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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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, …
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 …
Posted by admin on Monday, May 12th, 2014
What do a Spice Girl, a billionaire football club owner, Michael Jackson and a Baywatch star all have in common with the queen of England? They have all at some point, made the trip to gaze upon the beauty of Victoria Falls.
Since the sight of the majestic Victoria Falls first stopped the inimitable Scottish explorer David Livingstone in his tracks in 1855, thousands of people famous or not, have flocked to see it for themselves.
In 1947 at the tender age of 21, the present Queen of England, Elizabeth ll, and her family visited the falls named after her grandmother Queen Victoria. Sixty-five years later, in September of 2012 her daughter, Princess Anne, visited Zambia and the Falls as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Posted by admin on Friday, April 4th, 2014
Every place on earth is unique in its landscape and defined by the people who live in it. Culture is at the basis of every story known to man and one of the strongest attractions of tourists to a particular region.
Cultural tours are must for visitors to Victoria Falls. An opportunity to visit a rural village and glimpse into a day in the life of local residents is a rare chance to understand a foreign lifestyle and interact with those who live in the close-knit townships and communities.
Posted by admin on Monday, August 12th, 2013
After a long absence, Air Zimbabwe has resumed its flights from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls. The reasoning behind this is the forthcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisations 20th general assembly, which is to be held in Victoria Falls and Livingston during August this year, and is certain to increase traffic between these airports. Air Zimbabwe has also noticed an increase in demand for flights between these two destinations with the advent of their Cruising Altitude promotion.
By means of this promotion, the airline has slashed ticket prices by up to 60% in an effort to attract passengers and combat the rising costs of driving versus flying. In addition, Air Zimbabwe has put a number of measures in place to increase the cost effectiveness of its service. These include the introduction of smaller, more modern aeroplanes for domestic flights and the replacement of …
Posted by admin on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
The Victoria Falls Marathon is taking place for the ninth year in a row on the 26th of August 2012. This challenging race provides a day of enjoyable exercise and self-motivation for runners who can choose to enter three different races depending on their level of fitness.
As an AIMS registered event, the Victoria Falls Marathon is a major event on the Zimbabwean sports calendar. Providing an opportunity for local and international athletes to compete against some of the best runners from Southern Africa and beyond, this event is equally challenging for runners who compete in the shorter distance races, where friendly competition and achieving personal running goals are emphasised.
The Victoria Falls Marathon route begins at the Kingdom Hotel and crosses over the Vic Falls Bridge, taking runners into Zambia for a brief excursion. As runners pass some of the most beautiful landscape in Africa, there will be ample opportunity to take …
Posted by admin on Monday, July 30th, 2012
One of the most exciting sporting events in Southern Africa returned to the Victoria Falls area this year for the third time running – the Victoria Falls Mountain Bike Challenge. This 3 day gruelling event tests the riding skills and endurance of cyclists in various age categories as they made their way through tough terrain against the backdrop of the scenic Victoria Falls. Here is a brief look at this exciting event which has earned its place on the cycling calendar.
Participants in the Victoria Falls Mountain Bike Challenge will be based at the luxurious Kingdom Hotel, offering family members the opportunity to come along and support their cycling heroes as they participate in the three day event.
The first day will see participants cycling approximately 70 km as they follow the path of the upper Zambezi River through the beautiful …