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  • Hello Michele, we want to thank you for organising our extraordinary safari adventure in Southern Africa. Everything that we had planned worked seamlessly and efficiently in all three countries, including eleven airplanes (+helicopter), multiple lodges and hotels over nearly three weeks. We saw and experienced everything we could imagine for Africa and came home exhilarated (and healthy). A special delight were the staff at all the lodges in Botswana, who seemed so happy to meet with us, spend personal time with us, and treated us like honoured family guests. Our game viewing drives covered all manner of terrain and close up encounters with so many animals and birds in their natural surroundings, that we took over 900 photographs combined. The expert and knowledgeable guides soon became new friends. The food and accommodations were first class and individually special everywhere. We were busy the whole time, and the places you chose presented an exotic variety of experiences.
    Some additional comments that did not detract from our delightful safari:
    * Night game drives with searchlights were OK, but somehow seemed intrusive and not too productive.

    * Nights and predawn drives were indeed cold despite hot water bottles, lush bedcovers, and vehicle blankets so we were happy to be there in June not August. We came well prepared with warm clothes, scarves and gloves and needed them on highway game drives – we were surprised how cold those cottages with screens, Kanana and Okuti, were at night and early morning. The low temperature was 0 degrees Centigrade one morning and no higher than 10 degrees on other days.

    * Victoria falls was extraordinary but so full of mist that a later date would have been better (my error). The helicopter ride provided an expanded view, but seemed rather expensive.
    Again, we congratulate Safari Consultants, for a complex network of arrangements between camps and transport operations that works flawlessly without delays across countries, rivers, airports etc.
    We have recommended Safari consultants to all our friends here, and to our families in the UK.

    Roger and Jean from California, USA travelled to South Africa, Botswana and Zambia
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The Victoria Falls, Livingstone and the Upper Zambezi

Victoria Falls – one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. The spectacular falls were discovered in 1855 by David Livingstone who later wrote, “no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” He named them after his Queen, for the first and only time deviating from his practise of naming places and features after their local native names, in this instance “Mo ku sa tunya mosi” (nowadays shortened to mosi au tunya – ‘where there is always smoke rising’).

Spanning a width of some 1700 metres, the waters of the mighty Zambezi actually plunge down five distinct waterfalls, separated by islands which account for just over 300 metres of the total span.  The average height is just under 100 metres.  During the peak flood season (April and May), the flow increases to some 33,750,000 cubic metres a minute. Below the falls, the turbulent waters of the Zambezi rush away down the Batoka Gorge in a series or hair-pin bends which indicate the previous locations of the falls (over billions of years, the falls are migrating ‘upstream’).

Close to Victoria Falls is the town of Livingstone, which has an interesting museum and some good craft markets but is otherwise largely by-passed. However, above the falls, the Upper Zambezi River offers a wide range of attractions and a number of upmarket lodges offer somewhere to relax and enjoy nature whilst visiting Victoria Falls. There is a National Park, Mosi au Tunya, covering a significant section of the river frontage, but with the exception of a few white rhino kept under close protection, there is little game to see.

However,  the Victoria Falls and the Upper Zambezi region is known for the wide variety of activities on offer, including white-water rafting, jet-boating, bungee-jumping, quad-biking, horse-riding, elephant-back safaris, helicopter flights, microlighting, cultural village visits, canoeing, river cruises, birding tours and visits to Livingstone Island.

To find out more information on tours to Victoria Falls please call us on 01787 888590 or contact us to speak to one of our safari specialists.

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