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The Vic Falls Bush Telegraph, January 2010, issue # 4
January 18, 2010
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Vic Falls Guide Update
We have had a very busy time since our last newsletter on the site and in the field.
We had a very productive 10 days in Vic Falls mid December catching up with operators and "site inspecting" some new and exciting activities and adventures. Some of which are up on the site already and others hopefully by the end of January.
We have also completely restructured the "Your Stories" section on the site, inviting our readers to submit their stories in various categories. If you haven't done so already -check it out here.
Please enter any story, advice or review that you might have and stand a chance of winning a fantastic set of Larry Norton prints.
You might also want to book mark the Google News Feeds that we have placed on our Zimbabwe News, Vic Falls News and our Conservation pages these Feeds bring daily information on these topics from the whole internet.
Lots of other new content and stories have been added and these are easiest viewed on our blog page.
Don't forget to let us know if there is anything in particular you think that we should be adding to our site.
Cash Machines are working!!
Whilst we were in the Falls in December we were amazed to put in our Visa card at the ATM cash machine and receive brand new US$ notes - seriously good news!
So travellers can now get US$ cash in Vic Falls - but only using a Visa card.
Credit Cards now accepted On Site In Vic Falls
Shearwater Adventures - are pleased to announce that they are now able to take credit card payment on site for all your activities - Visa ONLY.
Important announcement regarding Travel Visas for Zimbabwe
PLEASE NOTE – Historically, any
passenger visiting Zimbabwe who may
have left the country (E.G. a
day-visit to nearby Chobe National
Park or a day-visit to the Zambian
side of the Victoria Falls) but
intended retuning to Zimbabwe to
overnight was not requested to
reapply for an additional visa upon
Kariba Ferries - Up and Running Again
We are thrilled to inform you that the Kariba Ferries are up and running again. Their return transfer from Milibizi to Kariba has in the past always been a very popular trip running overnight travelling the whole length of the lake.
Welcome Back! - For scheduled dates and more information please contact us.
News and Events Vic Falls Airport remains competitive in region
THE Victoria Falls International Airport infrastructure has been maintained in good shape over the years making it competitive compared with other airports in the region, the airport manager, Mr Ephraim Masawi, has said.
Speaking at commemorations to mark
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe
(CAAZ) Customer Service Week in the
resort, he said tourists, tour and
adventure operators, had commended
Rafting the fast lane -
at 80 Defying stereotypes,
Rockport woman takes whitewater
His travels are amazing and he has wandered almost 100 kms north to Kazungula, back south to Deka River which must be 60 km from what used to be home and seems to have settled well into life in the wild. It is fascinating to follow his journeys and very satisfying.
We have another bull, Jack, who is the oldest in our herd and we feel is ready for release. Hopefully we can get a collar for him, team him up with Damiano being in the right area, and release him within the next few months during the rainy season whilst we know he will have good feeding grounds on his release.
Perhaps he and Damiano will stay together, perhaps not, but this will be their choice and then their lives are their own – of course we will follow up and endeavour to keep them safe but ultimately to release these wonderful animals back into the wild, is the dream of Wild Horizons.
The Wild Horizons Trust was asked to assist in helping
save the Musango Bull which was
spotted in the Kariba area. Roger
contacted Elephant without Borders
once more and with another donation
of a radio collar (these are
approximately US 10 000 per piece) him
and Jess set off for Musango where the
elephant was darted, collared and
hopefully is now safe from hunting, if not
A baby elephant was also saved in
Dear friends of Hwange
The stranglehold continues to be evident in our beloved Hwange Park with the devastating news of yet two more white rhino having been poached there recently. It is suspected that they were both pregnant females having been translocated from Matopos. What a total waste of life as well as time, finance and effort.
We are so sad the year ends
on such a sour note (and
unfortunately there are
still quite a few days to
go!) but we can only
and wish for a better future
for our wildlife. We are
considered “bunny huggers”
but hey, would it not be an
exceptionally sad day when
our descendants no longer
have any bunnies to hug?
Demand in South Asia has doubled the price of horn, used in medicine, in just 18 months. It stands at £36,300 a kilo, while gold is £24,600.
Inyathi Lodge - Commercial Property For Sale
This sort of property rarely comes onto the market
This property is 4 hectares in extent, and has title deeds. It has potential for future tourist development and has commercial rights. The property is situated near the big tree, adjoining the game corridor between the town centre and the Elephant Hills Hotel and is on the road to the Zambezi National park.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
We're here to help you!
Bye for now
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Bush Cusine have made a new breakthrough in the region by being allowed by National Parks to dine on the river at night. While all sunset cruise boats return to the shore we remain afloat the Mighty Zambezi to dine and enjoy the solitude of this majestic river.
The experience of watching the sunset combined with a three course meal served by candle lite - is something not be be missed. The Zambezi River takes on a whole new feeling under the stars.
Although most bird-lovers know that the Trumpeter Hornbills of Southern Africa make their nests in hollow tree trunks, it is not everyone who knows that, once the hen has laid her eggs, her husband seals the entrance with clay.
He leaves only a small slit open through which he can pass food. So she is imprisoned inside the tree trunk until the young birds are old enough to be fed from outside. Then he breaks open the hole so that she can help him feed the fledglings
Dan's Did You Know!
A Blue Moon is a Full Moon that occurs twice in one Month.
That's right the saying "Once in a Blue Moon" is derived from the uncommon occurrence of a full moon happening twice in one month.
The most recent happening of this was in 31st December 2009 when full moon occurred on the 2nd Dec and again on New Years Eve.
A Blue Moon happens only once every 2 to 3 years. The next blue moon is in August 2012 and then after that again in July 2015
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