VICTORIA FALLS, DAY 1
Check into Vic Fall Hotel which is the place to stay if you are going to visit. There are much better hotels slightly further out but none that ticks as many boxes as this one.
GUARDS AROUND THE HOTEL WITH GUNS
WHERE IS ZIMBABWE?
VICTORIA FALLS HOTEL
It’s a stunning colonial building is dramatically situated at the edge of the second gorge and beside the Victoria falls bridge. It was opened in 1904 to accommodate passengers from the Cape to Cairo railway line, a project that was delayed for decades and then effectively abandoned!
As we arrived early afternoon we had signed up for a horseback safari and in hindsight was almost a waste of time. The landscape was bleak, there were no other animals and the boss lady was rude to her staff.
Zimbabweans haven’t had the easiest time of it in recent history. It’s tourism used to flourish and Zimbabwe was the place the go if you were looking for a safari destination. Then along came Mugabe and basically turned the either country to its knees. I have a lot of sympathy for the locals here as education is almost none existent and opportunities scarce!
- In 2000 Mugabe orders white farmers to hand over their land
- 4,000 farmers lose their land and as a result Zimbabwe’s agricultural output plummets.
- 2001, Mugabe announces shift to socialist economy.
- 2002, The EU and the U.S. impose sanctions on Mugabe
- In 2002 Mugabe prepares enforces redistribution of land from whites to blacks and orders white farmers to vacate their land
THE MUGABE EFFECT
Anyway, we made the most out of it as we normally do and heading back to the hotel for a much needed rest. Considering we were within walking distance to Vic Falls I was shocked at how quiet it was and could only put that down to the lasting effects of the Mugabe regime. It wasn’t last long ago where Zimbabwe was the safari capital of the world.
In hindsight it wasn’t the thing to do but as we were arriving in the afternoon we didn’t have a lot of options which means that it was ever so slightly better than doing nothing!
The most insane White Water Rafting in the world, with a broken nose, cracked rib and a saved life all in our boat. Click to read
SAFE TRAVELS, DS x
This post is part of the Southern Africa Series, click to explore or for episode 1 click here.
- Have you been to Zimbabwe or Victoria Falls?
- Where did you stay
- What is your experience like?
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