Carl Joshua Ncube during a live comedy performance
Victoria Falls will have the honour of hosting Zimbabwean comedian Carl Joshua Ncube while he attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most comedy performances in 7 days. Mr Ncube's #BreakTheWorldRecord tour is an endeavour to get Zimbabwe noticed on the international platform, and for more positive aspects of Zimbabwe. The record for the most shows in 7 days is currently held by Australia's Mark Murphy, who did 30 shows in 2007.
The hunting of Cecil the lion on the eastern border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe has triggered hysteria from the public, and it’s been difficult to sift fact from fiction.
While I was recently in the 14 650 square kilometre park, I interviewed lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp, who has worked for nine years on the Hwange Lion Research Project, which was started in 1996 by Dr. Andy Loveridge as part of an Oxford University study on the dynamics of hunting on lion populations. (Click here to download the research paper).
Brent lives on the border of Hwange, and is responsible for collaring, tracking and studying the lions that live in the east and south of Hwange, part of which formed Cecil’s territory.
Cecil was collared in 2008 with a GPS satellite collar, and at the time of his death, he was one of 30 collared lions in Hwange. The data of his movements was uploaded every two hours to a database. Together with hundreds of hours of direct observation of Cecil, the data gave Brent a better understanding of Cecil’s movements and behaviour than anyone else.
According to Brent’s data and information, Cecil was initially shot and wounded with a bow arrow at about 10pm on 1st July 2015, on a private farm in the Gwaai Intensive Conservation Area, about a kilometre east of the national park’s unfenced boundary. An elephant carcass was the bait. From subsequent data on Cecil’s collar, the research team could tell that Cecil had been killed by a second shot, about 11 hours after the initial arrow was shot into him. He died around 9am on 2nd July.
There have been a few instances where we have had clients who are on a tight schedule and decide to make a last minute dash to Victoria Falls for a single night. Granted, Victoria Falls is a small place (some have even described it as a village), but it's not the size of the boat that matters - so to speak. It is possible to enjoy Victoria Falls for a day, but more often than not, clients find themselves wishing they had made a bigger and better plan because there is so much on offer.
The Zambezi River is not Africa's largest river, but it has drawn so many people to its shores, waterfalls, intersections and lakes. The longest east-flowing river flows through six countries birthing in northern Zambia and meandering through Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique before spilling into the Indian Ocean.
Perhaps the most remarkable of destinations on the Zambezi River are the Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world where it makes a sudden 110m drop (possibly more - click here for more), and in Mana Pools, a world heritage site known for its thriving and huge variety of wildlife as well as its breathtaking landscape.