Victoria Falls Journals

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An April 2002 trip to Victoria Falls by Linda Kaye

Air Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe More Photos
Quote: Victoria Falls is known as the land of thundering smoke. The City of Victoria Falls exists for the tourists who come to see the Falls. The tourists these days are few but those who come are welcomed and appreciated.

Expanding Our Wild Horizons

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Air Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, is a place of great extremes; from majestic beauty to unbelievable poverty. The people we encountered were happy and appreciative we were there, since their only industry is tourism. We arrived from Johannesburg on an Air Zimbabwe 737 with only nine passengers aboard. We cleared customs in minutes and were picked up by a shuttle service pre-arranged through the Hunters Lodge where we would be staying. A 30-minute drive on a good highway brought us into the heart of Victoria Falls. We scheduled an elephant safari with Wild Horizons Elephant Park for the following day, choosing the morning schedule because of the warm weather. That afternoon we visited ...Read More

Hunter's Lodge

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Hotel

Hunter's Lodge Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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As we walked into our enormous lodge, the first thing that hit me was the odor of creosote that had been painted on the large beam holding up the thatched roof. It was somewhat difficult, but by the next night, I had adjusted to it. The rooms were all oversized, except for the two bathrooms. I am not sure what the builders had in mind, but obviously liked LARGE rooms. Three bedrooms each had two beds with mesquite netting decoratively hung from the tall thatched roof ceiling. There was another long, narrow room along one side with a few more beds. The walk-in closets had plenty of space for hanging clothes and built-in deep shelves for all other items. The closets were all lockable. Th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 14, 2002

Hunter's Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Boma

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Restaurant | "The Boma"

Boma Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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"Boma" is a Swahili word meaning "armed enclosure"; an open gathering place where there is a burning fire; meals are prepared and guests are seated in a circle, under open skies. The Boma in Victoria Falls fits this description perfectly. The Boma will bombard your senses with tastes, smells, sights and sounds of its very unique gastronomic adventure and African entertainment. Much more than a meal, it is a cultural experience. It begins with a pre-dinner hand washing. Our attendant poured warm water over our hands (into a bowl) as we passed a towel around the table for drying. Our meal began with a small cup of traditional "beer" followed by a tray of "finger snacks" such as pea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2002

Boma
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)

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Attraction | "Victoria Falls"

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya) Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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One channel of the Great Zambezi River flows over the world’s largest curtain of falling water known as Victoria Falls. It is actually five separate falls, Devil’s Cataract, Main Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Armchair Falls that make up this incredible spectacle plunging 100 meters into a sheer-sided chasm separating Zambia and Zimbabwe. During the rainy season (April and May) these five falls can form a solid curtain of water. The Falls are called "smoke that thunders" because from miles away, it appears as billowing white smoke on the horizon. In reality, it is the spray of water and vapor rising 1500 feet in the sky. Our first glimpse of this phenomena was from the air...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2002

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise

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Attraction

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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The great Zambezi River starts in northwest Zambia and meanders for 1700 miles through several countries and empties into the Indian Ocean at Mozambique. This great river affects thousands of people and animals along the way. The sheer volume of water that flows through this planetary vein and manifests it’s grandeur at the famous Victoria Falls, cannot keep from stirring an emotional response from all who visit. Our Cruise Director / Captain / Driver / Bartender was a wealth of information about the river’s attributes. His keen eye spotted a variety of wildlife and important highlights. We saw Hippo, birds of prey, even an elephant on one of the many islands that occupy this wide river. This el...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Wild Horizons Elephant Safari

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Attraction

Wild Horizons Elephant Safari Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Our early morning elephant adventure began when we were picked up at our lodge at 7:30 am and headed out to the Wild Horizon Elephant Camp. We were greeted, given a preliminary introduction to the Camp and were treated to a pre-breakfast snack and coffee. Once the cobwebs were gone, we received a more thorough description of the main topic of the tour, THE ELEPHANT, including details of the full life cycle of the elephant and its habitat. One of the guides explained, by using a skeletal head of a deceased elephant, the various parts of the skull. An interesting bit of information about the elephant is that the average life span is 70 years and death comes as a result of starvation due...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2002

Wild Horizons Elephant Safari

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

The Kingdom at Victoria Falls

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The Kingdom Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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The Kingdom is a beautiful complex housing the one of the most expensive hotel in Victoria Falls, a casino, restaurants, chic boutiques, an internet facility, tour desks and much more. The grounds of the Kingdom were somewhat of a "safe haven" from the street vendors that would follow us for blocks trying to sell us something. As we approached the perimeter, vendors would disappear. We requested, and received, a tour of the hotel facilities. The rooms were plush with a distinctive African flare. Many had balconies overlooking the perfectly manicured gardens, pools and waterfall areas. The room rates range from $228 to $342 USD per night for the "International" visitor but I ...Read More