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VICTORIA FALLS

 

The Smoke that Thunders is the local name for the Victoria Falls. The world-famous cascade of water provides the baseline for a journey into colonial sophistication. Its fine spray may be seen like a cloud across the bushveld, throwing rainbows hundreds of feet in the air.

 

Experiences:

 

Chief Mkuni Village

Mukuni's Village is a Royal village which was founded around the 13th Century and it is home to about 7,000 Leya people. The chief has invited visitors into his village to get a glimpse of how his people have lived for generations and to learn a little about their traditional customs and beliefs. The Chief's guides and the people of the village are more than happy to show visitors their huts and take you inside, explain how they are built and decorated, introduce you to various craftsmen and women at work and ask you to taste some traditional foods and beer. This is a working village, not a purpose built tourist attraction, and it is a privilege to be welcomed into their lifestyle.

 

Zambezi River Cruise

Guests are met by staff from the African Queen cruise boat and driven to the 'Royal Landing' jetty on the Zambezi River for boarding. The African Queen meanders slowly upstream along the length of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park looking for game on the way. A number of animals and a host of bird species can be viewed from comfortable chairs on cool wooden decks. Excellent hot and cold food is served on board and the bar is well stocked with spirits, good wines, beers and soft drinks.

 

Chobe Day Tour

The Chobe National Park in Botswana is only a 1¾-hour drive from Livingstone. It is one of the greatest game reserves in southern Africa and famous for the number of elephant that live there. Travelling to Chobe National Park includes an exciting crossing by boat of the Zambezi River at the point where the 4 countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia meet. This African Safari starts with a morning gameviewing cruise on the Chobe River with tea, coffee, drinks and light snacks being served on board. Large flocks of birds, big pods of hippos and very large crocodiles are all around. After disembarking, a barbecue lunch is taken on the banks of the Chobe River. In the afternoon, open safari vehicles are used for a game drive into the park. The game drive meanders its way back to Customs and Immigration, before crossing the Zambezi River and then transferring to Livingstone.

 

Jet boat extreme

Pumping vast amounts of power from huge jet engines, these powerboats shoot down the rapids below the Victoria Falls at 100 km an hour. A thrilling half hour spent flying over the water and 'buzzing' rock faces between rapids 23 and 27.

 

The Jet Boat Extreme tour starts at The Victoria Falls Activity Centre and guests are transferred by specially adapted Land-Rover vehicles (approximately 1 hour) to the  entry point at the gorge. Meander down the gorge approximately 880 feet in a scenic cable car lift, where you meet the jet boat pilot for a briefing. Water and soft drinks are available. One of the most thrilling 30 minutes of life is about to begin. After the ride, guests no longer have to walk the 880 feet out of the gorge as they board the cable car for the 8 minute ride out. Ice-cold beer and soft drinks await you at the top after which guests are transferred back to the hotel.

 

Cultural Dinner

Situated only ten minutes from the Royal Livingstone Hotel is the Simukale traditional shrine. Upon arrival guests are met by wait staff offering sparkling wine and canapés followed by tantalising cuisine.The fusion of tribal entertainment, historic setting and excellent service creates a magical evening under the stars.