In July my wife and I went to Africa for the very first time.
We spent all of our time (14 nights) in Zimbabwe. It was truly fantastic. It was very safe and the people were lovely. Below is our review on the time we spent in Vic Falls.
(Our review of the other places we visited is posted in the Zimbabwe Forum.)
We booked our trip through Zambezi Safari and Travel Company.
We would recommend them without hesitation. We originally booked with them to travel in 2011. However, my wife ruptured her achilles a few weeks before we were due to depart and we had to postpone the trip. Chris Worden and the team at Zambezi Safari were absolutely superb in helping us to re-arrange things for 2012.
We flew with BA from Heathrow to Jo'burg and then on to Victoria Falls. This was all very smooth apart from the long wait to purchase our visas at Vic Falls Airport. It might have been better to have bought them online in advance.
We spent our two nights in Vic Falls at Ilala Lodge. This hotel was an excellent choice and had friendly staff. It is very well located, within easy walking distance of the Falls. Our room had a lovely terrace and we could see warthogs on the lawn outside our room. The restaurant was spot on. We loved the cooked breakfasts and we had two outstanding evening meals (warthog one evening and crocodile and coconut curry the next).
On our first afternoon we did the two-hour steam train journey across the Vic Falls Bridge ("The Sunset Bridge Run").
We had pre-booked this trip, but it is possible to simply turn up on the day. The experience was a great introduction to the Falls. We enjoyed numerous beers and G and T's sitting in the carriage as we travelled along and then sipped champagne while standing on the bridge looking at the Falls. What a location for a sundowner!
On the morning of the second day we did the helicopter ride over the Falls ("The Flight of Angels"). This was pre-booked with Shearwater who transported us from our hotel to the helipad. The ride lasted 13 minutes and was a great experience. It gave a clear picture of the layout and massive scale of the Falls. A longer ride was available but we felt the shorter trip was absolutely fine. It is possible to purchase a DVD of your ride but we didn't bother.
In the afternoon we saw the Falls at much closer quarters. We walked there from Ilala, dodging a few hawkers as we went along! Before we went inside the park we rented ponchos from a stall across the road - good move. Without them we would have got a real soaking! We spent over 3 hours walking around the Falls. This was an unforgettable time. The power of the water was just awesome and the rainbows were beautiful.
We felt that two nights at Vic Falls was about the right length of time.