A visit to Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe
And a stay at the A’Zambezi River Lodge…
Gary and I opted to fly to Victoria Falls as it’s not the most direct route by road, the fun of driving on the Zimbabwean streets was being saved for a little later on in the trip.
And, if the chaos on the roads that we had witnessed so far in Harare was the norm, then it was going to be an eye-opener.
Discovering Victoria FallsA short hop into town
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The best of ZimbabweIt’s those little things
We regularly got stopped by the locals, offering us the ‘bargain of the day’, but they weren’t rude or hassling. Some of their crafts are lovely, they had the “African Big 5” carved in wood or stone, the choice was yours.
You could even buy a 50 billion-dollar Zimbabwean note, a reminder from the country’s hyperinflation days.
On this occasion we passed up their generous offer, it was early days of our trip. We purchased some great souvenirs in Bulawayo and Harare, later on.
If you didn’t want to buy your curios and mementoes from a street seller, there were little shops and boutiques you could peruse around.
Selling leather goods, animal carvings, batik clothing and wall hangings, paintings and wire ornaments twisted into the form of every Zimbabwean animal you could imagine.
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Don’t be like us and miss visiting Victoria Fall Hotel.
It was my fault, I didn’t realise you could just wander in and take a look around. We should have chatted to the locals before our visit and not after.
Colonial ZimbabweThe charm remains
Back to the A’Zambezi River Lodge
We jump on the shuttle bus and head back to the lodge, there’s still time to relax and enjoy the rest of the afternoon before the evening sunsets across the Zambezi.
Oh, we may have also enjoyed a bottle of the local brew.
A great hotel in Victoria FallsWhat a location
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Warthogs were just snuffling around the paths, ladies carrying babies on their backs, balancing food and other belongings on their heads and old, tired out, trucks passing through the main street from Zambia.
It appears that things haven’t changed too much, after all.
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Thank you for posting this guide! Its so interesting to see the town and not just the falls. Beautiful photos. Love this.#FarawayFiles
Thanks Esther, I really appreciate your comments. Yes, I think the town does get overlooked a bit, people often just head straight for the falls.
Really enjoyed this, I’ve never been to Africa and your pictures and descriptions make me want to! I would love to visit Victoria Falls one day#farawayfiles
Thank you, it’s an incredible continent so diverse and the people in Zimbabwe were so friendly. Victoria Falls are breath-taking, you just can’t believe the size of them
When visiting the falls on the Zim side, I decided to pop into town as well, before stopping by the Lookout Cafe on the way back to Zambia. I must admit I wasn’t too impressed, so it became a very short visit. Unfortunately didn’t spot the train station 🙁 #farawayfiles
The town isn’t very big and can be quite busy at times. It’s a shame you missed the station, it’s a little bit of a blast from the past.
Looks beautiful – I still have yet to make it to Africa! I think the beware of crocodiles sign would make me nervous! Hope the wedding was fun! Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles
We’ve only been to Zimbabwe and Namibia and I would highly recommend both. Thanks the wedding was great fun.
Powerfull Victoria falls is the place to be so beautifully was there in January 2020
Yes, it is incredible. You’re lucky you got there early this year, did you visit any other locations in Zimbabwe? It’s a magnificent country.
Glad to see the Falls vibrant and still an amazing place.Was stationed there in the 1970’s as a police officer.Met my wife there,she worked as a receptionist at the A’Zambezi River Lodge.We still miss the place after all these years.Our home is full of mementos from from those days.Used to relax there at Vic Falls Hotel Plebs bar(Wonder if is still there.Really hope to go back there for a visit before we get too ancient.
Zimbabwe is a beautiful country, both for the scenery and the people. It’s a shame that most visitors just go to Victoria Falls, as there is so much more to see.
My uncle moved out there in the ’70s and is still there, although two of his children now live in the UK.
We went to a family wedding in April 2019, prior to that we visited twice in the 90s, we certainly noticed the changes.
The A’Zambezi River Lodge is where we stayed the location is amazing. It must have been an eyeopener working in Zim in the 70s.
We always pick up mementoes too, we visited a Shona gallery in Harare, and I fell in love with some of the sculptures. They have a sister company in the UK, so I couldn’t resist purchasing one for my birthday.
Did you travel around the country much while you were there? We haven’t really been east; however, my favourite location has to be Lake Kariba.
I truly hope you get to visit, as it must hold some incredible memories for you.