Named after Queen Victoria, by Scottish missionary and famous explorer of Africa David Livingstone in 1855, he described it in his writings as “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight”
One of the greatest attractions in Africa and one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River, the fourth largest river in Africa, which also defines the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Victoria Falls is the only waterfall in the world with a length of more than a kilometre and a height of more than hundred metres. It is also considered to be the largest fall in the world.
The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometres, while the spray and mist from the falling water is rising to a height of over 400 metres and can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometres. No wonder that the local people used to call the waterfall Mosi-o-Tunya “The smoke that thunders”.
If you are an adventure-junkie, you will not be short of activities during your stay ranging from bungee jumping, gorge swinging, white water rafting and many more. Other top choice activities include scenic helicopter flights over the falls, boat cruises on the Zambezi, horseback trails, elephant back safaris. If you prefer the culture, shopping and history of the land, Victoria Falls will also do well to accommodate your needs.
The list of things to do is endless!
Mozambique with its enchanting people, full of welcoming kindness and consideration, is bathed by the Indian Ocean. It is a land full of life and hidden beauty, with untouched nature stretching from the endless pristine beaches of Tungué Bay in the far north to the diving enthusiasts’ paradise at Ponta de Ouro in the south.
And in between there are the paradise islands of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique Island, with its centuries of history and culture, truly a World Heritage site, the treasures of the Bazaruto Archipelago Nature Reserve, nature’s gift of Inhambane, where migrating whales pass by without fail, and the beach at Xai Xai, where delicious fresh oysters whet the appetite for more.
Mozambique is also one of the world’s new sanctuaries. It is investing in the recovery of its wildlife, with a great variety of nature reserves, and it is likewise devoting resources to tourism, with high quality hunting safaris, but at the same time working to develop greater awareness of the environment.
In the towns and cities, a great diversity of history and cultures is melded into the architecture, and the pulse of daily life can be felt, from the bustle of the markets to the striking handicrafts, from the museums to the bars and restaurants.
Mozambique is an excellent choice for a bit of R & R after a long safari. The list of things to do in Mozambique is endless – Go diving and snorkelling with dolphins, rays and dugong (manatee) in the country’s crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters. Pack your binoculars because Mozambique is an excellent place to go birdwatching. Many brightly coloured species can be found along the coast, not to mention Gorongosa National Park and Marromeu National Park, which attract twitchers from around the world. Mozambique offers world-class sports fishing. Black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish, dorado, kingfish, barracuda and dogtooth tuna are all possible to catch in the Mozambique Channel. The Bazaruto Archipelago is one of several popular spots for game fishing. Take a safari through some of the country’s 12 different national parks and reserves. The Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) can all be found here, and plenty more besides. There is a huge variety of landscapes to enjoy from coastal areas to mountains. Or you could just relax on a beautiful white sandy beach.
Climb the highest sand dunes in the world. Descend to the floor of the deepest canyon in Africa. Immerse yourself in the past at one of the Africa’s richest rock art sites, and watch wildlife shimmer against one of the most spectacular pans on earth. Explore the oldest, driest desert in the world and take time to listen to the silence and to your soul.
Namibia is home to vibrant cities where people are excited about the future, while remaining deeply connected to their rich, cultural past. A stable, democratic government, infrastructure that allows guests to move confidently off the beaten path and endless horizons that beckon you to explore define this country and its people.
Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are just a couple of idyllic tourist resorts on the coast worth visiting, while Sossusvlei is also a must-have on any itinerary.
In the Etosha National Park, huge herds of springbok, gemsbok, zebra, and blue wildebeest, as well as smaller numbers of red hartebeest, Bruchell’s zebra, lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard gather at waterholes and are spotted easily against the stark white background immense salt pans. Waterberg Plateau was proclaimed to nurture small numbers of endangered animals – different species of antelope, buffalo, white rhino and many more.
Cape Cross on the Skeleton Coast represents one of the largest seal reserves in the world. These three parks represent the most popular wildlife attractions in Namibia, but others dot the entire country – all experiencing a renaissance of sorts thanks to a massive internationally recognised conservation effort.