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The Vic Falls Bush Telegraph, October 2009, issue # 3
October 20, 2009
We booked everything (except the VFSL) with the help of Boo Peel at www.victoriafalls-guide.net. She was very helpful, everything went very smoothly, and there was plenty of wiggle room to adjust our schedule once we got there."
Todd - USA
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Victoria Falls Is Named One Of The New Seven Wonders Of The World !
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Sorry this months edition is a bit late. We have just returned from a 3 week trip to Vic falls, Hwange and Kariba. Where we were getting photos, seeing the tour operators and their operations so we can keep our site really up to date. We had a great trip and will be posting lots of photos and stories on the website over the coming weeks.
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A surreal and magical night
experience awaits you if you are
lucky enough to plan your Victoria
Falls trip 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).
Tourism improves in Victoria Falls
Tourists visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls are increasingly being drawn to the town of its namesake in Zimbabwe, thanks to tourism and government initiatives to reclaim visitors from neighbouring Zambia.
The Victoria Falls have been named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature as the world’s largest curtain of falling water, 1.6 kilometres in length with a drop of 108 metres into the Zambezi River.
Due to Zimbabwe's political situation tourists have in the last few years preferred to view the falls from the Zambian side in Livingstone, which has heavily invested in tourism in recent years, including an 11 million dollar project to modernise Livingstone airport. But according to Earth Times, Zimbabwe is looking to regain its competitive position on the other side of the falls.
The acceptance of US dollars and foreign currencies makes it easier still to visit the ever-improving town and experience one of the world’s natural marvels first-hand, while Zambia remains a viable alternative on the other side.
News And Events
A four course dinner either Buffet style or ‘served’ service is available. Cost is U$80 p/p
City Link Bus
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.
Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe
is a member of the London-based
International Customer Service
Organisation and has been
commemorating the week for the past
Wild Horizons takes over Africa Travel Company
A Victoria Falls adventure company, Wild Horizons Tours and Adventure Company, has taken over the running of the Africa Travel Company, an overland trucking firm, from the now defunct Worldwide Adventure Travel.
Worldwide Adventure Travel closed its Victoria Falls office and part of its staff was incorporated into Wild Horizons. Africa Travel Company trucks are now being handled by Wild Horizons putting to rest fears that ATC business was going to be taken across to Livingstone in Zambia.
ATC is an overland trucking company that brings tourists into the country. The company brings at least five truckloads of tourists a week with each load varying between 16 and 22, creating business for local tour and adventure companies.
Sources said all bookings from ATC
would now be done by Wild Horizons.
The source added that packages
between WAT and its employees were
agreed by the two parties and that
the employees had been offered
contracts with Wild Horizons.
Animal Stories And Facts
Zimbabwe’s Black Rhino: Good News
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.
The curio industry, which employs more than 1 500 people in the area has not been controlled leading to rampant poaching of timber, resulting in deforestation.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, the Forestry Commission co-ordinator for Hwange, Mr David Mandongwe, said they wanted timber harvesting to be done in a controllable manner to ensure sustainability of the forests.
He said so far 10 co-operatives at Busy Island, a popular vending area where tourists buy curios in town and at curio stands along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls Highway have been accredited.
being able to support us, we
difficulty finding the
necessary resources to keep
pumping water to the pans. We
have found ourselves appealing
to anyone and everyone to
support our cause by donating
whatever they feel they can.
However, if we are to avert a
major disaster this year, and
avoid the deaths of thousands of
animals, there is still great
need for adequate funds to see
us through the next four months.
One of the most amazing birds of the Victoria falls region is the rare uraco ( Tauraco schalowi ). Very similar in appearance to the Knysa and Livingstone's Turaco's except for the long pointed crest. The Turaco's family of birds were previously called Louries.
It is remarkable in that its colour is directly related to the amount of copper in the soils in the area. This fruit eating birds, was observed by 19th century prospectors - excess copper is deposited in the pigment of the feathers, giving them a purplish tinge, thus indicating whether there are reasonable copper deposits in the surrounding area. Schalow's Turaco is very secretive, and the best chance of seeing one of these birds is the flash of it's redwings as it flies between the trees of the rainforest or by scanning the many Figs trees on which it feeds.
Prince Charles had a moment of morbidity when he first visited the Falls named after his great-great grandmother.
"How many people have committed suicide here?" he asked his hosts.
Statistics on tourist fatalities are not available, but it is well known that lots of local villagers swim and wash in the river especially on the Zambian side, every month sadly a few of these people lose their footing and get washed over the edge meeting a rather gruesome death.
Next months issue promises to be packed full of exciting stories and events including the story of how the 13 years son of a friend of ours narrowly escaped from the jaws of a crocodile last weekend.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or queries ideas or criticisms.
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|Did You Know|
Did you know that male giraffes often engage in necking, which appears to have various functions.
One of these is combat. Battles can be fatal although this is rare.
Another function is affectionate and sexual in which two males will caress and court each other leading up to mounting and climax.
Male same sex relationships are more frequent than heterosexual behaviour. In one area 94% of mountings were of a homosexual nature.
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