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  • Dear Rob, firstly thank you for once again putting together a marvellous holiday for Emma and I. We had a fabulous time. You had advised that it would be hot – but we had not realized quite how hot. It reached 43c at Jeki the day we arrived at the airport! Kaingo and Tafika both offered re-hydration salts which was much appreciated. KAINGO is an excellent camp. It sure does work you hard with three activities a day, but we would not have missed the elephant, Carmen bee-eater, hippo hides, for anything. Game viewing was superb and the guides knowledgeable and helpful. TAFIKA is a very comfortable camp, our ‘family’ room perfect in an idyllic position. It is very much the Coppinger family home and they are not very good at telling you all about their additional benefits e.g. the hide on the edge of camp or more importantly the Carmine bee-eater hide which was superb (we only found out about it from another guest). Its position is at an angle to the bank where the birds are nesting so they are flying all around you. Please tell Mary that I did go on the microlight which was – as she said it was – amazing. OLD MONDORO – was everything you said it would be. We loved it. Old Mondoro had the happiest atmosphere of the three camps we visited and we suspect this is very much down to the superb managers Jason and Michaela. Fabulous game viewing – including an aardvark. We went out with all three of their guides Levy, James and Sebastian who were really knowledgeable and keen to find what we were interested in, in particular leopard, and at which they were successful. Thank you Rob for all you did to put together such a wonderful trip. The level of accommodation was perfect for us, the game viewing fascinating and it was lovely not being surrounded by loads of other vehicles. All in all it lived up to all our expectations and I’m now happily going through more than 2,000 photographs of a fabulous ten days.

    Charlotte and Emma from Suffolk (and London) travelled to South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi in 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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