Victoria Falls & Zimbabwe.
Many tourists travel to Victoria Falls, it is after all considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world and the flowing mighty Zambezi River forever cascading over the falls are truly magnificent, Dr Livingstone statue proudly keeps watch over such an awesome sight.
In the dry months of August to October the falls are not as strong as they are in the rainy season but the flow of the Zambezi is fed from rainfall in the African countries upstream, I have been to Victoria Falls about 50 times in my life and I prefer to go in the dry season as it is rewarding for me to see the wild game that is in abundance in the area, there are lots of tour operators offering game drives but I do prefer the 4 x 4 wheel drive vehicle that UTC offers they are better than 2 wheel drive, there is a choice of operators.
I have recently seen a holiday advert in a West Midlands UK newspaper offering a holiday at Victoria Falls Zambia and your holiday starts in Livingstone, that is enough to make the Livingstone statue choke because on the Zambia side of the falls there is very little flow from the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls town is bustling with a number of top flight hotels and restaurants and the best entertainment including an international Casino winnings are paid in US$.
Entry to the falls area is in US$ is payable to National Parks & Wild Life and the entire area is fenced in so there is no chance of meeting with any of the big 5 but you may see warthogs or small deer in the rain forest along the length of the falls, you need a few hours to enjoy the walk and if you are in a wheel chair they have paths that will accommodate everyone.
You are recommended to take a light raincoat with a hood, umbrella’s are not always best especially if you like taking photo’s and a pair of slops is fine too as you will soon get dried in their warm sun.
Getting to Victoria Falls from around the world is best via Johannesburg South Africa as there are lots of flights on many airlines to South Africa and their own carrier SAA flies to Victoria falls daily approximately 2 hours each way and on arrival the Customs and Immigration are friendly providing you treat them with respect and no wise cracks or criticism about politicians, you are going for a holiday and from the time you land at the airport you are made very welcome the police are courteous too and they are there to see that you have an enjoyable holiday hotels will arrange transfers for you at a cost, I always take cash US$ notes in denominations of US$1 5s 10s 20s 50s 100s but about US$200 in ones, the last time I was there visa entry was US$55 cash they do not accept bank cards neither do National Parks but hotels do and there are International commercial banks such as Standard Chartered and Barclays and others too.
On Victoria Falls Bridge they have the highest Bungee Jumping both on the Zimbabwe side and Zambia side of the bridge, Zimbabwe has had no mishaps. there is the white water rafting starting below the bridge on a 1 or 2 day trip depending on your experience where world Championships have been held in the past. Not me though.
The Hotels are of a high International Standard and they provide for all your needs and the town is bustling with curios at the famous village market that makes and sells all good quality carvings in wood and stone and they will pack them for your journey home too.
If you enjoy golf there is an excellent golf course at the Elephant Hills Hotel which provides excellent accommodation and food and drinks and they like many other hotels have a courteous bus to take you to the falls and into the town as walking is not recommended.
There is an abundance of wild life in easy reach with lots of tours on offer within Victoria Falls and to Hwange Safari area 105 km away or to nearer Matetsi safari area and even trips to Botswana and Zambia. Game viewing is better in the dry season while the grass is sparse and leaves on the trees are dry and it is not as hot and humid as in the rainy season. I would recommend that the minimum that you need to stay is 3 nights plus.
John R Telford UK
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