Man triumphs over nature. Tames lions, kills mammoths, conquers raging rivers that roar and foam at the mouth with white water as if outraged that man has dared to venture in. In Zambia’s Livingstone, home to the mighty Victoria Falls, man has enslaved nature. It happens in so many places I visit; it’s strange how I’ve only realized it now.
Aside from being used as an energy source, the Falls are the inevitable and obvious tourist attraction. People come here to tour them inside and out. Simply watching the falling water from paved walkways – pictures spoiled by non-photogenic railings in the way – quickly bores today’s sophisticated vacationers, and they seek a view from a different angle. Some hop a helicopter, or better yet a microlight, and get a bird’s eye view. Others take a more hands-on approach and, paddle in hand, splash their way through mighty rapids, swallowing the Zambezi gulp by gulp, and come out feeling like they’ve truly become one with the river. I did both and even bribed a security guard to let me see a lunar rainbow at the waterfalls the entrance to which is closed at night.
I am happy to hear that you travelled to see the Victoria Falls but from the Zambian Side. Allow me to tell you what happens from the Zimbabwean Part of the Falls.
Like to put it straight the falls themselves from the Zambian side have been commercilised by the hydro power unit and the falls edge hotel : the Zambezi Sun and the Royal Livingstone hotels. This is what the Zimbabwean Nationla parks authority declined to emmulate.
In Victoria Falls we will take you above the falls sunset cruising and canoeing, Over the Falls on a heilcopter flight, In front of the Falls you can bungi, bridge swing and slide. GET THE MOST CLEAR VIEW OF THE VICTORIA FALLS WITHOUT THE PILLARS BLOCKING YOUR PICTURE OR VIEW,NOT THAT ALONE AND ENTERTAIN YOU NONE STOP FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS ON A 1.5KM WALK.
We then offer the Big Five experience : Elephant riding, lion walking, Night game driving to see the Black Rhino and Leopard. Embrace the power of a Zimbabwean smile as you walk down the street or visit the township/market/or village.
There you go many reasons for you to comeback to Victoria Falls and stay in Zimbabwe. This is a personal invitation and bring along your friend from down the block.
Yours in Adventure
I have been to both sides. The Zimbabwean side has more hotels than the Zambian side. The zimbabwean side is the one that is more commercialised. Zambia is pristine.