Victoria Falls Journals

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A July 1997 trip to Victoria Falls by soobax

Quote: While Victoria Falls, which lies on the boarder of Zambia and Zimbabwe, is not classified as a Natural Wonder of the World (Niagara Falls is the closest natural site with which you could compare this place), it is one of nature’s most magnificent treasures.

Ilala Lodge

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Hotel

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Very clean and pleasant. The rooms are large with ceiling fans, big bathrooms. The staff is extremely helpful and polite. They were always offering useful tips about places to visit and things to do and not to do. Keep your shades open if you dare, as wild animals are known to walk by in the back of the hotel.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

Ilala Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
(263) 13-4637

Kubu Lodge

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Hotel

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Think summer camp! You sleep in twin wooden beds in a bunk that holds two people. The shower is outside and is quite primitive. You fill a bucket with hot and cold water (mix to the perfect temperature). Then you pull this bucket up, which is attached to a rope and then tied to a tree. Then you turn on the nozzle. It’s outside and was cold. Everyone should experience this at least once in her life! The lodge is owned by Rolf and Lucy who make the entire experience so pleasant! They cook fabulous food, including crocodile for those brave enough to try it, tell wonderful stories about the history of the area, and make the stay so welcoming. The remote area makes for a perfect star-gazing opport...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

Kubu Lodge

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
(260) 3 324-091

Victoria Falls Dining

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Restaurant | "dining in general"

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The dining experience was not the highlight of my trip. Most of the food is very Western. I ate chicken, cereal, grilled cheese sandwiches, etc. in the hotel, and chicken when I was at the camp. The food is extremely cheap ($1.50 for a sandwich). While crocodile and other native dishes are available, I was not brave enough to try any of them.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

Victoria Falls Dining
Throughout Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)

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Attraction | "Victoria Falls"

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The cost of visiting the falls is about $5. You walk about a half mile before seeing the falls. Before you see the falls, you’ll hear them -- actually, a loud thundering of the water. Baboons dance on the trail toward the fall, almost escorting you to the view, which the children should greatly appreciate. The Falls extend about 2 miles. I viewed them from the Zimbabwe side, which is what most of the tourists do. When I visited, the water level was in between, with the falls being most strong between February and April (allegedly making it almost impossible to see anything), and the least dense between August and October (allegedly not much to look at). Rainbows arch over the falls fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

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

Zambezi National Park

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Attraction

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Seeing a family of elephants on the banks of the Zambezi River is a life affirming experience. It was like a National Geographic Special had come to life. Baby elephants that barely stood four feet off the ground hid behind their mothers while father elephants roared loudly at the canoes filled with people furiously taking photographs. While I was beaming at what I was seeing, I knew that at any minute, the elephants could come charging into the water, tipping our canoes and trampling us to death. Yet, I, nor anyone else, could move as what we were seeing was not your everyday canoeing-down-the-Zambezi experience. Canoeing with hippopotami, crocodiles, and usual fish in the water are also memorable ex...Read More

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Zambezi National Park
Zimbabwe
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Shearwater

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Attraction | "Shearwater, 'The Adrenalin Company.”"

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Shearwater plans most of the whitewater rafting, canoeing and adventure trips. They have offices in the town. Most hotels and tours book through them. They are run by local people who are well- skilled and provide not only great instruction but plenty of information about the area. They are usually young instructors, making the trip very fun. Punctual people beware--if a trip is supposed to leave the Victoria Falls area at 1pm, it probably won’t leave until 3:30pm. Being late is the norm and if you can’t go with the flow, you’ll hate your trip.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

Shearwater
Victoria Falls area
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls (Mosi-O-Tunya)

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Attraction | "at Victoria Falls"

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The trail is very simple to follow, and one does not need to be in top shape to experience Victoria Falls. One walks this route to experience the beauty of the falls. To get there, simply walk along the main road in town and then follow the signs. This trail is a must-do when in the town.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

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

Open Markets

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Attraction

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There are many curios shops in the town, but when looking for souvenirs to bring home, the open markets will certainly delight. From 6-foot giraffes to wood hippos, the people manning this area will fight for your business. The prices are reasonable, especially when you pay in American dollars, but transporting your finds back home can be a problem. Either ship your purchase by sea-mail, which can be expensive and is a customs nightmare, or have them wrap up the purchase and take it home on the plane.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

Open Markets
In town
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Tennis

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Attraction

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While tennis should not be anyone's main motivation for visiting Victoria Falls, the people who did use the courts raved about them. Tennis rackets are available for guests to use. But I'm sure there are places less out-of-the-way to get a game in.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

Tennis
Ilala Lodge
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Walks

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Attraction | "Walking around"

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When in Victoria Falls, expect to walk everywhere. It’s a great way to see the town and really experience everything that the place has to offer. While there are shuttle buses available, they are unnecessary. The streets have few cars, making it simple to walk on the main roads. Don’t worry about dehydrating, as the streets area lined with vendors selling water, Coke, and juice, not to mention ice cream and sweets. Don’t be surprised if the local kids come begging for your spare change or the locals make disparaging remarks. Tourism to this area is growing, and as a result, some of the natives vent their hostility on you.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 6, 2000

Walks
Through town
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Words Can't Do It Justice

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I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came to Victoria Falls. Flying in and out of this town proves to be trying, as flights running from South Africa to Victoria Falls are infrequent. But it is well worth the hassle. The falls themselves are so spectacular and are a must-see. I had never been so amazed by nature. I was moved by the purity for the falls and the total respect given to them by everyone in the town. Writing about Victoria Falls alone does not do the place justice; it is truly a place where a picture really is worth a thousand words. Accommodations: when you think of Africa, great accommodations probably don't come to mind. Think again. I am not a camper, but my camping experien...Read More