ZIMBABWE / ZAMBIA - THE VICTORIA FALLS
The Victoria Falls, 2 hours flight away from Windhoek or Johannesburg are located at the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Visiting the Victoria Falls is the perfect way to begin or end your tour in Southern Africa. THE Falls are one of the world's greatest natural spectacles. Declared a World Heritage Site, the Falls are the stuff of legends, romance and myth. Long before the Scottish missionary and explorer, Dr David Livingstone "discovered" the falls on November 16, 1855, the local Batonga people had named them Mosi-Oa-Tunya, "the smoke that thunders". The more prosaic Livingstone named them for his queen, but departed from his normal, pedestrian writing to observe in his diary that "scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight." The Falls and the village of the same name lie within a protected area neighbouring the Zambezi National Park. Today, the village of Victoria Falls can rightly claim the titre of "Adrenaline Capital of Africa".
Still essentially a village surrounded by African bush, Victoria Falls is home to a seemingly endless variety of adventure sports. Apart from its appeal to adventure enthusiasts the village still has a gracious, pioneering, colonial flavour. But perhaps the greatest appeal is the constant lure of the Falls, A network of trails leads through the rain forest surrounding the smoke that thunders. Take an umbrella and raincoat and spend hours simply gazing at the incredible vistas of one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
We recommend a minimum stray of two night in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) or Livingstone (Zambia).
Regional Air Tickets to Victoria Falls:
Exclusively on Air Namibia website or with your local Travel Agent.
2 NIGHTS PACKAGES IN VICTORIA FALLS
The Gorges Lodge
Superior Category Accommodation (Zimbabwe): Situated on the Bakota Gorge, approximately 20-Km down stream from Victoria Falls. It is an exclusive lodge that accommodates a maximum of 20 people. The service is personalised and customised to the client’s need. 10 thatched chalets (with fans - no AC), made from natural stone. All have private verandas, which offer a unique view over the gorge. Swimming pool. Optional activities are organised by the lodge (not included): Village Tour, Game Drive, Game Walk, Sundowner or Booze cruise, visit to Victoria Falls, traditional dancing.
Cost per person sharing: From 250 Euros
Included: Return transfer from Victoria Falls Airport, 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, return shuttle to visit the falls and town.
The Victoria Falls Hotel
Luxury Category Accommodation (Zimbabwe): Almost 100 years old, the Victoria Falls Hotel is a member of Leading Hotels Of The World. Guests are assured of the ultimate in elegance and old world luxury. This gorgeous African classic provides a perfect balance of modern comfort combined with grand Edwardian architecture. Set in acres of lush lawns and exotic flora, the hotel is only a few minutes' walk from the centre of Victoria Falls village and a sedate stroll along the hotels private path from Victoria Falls itself. Traditional high tea served on the terrace overlooking the gorge transports guests back to a bygone era of grace and elegance.
Cost per person sharing: From 365 Euros
Included: Return transfers from the airport and to the falls + 2 nights, bed & breakfast
The River Club
Grand De-Luxe Accommodation (Zambia): The River Club is situated on the Zambian side of the Zambezi River, 18 kilometres upstream from Victoria Falls. It faces westward into the sunset and onto the Zambezi National Park on the opposite side of the, river. The River Club is set among the lush riverine vegetation and the camp bas a distinct Edwardian flavour. Guests here can enjoy the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River in a peaceful and tranquil setting away from the crowds.
Accommodation: Ten luxury thatched chalets accommodate a maximum of 20 people. The rooms overlook the Zambezi River, and have en suite facilities including a bath, shower, toilet and basin. Two honeymoon suites arc available. All the rooms have fans. The main house comprises the dining room, lounge and pub area, and has an interesting library. The swimming pool has a magnificent view over the river for those who wish to relax in the sun.
Activities: The Victoria falls is one of the seven “Wonders of the World” and is arguably the greatest waterfall anywhere. Dally excursions to the falls are a highlight and pontoon trips to the Zambezi Rivers islands provide wonderful activities. Fishing and sundowners trips are offered, as are daily visits to the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park for White Rhino and other game. Trips to the Livingstone and Railway Museums and a nearby African village are also offered. Other activities available at extra cost include; white water rafting, river surfing, bungi jumping, abseiling, parachuting, micro-light and helicopter flights over the Falls, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and canoeing.
Wildlife: Although The River Club is not a game lodge, the Zambezi National Park is located just across the river, and Lion calls can often be heard at night. Rich bird life is found in the area. Hippos are regularly sighted (and heard) along the river's edge. Fishing is good, with Tiger fishing featuring prominently in the warmer months. White Rhino are often sighted at the nearby park.
Cost per person sharing: From 1.285 Euros
Included: Return transfer from Victoria Falls Airport, 2 nights, full board and activities.
For all the above lodges and hotels, longer or shorter stays are also possible. Costs on request.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES 2015
|ZAMBEZI CRUISE||70 Euros|
|CHOBE NATIONAL PARK DAY EXCURSION||200 Euros|
|HELICOPTER FLIGHT OVER THE FALLS (12/13 min)||175 Euros|
|RAFTING (Feb to Jul - sporty - Full Day )||95 Euros|
|ELICOPTER GAME VIEWING FLIGHT (30 min)||345 Euros|