The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that thunders), are the most beautiful waterfalls in Africa, the largest in the world, being unusual in form and having the most diverse and easily seen wildlife of any major waterfall site. Victoria Falls are situated in southern Africa between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe, about 1000 km from the source of the Zambezi River in western Zambia. The towering column of spray when the river is high can be seen from over 20 km away, and the thunder of the falling water will take your breath away. Politically speaking the Victoria Falls is the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. You can visit the falls on both sides, but the Zimbabwean side is considered by many to be the more beautiful with direct viewing of the "Devil's Cataract" and "Rainbow Falls".
The Devil’s Cataract is a naturally formed safe swimming pool known as the Devil's Swimming Pool, accessed via Livingstone Island. During the months of September and December, people can swim as close as possible to the edge of the falls without falling over. There are many tour safaris that can be taken in the area (some stay in Zimbabwe or Zambia, and some will travel up the river into Botswana to see even more large game), and if you like whitewater rafting, one can't pass the opportunity to "raft the gorge" on the Zambezi below the falls. For those of you looking for even more of a thrill, there is a bungee jump set up on the bridge crossing between Zimbabwe & Zambia (you have to leave the country through immigration to get there). Visitors can kayak, canoe, fish, go on guided walking safaris; ride on horseback, lunch on Livingstone's Island, or take the well-known "Flight of Angels".
The Victoria Falls became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1989 and has several game viewing opportunities in the area. Tour about has an amazing range of holiday packages travelling to Victoria Falls during the best times, as the flow during the dry season can be very minimal and the heavy spray of the peak flow obscures the Falls, maintaining a rainforest surrounding.
Experience South Africa and Swaziland of the original Bush, culture and relax on the beach and stay in an authentic traditional Zulu village
Day 1: Johannesburg - Hazyview, South Africa
Departing Johannesburg you head towards the Lowveld and the very famous Kruger National Park, your camp for the next 2 nights is 8km from Kruger Parks Numbi Gate. Spoilt with a swimming pool and good hot showers you spend the evening around the campfire anticipating your game drive tomorrow. Lunch and Dinner
Day 2: Kruger National Park
Today you explore the wonders of Kruger National Park. This is one of the most famous wildlife parks in the world. Covering an area of 21, 497 sq km – 60km wide and over 350km long, this conservation area has more than 500 bird species, 114 reptile, 49 fish, 33 amphibians, 146 mammals and over 23000 plant species have been recorded.
Today is spent in the Park on a full day game drive to see how many of the species can be found. Tonight there is an option of a night drive in the park. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3: Hazyview - Graskop
after a quick replenishing of your stocks you leave the Lowveld, climbing up in altitude to the beautiful town of Graskop, it is from this gateway that we get to explore the beauties of Mpumulanga, known for some of the best landscape in South Africa. Your stops for the day include the ever striking Blyde River Canyon and God's Window.
There is a chance to view the Canyon from the many viewpoints, which offers fantastic photographic opportunities. You then set up camp on lush green grass and enjoy the luxuries of a swimming pool with the most amazing view. For those in a party mood the small town of Graskop's nightlife is something to be indulged in. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4: Messina, South Africa
A long yet lovely day's drive as you head up north toward Zimbabwe, this is your chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the ever changing scenery, tonight is your last night in beautiful South Africa in a town called Messina – said to be one of the hottest areas in South Africa
Years back this was a flourishing copper mining area, but with the mines closing down in the early 1990's it tumbled into the darkness of a small quiet ghost town. With the discovery of diamonds it has again once flourished into its former self, and now a sphere filled with history. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5: Masivingo, Zimbabwe
Leaving South Africa you enter Zimbabwe, a country of tradition, culture, soul and a lot of scenic beauty. You make your way to the town of Masivingo, which lies in the outskirts of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Great Zimbabwe was the greatest medieval city in sub-Sahara and provides evidence that an ancient African civilization reached a very high level of civilization.
The name Zimbabwe is derived from the Shona word meaning great stone houses. The grand setting and history soaked walls certainly qualify as one of the highlights of your trip. You will have the time to wander around this ancient wonderland before setting up camp for your first night in Zimbabwe. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 6: Masivingo - Gweru, Zimbabwe
Once you have finished exploring this historic area you continue your journey to Gweru, situated in the Zimbabwe Midlands. Here you stop over at The Antelope Park. People say you have not been to Zimbabwe until you have visited the Victoria Falls...AND The Antelope Park.
Here you have the opportunity to partake in an incredible experience unique to The Antelope Park - 'Walking with the Lions'. In addition to the Lions there is an abundance of other wildlife species in the park such as Elephants, Giraffe, Zebra, and Wildebeest and over 150 bird species. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7: The Antelope Park
Today is spent as leisure with a variety of activities to enthral you. From walking with Lions, Elephant riding, swimming on the majestic Elephant, to trying your hand at fishing the list is endless. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe with a laid back atmosphere. It is noted for the exceptionally wide streets, which were originally designed to allow space for a full span ox wagon. The city is still characterised by the many old British colonial buildings, maintained by the Bulawayo City Council as heritage sites.
there are a number of interesting places to visit in Bulawayo such as The Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery and the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre, providing work for over 70 people. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 9: Matobo National Park
Today you take in Matobo National Park. The park is one of the last strongholds of both Black and White Rhino, and the region is renowned for its high concentration of Leopard and Black Eagle. There are numerous caves and rock paintings which once again is evidence of the ancient San inhabitants of this area
Cecil Rhodes (after whom Rhodesia was named) is buried here at his own request, but there is some controversy over whether he will stay! You will spend time game driving through the park giving you an insight into the unique geological, ecological and historical environment. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 10: Victoria Falls
Heading north you make your way to the mighty Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Victoria Falls is one of the memorable sights on your African safari
Day 11: Victoria Falls
Your final day on safari allows you the opportunity to partake in the adrenalin rush that Victoria Falls is renowned for…or just relax and take in what is one of the true natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls.
There are many activities available all year round such as, flights can be taken which gives you a panoramic view of the Falls, Batoka Gorge and the islands above the falls.
Back on the ground, the Falls can be seen from the Victoria Falls Park with its many viewing points, or from the Zambian side. All offer fantastic photographic opportunities.
A'Zambezi River Lodge
set on the banks of the majestic Zambezi River and just a few kilometers upstream from the Victoria Falls, the Lodge offers a true African experience. This informal Lodge is a semicircular thatched structure located right next to the Zambezi National Park on the Zambezi River, just 4 kilometers from Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is set high on a plateau, which forms a natural boundary to the unfenced Zambezi National Park, and is just 4 kilometers from the majestic Victoria Falls. This deluxe 72 room African Lodge prides itself on hospitality and food rivaled only by uninterrupted views and magnificent sunsets. Created with a keen eye for detail; hardwoods, thatch, vibrant colors - the effect is awe inspiring. Each bedroom has its own balcony, air-conditioning and modern bathroom.
Victoria Falls Hotel (part of "The Leading Hotels of the World" group)
Established in 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel is set in The Victoria Falls National Park with a private path to the Victoria Falls. The elegant lounges offer serenity and seclusion. Corridors reflect all the past glories of the Empire and suites and rooms are superbly furnished in Edwardian-style. The Courtyard entrance overlooks lily ponds, lush flowering shrubs and palm trees