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Victoria Falls - A Phenomenon To Behold
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Hulavu Travel and Tours, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is surrounded by other countries, and so it has no coast on the sea. This type of country is called landlocked. The countries that surround Zimbabwe are Zambia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique. 

Zimbabwe is home to the famous waterfall, Victoria Falls, which are a feature of the river Zambezi.  Zimbabwe was known as Rhodesia when it was a colony of Great Britain, but it took the ancient name of "Zimbabwe" in 1980 when it became an independent country...

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Victoria Falls - A Phenomenon To Behold  by Felix Koskei

A distance aerial view of Victoria Falls as my flight approached Victoria Falls International Airport is a field on fire with white smoke bellowing into the skies. As you close in on the falls itself, you realize that the 'smoke' is actually a cloud of water rising up as the Zambezi River pours down the falls with amazing force and power.
Once on the ground, the 24 km drive from the airport to Victoria Falls town is an extremely smooth highway. Both sides of the road are lined up with beautiful trees. Victoria Falls town can easily be confused with a small modern city in the developed world. It is clean; the buildings are modern and very well maintained. The roads are very well paved and marked. The flower beds and gardens well nurtured. The town does not have so much traffic apart from the hordes of buses and minibuses shuttling tourists from the falls to various lodges in the town.

Park entrance fee is paid at the falls entrance. Please note that park entrance fees is paid in United States dollars, cash. This is the most preferred mode of payment. Any other mode of payment may be a big hassle and give you unprecedented complications. 

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A lady ahead of me on the queue had US travelers cheques of 50 dollars denominations and had to go away because she could not be given back her change. Zimbabwe dollars cannot be used by foreigners to pay park entrance fees.

Before you arrive at Victoria Falls, it is very important to prepare for a 'rainy' day. It is guaranteed that you will be rained on as you view the falls. This will not be rain water but from the cloud of 'smoke' I mentioned early. The best item to protect you from the rain is a poncho. A raincoat will also do. Also have shorts if possible because long trouser will definitely get wet from your knee downwards. Non-leather open shoes would be the best option for footwear. First stop would be at the Livingstone statue. This is a relatively big statue that was put under immense security guard when the locals wanted to destroy it due to political differences between Zimbabwe and Great Britain several years back. Next stop would be a view of the Devil's Cataract and Cataract Island. The Devil's Cataract is the western end of the falls and there is a huge force of water flowing down the Devil's Cataract. From the Cataract Island, the next stop is the Main Falls. This is where one might experience the heaviest rainfall though this is the best sight of viewing the falls. 

From the main falls, I head to the Livingstone Island. It is said that Dr. Livingstone docked at Livingstone Island and spent the night there oblivious of the falls right after that. As I continue eastwards, the next stop is Horseshoe Falls followed by the Rainbow Falls and finally the Eastern Cataract. Words cannot express the sight at Victoria Falls as the scene is never static. The width of Victoria Falls from the Devil's Cataract to the Eastern Cataract is 1,700 metres. The mean height of the Main Falls is 83 metres. The mean height of the Rainbow Falls is 99 metres. The mean height for the whole falls is 93 metres. The average flow of water over the falls is 34,000 cubic metres a minute.
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The best time to see the falls is between February and June. This is the time the falls is full and complete from the Devil's Cataract to the Eastern Cataract. During the other months when there is less rainfall experienced, the Horseshoe Falls, Rainbow Falls and Eastern Cataract have no water flowing on them. The paved walkways along the entire falls are well maintained and accessible by wheel chair.

Immediately preceding the falls, the Zambezi River has 4 rapids that zigzag one after the other. The current falls is the first rapid and it is in favour of Zimbabwe. The best country to view the falls now is from the Zimbabwe side and not the Zambia side. However, several centuries ago, Rapid 4, which formed the first ever falls along the Zambezi was in favour of Zambia. 

Rapid 3 was then created and it was in favour of Zimbabwe. When Rapid 2 was created, it was in favour of Zambia. The Zimbabwe/Zambia famous bungi jump bridge is located on Rapid 2.  The current falls and Rapid 1 is in favour of Zimbabwe. Judging from the amount of water flowing down the Devil's Cataract, it is predicted that the Zambezi River is already cutting its new path heading towards the Zambia side.


This will create a new falls and rapid which will be in favour of Zambia. This will however take hundreds of years to form.  Erosion of the land by the water flow downriver is an extremely long process and unfortunately cannot be witnessed in one's lifetime.

As we exit the falls after the Eastern Cataract, we head to the famous bridge joining Zimbabwe and Zambia on Rapid 2. This is the bridge where bungi jumping is done. Water rafting is also done from Rapid 2 downstream. River cruises are done upstream before the falls.

The best method to view the falls is by helicopter. The Flight Of Angels provides one with the perfect experience and excellent view of the falls.
Victoria Falls has all kinds of lodgings and hotels to cater for all classes of travelers. These include Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, A'Zambezi River Lodge, Elephant Hills Hotel, Nyati Lodge, Lokuthula Lodges, Victoria Falls Hotel, The Kingdom Hotel and Casino among others.

Some of the activities available at Victoria Falls is a Sundowner Cruise which provides a very good experience. A visit to Victoria Falls will not be complete without a visit to The Boma - The Place of Eating. This is a wonderful dinner location with traditional dances. One can also do elephant rides and visit the crocodile farm. There is also canoeing and white water rafting along the Zambezi.

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Botswana is just an hour's drive away from Victoria Falls, if one has more time, consider visiting Chobe in Botswana for a night or two.

My flight back to Harare stopped over at Bulawayo. I could not miss noticing that Bulawayo International Airport seemed to have been expanding the airport with a modern massive airport building. This building however seems to have stalled several years back.

Harare is a modern city with well paved and maintained roads. As I traveled around Zimbabwe, it is evidently notable that this is a country that previously had enormous economic growth and focused development which now seems to have hit a brick wall.

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About the Author - Felix Koskei is the editor of www.safariafrika.com and an experienced tour operator offering safari vacations to various African countries. Travel Connections has provided hundreds of travelers with highly personalized safari packages. For more details visit Travel Connections Ltd.
Visit Harare and know a lot more about this splendid city   by Peter Nutt
City Centre, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Harare is one of the tourist's most lovable destinations. It is an independent city equivalent to a province; it is the Capital and largest city of Zimbabwe. Although you enjoy all the time you stay in Harare but Night life in Harare is very enjoyable; some of the amusing places to make your nightlife more enjoyable; are Harare Bars, Harare Casino, Harare Concerts and Shows, Harare Night Clubs and Harare Theater and Movies. One of the most visited movie theatre in Harare is Westgate Mall. It's a new one and its atmosphere is American. It has gold mines. This area is now the site of many of the most important Government buildings. You might be thinking how to reserve cheap flight to Harare. Reserving your cheap flight to Harare-Zimbabwe is no more a problem. You just have to put an effort to make your plan of booking your cheap flight to Harare work well. Visiting airline ticket planner Will be a better option to get necessary information.

If you take a chance of having your cheap flight to Harare you will discover a lot of worth admiring sites in Harare, some of these landmarks are; Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Harare, Rufaro Stadium, Sam Nujoma Street, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, Zimbabwe Grounds, Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences, National Sports Stadium, Heroes Acre, Borrowdale Race Course and Sam Levy Village.


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Bulawayo, a very good place with tourist attractions   by James

In a geographical point of view Bulawayo is located in Matabeleland, 439 km south-west of Harare capital, and is now treated as a separate provincial area from Matabeleland. The capital of Matabeleland North is now Lupane, as Bulawayo is a stand-alone province. Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe, after the capital Harare.

The city stands on some of the most ancient rock ever laid down on earth. The ancient geological activities are very important for the geologists.
 From a tourist point of view, Bulawayo has a lot to offer, either from within itself or around it. Bulawayo is located within the vicinity of Hwange National Park, The Victoria Falls (which is one of the wonders of the world), Khami Ruins and Matobo National Park.

Bulawayo industry is the backbone of the Zimbabwean economy. This land is mostly consists of heavy industry and food processing capability. This industry attracts the businessmen from all over the South. Bulawayo has many reserves of metallurgical-grade chromite. Other commercial mineral deposits include coal, asbestos, copper, nickel, gold, platinum and iron ore. A lot of visitors from all over the South Africa come and invest in the Bulawayo. Similarly a UK base traveling company "flights to Bulawayo" is also dealing cheap and bargain flights to Bulawayo from all over the world.

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Bulawayo is famous because of its history. In a historical point of view Bulawayo is known as the 'City of Kings', 'Skies', 'Bluez', and 'Bulliesberg'. It is a multicultural land must visit for anyone coming to Zimbabwe.

Other tourist attractive places are "The Railway Museum", "Bulawayo houses", "The Matobo Hills National Park", "The natural history museum", "The Matopas National Park", "Mazwi Nature Reserve", "Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage and Research Centre" and many more...

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BULAWAYO ACCOMMODATION, ZIMBABWE 

Southern Comfort Lodge, Bulawayo
Craig and Lesley Hunt welcome you to the peaceful setting of Southern Comfort, a lodge situated on seven hectares of pristine land overlooking a small lake with abundant bird life, only seven minutes away from the centre of Bulawayo.  Southern Comfort Lodge consists of six twin en suite rooms with tea/coffee facilities, a TV and fans. All the rooms are tastefully decorated in an ethnic design and overlook a small lake with an abundance of bird life, set in beautifully manicured gardens. In the evening you can enjoy a drink with the owners in the Sneaky Rat Pub before moving onto a delectable three course dinner served by our competent and friendly staff. After a good nights sleep a full English breakfast awaits you to start the day. 

HARARE ACCOMMODATION, ZIMBABWE 

Sunbird Guest House, Harare
This spotless self-contained guest house inside a secure guarded complex in an upmarket quiet suburb of Harare, offers comfort, convenience and a congenial atmosphere. Only ten minutes from the city centre it is close to all business and tourism/travel reservation offices and several shopping centres and restaurants. A pleasant verandah and garden provide a secluded area for relaxation. Two double rooms and one twin bedroom are available with one bathroom en suite, and one shower room with basin and toilet. 
Wild Geese Lodge, Harare
At Wild Geese Lodge, we offer you the best of both worlds - a tranquil escape from today’s fast paced world, set within a private wildlife sanctuary offering thirty acres of indigenous garden and savannah overlooking the spectacular Mazowe Hills, yet conveniently located within fifteen minutes from Harare city centre. Guests can take the opportunity to walk in the savannah surrounded by a diverse population of antelope, majestic Sable, Zebra, Eland and Kudu - perfect for Wildlife photography or bird enthusiasts. The ideal backdrop for all your Weddings, Business, Corporate, and Private functions. 

KARIBA ACCOMMODATION, MASHONALAND WEST, ZIMBABWE 

Gache Gache Lodge, Safari Lodge, Kariba, Mashonaland West
GACHE GACHE LODGE offers a true wilderness experience.  Situated across Lake Kariba, the Gache Gache LODGE is the perfect place to immerse oneself in the pleasures of Kariba. Surrounded by big game, a variety of bird life and magnificent sunsets, your visit to Gache Gache Lodge will be a wonderful experience.  If it is a total break you need, just relax around the swimming pool and soak up the splendor of the Zimbabwe sunshine.  Otherwise, let our Professional Guide take you by boat along the shores of the lake, where you can experience close encounters with hippo, crocodile and elephant. You can also choose a game drive in our open vehicle and to add to your excitement, you may be able to follow on foot if you find lion or elephant spoor…

MATOBO HILLS (WORLD HERITAGE SITE) ACCOMMODATION, ZIMBABWE 

Big Cave Camp, Safari Lodge, Matobo Hills
Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park. Sophisticated African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a luxuriously appointed thatch lodge positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art. Retire at day’s end to the natural rock-pool and sundeck, the Leopard’s Lair Lounge & Bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks or the popular lodge library. Big Cave Camp resides on a 2000 acre private wilderness area that borders Matobo National Park and is included in a World Heritage Area.  Accommodation: The seven thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony, resonate African creative flair.
Camp Amalinda, Lodge, Matobo Hills
Tucked away into an ancient bushman's shelter, Camp Amalinda's charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor. Some of the most majestic granite scenery in the world is found in the Matobo Hills. It is here that the hopes, trials and tribulations of the San Bushmen are recorded in the ancient rock art. Mammal and bird species are prolific and include the highest concentration of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world.  Rated one of Africa's top ten boutique lodges by Conde Naste Traveller in 1998.  Camp Amalinda consists of 9 individually thatched rooms including two romantic Honeymoon suites. You'll notice when entering your 'cave' like suite, the stark contrast between rough granite and uncompromisingly high levels of comfort, style and class - all in the keeping with its surrounds

VICTORIA FALLS ACCOMMODATION (WORLD HERITAGE SITE), ZIMBABWE 

Drifters Inn, Victoria Falls, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
Situated on the outskirts of “Africa’s adventure capital”, this Inn is the ideal place to spend your holiday, or to relax after one of our safaris. Victoria Falls has much to offer, from the world’s best white-water rafting to one of the highest bungi jumps at 111m. For the less active, the surrounding game parks are hard to beat, as are the river cruises and aircraft flips over the Falls. The Drifters Inn is well located, overlooking a wilderness area, and within easy walking distance of all activities. Accommodation is in twin rooms, some sharing bathrooms, and breakfast is included. For other meals, a choice of nearby restaurants is available. A swimming pool, garden bar, T.V. lounge, and laundry facility are provided for guests’ convenience.
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Big Cave Camp, Safari Lodge, Matobo Hills
Big Cave Camp reposes atop an enormous granite whaleback commanding inspirational views across the famous Matobo National Park. Sophisticated African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a luxuriously appointed thatch lodge positioned amidst ancient Khoisan rock art. Retire at day’s end to the natural rock-pool and sundeck, the Leopard’s Lair Lounge & Bar, a cave-style boma for pre-dinner drinks or the popular lodge library. Big Cave Camp resides on a 2000 acre private wilderness area that borders Matobo National Park and is included in a World Heritage Area.  Accommodation: The seven thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony, resonate African creative flair.
Camp Amalinda, Lodge, Matobo Hills
Tucked away into an ancient bushman's shelter, Camp Amalinda's charm will leave an indelible impression on every visitor. Some of the most majestic granite scenery in the world is found in the Matobo Hills. It is here that the hopes, trials and tribulations of the San Bushmen are recorded in the ancient rock art. Mammal and bird species are prolific and include the highest concentration of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world.  Rated one of Africa's top ten boutique lodges by Conde Naste Traveller in 1998.  Camp Amalinda consists of 9 individually thatched rooms including two romantic Honeymoon suites. You'll notice when entering your 'cave' like suite, the stark contrast between rough granite and uncompromisingly high levels of comfort, style and class - all in the keeping with its surrounds.
Gache Gache Lodge, Safari Lodge, Kariba
Offers a true wilderness experience.  Situated across Lake Kariba, the Gache Gache Lodge is the perfect place to immerse oneself in the pleasures of Kariba. Surrounded by big game, a variety of bird life and magnificent sunsets, your visit to Gache Gache Lodge will be a wonderful experience.  If it is a total break you need, just relax around the swimming pool and soak up the splendor of the Zimbabwe sunshine.  Otherwise, let our Professional Guide take you by boat along the shores of the lake, where you can experience close encounters with hippo, crocodile and elephant. You can also choose a game drive in our open vehicle and to add to your excitement, you may be able to follow on foot if you find lion or elephant spoor…
Ivory Lodge, Safari Lodge, Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North
Ivory Lodge - a small intimate lodge featuring 6 luxurious suites set on elevated platforms amongst the indigenous flora of Hwange Game Park.  Deep in the mystical teak forests of Hwange is this unobtrusive camp, bathed in the tales of pioneering hunters and explorers. Lumbering giants drift around your stilted platforms , their tusks glinting in salute to the sanctuary of shade offered up by these massive trees.  This is Ivory Lodge - place of elephants.  It is here that great herds of elephants are found - sometimes over 100 strong. Hwange is famous for its huge tuskers - big old bulls with magnificent tusks. 

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Hulavu Travel and Tours, Victoria Falls
Offering a range of exciting activities in Victoria Falls and the surrounding areas, Hulavu Travel and Tours can plan all your guided tours, wildlife adventures and safari accommodation for you. Choose from exciting adventures, including walking with the lions, crocodile cage diving, safari tours and elephant interaction tours. Go rafting or enjoy a river cruise, an exciting helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls and bungee jumping is available for the more adventurous.

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