2012 has been a fabulous year of travel, and I count myself truly lucky. But across the six African countries we visited, some experiences stood out as highlights. Here are seven of them; follow the links to find out why they were so special.
Victoria Falls. Whether you’re into adrenalin sports or luxurious lounging in a romantic setting, there’s something here to suit every taste. In fact, there’s so much to do in this little town in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe that you’ll probably run out of money long before you run out of ideas. Here is my pick of the best 8 things to do there.
Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is a spectacle that will take your breath away, a must-see if you venture to either Zimbabwe or Zambia. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning your visit.
We’re sprawling on the upstairs deck of our Hwange safari lodge, sipping ice-cold beers and watching impala and waterbuck come to drink from the floodlit pan. We’re waiting for the drum roll that calls us to dinner. Another perfect day in Africa is sliding into night.
Scottish missionary and medic David Livingstone (yes, he of ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’ fame) may be the first documented European adventurer to have seen the Victoria Falls. But I can tell you that he didn’t see them the best way. Nearly 160 years later, you can go one up on old Livingstone.
Quiz question: the sun is shining and the sky is blue, yet we’re sopping wet in spite of wearing bright yellow plastic macs. Where are we?
The lights are low, the coals of the cooking fire glowing orange on a hot, humid night. Above us, the thatched roof is partly open to the sky as the vibrant sights, sounds, scents and tastes of Africa hypnotise us. We’re at The Boma restaurant in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, and I can’t remember when last I’ve had so much fun.
In my previous post I hinted at the special early 20th century elegance of the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe. If you want to do more than walk through the gardens, sink into an overstuffed sofa to read the newspaper, or just soak up the atmosphere, here are 10 things to do while you’re there.
Ever wondered what it felt like to live in a White Mischief world of colonial Africa or stay in a hotel where reigning monarchs and Hollywood celebs have laid their heads? Well, you can live the dream if you visit the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe.
The sun is sinking in the sky and a few hippos are honking at each other in the distance as a croc slides silently into the river. A few kilometres upstream of the Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River is still slow and peaceful, we’re floating past small islands, sipping on our gin-and-tonics and toasting the palm trees on the shore.
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