Travel Tales: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ or ‘The Smoke that Thunders‘ is situated on the boarder of Zimbabwe and Zambia. Being one of the seven natural wonders of the world, it is a popular tourist destination in Africa. I have been visiting the Falls since I was about five years old and it still takes my breath away! Rather than give you my very biased reasons for why you should visit the spectacular region, we caught up with Nicole Cheong (Nix) who has recently been. Nix is from Johannesburg in South Africa and she tells us about her experiences in the Falls, ranging from tips on things to do, how to get around, what made the trip so special and why she will be going back!

“I’ve always wanted to see Vic falls and had a group of colleagues from other countries who were also interested so we decided to go.” Rather than fly direct from Johannesburg which is an option with South African Airways, British Aiways and Fastjet, Nix and her friends flew into Kasane in Botswana. They spent the day there, before driving to Zimbabwe and then on to Victoria Falls.

From skydiving to white water rafting to bungee jumping, Victoria Falls is an adrenaline junkies paradise. With so many activities to choose from (all of which cost money), Nix gives us her top recommendations on what you absolutely cannot miss out on, “definitely the helicopter ride over Vic Falls, almost ‘dying’ in a ‘human washing machine’ during white river rafting and a sunset booze cruise on the Zambezi River!” Booking the helicopter ride with the Victoria Falls Backpackers and white water rafting and the sunset cruise with Vayeni tours during her stay, Nix says, “don’t worry about pre booking anything – you can book all that stuff once there and negotiate for a good price, also take cash!”

Miranda Marquit in Live Rich Live Well says that the best way to experience a new culture is to try the food! When in Victoria Falls, Nix and her friends highly recommend trying ostrich, crocodile and of course having a braai cooked meal. On where to eat out Nix says, “the Three Monkeys restaurant has really well priced, amazing food!” For anyone wanting the full Victoria Falls food experience, you can visit The Boma, where you get to eat a mopane worm, drink some of the local brew — chibuku — dress up and play the drums.

Nix intends to visit the falls again and perhaps go to the Zambian side, where she hopes to do Devils Pool, bungee jumping and paragliding. I have been to Devils Pool and I can promise you it’s worth a second visit. If you want to follow Nix as she travels through Thailand and Mauritius then you can find her here on Instagram.

Additional tips:

Where to stay — Nix and her friends stayed at the Victoria Falls Backpackers, saying, “the rooms are clean, well priced and there’s a nice pool you can use.” “The place is quite quirky, has great decor and even a ‘foot fish spa’.”

How to get around — “We mainly used taxis organised by the hotel but if you’re good at bargaining, you can also just use local taxis around – be careful they don’t try overcharge you as a tourist!”

Best value for Money — “The sunset booze cruise! We paid about $45 for the cruise which also included an open bar and snacks.”


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