Zim perspective from an initially dubious South African
by Gill And Dion Plant
(Edenvale, Gauteng, SA.)
My husband and I decided to visit Vic Falls in May 2010. I had always wanted to see one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World, but was always too nervous to go becuase of all the bad press.
Well we had a fabulous time. We used this site for 98% of our info and it was spot on. We stayed at The Kingdom Hotel (package deal through Computicket Travel). Excellent value for money R3500/person, bed and breakfast, airfare, airport taxes and hotel transfers included. Flight on 1Time good, hotel transfers very efficient with informative and friendly guides who drove the coaches.
Vic Falls town itself was great. Locals extremely willing to help but curio sellers got a tad hectic at times and one felt a bit overwhelmed in venturing forth. Safety not an issue, we felt very safe walking though the town. Kingdom Hotel (Sun City Palace architecture style) very comfortable, staff amazing.
Dinner options not bad (std hotel fare/ pizza /pasta restaurants at Casino side), but a quick stroll to Illala Lodge across the road had top class a la carte menu.
Booked our Flight of the Angels through Boo and all we had to do was phone Shearwater from our hotel to confirm what day and time we wanted to go.
Not a mozzie in sight, although we did take anti malaria tabs. Had free sunset cruise as part of package, VERY well worth it. Sunset on Zambezi- spectacular- and Drink as much you want (genuinely)!
Vic Falls itself a short walk from the hotel. Words cant describe how majestic the falls are. You HAVE to experience them in person to appreciate. WOW. Well paved walkways all along, you dont miss a thing and the view points are incredible.
We took a walk to the gracious old 'Victoria Falls Hotel' , for a cold Zambezi beer and a chilled glass of chardonnay on the verandah, with incredible view of Cecil John Rhodes' bridge in the distance. Vic Falls hotel is very colonial and I think WHEN we go back, we will stay there.
I could carry on waxing lyrical, but I guess space is limited, so I will sign off by saying WE WILL BE BACK.