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  • Hi Michele, we had an absolutely amazing time and could have stayed forever! All of the camps were fantastic, we met some lovely people and had incredible experiences. We witnessed the Kaingo/Mwamba pride of lions kill an impala. The next night we arrived at a kill just after it had happened, a leopard had taken a young puku and the mother was still standing there calling. The leopard took it up a tree and tucked in. We thoroughly enjoyed the night spent at the elephant hide although it was so hot that night. It was one of those experiences that we will never forget, laying there listening to all of the night sounds wondering how far away they are! We also witnessed 2 leopards fighting over a kill up a tree, the leopard that had made the kill was left dangling from a branch by 1 paw which again I caught on film. We sat just by the tree drinking our sundowners in the jeep watching these 2 leopards snarling and hissing at each other. Fantastic!! The Luangwa bush camping was a great experience and we were the only guests so it was very enjoyable. We saw our 1st wild dogs here, 2 separate packs on 2 separate days. Old Mondoro was stunning. Our room faced the lagoon which was filled with water hyacinths and just sitting watching so many animals enjoying the water was brilliant. We counted 29 elephants on 1 day but also had buffalo, baboon, waterbuck, impala and loads of birds. We thoroughly enjoyed everything, from being woken by the drums, sitting in the Last Waterhole Hide, so many animal sightings, eating toast & porridge cooked over the fire, the night sounds, the sunrise and sunset, walking, sundowners, the list goes on! Thanks you so much for arranging everything so perfectly again, it was all perfect! We have so many photos but will email some when we have picked out the best.

    John and Sharon from Hampshire travelled to 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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