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Africa’s Most Impressive Attraction - Victoria Falls

We arrived at the charming Victoria Falls Hotel on a blindingly bright day in August and sank thankfully into the deep, soft sofas in the hotel foyer. Fans turned leisurely and palm leaves rustled softly; the lofty ceilings and tall columns harked back to the bygone era that today lends grace and elegance to a thoroughly contemporary icon.

And now, a year later, we revisit this remarkable part of the world and share with you some news, information and interesting links and pictures. But nothing beats the real thing and the Falls provides an exciting start or finish to any safari in the region…
www.johnstevenssafaris.com/dest_zimbabwe.htm





Views of the Victoria Falls Bridge, and the spray from the falls beyond, place you in a World Heritage site - whc.unesco.org/en/list/509 – the Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Your first sight of this incredible waterfall - and every time you see it after that – is enough to take your breath away; at 1,708m wide and 108m high, it is the largest falling “curtain” of water on the planet and sometimes the spray rises as high into the air as 400m. Spectacular.



GATEWAY TO THE REGION

The Victoria Falls is fast-becoming the best-recognised “gateway” to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. Explore all three countries’ incredible wildlife and safari offerings with a beginning or end at Victoria Falls, an incredible introduction or finale to Africa’s best experiences. Please contact Nicci or Laura to find out more about these amazing destinations and how Vic Falls is the perfect hub from which to set off!



AFRICA'S ADVENTURE CAPITAL


There is always plenty to do at Victoria Falls and we have arranged many activities for visitors over the years. Take to the skies on a scenic flight you'll never forget; explore the African bush on an elephant-back safari; experience the thrill of throwing yourself off the bridge on the end of a bungee rope or take things easy with a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River complete with snorting hippos and gin and tonics…



Immerse yourself in the local culture with a village visit or an adventurous dinner at the world-famous Boma Restaurant. An evening at The Boma is guaranteed to be an all round sensory extravaganza, specialising in a selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and a feast of entertainment including Shangaan dances and songs, traditional stories told by a local Sangoma and the antics of a resident witchdoctor.



Learn the history of the Victoria Falls Bridge or learn about David Livingstone - attend a talk and tour if you stay at or visit the Victoria Falls Hotel.

Russell Gammon and Mark Geraghty are two excellent guides, who delight in sharing their knowledge and insights with guests.

For a glimpse into this African explorer’s incredible life, click on the play button below…




What’s Happening at the Falls?

UNWTO GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Zimbabwe is proud host to the upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly coming up in August; more specifically, delegates will gather in Victoria Falls, which has seen much development and work go into the improvement of public facilities and tourism venues.

(UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism - and Zimbabwe and other countries in Africa look forward to increasing its world tourism market share from the current 6 percent to double- digit figures.)

VICTORIA FALLS MARATHON

Every year, hundreds of runners take to the streets, bridge and wilderness trails of Victoria Falls and pound their way along one of the world’s most scenic marathon routes. The full or half marathon attracts local and foreign runners and is a qualifying event for the Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons in South Africa. www.vicfallsmarathon.com

The Victoria Falls is impressive and awesome and spectacular. It is a must-see highlight of your African Safari and provides action, adventure, history, romance, culture and scenic beauty in one. Contact Nicci or Laura to find out how we can build this brilliant destination into your 2014 Safari.



Larry Norton – Victoria Falls Artist Extraordinaire



Larry Norton was born in Zimbabwe in 1963 and grew up on a game farm in the north-east of the country. He started drawing as a boy and in 1988 began a professional career as an artist. Since then he has exhibited around the world, including several successful exhibitions in New York and London.

Larry Norton works in oils, water-colours, charcoal and pencil and specialises in African subjects, including wildlife, landscape and people of the continent.

Take a look at his stunning true-to-life art here - www.larrynorton.co.za or visit his gallery at the Victoria Falls Hotel.


FURTHER READING: Beyond the Victoria Falls


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