The cruise of a lifetime
You would not believe Lake Kariba is a Lake once you are on board the cruise ship (generally one or two nights). Not very expensive (about US $ 100) per head if you are in a group of about 15-20. Unlimited booze and food on board cooked to your taste by excellent chefs.
A small boat is attached with the yacht and once you reach the other shore of the lake, the group gets on to the small boats (filled with beer) for a sunset view of untamed wildlife both in the water and on land. Watch an amazing sunset and then back to the boat to a sumputous dinner and the option of sleeping in the luxurious cabins or on the upper deck with a million stars and some insomniac hippopotamuses for company.
Early morning is for checking out the birds and going fishing for lunch.....
Without a doubt the cruise of a lifetime and typically you will be the only cruise ship on the entire lake. Or at least the vast expanse will make it appear that way.....Related to:
- Family Travel
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- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Ending our wonderful trip through Botswana, we finalized our trip to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Due to the situation this beautiful country is in, the people were so kind and helpful. Considering it was summer and the humidity was extremely high, we still had a wonderful time. You cannot visit Zimbabwe without seeing Victoria Falls. We were able to see the Zambia side of the falls. This picture is just a part of what we encountered during our walk along the falls edges..
Lunch at the big tree
This tree, actually four trees growing together, grows somewhere along the road between the South-Africa - Zimbabwe border and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. We stopped here for lunch after succeding to cross the border. Look how small Froggy looks under the trees! The other two pictures shows us in front of and inside the trees.Related to:
- Road Trip
You CANNOT go to Zimbabwe and not visit the Victoria Falls! They are amazing!
It costs $20 to get inside the park and you can stay as long as you want. takes about an hour to walk across the falls. Well an hour if you stop every 2 minutes to take pictures, film and just enjoy. in the wet season, you will get very wet!
Some people call this area "Zimbabwe's England". Eventhough it doesn't really resmble England, I can see why it got that name. The vegetation you will find there is very different from the typical African (Zimbabaean) one. If you find time, you must visit this are, it's really worth the (long) drive from Harare. In Nyanga National Park you will find a tonne of things to visit; old village, natural swimmingpool, mountain you can climb, trout Hatchery, waterfalls,... Ypu can horse ride, fish, boat swim and go for hikes there. I would suggest staying overnight in one of the lodges, they are big enough, very comfortable and not too pricy.
Flight of the Angels
If you ever have the chance (and the money) - do try to take the Flight of the Angels! To see the Vic Falls from above (from either a small plane or helicopter) is a breathtaking experience!
I would not want to have missed this for anything!
Victoria Falls is the rather touristy town named after the Falls that provide the name for the town. Located on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe Victoria Falls is heavily influenced by the tourist who come to see the falls and hence is more affluent than some of the rest of the country.
The Falls themselves are of course the highlight. Also known as Mosi - oa - Tunya or the Smoke that thunders the Falls are a must see as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
See my Victorial Falls pages for more photos.
You really must go and have High Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel! For total nostalgia, and stunning views across the lawn of the Vic. Falls bridge at a pretty reasonalbe price, it is a great way to spend the afternoon...
Victoria Falls, Natural Wonder of the World
Victoria Falls is one of the most amazing sites in Africa if not the world. The falls drop in a nearly perfect line 1.7km (1 mile). The cascades fall between 90 m and 110 m (300-350ft) with an average volume of 10,000 cubic meters per second. During the March to May floods the volume is dramatically increased to 83,000 cubic meters per second. The mist that comes off the falls is so much it is nearly impossible to see anything. This is bad for camera toting tourist but it great for the surrounding floral that is incredible lush from the persistent spray. Walking above the falls along the Zambezi River is a wild experience. You may see warthogs, buffalo, elephants, crocodiles, hippos, monkeys, as well as lion (although very rare).
For more information see:
Victoria Falls National ParkRelated to:
- National/State Park
The Great Zimbabwe
The Great Zimbabwe is sub-Saharan Africa’s greatest ancient monument. It was the seat of a wealthy and advanced people called the Shona who greatly influenced an enormous area around them. There were an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people who lived here.
The most interesting part of the structure are the huge mortarless walls that stand 11 m (35 feet) high and are up to 5 m (33 feet) thick and the large conical structure inside the walls that was thought to either store grain or was a ceremonial structure.
For an unknown reason the entire city was abandoned in the14 th or 15th century possibly due to over consumption of local natural resources.
The site is full of interesting plants such as the candelabra tree and may have some vervet monkeys climbing around. You can see everything from the fortress on the hill and the walls of the Great Zimbabwe all in half of a day. Camping is available close to the site.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Matobo Hills National Park
Matobo National Park has many interesting things to see. Firstly, it has one of the most unusual landscapes in the world. The granite domes that have been pushed up and eroded leave bizarre, Dr. Sues rock formations. The horizon appears to be like a city landscape with sky scrapers. At a closer inspection of these strange formations it would appear that the balancing boulders are at any moment ready to fall.
Secondly, it the final resting place of Cecil Rhodes, one of the founding fathers of Zimbabwe for good or bad. His grave is situated on top of the “View of the World” at Malindidzimu among a ring of gigantic boulders. The view is amazing!
Thirdly, the Matobo hills are a treasure trove of ancient African rock art. With some great trails through the granite hills, the rock art if very accessible and are some of the best in Africa.
Fourthly, the fauna here is quite spectacular. There is a game reserve called Whovi Game Area where white rhino may be spotted. But that is not all. This area has the highest density of eagle and leopard in the world. The landscape has not only drawn ancient peoples here but is excellent terrain for the wild life as well.Related to:
- National/State Park
Mana Pools is one of the wildest places in all of Africa. It is very difficult to get here without your own vehicle and there are no facilities within a three hour drive out of the park except bathrooms and showers.
This is the only park in all of Africa that has large game including preditors, where you can get out of your car and walk around without an armed ranger. There is a staggering amount of large game here including herds of buffalow, zebra, kudu, bushbuck, water buck and eland as well as plenty of elephant and huge numbers of hippo and crocodile in all the pools and river. The bird life is also profuse. I couldn't believe how many owl I spotted in one park.
The Zambezi river is beautiful here. The sunsets are just amazing. You really feel like you have left the modern world behind in Mana Pools.Related to:
- National/State Park
Hwange National Park
Zimbabwe’s Premier Game Park is Hwange National Park. It is known as Africa’s elephant park. There are around 20,000 elephant in this park. It is evident through the unbelievable destruction of these giants. Somehow, the park is able to handle them (actually it's not). There are many good pans and water holes to see large herds of herbivores as well as predators. Lion and hyena are definitely prevalent here. At the time there were also several white rhinos that were watch very closely by the rangers. Hopefully, they are still there.
Hwange is accesible from Vic Falls on a tarred road just south.Related to:
- National/State Park
The Victoria Falls are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and used to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World in ancient times!
About 1000 km away from its source, the waters of the Zambesi fall down more than 100 m deep and 1700 m wide! What a fabulous sight!! One of the best ways to see the Victoria Falls is on a flight over the Falls and gorges.
What is interesting is the fact, that there are some very rare specimen of plants and animals to be found in this area: the fern Helianthus farinosa is only found here and in two other locations in Zambia, but nowhere else in the whole world! Also the Taita Falcon and Black Eagle, two very rare specimen, breed in the gorges. There are many game viewing opportunities in the area as well as a wide variety of activities.
Water, Water and Water ! It's such a great sight. Don't mind a walk over the border to Zambia... Fantastic views from there as well! But wear good shoes....!!! Down in the boiling pot on the Zambian side, I had the falls for myself.
Entrance fee: 10 US $ for foreigners (Zimbabwian side)
- Adventure Travel
Zambezi River, 80 km from Victoria Falls, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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6 Percy Avenue, Hillside, Bulawayo, 00002, Zimbabwe
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