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Location:Victoria Falls (Zim), Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls (Zim)

Explorer Village

The Explorers Village is not just ridiculously close to Vic Falls but only 200 yards from Elephant's Walk Shopping & Artist Village. David Livingstone Statue is only a mile away too. He was quite the dude in his day. An enigmatic explorer with a rather fetching moustache. And a pair of eyes which were the first foreign ones to gaze at the glorious falls. He named them after his glorious queen. Victoria. The locals said eh? Victoria who? These are the Mosi-oa-Tunya. What are you talking about Dave? Do you see those plumes of mist? Do you hear the roar? This is the Smoke That Thunders.

The sound. Like thunder. The sight. Like glass. A single sheet of glass. Glowing in the sunlight. Massive, mighty. Falling. Victoria shoves off the largest single sheet of flowing water in the world. Want to get close? Come here. There. Look. The Falls. That's them. A mere 400m away. Poncho on, poncho on. Too late. Here's a towel.

You can stay in chalets, serviced dome tents or camp.

Chalets are for two people. They're air conditioned and you'll have a private bathroom. Twin or double beds are available. There are also tea and coffee making facilities. They're not huge but there's daily housekeeping so they're clean and comfortable.

The serviced dome tents are also for two people. They're more glamping than camping. They are two twin stretcher beds and a carpet runner to make it feel more civilised. You'll also have a bedside table and lamp. The tents are on shaded slabs set between grassed areas. There's a communal covered dining area with its own kitchen. And there's a braai grill. Multiple sockets for charging devices, a clothes drying horse, and an additional cold shower in each bay. Good if you're hot.

All campers on the site can access the communal ablutions (toilets and showers). There's plenty of hot water.

The campsite is designed for overland touring companies but can accommodate independent campers. There are four main sites designed for trucks with 25 campers – mostly using their own tents. Trucks pull into specially designed bays, where they can access power. Campers can put up their tents in the shaded slab areas where the serviced domes go. You then get all the same amenities that the serviced dome lot get.

Facilities

Restaurant & bar; spa; swimming pool; lounge area; gift shop; activity centre; 24 hour; operational front desk; guest services; off site laundry service; wifi is strong and free; a buffet breakfast is available

Activities

Just chill. It’s easy here. Swim, go to the spa, play board games at the bar.

There are craft and curio markets very close to the accommodation with bohemian cafes overlooking the bush.

You can also rent bicycles.

Go and investigate the Big Tree at Victoria Falls or travel 3 miles to the Victoria Falls Crocodile Park.

There are also lots of activities that the Explorer Village can help arrange. You can take a helicopter flight over the falls and along the Zambezi River and Zambezi National Park.

If you want to bungee, this is a pretty amazing place to do it. You’ll have the backdrop of the falls as you fall 111m off the Victoria Falls Bridge. 4 seconds of free fall, arghhhhhh.

And in the wet season you can go on a river rafting trip. This begins 10km downstream of the falls and includes Rapid 13 known as the Mother. The whole journey is 15km.

If you want to learn something about the history of the area you could go on the Bridge Tour. The Victoria Falls bridge was built in 1905 using revolutionary engineering methods. You’ll learn about 100 years of Victorian engineering and hear about Cecil John Rhodes vision of a Cape to Cairo railway.

For a guided safari tour you could do a Chobe Day Trip. You cruise down the river too. It’s only an hour’s drive away.

Or go on a game drive in the Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve. You usually see at least 3 of the Big Five here as well as countless birds and game.

The Victoria Falls tour takes you through the tropical rainforest - uniquely created by the constant spray. You’ll be taken to various viewpoints but wear a raincoat if you’re there between April and August because that spray is massive.

On the gorge hike you walk down the Batoka Gorge, catch a raft against the current and go past the bridge to Boiling Pot. You can stand right under the spray and take a dip in the pools between the rocks.

Finally, you can just relax on a Sunset Cruise.

Similar Properties in Victoria Falls (Zim)

Bayete Guest Lodge

On the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls you have three broad categories of accommodation: swanky hotel in the centre of the small town right next to The Falls; exclusive luxury safari lodge in a private game reserve far from The Falls; or informal, homely, welcoming, friendly, comfortable guesthouse a short distance from The Falls.

Batonka Guest Lodge

Opening its doors in June 2016, Batonka Guest Lodge is a hybrid of boutique hotel and owner-run guesthouse on the outskirts of Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side.

Ilala Lodge

Ilala Lodge is a small, intimate and comfortable hotel on the edge of the Zambezi National Park a short safe walk from Victoria Falls on the Zimbabwean side.

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