Zimbabwe Voted ‘World’s Best Tourist Destination’ for 2014


Posted by admin on Friday, October 17th, 2014

There was much jubilation among Zimbabwean hotels and tour operators this year when Zimbabwe scored a double victory at the European Council on Tourism and Trade, being unanimously voted as ‘Word’s Best Tourism Destination in 2014’ as well as Favourite Cultural Destination.

Coming hot on the heels of the successful conclusion of the World Tourism Organization General Assembly, which took place on 24-30 August 2013, and was co-hosted with Zambia, this announcement was well received by the international tourism fraternity as a whole.
Bringing together tourism fundi’s from over 120 countries, the WTO placed Zimbabwe’s tourism sector right in the spotlight, and highlighted Zimbabwe as a safe and well-run place to visit, with the capacity to put on major events with flair and aplomb.

Zimbabwe pulled out all the stops throughout the proceedings of the …

The God of the Zambezi River


Posted by admin on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Legends of the Falls
Folklore is an integral part of African culture, having been passed down through many generations.  Even today, most Africans retain a sense of superstition and awareness of their original traditions and customs.
Similar to the well-known Aesop’s Tales and other fables of our youth, stories and folklore often have a moral or survival element to the tale with animals as the main characters.

One of the most well-known creatures of the Zimbabwean mythological landscape is Nyami Nyami, the God of the Zambezi River.  This serpent-like creature is said to reside under a rock in Lake Kariba and is thought to be about three metres long, although it is taboo to speculate about this. Wooden representations of this deity are usually to be found on sale close to the hotels in Victoria Falls, at the Falls themselves, and all along the …

Victoria Falls on a Budget


Posted by admin on Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Aptly known as ‘The smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is arguably one of the most spectacular waterfalls on earth.  Forming the border between Zambia in the North and Zimbabwe in the South, waters from the mighty Zambezi River spill into a 100m-deep canyon over 1.7km wide to make it one of the largest waterfalls on the planet, and one of the most popular tourist destinations too.  You need not be super-wealthy to visit Victoria Falls though; you can enjoy this famous place on a budget too.

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Flanked by Zambia and Zimbabwe, the closest towns to the Falls are Livingstone on the Zambian side, and Victoria Falls Town on the Zimbabwe side.  While there is a scourge of five-star hotels in both locales, there are a number of backpacker hostels and cheaper accommodation options for the budget-conscious.  The Victoria Falls Rest Camp and …

Adrenalin Activities in Victoria Falls


Posted by admin on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Unrivaled as the ‘Adventure Capital of Africa’, Victoria Falls offers adventure-lovers, adrenalin junkies and outdoor enthusiasts a myriad of exciting activities to try, so whether you are looking for the thrills and spills of white-water rafting, heart-stopping gorge swings or a more sedate river cruise on the mighty Zambezi, this vibrant and energetic locale has it all.

White-Water Rafting
Considered the best white-water rafting venue in the world, rafting trips run from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides, with the type of trips being dependent on the rainfall.  Battle the rapids of ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘The Terminator’, ‘Oblivion’, ‘The Washing Machine’, ‘Judgement Day’,  ‘Devil’s Toilet Bowl’ and ‘Oblivion’ for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

River Boarding
Originally started as a means of rescue, river boarding is the latest innovation …

Zimboundary Challenge


Posted by admin on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

It is fantastic to know that there are people in this world passionate enough about animal conservation to put their bodies through an ordeal that some would not wish upon their worst enemies: riding around the entire border of Zimbabwe on a bicycle.  Fortunately, the two members of the Zimboundary team had the courage to endure this incredible 7-week journey for this amazing cause.

 
 

Zimboundary was inspired by a South African man, Riaan Manser who, approximately 10 years ago, cycled around the entire coastline of Africa. Zimboundary is the result of many years of planning, and the fact that they were able to raise awareness and funds for wildlife conservation to protect our heritage for our children to enjoy was a great motivator. Ashley King, founder and rider, was grateful to be joined …

Riverboarding the Zambezi Rapids


Posted by admin on Monday, August 18th, 2014

River boarding, is probably one of the biggest adrenalin rushes you can get from being on a river.
While white water rafting allows you to experience the thrill of going over the rapids, river boarding literally takes you straight through the rapids, face first.  This is really what this great Zambezi river is about, creating the most fun from what it offers.  You will find yourself charging into rapids, pummelled by water all around you, until you come crashing through the other side, having experienced an amazing thrill.

With its origins stemming from the United States in the late 70’s, river boarding is also known as ‘sledging,’ ‘hydro speed,’ or ‘hydrofoil,’ and has only become popular as a commercial sport in other areas of the world in the past 5 years or so.
This is how it works.  Wearing a wetsuit, life jacket, …

Meet the real people of Zimbabwe


Posted by admin on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The word culture means “the ideas, customs, and social behaviour of a particular people or society”.
What makes the world so captivatingly diverse is that culture can found in the smallest details of day-to-day living.  There is culture in a township, as well as in a wealthy suburb, and regardless of affluence, it creates a sense of belonging.
It is a fascination with this exotic manner of doing something that we ourselves do – to experience the life of another person, who uses the same earth and air to live and breathe in manner completely different to our own; that elicits such a strong desire to travel in most people.

Whilst there are many upmarket hotels in Zimbabwe, and access to the Falls and the activities on the Zambezi are centred around and close to these areas, there are struggling communities of people …

The Upside-Down Tree of Life


Posted by admin on Monday, August 4th, 2014

The Great Baobab near Victoria Falls, is known literally as “The Tree of Life” and it towers 20m over the landscape like a great living monument.   This massive baobab (Adansonia digitata) stands proudly upright and is a couple of thousand years old; with a trunk (16m in diameter) so large it can fit 40 people inside it at one time.
It has a fibrous pulp that stores enormous amounts of water in a very broad trunk that fluctuates in width depending on the season, creating an entire ecosystem that seeks out its shade, shelter, water and food during harsh times when everything else has dried up.


The strange nature of the tree has spawned many stories, and those who live near this incredible tree are filled with folktales and traditional medicines brought about by …

Zambezi River Walks


Posted by admin on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Zambezi River walk from Victoria Falls is one of the best and most unique walks in Africa.  Here you can stroll unhindered and unguided alongside treacherous crocodile and hippo-infested waters, surrounded by elephant and buffalo!
It sounds dramatic and it is – especially the part where the river just disappears, falling 60m down the sheer rock face of the falls. If you haven’t seen the Falls from the other side, it is hard to imagine how this swiftly flowing river turns into the raging torrent below. There is no need to feel unsafe though, common sense and close proximity to Zambezi Drive, a tarred road just steps away will keep your nerves and your person intact. Avoid wild animals and don’t go near the water’s edge and you can enjoy a safe and scenic walk along the river banks under tall riverine trees surrounded by nature and birds. The trail …

Golfing in Victoria Falls


Posted by admin on Monday, July 21st, 2014

Golf Courses are usually described in a certain fashion, giving an indication of their desirability and of what the golfer can expect during their round, and Elephant Hills Golf Course is summarised as follows:
 

Golf :18-hole Championship course
72 stroke-rating on site
Fairway Grass: Bermuda
Greens Grass: Bent Grass
Pro Shop with 16 sets of golf clubs and 4 golf carts for hire
Golf Club House with bar and snack facilities
Putting green
Championship golf: 6205m. Club: 6205m. Senior: 6205m. Ladies: 6205m


In this case however, this description doesn’t quite tell the full story.
Designed by Gary Player, Elephant Hills 18-hole golf course is described by many as one of the most beautiful in the world. Located just 3km from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Elephant Hills features breath-taking views from its hilltop vantage point, lush manicured fairways, and a dramatic soundtrack made up of the distant rumbling of the Victoria …