Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel

Sunday, May 03, 2015
Victoria Falls , Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
One of the reasons for staying at the Elephant Camp was to see the Victoria Falls and the Victoria Falls Hotel.

The Falls are about 20 km from the camp and we were taken there by our guide, Sipho . They have an entry structure similar to other countries we have visited in that tourists pay $30, people from the region $14 and Zimbabweans $7. We think this was warranted as it is a National Park area and hopefully some of the money goes back into maintaining and conserving the area.

We had anticipated walking to a viewing area and viewing the Falls but it is very different and a lot better. First we walked in the rain forest to the famous bridge spanning the Zambesi Gorge which links Zimbabwe and Zambia. An iconic structure which was built in 1902. Along this path you get glimpses of the Falls and a lot of the spray.

However, it is on the way back that is amazing. The path goes along the cliff and has about 8 viewing areas close to the edge. The Victoria Falls themselves are 1708 metres wjde (about 1 mile) and 108 m high at the highest point. The fascinating thing is the gorge is relatively narrow so you are close to the falls and get continually wet from the spray. The huge amount of water is the reason for the spray.

Rather than trying to describe the size, volume of water and the noise, the photos and videos give a much better indication.

To make the day even more memorable, we finished by having cocktails on the cliff at one of the Zambezi river gorges on the property.

The Victoria Falls Hotel is one of those famous colonial hotels which was built in 1902. It has been favoured accommodation for royalty and dignitaries visiting the Falls. It overlooks the Zambezi River with the bridge and Falls in the background. The gardens are magnificent and we had lunch on the Terrace.

This was our last day at the Elephant Camp and tomorrow we do to Imbabala for safaris and river cruising.