Thursday, October 27, 2016

Victoria Falls' Other Thunder

For one night each month since February 2016, there has been a festive kind of thunder happening in Victoria Falls. Started by Freedom Nash Events and Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge where it is hosted, Vic Falls Thunder offers patrons a very lively time out with music you can really dance and sing along to, loads of drinks at the bar, and a chance to meet both local Victoria Falls residents and tourists that come to have a good time.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Magical New Experience at The Wallow

Art workshop at The Wallow - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
We recently had the pleasure of attending a brand new Victoria Falls activity - the new Art of Africa workshop at The Wallow. The Elephant Wallow is where the Wild Horizons elephants are kept, and elephant interactions are conducted.

The activity started with being collected at 11h30 and after being transferred in a luxury bus from town, we arrived at the Elephant Wallow on the Wild Horizons Private Game Reserve. We were met by friendly faces with welcome drinks and given a short introduction to the Wallow and the elephant program they run from there with their orphaned elephants.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Zimbabwean Comedian Attempts a World Record

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.

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Aftermath of Cecil

Interview with lion researcher Brent Stapelkamp

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.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Facts on the State of Lake Kariba - April 2016

Contrary to all the terrible stories going around about the Wall collapsing and the lake drying up, I would like to give you, past, the regular and future visitor to Kariba a couple of facts.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Why One Day is Not Enough in Victoria Falls

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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Beauty of the Zambezi River

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.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Cruise Boat or Jet Boat?

The first time that I heard the term "jet boat cruise", I immediately thought that it was probably a high speed boat jetting up the Zambezi River, splashing lots of water and making noise for the animals and people on the bigger more silent cruise boats along the way - and I’m sure I’m not the only one. The Jet boats that operate in Victoria Falls are certainly smaller than the big cruise boats, and use jet propellers, but they don’t make as much noise as I imagined. Much like the river cruise boats, jet boats move slowly on the river and the cruises are relaxed. So what is the difference?

The Darter Jet boat on the Zambezi River

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The Bushtracks Express Launches in Victoria Falls

Taking off from the Victoria Falls Station in Zimbabwe, the Bushtracks Express has brought back the elegant and exciting trip to the Victoria Falls Bridge by Steam Train. The trips were launched on March 1st of this year and are run on a regular schedule every Tuesday and Friday.

The 512 Locomotive pulling 3 carriages

Monday, March 7, 2016

Zimbabwe Revises Visa Regime

The Department of Immigration issued a revised visa regime last week, changing visa requirements for citizens of more than 35 countries all over the world. A few changes in the three category lists were made to relax visa requirements.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Little Gorges @ Gorges Lodge

The view from a room at Little Gorges, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
A new tented lodging option has been added to the Imvelo Safari Lodges portfolio. Located 20kms from Victoria Falls, Little Gorges is perched on the edge of the Batoka gorges, just next to the thatched chalets of Gorges Lodge. With beautiful views of the gorges and the Zambezi River down below, the Little Gorges section "overlooks the dramatic junction of the Dibu Dibu River and the Zambezi, where black eagles and lanner falcons nest in the sheer cliff faces." - Imvelo Safari Lodges.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Victoria Falls International Airport in Pictures

In 2015, upgrades on the Victoria Falls International Airport began. The project's aim was to build a new and larger terminal building than the existing one at the time, construct a new 4km long runway, revamp the domestic terminal, build a new control tower and fire station.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Safari Surprise

Lions are some of the most fearsome creatures in the animal kingdom, and for good reason. These predators can easily outrun and outsmart their prey, making them the perfect killing machines.
So that’s why when this lioness approached an injured baby bat-eared fox in Botswana’s Central Kalahari Game Reserve, we truly feared the worst.

The lioness noticed the injured fox on a dirt road. The poor fox was absolutely terrified and froze in fear.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Creatures and Plants of the Victoria Falls Rainforest

Did you know that the enclosed rainforest at Victoria Falls that we know today used to be open so that animals and people would roam freely in and out of the rainforest?

Buffaloes in Victoria Falls Rainforest
A painting of buffaloes at the edge of the rainforest by Thomas Baines

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Packing for Your Zimbabwe Safari

Packing a mini skirt in June or July when you are travelling to Nyanga, will leave you wishing you had packed extra socks. A heavy jacket in October when you plan to travel to Victoria Falls, Mana Pools or Kariba will not make much sense either. So how do you decide? When packing for your safari trip to Zimbabwe, there are a few things to consider: where you are coming from, when and where you are going, what you will be doing, how you will get there, where you will stay, and health concerns, among other things.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Newsflash! KAZA Uni-Visa Suspended in Zambia and Zimbabwe (Updated)

In late 2015, the KAZA Uni-visa was suspended in Zambia after being used for over 12 months (see the story here). More recently, we have learnt that Zimbabwe has stopped issuing the Uni-Visa as well.