What comes to mind when you think of a bucket-list travel adventure in Africa?
And no, I’m not talking about the hustle and bustle of city centres like Johannesburg, Kinshasa or Lagos. I’m talking about the vast and, for the most part, untouched landscapes of our culturally-rich continent with tons of hidden gems and must-see destinations.
The places where rivers flow in abundance, safaris are plentiful and elephants can be found roaming on your doorstep.
Sounds like a trip you’d add to your bucket-list?
Then, once the nationwide travel-ban has been lifted, pack your passport, sunscreen, binoculars and hop on a flight to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
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Why you need to visit Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The town most revered for hosting one of the seven natural wonders of the world… get ready for the bucket-list adventure of a lifetime!
A Bucket-list Adventure Awaits
Book yourself into the award-winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge when visiting this natural wonder.
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Here, you’ll find 72 sunset-facing rooms to choose from. Each of which boasts breathtaking views of the Lodge’s watering hole that brings a vast array of animals from Zambezi National Park in for a daytime drink.
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Activities To Do In and Around The Lodge
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Did someone say it's World Cocktail Day? 🤩🍹 If you've stayed with us you'll know that we LOVE cocktails! A fabulous cocktail and the incredible view from The Buffalo Bar at sunset is without a doubt our entire team of staffs "happy place". To us, there is no moment in the day that brings more satisfaction and joy! Okay, there are other things that bring us joy of course, and we don't have a problem we promise 😅 But we are very grateful that at least one day of the year is dedicated to cocktails and the happiness that they bring! So we will be celebrating at home making our own cocktails later this evening, and if you'd like to do the same, then we recommend trying our famous Victoria Falls Safari Lodge African Sunset cocktail. Recipe below! Don't forget to take a picture and tag us if you do end up trying it! 🍹 🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹🍹 VICTORIA FALLS SAFARI LODGE AFRICAN SUNSET COCKTAIL: mix of rums, shaken ice cold with natural blood orange extract, cranberry purée and a splash of lime juice, served tall over ice and layered on top of fresh orange juice. ENJOY!😍💃🌅
If you prefer the warm, happiness-inducing African weather in a social setting, head down to the Buffalo Bar for a delicious bite to eat and get ready for one of the lodge’s many on-site activities with something called the ‘Vulture Culture Experience’.
Settle in and watch as thousands of vultures and other wild birds like the big marabou stork circle the watering hole as they get ready for a meat-leftover meal in what’s known as a ‘live feeding’.
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The vulture culture is an initiative that was started by the lodge as an attempt to bring the dwindling vultures’ numbers up due to poisoning and traditional muti-making.
Explore Elephants Walk
Spend the rest of your days lazing by the pool or taxiing out to Elephants Walk, a local market where you can purchase trinkets, mementos and paintings.
Enjoy A Sunset Boat Cruise
Venture out on a sunset boat cruise and experience all the wonders Zimbabwe has to offer.
You can hop onboard the Wild Horizons Zambezi River Sunset Cruise and enjoy all the natural splendour the fourth largest river in the world has to offer.
Visit Victoria Falls
Alternatively, use your time to tick off a destination on your bucket-list by visiting Vic Falls in all her glory.
If caught on a clear and mist-free day, this will surely be one of the most unforgettable expeditions you’ll ever experience.
Top tip: Make sure to bring a raincoat and wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet because as you trek along the path next to the falls, you’ll end up getting completely soaked!
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Dinner and A (Drum) Show
And for dinner?
You can tuck into a gourmet meal at the lodge’s MaKuwa-Kuwa restaurant or make a reservation at The Boma Dinner & Drum Show where you can take part in an authentic Zimbabwean celebration.
Look forward to tasting all sorts of traditional cuisine, including local dishes such as kudu steak and crocodile stew.
Celebrate The Night Away
You’ll also be able to witness live traditional dancing, drumming, face painting and even fortunetelling while you enjoy your meal.
The celebration will start as soon as you arrive, as guests are invited to don traditional sarongs called ‘chitenges’ and taste homemade Zimbabwean Umqombothi beer. Don’t be surprised if the men at your table are served first though, as this is customary.
Then, end your evening with a bang and earn a certificate for munching on a mopane worm, or two.
Written by Beauty Editor, Martinique Stevens