Zambia's premier attraction is undoubtedly Victoria Falls, which it shares with neighbouring Zimbabwe. You can stay in either country but most travelers head to Zambia these days. One of the world's seven natural wonders, the Falls are simply spectacular and when in full flood are the largest falling curtain of water in the world. And you can enjoy an array of activities in the 'Adrenalin Capital' of Africa. Visit the Zambia section on our website.

  • Top 10 Activities in Victoria Falls

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Vic Falls is known as the adventure capital of Africa, and one look at what awaits visitors here and you can see why! Of course, the focal point of many activities is the falls itself but beyond 'the smoke that thunders' there is much to excite and exhilarate visitors. From bungee jumping to white river rafting, there are a myriad of activities to keep everyone happy, as well as some gentler pursuits for the less adventurous...

    1. Scenic Microlight Flights

    For a rather different way to experience these magnificent landscapes, why not try microlighting (see above). A fascinating and exhilarating ride that will have you soaring like a bird over the African savanna.

    2. Quad Biking

    Tear around the rugged African savanna and feel the wind in your hair - it'll make you feel young again. Unless of course you are still young. It will still be jolly good fun though.

    3. Mountain Biking

    We're cycling mad here in Africa! We have some of the best mountain bike tracks in the world through some of the most splendid scenery. From a gentle cycle to a full on race, you'll find something to challenge you.

    4. Game Drives

    Game drives are the highlight of any safari and one of the most amazing things you are ever likely to experience. Whether it's early morning or late evening, expert rangers and trackers will guide you through the African wilderness chasing the ultimate predators.

    5. Bush Walks

    Safari is synonymous with game drives. Not everyone realises that bush walks are as much a part of the safari experience. Walk through the wild African bush with armed and experienced rangers. It's as exhilarating as it is informative, and a great chance to really get up close and personal with the wonders of nature.

    6. Bungee Jumping

    If simply looking at the falls is not exciting enough for you, well, then that's bizarre. This is the largest waterfall in the world after all! Nevertheless, to add to the excitement you can always jump off a cliff tied to a rope. Surely bungee jumping has to be one of the most challenging, terrifying and crazy things to do? How does it feel? Well, you can find out here.

    7. Walk With Lions This amazing experience is a great addition to Victoria Falls and takes approximately one hour . There are no leashes or collars - the pride runs freely with you through the bush. Guests may even be lucky enough to experience the young cubs on a stalk of some of the wildlife species that occur on the property.

    8. Devil's Pool A tour of Livingstone Island, where the more adventurous can swim in Devil’s Pool, a small lagoon enclosed by rocks on the edge of one of the biggest, most beautiful waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls.

    9. Scenic Helicopter Flights There's nothing quite like soaring over Africa in a helicopter. See rivers, waterfalls or even big game! Stop off on a cliff face for an afternoon picnic (as you do) or take a helicopter transfer to your next destination.

    10. White Water Rafting There is so much to do in this area for the avid adventure seeker - and it doesn't come much more exciting than white river rafting! From beginners to the more advanced rafters, you'll find something to suit your thrill level.

    To add to the adrenalin there are even more activities available like tiger fishing and zip-lining! Watch our video below to find out more;

  • Through the lens with Joseph Hsiao

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Joseph and Deanna Hsiao from Massachusetts recently visited Southern Africa where they celebrated Joseph’s birthday. They started their trip in Cape Town at Cape Royale and from there went on to Idube Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand and then Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Victoria Falls. "Africa has been on our radar for a long time. When it came time to plan our journey we were quickly overwhelmed with choices and operators. Rhino Africa certainly made that process much easier” Joseph said. The trip was expertly planned and organised by Samantha, one of our senior consultants. “We enjoyed every part of the trip from Cape Town to Sabi Sand to Victoria Falls. Each destination gave us different perspectives and experiences. Southern Africa is truly an amazing place and I hope to visit again sooner rather than later." On the trip Joseph took some incredibly engaging and striking photographs of the wildlife as well as their activities. It is his video of their holiday, however, that is especially captivating. Joseph captured their entire journey in rich detail in this short and inspiring video. You can watch the video and see the photos below; Cape Town   Sabi Sand Victoria Falls Chobe National Park

  • My Trip | Eat Your Heart Out Attenborough

    By Matthew Sterne |

    The similarities cannot be denied. I'm well aware that if you're going to compare anything to the world-renowned BBC series, Planet Earth then the contemporary better be good. Really good. The Lyons' photographs fulfill this strict criteria. I understand that this claim may be met with skepticism. Anticipating this I'll offer three reasons justifying the association: 1. Both create an intense wanderlust - a sharp desire to pack a bag and explore unfamiliar landscapes. 2. The photographs and the footage give nature and her favourite offspring, wildlife, a chance to show off. 3. For those who have listened to David Attenborough wax lyrical about Emperor penguins again and again, you'll know that from 'Pole to Pole' isn't a reference to 'the Diaries of an Exotic Dancer,' and 'Deserts' isn't an exploration of culinary treats (not least because the word is missing a's.') These are, of course, two of the terrains featured on the celebrated documentary. Conscious of it or not, the Lyons choose close (and in one case an exact replica) of the categories used on Planet Earth. And so I present - or rather - act as a conduit for the Lyons to present:

    Deserts, Rivers, Pans and Falls

      * As a premature footnote allow me to offer this account some detail. Deserts capture the dramatic landscapes of Sossusvlei and Damaraland in Namibia; Rivers refers to Kavango and Kwando, two rivers in Namibia and also includes Chobe River in Botswana while Pans encapsulates the Etosha Salt Pans. Last but never least are the Falls which honour one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World: the Victoria Falls. End of footnote ends. Cue inspiring photos.





    At this point you might be thinking, 'I want to go there.' Predicting this urge, we've included a list of the properties the Lyons stayed at during each leg of their journey: Namibia: Olive Grove – Windhoek Sossusvlei Desert LodgeSossusvlei The Stiltz - Swakopmund Mowani Mountain Camp - Damaraland Ongava Lodge - Etosha National Park Onguma Tented Camp - Etosha National Park Hakusembe River Lodge - Caprivi Strip Lianshulu Lodge - Caprivi Strip Botswana Kwando Lagoon CampChobe Chobe Marina Lodge - Chobe Zimbabwe Ilala LodgeVictoria Falls
    Thank you to Belinda and Matthew Lyons for capturing their journey in such a way that we could go along for the ride. We hope you'll always look back on this time with great fondness.
    Looking for a change of scenery? Tired of looking at the same landscape through your lens finder? If you're set on an adventure full of African charm and a whole lot of luxury in between then contact one of our travel experts who will help you narrow down your options and get you closer to your African adventure.

  • There’s nothing quite like Victoria Falls from a helicopter

    By Matthew Sterne |

    "There’s something about a Gin & Tonic, the call of the African Fish Eagle and a tangerine, sunset sky that just has to resonate somewhere in you." Such are the words of one of our inspired explorers below. And as you'll see, as the last of our new consultants bring you the final glories of their journey, the last leg in Zambia clearly stole their hearts.

    Whether it's the country's people, their spirits both as gentle as the upper reaches of the Zambezi, and as strong as the tumble of the Falls, or the adrenaline of the activities - the tiger fishing, the trail biking, the helicopter flips, Zambia is a wilderness worth treading and today it's Beverley, Lauren and Benjamin who take you there.

    [caption id="attachment_26619" align="alignnone" width="550"] We hope you've enjoyed the ride so far, from Chobe, to Zimbabwe and now, Zambia, starting at Royal Chundu... (Watch our video of the lodge, Zambia's first Relais & Châteaux property). In case you missed Part One and Part Two here they are.[/caption]
    Saturday 24 May - Beverley [caption id="attachment_26646" align="alignnone" width="550"] "I think I have finally discovered the finest way to start the day, wrapped in a fluffy white gown I pad across the room to our serving hatch, summoned by the gentle ringing of a traditionally made African bell. I open the wooden doors to the aroma of a sublime morning cappuccino. I can’t help popping my head out the door and calling thanks to our butler. Tray in hand, I make my way to our deck to indulge in this glorious morning treat and to soak in the sunrise over the mighty Zambezi - bliss, pure bliss."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26635" align="alignnone" width="549"] "The day just got better, with a delicious breakfast on the lodge deck next to the river, our hunger most satisfied we set off by boat for a tour of Mushekwa local village. A definite highlight of our visit to Royal Chundu."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26643" align="alignnone" width="550"] "Here we had the pleasure of meeting Edith, the true Matriarch of the village and an inspiration to her clan and all that meet her. We were quite amazed at how they have learnt to use so many natural elements around them to make daily living easier and even prosperous."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26628" align="alignnone" width="550"] "Our next adventure was a canoe trip to the island of Katambora for a picnic lunch. Two per canoe, with our capable guides we set off to take on the mild rapids and get up close with the Zambezi."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26644" align="alignnone" width="550"] "Our picnic venue was a true sight to behold and after some relaxing we tucked into a tasty lunch of salads, chicken kebabs and juicy cheese burgers. Our hunger satiated, we headed off on a walk across the island where we got the chance to do a really special group hug around a very large and beautiful baobab tree."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26641" align="alignnone" width="550"] "On to Royal Chundu's Island Lodge and well, what can one say, just lovely, romantic, quiet, private and a honeymooner's delight. Not much to top a bathtub filled with bubbles and rose petals on your deck looking out over the river and up to the shining stars above. Katambora Island is truly a delight."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26633" align="alignnone" width="550"] "A canoe race back to the main lodge and we were ready for something a tad gentler, so we took once again to the water in what had become our favourite pastime – a sunset cruise. There’s something about a Gin & Tonic, the call of the African Fish Eagle and a tangerine, sunset sky that just has to resonate somewhere in you."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26647" align="alignnone" width="550"] "This evening we were treated to a 6 course tasting menu by head chef Sungani Phiri and his staff. What a feast! Elegantly paired with fine South African wines, this menu was an education of the local Zambian food scene and truly delicious, well-researched and combined. Sungani showed us the main ingredient used to inspire each dish and regaled great stories of how they were used in his local culture and how he had adapted the menu to combine traditional and western flavours to tantalize the discerning palate."[/caption]  
    Sunday 25 May - Lauren [caption id="attachment_26652" align="alignnone" width="550"] "After the best time at Royal Chundu, we were sad to leave, but were looking forward to seeing what lay ahead. Our African adventure continues! We made it to the Islands of Siankaba, a tranquil lodge lining the banks of the Zambezi, and were warmly greeted by the friendly Sam who quickly got us onto a boat for a river cruise (can never tire of these!). There is plenty to do here - sunset mokoro trips, tiger fishing and trail biking, or spa treatments in their lovely garden spa!"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26654" align="alignnone" width="550"] "Onwards to Tongabezi! What a fantastic welcome we got - lots of singing and dancing and happy faces. Rudy is a fantastic host and showed us around this beautiful, spacious property with its green lawns, lemon trees and wooden walkways along the Zambezi."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26653" align="alignnone" width="550"] "For honeymooners, Tree House is a must! Private and open, with gorgeous views and décor. We hopped into two river boats and sped off to Sindabezi Island, 15 minutes away. Another warm welcome and drinks on arrival! We were asked to take off our shoes and walk on the soft white beach sand. Yes, this is an island getaway in the Zambezi. I love it! If you are looking for a luxurious, secluded, relaxing island-style holiday, with a touch of Africa, this is the place. We didn’t want to leave!"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26610" align="alignnone" width="550"] "Onto our next stop and overnight stay, The Royal Livingstone Hotel, within walking distance of the famous Victoria Falls. As we came through the entrance to reach the hotel, we saw giraffes enjoying a munch on the trees! The animals move freely and are very relaxed – we even had zebras outside our room eating the grass. The bar at the Royal Livingstone is magnificent, and the food served at the restaurant is delicious! We left the grand, colonial Royal Livingstone Hotel with special memories."[/caption]

    Monday 26 May - Benjamin

    [caption id="attachment_26622" align="alignnone" width="550"] "We departed the Royal Livingstone hotel and headed off to the United Air Charter helicopter landing point, 15 min from the hotel."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26623" align="alignnone" width="550"] "The main building is on a small hill and offered a breathtaking view of the spray from the waterfall. Located on the deck was also a friendly gentleman playing the Marimba. We met Lizelle who gave us a brief introduction about the helicopter flight and another part of the staff explained the flight routing. The helicopter flight was around Victoria Falls, as well as straight over the Falls, and then over the national park area."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26615" align="alignnone" width="550"] "We were then also informed that we would be flying in the Huey, an old American Army Chopper, which flies with open doors and also has allocated seats on the side. I am usually scared of heights, but the helicopter was very stable in the air and I could fully appreciate the absolutely amazing views of Victoria Falls and the Gorge as well as the surrounding areas."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26613" align="alignnone" width="550"] "There’s nothing quite like soaring over the Vic Falls in a helicopter."[/caption] [caption id="attachment_26617" align="alignnone" width="550"] "The sound of the helicopter was incredible and it definitely added to the experience. However, the sound levels were very high, and my hearing was slightly impaired once we had touched ground. The flight took about 15 min. The perfect end to an already incredible trip we'll remember forever!"[/caption]
    This is the end of our new consultants' journey from Chobe to Zim and Zam. Be sure to follow our blog more more great travel adventures and inspiration. For more information or to start planning your own trip to Africa, contact one of our travel consultants. They've been there, seen that, got the stories to tell... Thank you to the Big 8, as we like to call them, for sharing Africa with us. Till next time...

  • Where there's smoke there's... Victoria Falls

    By Matthew Sterne |

    "Even the greatest literary masters would certainly have fallen silent facing such majestic and everchanging scenery. A human being is totally incapable of describing Mother Nature where she performs with such a might as at the Victoria Falls - there, Man just has to adore her!" - Dr Emil Holub Last week we were in Botswana; this week - Zimbabwe. Such is the beauty of Africa that sitting still is practically impossible. In "Where The Elephants Roam", Daisy and Chantal from our team of eight new consultants took you to Chobe, Botswana. Today, Tiina and Britta (our German language experts) and Camila (our Portuguese senhora) take over the journal to share their Zimbabwean segue with you, following the Zambezi to Victoria Falls. Including these destinations in one trip is easy to do because of their close proximity and because, as you'll see, the views just keep getting better and better. From Chobe's elephants to the thunderous rumble of Victoria Falls, I'll leave it to our trio to reminisce...

    Wednesday: 21 May - Tiina

    We continued on from Chobe to the Zimbabwean border post, a 30-40 minute drive in an open game vehicle. We headed to Imbabala Lodge, 10 minutes from the border, and The Elephant Camp, 40 min from the border. Our mission - besides having fun - was to visit the accommodation in the area so that we can better plan our clients' travels to Africa, having experienced everything for ourselves. First-hand knowledge is hard work. It involves welcome drinks and boat cruises... All the better to help others. Imbabala's cottages have a beautiful view over the Zambezi River, while the tented Elephant Camp was just as stunning with spacious air-conditioned tents each with its own sun deck and plunge pool and more amazing views - you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere. What makes Elephant Camp even more special is the interaction you can experience with elephants and Sylvester, their resident cheetah, once an orphan and now quite at home in this private concession.  For lunch we hopped on a boat and cruised down the Zambezi - worth every minute. The crew was so friendly, welcoming and warm-hearted. We ended the day at Victoria Falls River Lodge - the first private game lodge in the Zambezi National Park. The rooms are beautiful, the tents huge, open and beautifully furnished. We spent a lovely evening around the camp fire.
    Thursday: 22 May - Britta The next day we popped in at Cresta Sprayview Hotel, Stanley & Livingstone, The Kingdom, and the Victoria Falls Safari Portfolio for a look-see, and lunched at Ilala Lodge, a boutique hotel from where you can walk to the Victoria Falls within minutes. It has superb views of the spray of the Falls and sometimes you can spot buck, warthog, monkey and elephant from your room. Lunch at their Palm Restaurant was à la carte, with crocodile kebabs and beer-battered bream fish. The food is very fresh and absolutely delicious. It was great just to sit there and view the smoky spray in the distance. A short walk away was our home for the night - the sensational Victoria Falls Hotel. That night we dined at the Boma in the town of Victoria Falls. It seats 300 people and is very popular so has to be pre-booked. In my opinion it is a must-do at the Victoria Falls! It was sublime, with a four course meal - starters from the kitchen, soup from the campfire and a variety of meat - buffalo, warthog, ostrich, impala, crocodile, salads and desserts at the buffet, and mopani worms for those who dare, with a certificate for those who do - a well-deserved award, since a mopani can reach a length of over 7cm and can't be swallowed without chewing. We were entertained by traditional dancers, singers, a fortune teller, African drumming and face painting. It was magical. 
    23 May (Friday) - The Victoria Falls - Camila After two days of exploring Zimbabwe, we had already enjoyed a few glimpses from afar of the “Smoke That Thunders” - as locals call Victoria Falls - so we were very excited to finally go on a morning tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.  While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is the largest, at 1,708 metres wide and 108 metres high. It’s such a spectacular sight. You feel so small when you look at it, you need a little time to take it all in – and to get dry since you do get wet when it’s in full flood. We were lucky because this time of year - May to June is high season with a strong flow gushing over the Falls making it all the more impressive. It really is the best time of year for viewing. A few months earlier, around March, you can't see much because there's too much spray and as the end of the year approaches, it's still a sight to behold but water levels are much lower and so less fiery. Needless to say, we really needed our anoraks! But we'll leave it to you to experience for yourself and let the photos do the rest... In our next installment, we head across to Zambia - think helicopter flips, sunset cruises with hippos, breakfast canoe trips and inspiring cultural village tours in a community on the banks of the Zambezi River. Until then, happy reading and safe travels!
    It's best to book about 3 - 6 months in advance to experience the Vic Falls at this time of year. Contact one of us to find out more about Zimbabwe and the Victoria Falls and to start planning your own trip to this exciting part of southern Africa. Take a look at our video of the falls and the many activities you can get up to and read our blogs: My Trip | Lori Captures The Victoria Falls and Explore The Smoke That Thunders, for more.

  • My Trip | It's My Party And I'll Fly If I Want To

    By Matthew Sterne |

    I don't like grey hairs and ticking biological clocks as much as the next person, but all those things getting older brings aside, birthdays should never lose their delight. All that hullabaloo over one person, all that cake... Birthdays should be wondrous events that brighten the world, if only for one dayLike our client, Alicja Suchorska from Poland's big day last month. With the help of our tavel expert-ess, Samantha, Alicja's husband, Pawel, whisked her away to the Victoria Falls to celebrate. She has yet to disclose just how many candles lit up her cake this year, but let's throw specifics out the window and marvel at the birthday present of the year.  When your wife, husband, consort of whichever sort, tells you they don't want anything for their birthday, remember this story. Because they will. Below, our birthday girl shares some photos from their adventure, just to let us know what we missed out on - from helicopter flips to zip-lining and micro-lighting over the Falls. It's my party and I'll fly if I want to. "This was a birthday gift from my husband: a wonderful trip to Victoria Falls in February 2014. We stayed in both Zimbabwe at The Victoria Falls Hotel and Zambia at Royal Livingstone. It was a great time with many activities close to the falls or on the Zambezi River.  Thank you Samantha from Rhino Africa for arranging everything so perfectly!" - The Suchorskas And the Husband of the Year Award goes to... Birthday girl got swag... Where They Stayed

    The Victoria Falls Hotel - inside the Victoria Falls National Park with a private footpath leading to the entrance gate of the Vic Falls. From the front lawn of the hotel you can see along the second gorge to the bridge over the Zambezi River and the spray from the waterfalls wafts up behind. The Royal Livingstone Hotel - a short drive from Livingstone and Victoria Falls Airport. On the edge of the Zambezi River, The Royal Livingstone Hotel is the closest accommodation to Vic Falls on the Zambian side.
    Birds flying high; you know how I feel...
    For more information on the Victoria Falls, read our blog, Explore The Smoke That Thunders, and take a look at our video for what to expect.
    Contact one of our travel consultants to start planning your own trip to this natural world wonder!