Posted by admin on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
On your next visit to Victoria Falls, step back in time at the Victoria Falls Crocodile Farm for a day trip with a difference. A visit to the croc farm appeals to those that are young at heart, children, nature lovers and anyone looking for something a little different form the adrenalin-inducing activities surrounding the Falls.
Here you can safely stroke one of these dangerous reptiles, albeit a baby one, and even take one home, in the form of a stuffed souvenir from the on-site curio shop. The main attraction at this establishment is the full size version though, and here you can enjoy their antics from a close, yet safe distance and get to see those snapping jaws in action at feeding time.
Crocodile’s are interesting creatures. What they lack in beauty, they more than make up for in survival skills, and …
Posted by admin on Friday, November 15th, 2013
The Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) was founded by Charles Brightman, with the backing of the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, in 1999, and now includes backing from many other lodges such as Ilala Lodge. Since then, they have made considerable inroads into the removal of snares from the Zambezi National Park.
Apart from this tangible aspect of their work, the VFAPU has made huge strides in educating the local community in the long-term benefits of conserving the region’s natural resources. Tourists can to learn more about his important organisation, and give something back, by taking part in the excursions offered by the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit. A guided safari with a difference, this outing takes place in the Zambezi National Park and gives participants a ‘backstage’ view of the operations of the park.
For starters, clients are given a brief introduction to the VFAPU, its mission statement, history, challenges and …
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 …
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 …
Posted by admin on Friday, September 27th, 2013
At the turn of the century in 1901, the “bridge across the Zambezi where the trains, as they pass, will catch the spray of the Falls” was the brainchild of Cecil John Rhodes in his role as chairman of Rhodesia Railways. A daring engineering proposition that would link Zimbabwe and Zambia by rail, across the great Victoria Falls.
Location and proclamations
There were strong objections and proclamations that to build the bridge so close to such a natural wonder was an act of engineering vandalism. George Hobson the designer of the bridge whilst acknowledging the objections, agreed with Rhodes vision however, and dismissed the suggestion of alternative sites and construction was underway by 1904. Despite the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the choice to continue with this location was not purely for sentimental reasons, as the alternative location further upstream …
Posted by admin on Thursday, June 20th, 2013
Environment Africa works with all sectors of society throughout Southern Africa to protect and manage natural resources and to promote sustainable development. It facilitates community action by raising awareness, motivating and empowering people to protect and restore their environment and improve their livelihoods.
WHAT IS THE AFRICA GREEN FUND?
Initiated by Environment Africa, the Africa Green Fund is a social and environmental welfare fund established to enable secure and transparent financial funding of environmental and development projects within Southern Africa. The fund is independently audited.
Our goal is to deal effectively with environmental challenges and to continue to develop and support strategies and projects to minimize economic impact on the environment in the area.
• To promote and encourage environmental awareness and action in and around Victoria Falls
• To build up a capital base to support and assist Environment Africa and other environmental and social …
Posted by admin on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Located just north of South Africa, Zimbabwe is a land-locked country with a wide variety of landscapes, cultures, and tourist attractions which offer visitors a memorable holiday experience. As a country which has been subjected to negative publicity for political reasons, Zimbabwe is in the process of stabilising and is emerging from a difficult period in its history to take its place once again as a premier travel destination in Africa. Here are some of the amazing Zimbabwe travel attractions you may look forward to on a visit to this fascinating country:
The most impressive body of water known to man, the Victoria Falls attract thousands of visitors each year. Although many tourists associate the falls with Zambia, the position of Victoria Falls on the Zambian and Zimbabwean border means that this attraction is equally a Zimbabwean treasure – some …
Posted by admin on Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Of all the ways Victoria Falls can be accessed by travellers, a direct flight to the nearby Victoria Falls Airport is by far the easiest. Eliminating the need for long road journeys and delays at the borders of Zimbabwe or Zambia, flying to Victoria Falls ensures a relaxing and stress-free journey to this amazing destination. If you’re booking a trip to this scenic part of the world, you may want to take note of the following information about Victoria Falls flights:
Because the Victoria Falls are located on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia a number of flights are available from several neighbouring countries, connecting visitors who are travelling in Southern Africa with this scenic and awe-inspiring destination.
Victoria Falls flights depart from Johannesburg, South Africa on a regular basis, with several airlines offering direct flights from the OR Tambo International …
Posted by admin on Friday, July 13th, 2012
The Victoria Falls are one of Africa’s most impressive and popular tourist attractions. Located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa, Victoria Falls attracts thousands of visitors each month. If you’re planning a trip to this wonder of nature, you may be wondering when the best time is to visit Victoria Falls – here is a brief look at Victoria Falls weather
Victoria Falls Climate
Situated on the Zambezi River between Zambia and Zimbabwe, the climate around Victoria Falls is generally warm, with a long summer which lasts from late August until April. The winter months of May to mid-August are cool, but by no means cold. The Victoria Falls weather conditions can range from extreme heat in the height of summer to cool but pleasant days in winter, making this area accessible throughout the year. However, there are benefits …
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 …