It’s no secret that I think the most authentic safari camp is one where you can watch animals undisturbed in their natural habitat with hardly any other humans around. Real game viewing is about seeing wild animals living as nature intended. When you go on a real safari, your game-viewing experience doesn’t start when you […]
This is the second part of a guest post by Deborah Casalin who visited Zimbabwe for the first time in January. If you missed it, read the first post here. A long-awaited Zimbabwe adventure: Part 2 – Victoria Falls/Mosi-oa-Tunya Two nights turned out to be a comfortable length of time for our fairly relaxed combination […]
In August 2013 I went on an epic 23-day trip to Zimbabwe. My group borrowed cars and we self-drove around the country, spending time with family and friends along the way. We went to Zimbabwe with friends who live in Oxford. They hadn’t been to Zimbabwe before, and we loved showing them our much-loved country. – View Classic Zimbabwe Holiday […]
I first wrote this article for Buzzfeed here. As someone who was raised in Zimbabwe, I’m amazed that a lion from our little-known African country has captured the sensitivities of people worldwide. Cecil has been the top trending topic on Facebook, and his hashtag #CecilTheLion gained 670K tweets in 24 hours. Here are some extra facts that […]
Bulawayo is a laid-back place, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Its main attraction – the Matobo National Park – is a short drive away, and closer to the city centre, the Natural History Museum is something special.
Here’s a list of tour operators (that I know of) that offer safaris to Zimbabwe as well as other regions. I can wholeheartedly recommend a Zimbabwe safari: you’ll have a more personal experience than in other countries, because there are fewer tourists and fewer man-made obstructions. You’ll get a closer connection to real African wilderness as a […]
A first-time visitor recounts his first impressions of Zimbabwe, where he visited Harare and Lake Kariba, stopping at Chinhoyi Caves on the way back.
I visited Great Zimbabwe Monument in August, on a damp, overcast day – unusual weather for the time of year. But, in a sense, it was the perfect atmosphere to explore the great Houses of Stone, whose origins have been a mystery for so long; who gave their name to the country. We paid our entrance […]
There are few words to express how I feel about the passing of a man who has changed the course of history. Nelson Mandela was a man of stirring words, but his actions were far more powerful. He was no saint: he was merely someone who worked to put peace and equality before his own […]
Although you need to book ahead for a number of activities in Victoria Falls, there are still plenty of things to do if you’re feeling spontaneous. Seeing the Victoria Falls themselves is one such example – all you need to do is show up and pay at the gate. Here are some of the places we […]
In Victoria Falls we were given the chance to walk with young lions in the African bush, which we booked with Wild Horizons. The experience is run by Lion Encounter, a partner of Lion ALERT, an ambitious programme which aims to increase Africa’s dwindling wild lion population. Ethical note: It is imperative that you fully research all animal experiences […]
I got to meet a very special resident of the Wild Horizons Sanctuary: Sylvester the Cheetah. Guests at the Elephant Camp or Elephant Safari might just spot this guy when he’s out for a walk, and I was one of the lucky ones. He’s so much bigger, better looking and more … athletic than I imagined. […]
Introducing Wild Horizons: activity operator There are a number of activity operators in Victoria Falls offering activities such as white water rafting and game drives, but for me, Wild Horizons stands apart from the rest because of its clear focus on sustainable tourism. Wild Horizons was founded by people who have an evident passion for […]
During our stay at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge we watched the Vulture Restaurant in action. Thankfully, it doesn’t involve eating vulture burgers – it’s a place where the vultures themselves drop in for a snack. Feathered patrons of the restaurant include hooded vultures, white-backed vultures, marabou storks, yellow billed kites and tawny eagles. Vultures are […]