Victoria Falls Journals

Taking the plunge at Vic Falls

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An April 2003 trip to Victoria Falls by SaraP

Vic Falls - a gorge between nations Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe More Photos
Quote: Zimbabwe is such a beautiful country, packed with charming, welcoming people with much to offer. Put it on your wishlist, if not now, then certainly once its troubles are calmed - obviously Vic Falls, but also Great Zimbabwe, Harare, the Eastern Highlands, the national parks...

Taking the plunge at Vic Falls

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Overview

Vic Falls - a gorge between nations Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Vic Falls is truly a natural wonder, improved only by afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel (for more views - see below) The walk around the Zimbabwe National Park (a fairly hefty US for non-residents/£15) is nonetheless a must but make sure your valuables are under wraps, preferably waterproof wraps at that! In fact, in spring after the rains, even a waterproof won''t keep you dry as the spray insinuates itself into every layer until even your midriff is damp. The park''s open 6am-6pm and is best approached down a track out of the Vic Falls Hotel and over a railway line. In an ideal world, you''d visit the falls in more than one season -- just after the rains are over is ideal t...Read More

Victoria Falls Hotel

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Hotel

Victoria Falls Hotel Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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Established in 1904 for the first "tourists" to the area (and hence located right next to the station), it''s grand and gracious - royal portraits, antique furniture, elaborate swags of curtains, deep carpets and black-tie waiters. The best thing about the place is the hotel terrace which commands a perfectly glorious view over the gorge and the Zambezi bridge (you can even see - and hear - the bungy jumpers). Despite the pricey cocktails and lunches, the beers and G&Ts are modestly priced and the afternoon tea looked pretty good too. Having said that, I wouldn''t recommend actually staying (given that the non-resident rate is a whopping US$372 per double compared to significantly ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 14, 2003

Victoria Falls Hotel
2 Mallet Drive
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
263 13 44751

Mama Africa

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Restaurant

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If you're out and about in town and fancy a drink or, for generous and wholesome portions, try Mama Africa on Tuesdays to Sundays (Sunday lunchtimes being best entertainment when generations of large families hang out together, make a lot of noise, have a lot of fun and eat huge plates of food). The decor is bright and breezy and somewhat odd-matched with an enormous poster of Bob Marley on one wall and a delicate Zimbabwean watercolour on another. Often you'll find Rasta artists selling their wares here at lunchtimes/afternoons. It's not grand -- white plastic tables and chairs, paper napkins, etc. -- but the food (chalked onto a blackboard menu so it changes each day, pretty mu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2003

Mama Africa
Behind the Landela Centre
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Vic Falls parks - Zim and Zam

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Story/Tip

Zambian side of the falls Photo, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
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The National Park on the Zim side costs £14/$20 as a non-resident (and trying to blag your way in is ill-advised -- I saw some tourists get caught short when they could not prove they were residents and the very unpleasant "Green Bombers" who hang out on border-posts and entry-points like this did not take kindly to it) -- the Zambian side £6.50/US$10. They each have their charms and it’s well-worth visiting both if you have time. On the Zim side, enter either down the track from Vic Falls Hotel, over the railway track and straight on or down Livingstone Way from town. At the entrance, they’ll give you a map of the paths and the way is pretty well sign-posted. Turn left to head towards the small...Read More
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When you’ve finally dried out from your drenching on the walks around the falls, head into town for a wander and perhaps a spot of shopping. The town itself is small -- really a one road show -- but with a couple of good "malls" that have a good range from not-too-pricey all the way up to Harare-gallery pieces for Shona experts with cash to spend. The biggest selection can be found at the Landela Centre (down a rather uninspiring little dirt-road turning off Livingstone Way, but you’ll soon find your way) where you’ll find shops selling most forms of craftware (as well, it has to be said, as some overpriced tat). Prices are pretty good and, if you’re discerning, you can pick up pieces at simila...Read More