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Victoria Falls

Livingstone, Zambia

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Mosi-oa-Tunya (the smoke that thunders) is the local name for the Victoria Falls and you will immediately understand the appropriateness of this name once you get your first good view of the falls.

Luck was on our side and Nationwide airlines resumed their flights to Livingstone a week before our trip. The engine of our plane stayed and about an hour after we left Johannesburg we arrived safely in Livingstone, Zambia. Shortly before landing we flew over the eastern side of the falls. This gave us a spectacular aerial view of the falls and it is easy to understand why they are one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Going through passport control and baggage collection was relatively painless and quick. Our tour operator arranged for transport from the airport to the Zambezi Sun, where we were to spend the next 4 nights. The trip to the hotel takes you right through the heart of Livingstone, a very small town comprising of mainly one road, a few historic buildings, some shops, restaurants and locals going about their daily business.

After arrival at our hotel we walked to the Livingstone Hotel, just a short 10min walk from the Zambezi Sun. Even though there is a regular shuttle service running between the two hotels, we enjoyed the walk, and were rewarded for braving the heat and humidity by spotting a couple of giraffes and some zebra on our way.

Arriving at the Livingstone Hotel we headed straight to the wooden deck area overlooking the Zambezi River. It offers a wonderful view of Livingstone Island, (from where David Livingston saw the falls for the first time), and the top of the falls themselves, with many hippos cooling off in the river nearby. The spray from the falls rises like smoke meters into the air and we enjoyed sundowners while enjoying a magnificent African sunset.

Walking from the Zambesi sun to the falls is quick and easy, following a short pathway through a gate not far from the falls itself. You can hear the falls long before you get the first glimpse of the zambesi rushing over the edge of the cliff. It truly is a spectacular sight and one that everyone should try and get a chance to see.

Posted by vedette 11:54 Archived in Zambia

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