Truly a five-star experience of pure grandeur.
Truly a five-star experience of pure grandeur.
On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, you will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris and transferred to your next destination – Victoria Falls Hotel, Zimbabwe. Transfer time is approximately 25 minutes. Check in to the hotel and have some time to settle into your room before a late lunch. With dramatic views of the gorges of Zimbabwe’s spectacular Victoria Falls, The Victoria Falls Hotel, built by the British in 1904, was originally conceived as accommodation for workers on the Cape-to-Cairo railway) and today it is a famous luxury brand. Serene Lily ponds, arched loggias and broad verandas – offering magnificent vistas – seem custom-built for a spot of high tea or a relaxed gin and tonic, while a private path leads to the falls, an idyllic 10-minute walk away. Some rooms offer stunning views of the gorges and bridge below. The history of The Victoria Falls Hotel is incomplete without the reference to the development of the railway system in Zimbabwe. Cecil Rhodes had tasked his friend and colleague Sir Charles Metcalfe with overseeing the development of the railway system and Metcalfe took heed of Rhodes’ dreams of the railway line stretching “from Cape to Cairo,” hence he started plans for the first bridge across the mighty Zambezi. Rhodes was insistent that the bridge should be built in a place that the spray from the falls would fall on the passing trains, which is why the site was chosen just a little below the Boiling Pot, at almost right angles and in very close proximity to the falls. Echoing its glorious pedigree since 1904, The Victoria Falls Hotel features 161 rooms and suites – truly a five-star experience of pure grandeur. Furnished in traditional Edwardian style with an “Out of Africa”ambience, the Rooms are situated in the main section of the hotel and are tastefully furnished with soft fabrics and warm colours in tune with Zimbabwe’s celebrated climate and diverse beauty. The central deluxe rooms have a spectacular view of the perfectly manicured gardens and some overlook the Batoka Gorge and the Victoria Falls Bridge which spans the legendary Zambezi River. The Victoria Falls Hotel is renowned for impeccable service, luxurious accommodation and exceptional facilities, including complimentary wi-fi for all guests. At 15h45 met by a representative of Brothers Safaris in the reception area, for your transfer to the boat for a sunset cruise. Relax with a sundowner and snacks as you gaze out onto the banks of the river. Have your camera ready to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa. You’ll be sure to spot wildlife animals as they come down to the river for a drink after a hot day in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwe) and the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Zambia). Sightings of elephant, giraffe and other resident game are common. There’s always an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Birdlife is superb and the Fish Eagles will usually fill the scene with their calls. Flocks of birds skim the waterline as the sun sets behind the African skyline. Your sunset cruise includes finger snacks, beer, wine, local spirits and soft drinks. After your cruise (approximately 18h30) you will be met by a representative of Brothers Safari for your transfer back to the hotel. Freshen up and enjoy the hotel’s amenities before having dinner and turning in for the night. Your stay at the hotel includes accommodation, set menu lunch, set menu dinner and breakfast.
It’s an early morning wake up at 05h30. Make your way to reception at 06h15 to collect your packed breakfast. You will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris at 06h30 for your next activity. You will be met by a guide who will take you on a tour of the magnificent spectacle – “The Victoria Falls”. You will be accompanied by a qualified guide who will give a brief history of the Falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. En route, you may also be taken past the ‘Big Tree’ where you will stop for a short while to take a few amazing photos. The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” — the smoke that thunders and the Falls are remarkable. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk. The Victoria Falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation. At around 12h00 you will be transferred to the Lookout Café where you will enjoy lunch just above the Victoria Falls (included in your safari cost). Head back to the hotel after the tour (around 14h00). Freshen up and make your way to reception at 18h15 for your transfer to The Boma – Place of Eating Restaurant. Dinner is included in your safari cost. It is highly recommended that you are seated for dinner by 19h15. Tonight you are in for an unforgettable African fusion of mouth-watering local cuisine, spirited dance performance, interactive drumming and traditional storytelling. The Boma – Place of Eating is not just another ethnic restaurant but a rather unique cultural experience. Excellent cuisine, including a variety of game meats and traditional Zimbabwean dishes, is accompanied by entertainment throughout your meal from traditional dancers, the Sangoma (storyteller) and a local witchdoctor who is available for fortune telling. You will be welcomed with a traditional greeting in Shona and Ndebele, the local languages and be invited to take part in a hand washing ceremony before sampling traditional beer and snacks, as a prelude to dinner. From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed in the vibrant atmosphere. Tantalising aromas of local dishes and game meat on the barbeque fill the restaurant, which is nestled in a Gusu Forest partially open to the surrounding forest and the night skies. Staff members are warm and hospitable, offering you traditional delicacies as you enjoy the warm African evening. The food is cooked and served in the style and quantity of a lavish feast, including irresistible desserts, so prepare to eat your fill! If you’ve overindulged, though, don’t worry – you can work it off in the energetic drumming circle that starts at nine o’clock, which usually turns into an even more energetic dance party. If that isn’t your cup of tea, the restaurant also has a lively bar and a relaxed lounge area for you to enjoy the rest of your evening chatting away. A representative of Brothers Safaris will transfer you back to the hotel, ensuring a safe return after your evening of fun and gastronomic delight. Retire to your room for a good night’s sleep in this tranquil setting. Your stay at the hotel today includes accommodation and breakfast only.
Wake up early and enjoy a delicious breakfast before checking out. You will be met by a representative of Brothers Safaris and transferred to Victoria Falls International Airport in time for your connecting flight to Johannesburg (flight details to be advised). Transfer time to the Airport is approximately 25 minutes.
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Your safari cost includes:
• All accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary
• All activities and entrance fees as stipulated in the itinerary
• Regional and Domestic flights
• Tourism levies and Government VAT
• International airfares to and from South Africa
• Items of a personal nature
• Drinks (unless otherwise specified)
• Additional excursions/activities not included in this itinerary
• Medical/travel insurance (compulsory)
Please note that due to the nature of this experience, times and plans may need to be adjusted slightly as you proceed. Please bear with us should this become necessary.
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