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.
Posted by admin on Monday, March 24th, 2014
Visiting the Victoria Falls is one of the top experiences you are likely to have, and is on most travellers’ lists of must-see places. David Livingstone’s first reaction to these massive falls fittingly described them as so lovely, that they “must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”
Posted by admin on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
You may already have booked all your Victoria Falls activities together in a package or directly through our activities office ZWS (Zambezi Wildlife Safaris), or perhaps you are just taking the holiday as it comes. Either way, in this natural paradise, you’ll find many interesting things to do and sights to see that don’t require pre-booking.
There is an abundance of dining and shopping options here, for example. This is doubly true for the Zimbabwean side of the Falls, which also tends to be much more reasonable than a holiday in the Zambian side.
Posted by admin on Monday, March 10th, 2014
There are few experiences as unique and awe-inspiring as walking with the King of the Beasts – the Lion, and it is certainly one of the best ways to explore their natural environment.
This may sound impossible, but at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, you have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to take part in such an experience.
Walking with lions is not just about the thrill of a unique tourism attraction, but also forms part of a special program that rehabilitates lions to be released into the wild. These lions are born within enclosures and gradually rehabilitated. Taking them for a walk in the wild is part of the ALERT (African Lion and Environmental Research Trust) programme’s approach to preparing these cubs for their release.
During the walk, the lion cubs become familiar with their environment, and start to practice their hunting skills as they become …
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.
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 …