With the resumption of flights into Victoria Falls in October, and Zimbabwe’s land borders set to re-open on December 1, now is the time to start planning that special getaway to one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World!
The Zambezi River is one of the legendary rivers of the world, rising in Zambia, flowing through Angola, along the edges of Namibia and Botswana, between Zambia and Zimbabwe and to Mozambique before emptying into the Indian Ocean.
While the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is undoubtedly the main attraction, many visitors delight in discovering the unexpected hidden gems from beneath the lush canopy of the rainforest.
Travel restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have brought Zimbabwe’s top tourist destination to a standstill – the craft markets are closed, as are the many souvenir shops and hotels and the larger species of wildlife – particularly elephants – have returned to its quiet centre.
Victoria Falls is putting on its most glorious display of raw breath-taking beauty and intensity of the year, but with the rainy season over, in coming months it will drop to a fraction of its current volume.
Wildlife conservation efforts are under threat as vital funding for the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) has been slashed as the economic impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic bites, prompting a heartfelt plea for support by head of operations Charles Brightman.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge estate wildlife supervisor Moses Garira says the number visiting the Vulture Culture Experience daily had dwindled by more than half following a poisoning incident last June 130km away Botswana.