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DON'T LET THE RUBY SLIPPERS,
OR THE DOROTHY INSPIRED NICKNAME
FOOL YOU., THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME,
BUT TRAVELING IS FUN.
There are quite a few accommodation choices in the town of Victoria Falls, which is obviously very close to the access gate to the National Park. We decided to stay and the lovely Victoria Falls Hotel, lovingly referred to locally at The Vic Falls Hotel. A gorgeous colonial grand dame with tons of charm and character. Also conveniently situated just 10 minutes walk from the entrance to the park, and within walking distance of the town and it's curio shops and eateries.
The jaw dropping Stanley Terrace at the Vic Falls Hotel, with it's view of the Falls and the Bridge that spans the Zambezi River, linking Zimbabwe with Zambia, is the perfect spot to sit and relax. They also do an amazing afternoon tea, highly recommended.
We were so glad we picked this lovely Hotel. Such a throwback to Colonial times, but with lovely comfortable rooms, great restaurants and a relaxing pool area. All surrounded by sweeping gardens and those amazing views.
But the main event is obviously those incredible waterfalls. You need to allow at least 3 hours to see all the falls. You enter the park, which is open from 6am to 6pm, cost around $30 (USD) per person. There are 16 marked spots, you walk from 1 to 16 seeing different aspects of the falls along the way. You then do need to walk back the way you have come to exit the park. The falls can be accessed from Zambia too, there is some debate as to which side of the falls is best. This article from African Budget Safaris give a good explanation, and details of what you need to do if you want to access the falls from both Zambia and Zimbabwe in one trip.
The water levels, and therefore the spray and visibility of the falls changes depending on the season and the flow of the Zambezi River. From February to June, the water levels are high, causing that amazing spray and probably the necessity for a poncho to protect yourself from getting wet (these are sold at the entrance to the park). From October to December the water level is lower.
We arrived in the park around 7am, when it was lovely and quiet, except for the roar of the falls of course.
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