Cruises on the Ra-Ikane


Posted by admin on Monday, May 19th, 2014

Just over 150 years ago, the daring Scottish explorer, Sir David Livingstone, was cruising in his boat “Ma-Robert” down the lengthy Zambezi River.  His trip through Africa had exposed him to people, wildlife and scenery whose beauty he could hardly find the space or words to describe in the notebooks he filled each day documenting his discoveries.  They had to be seen to be believed.
On one particular day in early November 1855, he was taken by canoe to a place the locals called “the Smoke that Thunders”.  Here, he was exposed to overwhelming sights of the Victoria Falls, about which he would later write ”scenes so lovely they must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”.
Cruising on the waters of the upper Zambezi on the one-of-a-kind luxury boat Ra-Ikane, named after the intrepid explorers local guide, is an opportunity for you to get a sense of the same …

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. 

Tiger Fishing on the Zambezi River


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.

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.

Chitenges and Chinotimba – Cultural tours of Victoria Falls


Posted by admin on Friday, April 4th, 2014


Every place on earth is unique in its landscape and defined by the people who live in it.  Culture is at the basis of every story known to man and one of the strongest attractions of tourists to a particular region.
Cultural tours are must for visitors to Victoria Falls.  An opportunity to visit a rural village and glimpse into a day in the life of local residents is a rare chance to understand a foreign lifestyle and interact with those who live in the close-knit townships and communities. 

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.

Microlight Flights over Victoria Falls


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.”

Local Victoria Falls Business – Savanna Wood


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.

Walking With Lions


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 …

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.