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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

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.