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Steam Train Trips Are Back in Victoria Falls 
8 March 2016 Taking off from the Victoria Falls Station in Zimbabwe, the Bushtracks Express has brought back the elegant and exciting trip to the Victoria …

Air Zimbabwe Offers Special Fares 
20 March 2015 Zimbabwe's national airline , Air Zimbabwe, has introduced special low fares for flights between Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and …

International Airlines Set Their Sights on Victoria Falls 
27 January 2015 Three airlines have engaged in preliminary discussions to introduce direct flights to Victoria Falls International Airport following …

Zambezi Sands Opens 
17-10-2014 Zambezi Sands River Camp opened its doors on the 7th August and things are going fabulously so far! Situated on the Upper Zambezi, the lodge …

Dr Livingstone's Collection Discovered 
17-10-2014 LONDON: The curator of the Natural History Museum has stumbled upon an unparalleled treasure - a unique collection of insects gathered by …

AAT Golf Tournament Results 
17-10-2014 THE war on poaching has been given a record $14,750 boost by a fundraising golf tournament, coordinated by Africa Albida Tourism, in which …

Victoria Falls Leading Hotels 
17-10-2014 The World Travel Awards of 2014 recognised the Victoria Falls Hotel (http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/victoria-falls-hotel.html) as Zimbabwe’s …

Two New Ways to Travel the Johannesburg-Victoria Falls Route 
By Air The month of August has seen the introduction of a new service by low cost air carrier FlyAfrica (www.flyafrica.com). The airline launched its …

Victoria Falls International Airport Undergoes Massive Upgrade 
Construction has already begun at Victoria Falls International Airport in order to increase its size and capacity on a large scale. After the refurbishment, …

Victoria Falls Tram Accident 
It is with great regret that we report on the unfortunate accident which happened on July 1st at around 5pm local time, when a National Railways of Zimbabwe …

Victoria Falls Hotel 2013 refurbishment 
The 2013 refurbishment is under way The Victoria Falls Hotel is excited to announce that our much anticipated refurbishment has begun in earnest with …

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Victoria Falls Airport Facelift commencing July 
Work on expanding the Victoria Falls Airport starts July according to Tourism and Hospitality Minister Walter Mzembi. He told Radio VOP that this followed …

Batoka Dam deal expected to go ahead 
ZAMBIA and Zimbabwe have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly construct the 1,650 mega watts Batoka Hydro-power project which is estimated …

High Water Rafting Season Starts 
Low water rafting season is now over. So its High Water Rafting from rapids 11 to 24 only. Pick up at about 6.30am and back in town at about 1.30 to 2 …

Giant Okavango-Zambezi conservation zone launched in Africa 
LUANDA — Five southern African countries signed an agreement Thursday to create a giant conservation zone in the Okavango and Zambezi river basins that …

Good Times for Victoria Falls Again 
GOOD times are rolling again for Victoria falls, the country’s most popular tourist resort. After a decade-long slump in business, the World Heritage …

Baboon Causes Man to Fall to His Death 
ZAMBIAN TRAGEDY - Date: 10th June 2011 - Early in June a tragic incident occurred on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. Following a stand-off with …

We just visited Zimbabwe and went on a jeep safari ride and dinner in the Vic Falls game reserve. Our guide "Papa Joesph" was knowlegable and patient. …

Botswana project poses threat to Victoria Falls  
Botswana has apparently notified other Southern African countries of its intentions to extract some 30 cubic metres from the Chobe River where it meets …

Artificial Fuel Price Hike 
VICTORIA FALLS - The recent fuel hike caused an artificial fuel shortage in Matabeleland recently, with Victoria Falls being the worst affected area. …

Victoria Falls restaurant above board 
Shearwater adventures, a tourist company accused of illegally constructing a new development inside the world famous rainforest in Victoria Falls, insists …

Victoria Falls bridge set to last another 100 years 
THE Victoria Falls Bridge, situated close to one of the country’s world-renowned tourist attractions, is in a position to last a hundred more years if …

Steam Trains Back in Zimbabwe 
Steam locomotives are back in Zimbabwe (pictured) after being upset for so many decades, desiels and electric trains are being used and a few steam trains …

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Elephants Cause Traffic Jam 
Recently a herd of totally mature Elephants bulls moved into Victoria Falls Town. They wander through the suburbs doing what they do, which is eat…. a …

Vic Falls may lose World Wonder Status 
Victoria Falls is in danger of losing its official rank as one of the world’s natural wonders. If by Monday Zimbabwe and Zambia have not sent a comprehensive …

Littering and Dumping in Victoria Falls Carries Fines 
29 January, 2016 The basic role of the Urban Councils Act in Zimbabwe is to regulate "the affairs of cities, municipalities, towns and local boards" …

Lion Walks to be Suspended in Livingstone 
16 April 2015 The Lion Walk experience will be suspended in November 2015 in Livingstone, Zambia. The management at Lion Encounter announced that …

Livingstone Island Closes for the Season 
15 April 2015 The Livingstone Island tour will be closed for the end of their 2014-2015 season. This popular activity is a tour of the Livingstone …

Ebola Update - February 2015 
3 February 2015 Since our last update on the Ebola outbreak, Mali , Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been declared outbreak …

Elephant Camp in Trip Advisor’s Top 25 Best Luxury Hotels 
30 January 2015 Elephant Camp is a luxury tented camp run by Wild Horizons , located about 10kms from the Victoria Falls. It is on its own private …

Pack for a Purpose Initiative 
Have you ever booked your holiday and also wanted to take a little something to help with the local community but didn’t know what to pack or how much? …

Lions & Buffaloes Come Into Town 
21 January, 2015 On 17th of December, we received emails and texts on behalf of the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit who were alerting residents …

Star Gazing at Victoria Falls Safari Club 
4 December 2014 As if the perks at Victoria Falls Safari Club weren’t enough to satisfy anyone's enjoyment, the folks at this exclusive establishment …

King's Club at Kingdom Hotel 
20-10-2014 The Kingdom Hotel at Victoria Falls (http://www.victoriafalls-guide.net/kingdom-hotel-victoria-falls.html) refurbished some of their rooms …

Zambezi Triangle Takes Flight 
17-10-2014 Air Zimbabwe is now running flights between Kariba, Victoria Falls and Harare. Of-course the Harare-Vic Falls flights have been operational …

Victoria Falls Bush Telegraph 
We have just sent out November issue No 9 of our Victoria Falls Bush Telegraph you can have a look at it here Victoria Falls Bush Telegraph

David Livingstone and the ‘discovery’ of the Victoria Falls 
Livingstone's Anniversary November marks the anniversary of the ‘discovery’ of the Victoria Falls by Dr David Livingstone. Travelling downstream …

The Victoria Falls Hotel Latest News 
108 Years old and still offering the best hospitality in Victoria Falls New General Manager Appointed The Victoria Falls Hotel Partnership, …

South Africa makes breakthrough in cure for malaria 
Researchers at the University of Cape Town have announced that they have made a huge breakthrough in research for a cure for malaria. They discovered a …

New lodges to open in Victoria Falls and Hwange  
African Luxury Hideaways has announced the addition of two new properties in Zimbabwe to its collection: The Victoria Falls Cliff Tops Lodge and Elephant’s …

Low water rafting season kicks off again 9th August 2012 
Low water rafting season is back as of the 9th August 2012. Starting from Rapid 1 through to 19 this run is considered to be the most exciting one day …

1time signs agreement to launch Zim LCC  
1time Airline has confirmed that it has concluded a joint venture agreement with Nu-Aero (Pvt) Ltd, trading as Fresh Air, a registered Zimbabwean company. …

Victoria Falls Rafting season closure 
Due to the high water levels of the Zambezi River we are expecting rafting to close on the 16th/17th of April 2012. Rafting is expected to re-open in the …

Upswing for Zimbabwe Tourism 
According to influential tourism body, World Travel & Tourism Council, Zimbabwe’s tourism economy is set to grow 9.2% this year, making it the third fastest …

Bicentenary of the birth of David Livingstone celebrated with a Festival 
Next year it will be 200 years since the birth of David Livingstone, who was born in Blantyre, Scotland, on March 19, 1813. He went on to become famous …

We would firstly like to welcome you all to the first edition of the 2011 Victoria Falls Tourist Police newsletter. In this and future newsletters we …

Zambezi Airlines Grounded 
Zambia’s aviation industry is in its worst tailspin after the country’s only airline, Zambezi airlines was grounded to a halt on deteriorating safety standards …

The story of the baboon 
There was one a stunning female baboon. All the male fought for her to be their wife. One day she came across two males as she was trying to find some …

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SAA introduces business class to Victoria Falls and Livingstone 
SAA will introduce a business-class cabin on flights between South Africa and Livingstone and Victoria Falls, effective November 1 and December 1, respectively. …

Emirates set to Fly into Livingstone and Harare 
EMIRATES' extensive African network is to be boosted with the launch of two new destinations - Zambian capital Lusaka and Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe. …

Knight Rider Visits Victoria Falls 
POPULAR American actor, singer and businessman David Michael Hasselhoff, popularly known as Michael Knight, was in the resort town of Victoria Falls on …

Victoria Falls Bridge Turns 106 
THE historical Victoria Falls bridge has turned 106 years old amid reports that it has become the second most visited tourist attractions behind the …

Victoria Falls Bridge Turns 106 
THE historical Victoria Falls bridge has turned 106 years old amid reports that it has become the second most visited tourist attractions behind the …

Zimbabwe might construct Batoka Gorge Power Station 
HARARE — Zimbabwe will construct the Batoka Gorge Power Station alone if Zambia refuses to invest in the project, power utility Zimbabwe Electricity Supply …

Victoria Falls residents want youth centres 
The Combined Victoria Falls Residents Association is lobbying the local authority to set aside money in next year’s budget for youth centres that will …

Victoria Falls Spectacular 
The Victoria Falls Spectacular – a golfing fundraiser for Victoria Falls Primary School! Bring the family, there’s something on the go for all ages. …

Victoria Falls Bridge Festival 
Sunday 11th September, Victoria Falls Bridge Official Launch of Sun, Steel & Spray (Book on the History of the Victoria Falls Bridge) COME AND JOIN …

Victoria Falls working together to speed up immigration  
Members of the tourism industry in Victoria Falls have come together to ensure immigration into the town will be both fast and efficient following concerns …

Zambezi River low water rafting season expected to commence again on Sunday  
Earlier this week oarsmen from Adventure Zone and Wild Horizons rafted the Zambezi River below Victoria Falls, between rapids number 1 and 10 to assess …

Airlink increases Kruger-Livingstone flights  
AIRLINK will be increasing the frequency of flights operating between Nelspruit Kruger and Livingstone. Initially launched in August 2009 with three …

Victoria Falls reports good occupancies 
Feedback from Go To Victoria Falls members reveals that arrivals into Victoria Falls have seen a turnaround. The monthly fair market share statistics at …

Drums of Peace: INTWASA FULL MOON 12th & 13th August 2011  
COME DRUM FOR PEACE!! Friday 12th August will be a little teaser for Saturdays festivities, introducing all the drummers, dancers, musicians …

Zambezi Helicopter Company Clears Litter 
Litter management is a challenge to any growing community and Victoria Falls is no exception. The scourge of plastic bags, tin cans and other debris presents …

Victoria Falls Cricket Club is hosting a cricket tournament (The Vic Falls Slogout) in August over the Heroes weekend 5th 6th 7th of August. We have …

Oar-inspiring Row Down the Zambezi 
A HENLEY ROWER is to take part in a 1,000-km charity row down the Upper Zambezi, a feat never before accomplished in a rowing boat. Antonia Van Deventer, …

At the end of June a huge rubbish clean up was organised by the Victoria Falls community. Sponsored by the Victoria Falls Green Fund, a voluntary environmental …

85 Year Old Swinger off the Victoria Falls Bridge 
On 11th June 2011 Mr Kevin Banks made some inquiries with us regarding various activities in Victoria Falls for himself, his family and parents. We proceeded …

Temperatures Drop to Below Freezing 
Overnight temperatures dropped to below freezing in Victoria Falls town over the weekend! Whilst temperatures in the bush often drop below zero as you …

Dear All. Victoria Falls is an extraordinary place..... A place where wilderness and the natural world intersect and merge with homes, businesses and …

Elephant Kills Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Guide  
On June 8, tragedy struck at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, when the lodge’s Head Guide Tendekai Madzivanzira was killed by an elephant in full musth. …

Victoria Falls Council Approves New Cricket Ground 
Construction work will begin at Victoria Falls early next year on what promises to be a spectacular new Zimbabwe Test and ODI cricket ground after the …

VICTORIA FALLS ELEPHANT TRAGEDY Two deaths caused by elephants, within the space of a week, have shocked residents of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The …

Zambezi Airlines to operate direct flights between Cape Town and Livingstone  
Zambezi Airlines, Zambia's leading domestic and regional carrier has announced plans to expand its operations with three weekly flights between Cape Town …

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Lunar Eclipse Safari and Zambezi Dinner Cruise 
A total lunar eclipse will take place on June 15, 2011. It is the first of two total lunar eclipses in 2011, the second occurring on December 10. It …

The New A Zambezi River Lodge Opens its Doors 
The 18th of May 2011 saw the official opening of the completely refurbished A Zambezi River Lodge in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe. Local, regional and international …

I am lucky enough to be currently house-sitting in Victoria Falls, on the edge of town and on the elephant frontline. Most people here spend their time …

Zimbabwe Artist - Dexterous Dexter 
Zimbabwean Artist Dexter Nyamainashe's masterpiece, the ‘Global Village’, took him six years of work and dedication. In this mechanical wonder, animated …

History of the Victoria Falls Bridge  
"Sun, Steal & Spray" a new book on the history of the Victoria Falls Bridge This month sees publication of a new book on the Victoria Falls Bridge …

Africa Albida Doubles Funding for Vic Falls Anti Poaching Unit 
Africa Albida Tourism has doubled its funding to the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU). Chief executive of Africa Albida Tourism, Ross Kennedy …

Vic Falls restaurant remains shut  
STILL mired in controversy, a Victoria Falls rainforest restaurant remains shut and deserted after environmentalists raised alarm over its location inside …

Shoestrings Holding Bob Marley Party 
This week is about remembering Bob Marley. 11 May was the 30th anniversary of his death. Festivals and parties are being thrown throughout the country …

Zimbabwe and Zambia battle each other for tourists in Vic Falls 
VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AFP) – "Tourists are back!" said Knowledge, all smiles at the Victoria Falls tourism office. His sentiment is shared widely …

The Boys (Elephants) are Back in Town 
Three o’clock in the morning and I’m awoken by the crashing and thumping of vegetation onto the roof of the backpackers room I’m staying in. After a few …

Record Floods Predicted - Victoria Falls 
Earlier this year five countries in southern Africa issued flood warnings following heavy rains in the region. Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and …

David Livingstone letter sells for £28,800 
AN UNPUBLISHED letter written by Scots explorer David Livingstone in Africa - which revealed for the first time how he was forced to eat elephant during …

Victoria Falls Bridge Toll 
HARARE - Emerged Railway Properties (ERP) is engaged in consultations with the governments of Zimbabwe and Zambia to commence tolling at the Victoria Falls …

New Shopping Mall for Victoria Falls 
Developers of a shopping mall in Victoria Falls (pictured and the wildlife in the area) have invited businesses to forward their input into the building …

White Water Rafting season closes 5th Feb 2011 
Please be advised that the curtain came down on the White Water Rafting season on February 5, 2011 for all commercial trips, as the water level has reached …

Zambezi Water Levels Higher Than Normal 
The Zambezi “The water in the Zambezi is much higher than is normal for this time of year,” Guido van Langenhove told IPS. “This morning we measured …

A Lion is on the Prowl 
A LION IS ON THE PROWL – Hi there, I have been asked to let the community know that there has been lion spoor sighted between the old Kazungula Road …

Possible Tollgate on the Victoria Falls Bridge 
THE Emerged Railways Properties (ERP) Private Limited is set to begin tolling the Victoria Falls Bridge in a bid to raise the necessary funds to maintain …

Victoria Falls Online Portal 
To Victoria Falls Residents This serves to inform everyone that an online portal has been launched. The aim of the portal is to bring together the community, …

Tourists Hail New Parks' Rainforest Café 
Victoria Falls — The opening of a National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority-run Café in the Victoria Falls Rainforest has been welcomed by tourists, …

Restaurant and Curio Shop opening within the Victoria Falls National Park 
Environment Africa has been receiving calls in the past one month over the construction of a restaurant and setting up of a curio and T Shirt shop in the …

The Zambezi International Regatta returns to Livingstone! 
If you are a boat lover and would like to see some real water sporting action, then you had better put a red mark in your diary for the 19th through to …

Stanley and Livingstone voted Zim's Best Hotel 
THE Stanley & Livingstone resort was again this year voted Zimbabwe’s leading hotel for 2010 by World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean. The five …

Human Skeletons Unearthed in Victoria Falls 
TWO Iron Age skeletons believed to have been buried between 9-1100AD and now between 600-700 years old have been discovered in the resort town of Victoria …

Victoria Falls Marathon Attracts Thousands 
VICTORIA FALLS - The Victoria Falls Marathon, which combines athletics with tourism, entertainment, and charitable causes, has continued to gain popularity …

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Cricket Test Ground at Victoria Falls 
Zimbabwe Cricket has announced the construction of a major new cricket ground close to the iconic Victoria Falls, widely considered to be one of the seven …

Victoria Falls Benefiting from World Cup 
HOTEL occupancy in Zimbabwe’s premier tourist resort, Victoria Falls, has shot up to 80 percent ahead of the Fifa World Cup soccer showcase to be held …

Victoria Falls Mountain Bike Event  
Victoria Falls is further positioning itself as an adventure hotspot with the recent introduction of a three-day mountain biking event that will be run …

Albida Tourism in $12m expansion drive 
AFRICA Albida Tourism (AAT) which owns the world famous Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is investing up to US$16 million in a robust expansion drive as the …

Air Zimbabwe launches Jo’burg to Vic Falls Flight 
AIR Zimbabwe says it is re-launching the Johannesburg-Victoria Falls route and company executives have also urged locals and non-resident Zimbabweans to …

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11th Nov 2009


 A  very warm welcome, warm being the operative word,  from the Backpackers Bazaar Team. Its hot, humid and wet as the rainy season is now upon us! Our spring has seen the trees and grass getting greener, the lovely flamboyant’s blooming and the frangipanis flowering! A really pretty time of year for Vic Falls and surrounding areas!

The Festive silly season is approaching and things are very booked up all over town accommodation and activity wise, so just to remind everyone to try send through pre-bookings to avoid disappointment!

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10th November  2009

On this day in 1871 journalist-explorer Henry M. Stanley found Scottish missionary David Livingstone, who had not been heard from for years, near Lake Tanganyika in central Africa.


19th October 2009

Operation protect the rhino babies

 Shearwater Adventures is happy to report that the rhinos on the reserve are doing very well and sighting of the calves and their mothers are now more frequent. All rhinos appear more relaxed and Shungu, the daddy rhino, is still a little protective of his daughters but fortunately his bark is worse than his bite.

The two rhino calves are now almost four months old and although healthy there is unfortunately another threat to them, wild lions. The reserve has five wild lions, an adult male and lioness with three half grown cubs who are stalking the rhino babies. Since the rhinos are state property we have been given permission to capture and relocate these wild lions to the Matetsi wildlife area. We are currently in the process of baiting them to facilitate the immobilizing of lions. Unfortunately the lions are currently residing in an area that includes our lion walk activity. So with immediate effect we will be temporarily suspending our lion walk activity until further notice. We are sure you will understand not only the potential risks to our precious baby rhinos, but also to your clients on the Walk.  

All existing and new bookings will be channelled through to another supplier. We will update you accordingly as soon as the operation is over.

Please support us during this “Operation protect the rhino babies”

 Kind Regards 


Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve


19th October 2009

Change to Visa Requirement Into Zimbabwe

PLEASE NOTE – Historically, any person holding a single entry visa who may have left Zimbabwe (E.G. a day-visit to nearby Chobe National Park or a day-visit to the Zambia side of the Victoria Falls) but intended retuning to Zimbabwe to overnight was not requested to reapply for an additional visa upon return.

However, with immediate effect, Zimbabwe will be charging for re-entry visas for anybody who has left the country on a day trip. This information received today (Monday October 18, 2009) seems to have been in place for a few days already.

Any passengers leaving Zimbabwe on a day trip MUST purchase a multiple entry visa for Zimbabwe on arrival at first entry.

The same rule applies in the opposite direction,  if you arrive into the Victoria Falls International Airport, you will need to purchase a visa to enter Zimbabwe merely to take an overland transfer to Botswana.

1st October 2009


Hi All,

Just a quick update.Barclays Bank in Victoria Falls has activated their cash machine and you can now get cash USD.They are only accepting VISA cards at the moment and will advice in the next couple of weeks when they have activated their MASTERCARD network.
We still advice people to bring with them cash as this is still in the early stages as a back up.
Maximum withdrawal per day is USD400.
Will send another update on what the charges are as we are still awaiting the bank to let us know.

Hope everyone is well and take care.

The Backpackers Bazaar Team!!!!

25th August 2009

ZRP's Pasipamire wins Econet - Vic Falls marathon

The 2009 Econet Victoria Falls marathon which was held over the weekend was dominated by locals with unheralded Zimbabwe Republic Police long distance runner Cephas Pasipamire ruling the roost.

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24th August 2009

Curio carvers, vendors get accreditation

Victoria Falls Reporter

THE Forestry Commission has started accrediting curio carvers and vendors in Victoria Falls, a move aimed at controlling the harvesting of timber in the forestry area.

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21st July 2009


Wild Horizons would like to inform all valued agents and clients that our commercial White Water Rafting trips will enter LOW WATER LEVEL on the 3rd of August 2009.

This means that from now until High Water level (approx. mid January) the swirling waters of the Zambezi below the Victoria Falls are offering one of the finest One-Day-White Water Rafting experiences to be had anywhere in the world.

  • Wild Horizons offer Full & Half Day Trips as well as fantastic Multiday trip options for those wishing to savour this amazing outdoor experience. “Rapids negotiated on the full day rafting trip include "Stairway to Heaven”

  • “Devils Toilet Bowl”

  • “Overland Engine Eater”

  • “The Wrestling Hole”


  • Rafting on the Zambezi is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.


  • It is the WILDEST ONE DAY RUN IN THE WORLD beneath one of the Seven Wonders of the World.” enthuses Clive Bradford from Wild Horizons.


20th June 2009

Vic Falls Heritage Status Threatened

VICTORIA Falls’ World Heritage status is under threat after two hoteliers at the prime resort town petitioned the World Heritage Commission against noise pollution in the town.

The hoteliers, The Victoria Falls Hotel and the Kingdom, separately wrote to the World Heritage Commission saying noise generated by frequent flights over the Falls and through gorges and the number of licences given to helicopter operators were a cause for concern.

They warned that if left unchecked they “pose the single biggest threat to our status”.

According to letters seen by the Zimbabwe Independent this week, the hotel groups say the flights over the hotel were depriving their guests “of a quiet and relaxing environment”.

“On behalf of the Victoria Falls Hotel, I would like to register a complaint against the helicopters and the noise they produce which has a negative impact on the environment and likewise destroys the atmosphere in our hotel and grounds,” reads the letter.

“Daily we have to endure the noise and constant irritation from these aircraft which fly directly over and above the Victoria Falls Hotel,” the report said.

Said the letter: “If one considers that current hotel occupancies are running at approximately 20% of capacity surely when normal higher occupancies return the environment cannot sustain the impact of the increased flights, increased operators and increased frequency of the helicopters.”

At present there are two operators flying: Zambian United Air Charters with two helicopters, Batoka Skies (three helicopters) and Zambezi Helicopters with two helicopters.

The Independent understands that plans are at an advanced stage to license up to eight more operators.



19th June 2009

Noise fear for Zimbabwe elephants

Noise pollution from helicopter flights over Victoria Falls could badly affect important elephant herds in Zimbabwe, environmentalists have warned.
They say senior government ministers are backing plans for a four-fold increase in tourist flights.

It is part of attempts to take advantage of an expected tourist boom when neighbouring South Africa hosts next year's football World Cup.
Work has already begun on new helipads but without official permission.
Zimbabwean Environment Minister Francis Nehema says no environmental impact assessment has been made - and without it the scheme cannot go ahead.
"It doesn't matter who you are. We want it done. It is a prerequisite," he said.

Zimbabwean journalist Brian Hungwe says at present just five helicopters fly over the falls at any one time.
That figure is set to grow to around 20, as tourists scramble to secure stunning aerial views of one of the world's most spectacular sights, he says.
But environmentalists fear excessive noise pollution will have an adverse effect on the behaviour patterns of the elephants.
And Deliwe Utete from non-governmental organisation Environment Africa says if the elephants flee it could have worrying repercussions for the resort's entire ecosystem, affecting thousands of wild animals and birds.

29th May 2009

Victoria Falls Anti Poaching unit

"The Victoria Falls Anti Poaching unit is committed to the conservation of its wildlife."

The unit was established in January 1999, by the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and local safari operator Charles Brightman, see more about about Charles at Discover Safaris.

Read full details about the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit

8.30am 22nd May 2009

Elephants in Victoria Falls Town Centre

 If you were visiting Victoria Falls today and were hoping to start your African adventure by seeing some wildlife, you wouldn't have had far travel. This herd of five Bull African Elephants (Loxodonta Africana) ambled into town early this morning.

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12th May 2009

A Lunar Rainbow

A Wonderful Sight Not To Be Missed.....

The lunar rainbow occurs for three days in each month from January to September. The lunar happens when the water levels in the Zambezi River are high enough to cause heavy spray to blend adequately with the moon rays. 

Read full details on Lunar Rainbow with dates of the next ones.... 

6th May 2009

The Story of DAMIANO

A domesticated Elephant released back into the wild……

Damiano  is an elephant that has been part of the Wild Horizons Wildlife Sanctuary for over ten years.  He started showing more and more inclination to interact with the Wild bull elephant. 

Read full details on Damiano here....

27th APRIL 2009


Japan lifts travel ban - Vic Falls leads the way

 Vic Falls holds on to cholera-clear status

 Air Zim safety record soars

 Read full details on the Victoria Falls destination update here...

25th April 2009

The Victoria Falls Marathon

Victoria Falls Marathon is a high profile international marathon and half marathon taking place on the 23rd August 2009.  This event is said to be one of the most thrilling races on the continent

Read full details on the Victoria falls marathon here..

25th March 2009

Tourism should commit to sustainable use of wildlife in run-up to 2010 World Cup

Victoria Falls Reporter

The tourism industry should commit itself to the sustainable use of wildlife and animals in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup showcase, the managing director of Shearwater Adventures, Mrs Barbara Murasiranwa, has said.
Speaking at the launch of the company's 'Go green' campaign in the resort, she said:
“We are positioning ourselves for 2010 at the same time trying to bring back the green in our game reserve. Some of the green had been taken away by our wild animals and it's just good to plant more trees so that the reserve is always attractive both to the tourists and the animals. It's all in the name of reassuring the next generation of animals and humans of trees.”

More than 76 agents from tourism companies in Victoria Falls took part in the launch with each planting a tree at Shearwater's Victoria Falls private game reserve.

The campaign is aimed at advocating for the sustainable use of wildlife in tourism and acknowledges its contribution to economic growth.
The launch comes in the wake of increased poaching of wood, sand and animals resulting in soil erosion, formation of gulleys and extinction of wild animals.

Elephants that are a common sight to tourists doing game drives brought down most of the trees in the reserve.
The reserve is home to an array of wild animals that include the rhino, buffalo, lion and cheetah.

Victoria Falls News Updates 19th March 2009

Today’s  birthday celebrity in the famous Scottish explorer David Livingstone (1813 – 1873)

 He spent years wandering around Africa searching for the source of the Nile which sadly he didn’t find. He did however find the “Victoria Falls”, and was found by Stanley who greeted him with the immortal words, “Doctor Livingstone, I presume.” Well spotted, Stanley! I don’t think he got out a lot!

Victoria Falls News Updates 16th March 2009


Tuesdays & Thursdays 17:00 – 18:30 at Shoestrings Backpackers Lodge.

Teaching you is a group of very talented local artists who will give very patient personal attention and coach you through all the moves. Each person will be given a fantastic hand crafted African Djembe Drum to play, and a set of Practice Fire Poi between every two or three people to start.

U$5 per person. Price includes equipment hire & one soft drink of your choice.

Victoria Falls News Updates 12th March 2009

Parks releases 2009 Falls Lunar Rainbow Tour dates

A surreal and magical night experience awaits visitors who plan their Victoria Falls trips to coincide with the full moon. For three nights each month (one on either side of the actual full moon date), the Rainforest is open for a dramatic lunar rainbow – a rare natural phenomenon (also known as a moonbow or lunar bow or white rainbow) produced by the moon rather than the sun (a solar rainbow).

Below are the dates on which the Victoria Falls National Park is open for lunar rainbow tours, which are conducted by a guide. Entrance on these nights is USD30 per person.

“In harmony with Nature”
Lunar Rainbow Tours/Moonlight viewing days for the Rainforest 2009

Jan 10, 11, 12
Feb 8, 9, 10
Mar 10, 11, 12
Apr 8, 9, 10
May 8, 9, 10
June 6, 7, 8
July 6, 7, 8
Aug 5, 6, 7
Sep 3, 4, 5
Oct 3, 4, 5
Nov 1, 2 ,3
Dec a) 1, 2, 3 b) 30, 31 , and 01 Jan 2010

Victoria Falls News Updates 25 Feb 2009

About the Shearwater Lions

Shearwater started operating lion walks at Victoria Falls in September 2005. The well being of the lions in our care is a primary concern of the Shearwater team.

In recent times there has been considerable discussion and debate regarding the use of lions in the tourism industry and in particular relating to the canned hunting industry. In view of this Shearwater would like to make their position clear to our valued agents and clients.

Read more about shearwater lions

Victoria Falls News Updates 24 Feb 2009

A Word of Warning

A word of warning to those visiting Victoria Falls by car or motor home.

The Vic Falls Police has been issued with a speedometer and uses it with enthusiasm almost daily. In the four days we stayed at the Falls not only were we stopped ourselves (doing 74kph on the Hwange Road, just outside town, where apparently there is a 60kph speed limit), and fined Zim$200, we were told the same story by several other people including a taxi driver.

Vic Falls must be one of the few African towns where taxi drivers respect the 40kph city center speed limit and make you wear your seatbelt!

Victoria Falls News Updates 24 Feb 2009

Fuel for sale in Vic Falls

ZX Fuels has petrol and diesel for sale in Vic FallsPump Price - Petrol US$ 1.15 and Diesel US$ 1.00

ZX FuelsPhone 263-13-41912 or in the Falls - 41912

Victoria Falls News Updates 22 Feb 2009

No Cholera in Victoria Falls

The cholera situation in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, remains unchanged, with no cases reported to date.

The WHO Zimbabwe daily cholera update of 27 January 2009 indicates that while cases have been reported in Lupane and Binga, the Victoria Falls district remains clear so far. This status has given the Victoria Falls community the opportunity to heighten the district’s awareness and readiness to prevent and treat the disease should it occur.

In mid-January a team led by Dr Mutasa of the Victoria Falls Hospital undertook a round trip within the district, visiting 14 points and satellite health centers, with the aim of assessing the knowledge of clinic staff and building awareness capacity.Dr Mutasa described the trip as very productive and adds, “We generally noted a fair level of knowledge by all the clinics on cholera. By the end of our visit they were able to describe what cholera is, how it presents, how to prevent it and treat it”.At each of these stops, the team left educational materials for display and distribution, as well as intravenous fluids should they encounter a case.

Meanwhile, various Gotovictoriafalls Champions are weighing in to support the cause. The Africa Albida Tourism (AAT)Group, which runs the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Lokuthula Lodges and The Boma continues to contribute towards the purchase of water purification chemicals, and is providing accommodation for the medical officer leading the cholera efforts.

Other champions who have chipped in include tour operator A&K, Mapopoma Cruises and Wilderness Safaris.

From GoToVictoriaFalls

Victoria Falls News 22 January 2009

Fund raising for Hwange Conservation Society

World-renowned wildlife artist Larry Norton has teamed up with the Hwange Conservation Society to raise money for Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The park is desperately struggling as a result of the political and economic chaos in the country.

Between now and March 2009 Larry is offering prints and inviting bids on some original oil paintings. Ten percent of the proceeds from this appeal will go directly to the Society.

Please click this link for more details and to view a brochure of all the wildlife paintings and drawing available.

Please direct any bids or enquiries to sara@larrynorton.co.za or contact us and we will be delighted to pass on any information.

Please also view these websites www.larrynorton.co.za and www.hwangecons.org.uk

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