There is something quintessentially African about a Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe holiday. This iconic destination promises days of adrenaline-fueled activities, close-up wildlife encounters, and humbling cultural interactions – all of which centre around the area’s wondrous Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River. This is the planet’s largest stretch of falling water, and its sheer enormity and force has powered it into the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Thrilling ways to take it all in are by helicopter or zip line (the longest in the world at 425m/1 395ft) across the gorge. But a leisurely walk through the riverine forest and along the falls is a unique experience, too – there are few major falls that can be viewed on foot at such close proximity. Tempting visitors to the edge is Devil’s Pool, forming each year at the fringe of the falls when the dry season reduces water levels to reveal, what has been declared, the world’s ultimate infinity pool.
The surrounding wilderness is abundant in wildlife and a safari destination to rival any on the continent. Conserving 2 500ha (6 200ac) is the Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve. This is the only privately-owned reserve within the immediate vicinity of the falls, and offers a very special safari experience with the chance to see the rare and critically endangered black rhino. Designated a rhino Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ), the reserve’s monitoring and breeding programme has seen the population flourish.
The only two accommodations on the reserve, the family-friendly Stanley & Livingstone Boutique Hotel and Ursula’s Homestead offer tranquil retreats in one of Africa’s most visited destinations. But they also serve as the ideal bases for exploration, being just 10 minutes from the falls, 20 minutes outside the busy town of Victoria Falls, and 25 minutes from the local Woodlands village. MORE offers this community sustainable support, and guests are welcome to visit, experiencing the local people’s way of life and the warmth of their hospitality.