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  • Dear Rob, we can’t thank you enough for organising our safari so well. The choice of camps was excellent. Robin’s House was a perfect place to start, very comfortable and the chef excelled himself. Having started a drive almost as soon as we got there, we were lucky to find 2 lioness with 3 cubs feasting on a young Zebra – and young Will’s comment (aged almost 14) at the end of the day was “that was the best day of my life”. Obi, our guide, interacted so well with the young and amazed us all by the depth of his knowledge, especially on our walk through the bush. Tafika surprised us all by being even better. We felt we really were living in the bush. John, Carol, Heather and their staff were very welcoming. Amon, Bryan and Isaac were again profoundly knowledgeable about the birds and animals and their behaviour. We did not think the variety of game was quite as wide in the Lower Zambezi as in South Luangwa. But Old Mondoro itself is very special and even wilder. We all loved Old Mondoro, the extra adventures in canoes and boats. It was the perfect place to end a holiday that none of us will ever forget. Two very special features of all the camps were that they were very small and secondly that we seldom saw another vehicle. Both grandchildren fell in love with Zambia and camp life and are determined to return one day. It was certainly the most exciting experience of their lives. We much enjoyed meeting your loyal clients, Paul and Ruth at Tafika and Old Mondoro. They too speak very highly of your advice and organisation over many years. Thank you again.

    Graham, Jo, Rob, Will and Ellie travelled as a family to the 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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