ON TOUR WITH FALCON SAFARIS TO THE VICTORIA FALLS
They say that the best thing about an African safari is a sunset in Africa. And the only thing better than that is another sunset with your favourite drink on standby, or an African sunrise on a clear day. What better way to start your African encounter with Falcon Safaris, the best tour operator in Southern Africa, than with a visit to one of the seven wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls? This stunning Unesco World Heritage site is located on the border between Zimbabwe and the southern tip of Zambia, and your adventure begins when you land at Livingstone Airport.
Livingstone has a modern combined military / civilian airport with direct links to Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The former Livingstone airport is now called the Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport. Livingstone is a typical old, colonial-style town, with a modern business area at its heart and more rural African townships located to the south and east. The town derived its name from David Livingstone, the famous explorer and missionary who, in 1855, was the first white man to lay eyes on the Mosi-o-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) or what we now know as the Victoria Falls.
LIVINGSTONE CITY MUSEUM TOUR
The Falcon Safaris’ full-service destination management team will guide you on a two-hour tour of the famous Livingstone Museum. You are not a history buff, you may say, but a visit will give you a taste of historic Africa. Exhibits include letters and other memorabilia from Livingstone himself, tribal and witchcraft artefacts, animal taxidermy, as well as a model African village. If you have a day to spare, allow Falcon Safaris to take you on a visit to the adjoining Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, as well.
VICTORIA FALLS AND THE VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL
The main objective of your visit may be just to experience the Victoria Falls – to feel the spray on your body and hear the thunder of the water. Imagine a selfie with you in the foreground and a rainbow in the mist in the background. Don’t forget a picture of yourself with the statue of David Livingstone, too. The best views of the falls are from the Zimbabwean side, but make sure that you view it from both sides. Entrance fees range between $20 and $30.
This is the ultimate swimming experience offered by Falcon Safaris. Keep in mind that the pools can be reached only from the Zambian side. Swimming in this natural pool will probably be the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. You can peek over the edge and see the largest waterfall in Africa. It is advisable to be a reasonably good swimmer if you intend to participate in this venture. Remember that you will have to swim across the Zambezi River. Stay close to the Falcon Safari guides at all times. This excursion costs between $100 and $170, depending on the season, and you will have to sign an indemnity.
No tour with Falcon Safaris would be complete without a walk across the bridge. For the daring and the young-at-heart, there is also the opportunity of bungee jumping from the bridge. The jump is regarded as one of the most scenic jumps in the world. Image the majestic backdrop and the river below. Don’t worry about the Nile crocodiles; they are not known for high-jumping, so you won’t become part of their diet. The fall of some 110 meters will live in your memory for a long, long time. Pictures are taken with each jump, and you can take your memories with you.
As mentioned above, a sunset in Africa is a must-do, and there’s no better way to experience it than with a two-hour sunset cruise on the Zambezi River with Falcon Safaris. Take a transfer shuttle to the river and enjoy the magnificent views. Guides will be on hand to point out landmarks and describe wildlife encountered along the way. As this is a trip within a National Park, be prepared to pay certain fees.
Breathtaking helicopter flights are available throughout the day. A typical flight takes the tourist over the falls, and the views are from both the Zimbabwean and Zambian sides. The flight lasts for about an hour and provides an unforgettable bird’s eye view of one of the seven wonders of the world.
HORSE RIDING FROM THE VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL
With Falcon Safaris, you will be able to experience the wild on horseback. A qualified guide will take you on a three-hour ride for some spectacular game viewing. Elephant, buffalo, kudu, and other wild animals are plentiful, and you will get the real feel of Africa. No experience is needed – you don’t need to be a cowboy to do this ride. But remember, a few hours on horseback will have some impact on your backside, and you may experience some stiffness the next day.
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HIKING THE FALLS – THE BOILING POT HIKE
This is a dream hike winding down to the bottom of the falls where you can experience the spray of the falls and view nature’s boiling pot of thundering water. This hike is only available in the dry season between August and December, and you need to be reasonably fit and agile to undertake it. It’s relatively easy going down, but you have to hike back up again!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR A TOUR WITH FALCON SAFARIS
Every person has different requirements. Falcon Safaris provides for most if not everything, but it is worth considering the following, as well:
- Good-quality sunglasses. You may lose or break them during your activities, so rather go for practical glasses that won’t cost you an arm or a leg to replace.
- If photography is your hobby, make sure that you have equipment that you can carry. It should also be waterproof because you will encounter a lot of spray and moisture.
- The climate is ideal for mosquitoes. There is no truth in the rumour that they are so big that they will carry you away and suck you dry at home, but do take some strong insect repellent with you on the trip.
- Malaria has mostly been eradicated in the Falls area, but some 15 cases are still being reported annually. The wise thing to do is to take prophylactics, especially if your trip falls between August and February.
- Other “should haves” include good-quality, well-worn hiking boots, sunblock and a fold-up raincoat.
- Lastly, remember to apply, with the help of Falcon Safaris, for a Kaza Uni-Visa. You will need it for the regular border crossings between Zimbabwe and Zambia.
A well-organized safari with Falcon Safaris, the premiere full-service destination management company in Southern Africa, will make your trip the memory of a lifetime. They say that once you have felt the African sun on your skin, you always want to come back for more.
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