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Victoria Falls is on the A-list

Victoria Falls is on the A-list

You can stay as you are for the rest of your life…or you can leap on a plane and jet across South Africa’s border to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – one of the ‘Best Places to Travel To’ in 2017 as listed by Condé Nast Traveller, a leading travel publication.

Mosi-Oa-Tunya – “The Smoke That Thunders” – one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – is the obvious tourist drawcard to the area, but if you are an avid adrenalin-adventure junkie, or crazy about Africa’s wildlife, this is the spot for you.

The town retains its quaint, laid-back atmosphere despite the constant flow of tourists – local and international, upmarket and backpackers.

Condé Nast Traveller highlights the new $150 million airport in Victoria Falls as one of the major factors why Zimbabwe made its list. The new airport, which has the capacity to handle 1.5 million passengers a year, and can land some of the world’s largest aircraft, is a major plus for tourism in the region.

There are different visa requirements for different countries. South Africans don’t need a visa, but travellers from the UK and the USA do.  The UNIVISA makes travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia affordable.

Whitewater rafting, zip-lining, helicopter flights over the Falls, getting up close to the area’s wildlife (the Vulture Culture Experience at Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, is a must!) – are just some of the many activities you can do.

There are also plenty of chilling options: fascinating game drives, lazy cruises on the Zambezi River relishing Africa’s dramatic sunsets, high tea at the legendary Victoria Falls Hotel, taking a luxury steam-train journey onto the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge to view the majestic Falls at dusk – the list is endless.

There is plenty to do after sunset as well. Time your visit with the full moon, and view the Lunar Rainbow over the Falls, or try out the area’s delicacies and beverages at one of the town’s many restaurants.

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show, located on the same estate as Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, is a great night out with a difference, and an opportunity to boldly venture forth and try unique local dishes and flavours.

For the carnivores, choices include warthog fillet and the spit roast of the day, while non-meat-eaters can try the peanut-butter spinach and isitshwala/sadza (a thick porridge made from ground maize), the vegetable stir-fry and chef’s daily pasta dish, as well as an extensive selection of salads.  Be daring…and try a crunchy mopane worm or two!

The Boma – Dinner & Drum Show combines dining and dancing with local elements like face painting, hair-braiding, storytelling and throwing-of-the-bones. The evening ends on a high note as diners join the entertainers in a fun, interactive drumming and dancing session.

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Good to know:

Money talks – The main currency in use in Zimbabwe is the US Dollar, however, South African Rand, Euros, British Pounds and Australian dollars are also legal tender. It is advisable to travel with smaller denominations such as US$1, US$5, US$10 and US$20.  The ongoing strengthening of the rand against the US dollar is making Victoria Falls increasingly attractive as a tourist destination for South Africans.

When is the best time to visit Victoria Falls? Different seasons suit different activities – so do some research beforehand:

Viewing the Victoria Falls: February to May

Game viewing: the dry season – May to October

Whitewater rafting – the best time is approximately August through to November when the river levels are lower. The first 10 rapids are not safe to raft at high-water level (January – July).

 

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