better place to appreciate them.
Ilala lodge is set upon the banks of the Zambezi River and is the closest hotel to the Falls. So close that you can hear the mighty roar of the falls when dining in the hotel restaurant. With free roaming warthog, impala, hippos and a variety of birds there is plenty to see around the lodge which acts as a great base to explore the surrounding area. There are 34 spacious rooms all with patio doors leading to a private balcony or onto the lawn, all with en-suite bathrooms with baths and separate showers. All the furniture in the rooms are made with the old teak from railway sleepers combined with soft furnishings to give a relaxing and peaceful environment. With a pool, bar and spa treatments there are plenty of places to relax after a busy day of activities. The lodge is the perfect place from which to enjoy all the Victoria Falls has to offer.
Zambezi Sands is just a 45 minute drive from Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River within the Zambezi National Park. Set on the riverbanks of the Zambezi you can spot elephants meandering down to drink, Hippo wallowing, crocodiles lurking, waterbuck, bushbuck and buffalo in the surrounding reeds and islands and the cats prowling under the cover of the trees. The birdlife is also prolific with the famous Pel's fishing owl and Fish Eagle regularly visiting as well as Lilian's lovebirds, Meyers Parrot and the trumpeter hornbill. Zambezi Sands has just 8 Bedouin style luxury tents spaced along the river banks. Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with outdoor shower, lounge area, mini-bar, electricity from a generator and ceiling fans. At Zambezi Sands you can enjoy watching the wildlife from the comfort of your own veranda in your private splash pool looking out along the river during the hot midday sun. You can use this as a base to enjoy activities near Victoria Falls including visiting the falls themselves away from the bustle of Livingstone.