On November 14, we flew from our safari in Hwange National Park on a teeny, tiny plane back to Victoria Falls International Airport. From there, we were greeted by our driver from Wild Horizons who took us to Ilala Lodge, our accommodation for our few days in Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls had been occupied by local tribes for thousands of years and was identified by the British as a key area for hydro-power and rail transport. In 1905 the Victoria Falls Bridge was built and was the tallest bridge in the world for a few years. The bridge was the brainchild of Cecil Rhodes and connected Zimbabwe and Zambia with a rail line.
Throughout our short stay in Victoria Falls, we did a few, noteworthy activities!
Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River: The Zambezi River is river that flows into Victoria Falls and it is the fourth-longest river in Africa. We very much enjoyed our 2 hour sunset cruise on the river. They served delicious drinks and food, and we encountered a crocodile and many hippos! Given then there were so many hippos, the boat moved very slowly along the river so that we did not disturb the hippos. Hippos are herbivores, but also very territorial. If they are caught off guard, they attack and are actually extremely vicious towards humans!
Helicopter Ride over Victoria Falls: We spent one morning taking a helicopter ride above Victoria Falls. It was our first helicopter ride, it was absolutely breathtaking, and it was so much fun!
Walking tour of Victoria Falls: After our helicopter ride, our private guide led us on a walking tour of the falls. It was the beginning of the rain season, so the falls were at their lowest levels of the year (about 2% of the maximum volume). Despite the lower water levels, the falls were still absolutely stunning!
Local Brewery Lunch: We ate many of our meals at Ilala Lodge, but one day we ventured out for lunch to The River Brewing Company. We had delicious food, tried all of their locally made beers, and watched cricket!
Local Market Shopping: We enjoyed walking through the local market for some souvenirs. Cody was very set on finding a one-hundred trillion dollar note that were circulated in the early 2000s when Zimbabwe was in the midst of hyperinflation and the currency was devalued 100% every day. After haggling with a few vendors, he had to settle on a ten trillion dollar note, but was happy with the souvenir.
There are many other activities at Victoria Falls (bungy jumping, gorge swing, elephant sanctuary…etc.). That being said, we had limited time at the falls and also wanted to spend a good amount of time just hanging at the hotel and relaxing by the pool.