I bet you may have heard of Victoria Falls at one point in time but just shoved it of your thoughts. If you did that, you’re on the wrong track. I was opportune to visit this little border town and I had some of the best experiences of my life till date. Like some people, I had heard of Victoria Falls time over time but I had a strong urge to visit thanks to the song “Am I wrong” by Nico & Vinz. I loved the video so much I googled it to read more about the artists and the BAM!!! I got information about the location where the video for the song was shot and I’m sure you can guess where that is.
I took this trip to Zimbabwe to attend the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism expo which is organised by the Zimbabwe Travel Authority (ZTA) and I had selected Victoria Falls as my pre-tour destination. I have selected these photos to summarize my trip at a glance.
Arriving at Victoria Falls Airport, we were received with a minor performance from Ilembe Shinning Spears. We met the ZTA representative in Victoria Falls and off we were for our site inspections.
Our first stop was The Victoria Falls Hotel. This Hotel was built in 1904 and has retain a lot of its characteristics till date. It was expanded in 1996 and is famous for the view of the Victoria Falls bridge from it’s terrace with the spread of the Falls behind it. Some of it’s notable guests are Chuck Norris and The Queen of England who visited in 1947.
We headed for The Kingdom hotel next right next to The Victoria Falls Hotel. This hotel has an indigenous cultural theme tied to its structure and layout.
We lodged into the Rainbow Hotel and had lunch before heading for another site inspection at a premium lodge and then A’Zambezi hotel. I liked this hotel because it was just by the river Zambezi. It would be nice to wake up to the fresh breeze from the river don’t you think?
Dinner was at The Boma later in the evening. We were wrapped with traditional clothing and entertained by a cultural dance on arrival. We had our faces painted and the performances continued during our meals. Dinner was buffet style and we had various options of grilled meat-game included- and other dishes plus dessert. We later joined in the dancing after our meals and it was a blast.
The next day, we went to the helipad where a couple of us in the group had booked for the helicopter tour. We were given discounts (thanks to ZTA) and had a briefing before we proceeded to the Helicopter for the tour. The whole ride was about 15 minutes and the view from above was surreal. We saw the whole town at a glimpse with the Falls and Zambezi as the center of focus. We also sighted Livingstone from a distance and also the Victoria Falls bridge. I was truly glad I booked this tour.
After the Helicopter tour, we went on a site inspection of Elephant Hills Resort. This resort is the resident of President Robert Mugabe in Victoria Falls and has also had Michael Jackson as a notable guest…Need I say more?
Off we were after lunch to the Victoria Falls bridge. From the bridge, we sighted the falls and I was able to capture this lovely rainbow over the gorge. We enjoyed the view while strolling between the two countries Zambia and Zimbabwe so am I permitted to say I’ve added Zambia to long list of destinations? Not exactly! I need a stamp on passport to seal that.
Our ZTA representative got me and a fellow group member a complimentary bungee jump but I bailed right at the edge. I was a bit disappointed in myself as bungee jumping has been on my activity bucket list for years but I had to be honest with myself. I wasn’t ready to conquer my fear of heights just yet. Maybe some other time at another bungee jumping site lower than this.
Since I chickened out on the bungee jumping, it was game on when I was offered to do the Crocodile cage dive. I didn’t really enjoy this activity thanks to a guy who had a panic attack when the cage was lowered in the water. Thank God we were pulled out on time for him to catch his breath. The activity usually takes about 25 minutes but we were only going to be into the water for 5-10 minutes (which never came to pass thanks once again to the panic attack guy) because we had to arrive on time for the sunset cruise.
After my truncated swim with the Nile Crocodiles, we went on a sunset cruise over river Zambezi. We had a lovely time having drinks, snacking and chatting while we enjoyed the sunset over Zambezi. What a way to end the day.
The next day, I was dragged along with some of my group members for the Lion Encounter experience and need I say it was an unforgettable one. The walk was for about an hour and we took turn walking with the Lions. I posted this particular picture on my facebook and instagram pages and the comments had me laughing in Spanish (if such laugh exists). I had to explain severally that the Lions were tamed because they’ve been under human care since they were born but as I expected, some people stuck to their opinions. Whatever!!! I was glad I walked with Lions and the best part is…I’M STILL ALIVE!!!!!!
Finally, we wrapped up our trip with a tour of Victoria Falls. I was happy I had the opportunity to see this beauty in my lifetime. I was advised not to carry my camera with me because of the spread of the falls so forgive me if the pictures below are not up to standard. At least I have something to remind me of the tour thanks to a group member who was with his phone.
This sums up my visit to Victoria Falls. I’ll have more posts on some of my experiences on this trip later.
*My trip to Zimbabwe was courtesy of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. All opinions however remain my own