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, 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 …
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 …
Posted by admin on Monday, July 14th, 2014
The Zambezi River supports a diverse and verdant habitat which is highly favoured by wildlife, birds and a thriving tourist industry. Here you can enjoy some of Africa’s best and most varied birding, with a range of Victoria Falls activities, such as:
Walks and hikes
Just relaxing on the patio of your Zimbabwe accommodation, binoculars in hand
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 …
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 Thursday, May 8th, 2014
According to fishermen’s tales told around campfires across the world, the most engaging game fishing stories originate from expeditions to the Zambezi River.
All three sections of The Zambezi are host to the sought after tiger fish and anglers from all over the world come here for the opportunity to catch “the big one”. The fiery, sabre-toothed tiger fish (Hydrocyanus vittatus), is deemed by many to be world’s premium freshwater game fish.
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.