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The Victoria Falls


Natural Wonder of the World & UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Victoria Falls form the largest single curtain of falling water on earth. The water pours over the lip of the Falls into the spectacular Batoka Gorge, 108 metres below ,at a rate of 550 million litres per minute. Their average height is 92 metres, their width an impressive 1 690 metres. The spray shooting up from the boiling waters can reach heights of 500 metres, and can be seen from 70km away. The local, Mokololo, name is "Mosi-oa-Tunya" - "the smoke that thunders". They form the natural border between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Victoria Falls Village - adventure capital of Africa
The village of Victoria Falls is within walking distance of the most famous waterfall in the world. The natural beauty of the area is being carefully preserved, whilst offering guests comfortable accommodation and thrilling activities. Access is easy - there are two flights a day from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls Airport, just 20 minutes out of town. Tourists usually combine a visit to the Falls with an exciting game safari in Zimbabwe, or neighbouring Zambia or Botswana as they are very easy to get to. This is a safe destination and you will be warmly welcomed. We have chosen to have our home and an office in this special corner of Africa, where it is not unusual to see warthogs, monkeys and mongeese, and even buffalo and elephant, going about their business in the streets and suburbs!

Activities
CopyrightThe Victoria Falls

Stroll along the natural stone pathways and behold the foaming white waters, verdant green rainforest and brightly coloured rainbows. Feel the spray, catch a glimpse of a shy Bushbuck, hear the roar of millions of litres of water plunging into the Batoka Gorge below. Stand beneath the tall statue of missionary explorer David Livingstone.
CopyrightBridge Tour

Walk with your guide on the frame of the historic Victoria Falls Bridge - built in 1904 as part of Rhode's vision for a railway line from Cape Town to Cairo. View the Bridge and the Falls like few others do - and hear the fascinating story of how it was built.

CopyrightThe Victoria Falls Hotel

Stay over of partake of high tea (or G&T!) on the elegant Stanley’s Terrace - within view of the spray of the Falls. Take a stroll around the grounds and learn how this hotel developed from humble beginnings as the original railway hotel more than a century ago into the ‘grand old lady’ she is today.

CopyrightWhite Water Rafting

Ride the white waters, in the wild and beautiful Batoka Gorges below the Falls. This is consistently rated as the most exciting and accessible commercial river run in the world. Go there, get the DVD and T Shirt!

CopyrightBungee Jumping

Hurl yourself off the historic, 100m high Victoria Falls Bridge tied to the the end of a bungee rope. Or slip across more sedately on the breathtaking Bridge Slide as they did when building the Bridge. You will want to do it again!

CopyrightCanoeing

Canoe with an experienced and knowledgeable Zimbabwean River Guide on the majestic Zambezi River, with its abundance of crocodiles, hippos and bird life. You can do a trip lasting two hours or two days! A once-in-a-lifetime experience!

CopyrightRiver Cruise

Relax on a river cruise, sipping your drink, and drifting leisurely among the palm fringed islands of the wide and magnificent Zambezi River - viewing crocs, hippos, water birds and bush buck. You may even see elephants swimming between islands.

CopyrightFlight of Angels

Take a scenic helicopter flight over the Falls and Gorges for an angels’ view over the Falls. Another wonderful photographic opportunity!

CopyrightSteam Train

Board a restored steam train for tea or cocktails on the historic Victoria Falls Bridge. This was what Rhodes envisaged - that passengers feel the spray of the Falls as they crossed the Bridge on their journey.

CopyrightGame Parks

Take a safari to one of the beautiful, game rich reserves nearby. The Victoria Falls National Park is within minutes of the village, on the banks of the Zambezi. The Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve is home to endangered species - the Black Rhino and Painted Hunting Dogs. Many visitors combine a visit to the Falls with a three-night trip to one of Africa’s best kept secrets - Hwange National Game Park - just three hours away by road. Here you can have a truly exclusive experience, in a small, intimate lodge in a beautiful setting, in the company of the world’s largest elephants.

CopyrightSundowners

Sip a sundowner, on the deck overlooking the Waterhole at the famous Buffalo Bar at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Enjoy delicious snacks, or a bar dinner, and view the animals as they come down to drink. Or take the cruise on the Zambezi. During the day you can observe the vultures, Maribou storks and eagles coming down to lunch in the Vulture Restuarant below the Buffalo Bar Terrace and take fabulous photos.

CopyrightFine Dining

Dine whilst game viewing from the award winning Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant, set high over the Waterhole, at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Enjoy the colonial style Palm Restaurant at Ilala Lodge, a charming boutique hotel located close to the Falls. Appreciate gracious silver service in the Livingstone Room at The Victoria Falls Hotel.

CopyrightArt and Culture

View world renowned Zimbabwe Stone Sculptures in a natural setting at the exclusive Stone Dynamics Gallery near the Jungle Junction Restaurant. Visit the vibrant markets and townships. Enjoy the African Spectacular at The Victoria Falls Hotel's Jungle Junction Restaurant. Sample local cuisine and beat the African drums at The Boma Restaurant, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. You can ask a Sangoma (witchdoctor) about your future!

CopyrightShopping

Shop for wonderful African artefacts, in the sprawling marketplace or interesting small shops. Bring back a piece of world renowned Zimbabwean Stone Sculpture as a momento to treasure for ever.

CopyrightHorse Riding

Get close to wildlife and go where no vehicle can on well trained horses - a very special outing for experienced riders.