When David Livingstone first came upon the Falls in 1855, he remarked that “scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” – a fitting tribute to this spectacular Seventh Wonder of the World.
The mighty Zambezi River fills from the rains in Zambia and Angola, culminating in a thundering roar and rising mist as the water plunges down into the gaping chasm below. The locals call it ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. The Victoria Falls forms the widest single curtain of falling water on the planet, stretching 1,708 metres wide and 108 metres high
About two-thirds of the Falls can be viewed from the Zimbabwean side and, while the Falls are undoubtedly the star attraction, the area has earned a reputation as the Adventure Capital of Africa; popular activities include scenic helicopter flights over the Falls, bungee jumping off the Victoria Falls Bridge, white-water rafting or a dip in Devil’s Pool, perched atop Victoria Falls overlooking the gorge.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Zambezi Expeditions is down-to-earth but highly comfortable, placing emphasis on the unbeatable location along the banks of the mighty Zambezi, overlooking the rugged escarpment in the distance. The camp is elegant and intimate with just six Meru-style tents resting under the shade of acacia and sausage trees, accented by thoughtful safari-chic touches, complete with authentic bucket-showers. A perfect base from which to explore Mana Pools, complemented by wonderful service and outstanding guiding.
Nyamatusi Camp is set in one of the wildest parts of Africa along the banks of the Zambezi, one of the world’s oldest rivers, located in the remote eastern fringes of Mana Pools National Park. Embracing eco-conscious, sustainable design - fully solar-powered and built from all-natural materials - six luxurious tented suites offer uninterrupted views of the river and escarpment beyond, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of private viewing decks and plunge pools.
Located in a large private concession on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp rises along the banks of the Zambezi River and gazes out towards the Zambian escarpment. The camp's ten spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite tents stretch out across almost a kilometre of riverfront, resting beneath the shade of broad-canopied albida trees, beloved by the local elephant for their nutritious seeds.
Situated within a private concession on the eastern boundary of the renowned Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise as it looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River, with a backdrop provided by the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. The luxurious seven-tented camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and mahogany trees, which provide deep shade during the heat of the day.