Sheer opulent extravagance and at its deafening crescendo, the ‘Smoke that Thunders'. One of the world’s bucket list sights. Not many African wonders compare to this hypnotic vision, leaving visitors showered in amazement and perhaps even misty eyed as they soak in its sheer magnificence. This wonder, located on the mighty Zambezi River, offers opportunity for many camera angles both from Zambia or Zimbabwe.
Upon its discovery, its founder, Dr. David Livingstone, is quoted as saying “It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so wonderful must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” This sets the scene for a wander on the many pathways looking for that ideal moment captured for a lifetime on camera. One would think this is enough to visit, but Zimbabwe offers so much more than Victoria Falls with a host of Africa’s most worthwhile big game safari destinations.
The pride of these – Hwange National Park – a stone’s throw for the Falls, offers unreserved access to all the sought after sights including large herds of antelope, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, packs of hyena and lion and perhaps even a glimpse of the much desired leopard.
On top of which the great Zambezi presents a wealth of river life with ample photographic opportunity of favourites such as crocodiles, hippopotamus and the ever elusive water buck. The Mana Pools National Park is a key attraction and offers every type of angle to get up close and personal with your camera. Hop in a canoe, blaze a trail on foot or have a local guide chauffeur you to secret treasure troves others can only dream of.
Tented camping to luxurious five-star accommodation on top of extensive varieties of fine cuisine are but aperitifs to nature in its purest form, unparalleled game viewing and arguably the best guides Africa has to offer.
Once the travel bug bites, Zimbabwe becomes an essential destination and many a visitor has returned time and gain to this Africa delicacy to renew experiences oft-regaled over the dinner table.
Creeping with awe to the verge, I peered down into a large rent which had been made from bank to bank of the broad Zambezi, and saw that a stream of a thousand yards broad leaped down a hundred feet [30 m] and then became suddenly compressed into a space of fifteen to twenty yards – Founder Dr David Livingstone”
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