Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WE HAVE JUST BEEN TO VICTORIA FALLS


After an 8-night camping tour through the utter wilds of Botswana, Select senior travel consultant Birgit  reaches the Victoria Falls. Here she talks about two 5-star experiences, a camp and a lodge...but first her wonder over the falls.



The incredible falls....

"The Falls were beyond expectations, huge, fantastic...." says  Birgit. You inevitably get wet she points out, even if you have a raincoat, but it is worth it...

Elephant Camp, Zimbabwe

This is a lovely five star camp situated in a game park, and is not fenced, so you need to be careful of stray animals. It is an all- inclusive product. Even laundry was included.
 
Luxury tents - plenty of space and charm

The spacious luxury tents are nicely decorated. Each has a big bathroom, outdoor shower, a huge terrace with a plunge pool, and lovely views to the forests.

Bath with a view of the bush

All in all there are only 12 tents, very private. The manager was a lively soul, and took good care of his guests.

In the morning Birgit and party took a walk of about 2 hours with Sylvester the cheetah, which was an unforgettable experience.




"At this point they tell you that if you want to donate for his survival, that would be nice, and it is 50USD," says Birgit. "The walk was worth it, we learned a lot about nature, and the morning light was fantastic.".

Who to stay

Our discerning customers.

Royal Livingstone, Zambia


This very Select style property lies on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, within view of the mists arising from the thundering falls. Its highlight is a lovely sundeck just beside the river, great place to have a sundowner, gaze at the sunset and see the fabled "mists".




About 5 minutes from the Zimbabwe border, the hotel lies in a nature reserve, and zebras and impalas can be seen on the property.

In keeping with its name in honour David Livingstone, the first Westerner to discover the falls, the hotel displays  Colonial style and beautifully decorated public areas. Here you feel the charm of times gone by  - "like your soul was in one piece here" comments Birgit.




There are 17 blocks with either 9 or 12 rooms in each, in 2 storeys, a total 172 rooms.
The rooms are furnished in a pleasantly old fashioned way, all alike. There are 3 suites, and one Presidential. Always ask for a room that has a river view, because there are some without.



For families you can connect suites with a standard room or book interleading rooms. Children under 5 can sleep on the couch (no need for extra beds). 

As everyone does, Birgit and party walked to the falls on this side too.They looked gigantic at this time of the year. During mid October to January the flow is slow, there is a good flow from March to July, but  the best flow is  from April to July.  

Who to stay

Discerning guests, including children.

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