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 …

Night Game Drives in Victoria Falls


Posted by admin on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Several varieties of game drives are available in the Victoria Falls area, but the most exciting and often most rewarding of these is the night game drive.  It goes without saying the nocturnal animals are rarely seen during daytime drives, so a night drive is an excellent choice if you want to see the less commonly sighted species such as porcupines, servals, genets, bushbabies and owls.

Predators are most active during the night time too, so your chances of seeing a lion or leopard in action are greatly enhanced on a night drive.
Most private game reserves offer night drives for their guests and those staying at accommodation in Victoria Falls. Usually you will be picked up from your Victoria Falls lodgings around 6 pm in the evening, just in time to enjoy a sundowner before embarking on your drive in an …

Famous Visitors to Victoria Falls over the years


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. 

Steam Train To The Smoke That Thunders


Posted by admin on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014


There is a certain mystic allure to steam trains.  Somehow, they are a reminiscent of historical days of opulent fun and great adventure.
Guests who step off the platform at Victoria Falls and onto the No 512 train will be whisked off not only across one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, but also straight into another era.
There are four pre-arranged steam train journeys to choose from, each one offering an experience better than you could dream of in one of the last steam trains of its kind left in the world, the 1953 14A Garret.
A number of trips across the historic Victoria Falls Bridge area are available, with champagne, breath-taking views of the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ and the African setting sun.

Victoria Falls Rain Forest


Posted by admin on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


There is something almost supernaturally beautiful about the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
In the shadow of the majestic Victoria Falls it rains continuously, supporting the growth of rich and diverse plants, and an aerial view clearly shows a thick border of greenery on the Zimbabwe side of the Main Falls.  This abundant vegetation is known as the Victoria Falls Rain Forest and is home to a great variety of wildlife, birdlife, insects and amphibians.

Larry Norton Art Gallery


Posted by admin on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Set right next to the majestic Victoria Falls, the Ilala Lodge Boutique Hotel is in the perfect position for you you to make the most of your holiday. It is near to all the main activities in the area, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time travelling from place to place.

Life in Victoria Falls can be as activity-packed or as laid-back as you like, with a wealth of activities to choose from. If you feel like taking in some culture, why not while away an afternoon in the Larry Norton Art Gallery, not far from Ilala Lodge? This exhibition of Norton’s award-winning wildlife art is a permanent fixture of the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit


Posted by admin on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Up until 2000, Zimbabwe was home to top professional guides and a diverse range of animals in varied habitats, making it a great destination for the safari tourist. Unfortunately political strife and rising poverty have eroded this natural bounty, placing the country’s wildlife at serious risk.
Poaching is a world-wide problem and is on the increase, with many animals hunted for trophy value or slaughtered for their body parts which fetch huge sums on the black market.

The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit is one of the organisations involved in the daily grind of nature conservation. Established in 1999 by Charles Brightman, a local safari operator, and the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, VFAPU deals with three different types of poaching:
Subsistence Poaching is the result of poverty and the hunting tradition of locals in the Victoria Falls area. Animals caught in this way are either …

Popular Restaurants in Victoria Falls


Posted by admin on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The one thing you will need during busy days of adventure activities, safaris and sightseeing in Victoria Falls is sustenance. Of course you will be able to avail yourself of the usual fare from a variety of fast food chains, but is there isn’t much point in ruining your African adventure with meals you could have at home.
Instead, opt for the unique local eateries in Victoria Falls where you really will find something to write home about. Zambezi Bream will be found on most respectable menus in the area and you can also go wild with crocodile dishes or ostrich bolognaise sprinkled with emmental cheese. The Palm Restaurant, at Ilala Lodge Hotel, offers all three of these options, with the added benefit of smacking your lips alongside their sparkling swimming pool. Finish off with a serving of peanut brittle and cranberry cheesecake to add the punctuation mark to a unique …

Where to Stay in Zambia – Victoria Falls or Livingstone?


Posted by admin on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The Victoria Falls are one of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural attractions, drawing thousands of tourists each year to witness the wonder of this incredible natural phenomenon. Situated on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the Victoria Falls have created a dynamic tourism industry on the Zambian side of the border, with Livingstone being the nearest town to the falls with tourist facilities. If you are wondering where to stay on your visit to this area, here are some tourism facts about Victoria Falls vs Livingstone:
Is Livingstone far from Victoria Falls?
First-time visitors to Zambia may be wondering how far the town of Livingstone is from the Victoria Falls – the town is situated 10km north of the Zambezi river, with the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park which contains the falls just a short drive from the southernmost part of town. With a variety of affordable tourism options, Livingstone is an extremely convenient …