Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park
This Park extends to Livingstone and Victoria Falls. It is one of the most visited National Parks in Zambia, home to wildlife including elephants, lions, to mention but a few. Since this is Africa, it is important to remember that the animals are wild and dangerous. Entering the park requires strict adherence to the park rule. The first and most important being that animals have right of way. Speeding in the park is prohibited, maximum speed is 55km/ hour. At least when I was there, it may have increased based on tourism demands.
Damaging historical artifacts is prohibited and can lead to imprisonment if caught, one can not build fires within the park either. Since it house the Zambezi river, swimming or paddling in the river is highly prohibited. I will tell you now that there are no ready lifeguards unless you bring your own. Even then it is not possible to swim or dive in the river for obvious safety reasons.
This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage SiteRelated to:
- National/State Park
The bigger portion of Victoria Falls is actually located in Zimbabwe. But like Niagara Falls it is shared by two countries; Zambia and Zimbabwe. This review is for the Zambian side of the water fall. Nothing prepares you for what to expect until you get to the metal bridge. Located within the Moi oa Tunya National Park in Livingstone, it is one of Zambia's main attractions and one of the top ten wonders of Africa.
The Zambian side of the falls is just as beautiful and inspiring as the Zimbabwean side. Over a small metal bridge, the meandering path leads to the water falls revealing rainbow colors even without a rainbow in the sky. The torrential down pour gets you wet down to your under garments. I did not like getting wet of course as I had not carried a change of cloth, but the excitement and wonder caused by the falls over powered my desire to stay dry.
As close as we got to the waterfalls, the sound of its down pour is deafening.
This is a must see, it is one of the top wonders of the world. It is a result of the Zambezi River flowing through the African plains, and then suddenly makes a 360 deep drop creating the wonderful water curtain that is Victoria Falls.Related to:
- National/State Park
Zambezi River Cruise
The tranquil waters of the Zambezi are so inviting and what better way to enjoy them than to cruise upon it. We took the sunset cruise and well worth it (apart from the very annoying loud ladies that boarded along with us, always a risk when taking a tourist option) .
To sit supping a sundowner aboard a boat whilst drifting down the Zambezi has to be a highlight in ones life, hippo call, elephant bathe and Africa slips past at it's usual rate of casual, quiet awareness. It is a stunningly beautiful place to be, life is natural and undisturbed in the main. Of course there is the odd tourist boat but not a mass of them intruding into this haven just enough that it helps the country and it's people to survive.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
I would suggest that you look into Bongwe Safaris as an affordable safari option in Zambia. Very affordable and they dont use tents so you will be in a proper chalet with bathroom and hot water ensuite.
My girlfriend and I used them last season and we had a fantastic time. I preferred kafue to Lower Zambezi but it all depends on what you are looking for. We did both parks but I could have stayed in Kafue for longer. It was very quiet and we didnt see anyone else. Lower Zambezi was a bit busier but still nice. Plenty of elephants! In Kafue we saw lots of leopard and lion. We couldnt find a cheetah, but did see their tracks.
take a look at www.bongwesafaris.com or www.zambia-adventures.comRelated to:
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- Budget Travel
Tazara - Gente en los Railes - People on the rails
Mientras el tren sigue su camino s epueden ver niños , familias y mucha gente que tiene su vida montada alrededor del "corredor del Tazara "
As the train moves on , you can see children, families and many people whose lives are linked to the "Tazara Corridor"
Tazara - Lugar de encuentro - Meeting Point
El tren atrae a la gente no sólo para comprar y vender sus productos sino que hay muchos que van a pasear , a ver lo que pasa , a saludar a los conocidos... , es una pequeña fiesta que se repite cuatro veces todas las semanas (dos del tren de ida y dos del que vuelve ) y se llenan las estaciones de gente que dan un color y una alegría inolvidable
The train attracts people not only to buy and sell their products but there are many who go for a walk , to see what happens, to meet friends ... , Is a small party that is repeated four times each week (two when the train goes in one direction and two when returns) and the stations fill of people that give an unforgetable color and joy
Tazara - Venden de todo- They sell everything
El tren para poco tiempo en las estaciones y hay que aprovechar para vender todos los productos que tienen .
Las prisas , el colorido , los sonidos , los olores ... de estos momentos nunca se olvidarán
The train stops a short time in the station and they must sell all the products they have.
The rush, the color, the sounds, the smells ... of these moments we will never forget
Tazara - Plátanos - Bananas
La gente vende cuando llega el tren los productos que se cultivan en esa zona y los plátanos son muy frecuentes .
Puedes comprar desde un plátano para disfrutarlo o te puedes llevar una penca completa
People sell when the train arrives to the station the crops grown in that area and bananas are very common.
You can buy from one banana to enjoy it or you can take a leaf complete
Tazara - Paisajes - Landscapes
El tren pasa por unos paisajes muy diferentes , sorprendentes e impresionantes que da pena que llegue la noche y que ya no se puedan seguir viendo
The train passes by very different , astonish and impressive landscapes , that is a pity when the night arrives and you can not see them anymore
Luangwa river is a long river, passing through national parks. The wildlife is also good outside the national parks, along the river. There is one place to stay on the west bank of the Luangwa River, close to the Great East Road.
- Adventure Travel
My daughter booked us on the river safari and I did not know that I could have this much fun at my age! I thoroughly enjoyed the evening going thru the rampants, getting wet and having sundowner amongst the crocodiles, birds, elephants and others.
Visit the Boabab
There are the most fantastic Boabab trees in Zambia. The locals believed that they were not allowed to touch it or hurt it in anyway as harm would come to them and their families.
This is the same place as mentioned on my Zimbabwe page. Jump off the bridge!
They boast a 100% safety record!
Here is some information from the company's website:
Minimum age 14 years
Minimum weight of 40 kg, maximum weight of 140 kg
Passports are required by clients to access the bridge
Jumps operate from 09h00 to 17h00 every day
Available daily on request, all year round from Victoria Falls and Livingstone;
US$90 per jump, US$130 per tandem jumpRelated to:
- Adventure Travel
- Bungy Jumping
A lesser-known attraction at Vic. Falls is the Boiling Cauldron, I believe it's called, a place where the water (especially during high season) forms a swirling, chaotic vortex. Even in the low season many kayakers enjoy the area. A word of caution: the long, uneven stairs/path leading down to the cauldron are frequented by monkeys. You access the cauldron via a side path- I don't recall exactly where.Related to:
- Road Trip
You can visit Victoria Falls of the Zambezi River from both the Zambia and Zimbabwe sides, both of which offer distinct views of different parts. A view down the falls is best viewed from Zambia.
"The Smoke that Thunders" is an amazing place for geology- if you trace the history of the falls back over the millenia, you'll see that it is just the newest incarnation of the falls, which, from its base, zig zags downstream through the previous locations of the falls that existed long before Dr. Livingstone came across the falls in 1855, long before even the Kololo and other tribes even existed.
Stretching for almost one mile, Mosi-oa-Tunya, as the locals call it, when flowing at full capacity, drops a little under 550 million (I've also heard 550,000) cubic meters per minute onto the rocks over 100 meters below, making it the largest sheet of water in the world.
If you are staying in Livingstone, it's a short drive to the entrance- it's pretty clear where to go. You can head over to Zimbabwe for a view of the other side if you want. I believe the entrance fee is about $10 USD.
Two images.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- National/State Park
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