It’s Monday 24th June and news from Stanley Safari Lodge.

Well hello, I hope that you are well, had a fabulous weekend and sitting comfortably ready for some news from Stanley Safari Lodge, the latest addition to the Robin Pope Safaris family. All very exciting as this is a first for all of us so sit tight and ready to hear the news from Amy the newest member of the team who arrived down there last week. So for today – Amy, over to you….

So this is it, our first Livingstone update from Robin Pope’s Stanley Safari Lodge! As this is the first one, it only seems right that we talk about what Livingstone is most famous for… Mosi-ao-Tunya, “the smoke that thunders”, otherwise known as Victoria Falls.

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Approximately 1.7 km wide and 108 m high, the falls can see some ten million litres of water per second cascade over the rocky outcrops that mark the end of the Upper Zambezi River. This creates a cloud of misty water that soars high above the falls, and can be seen from miles around, including from all of our rooms at Stanley. The perfect setting to enjoy a G&T or one of our homemade lemonades!

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When you get to the falls themselves the view is breathtaking. There is nowhere in the world quite like it. Even the big hitters like Igauzu, Angel and Niagara, don’t compete with what Victoria has to offer. Being the world’s largest sheet of falling water with Victoria you really are spoilt!

If you go early in the morning, you miss the crowds and can see the many rainbows that pepper the landscape at their brightest and most impressive. Great for any budding photographers out there! You start at the Upper Zambezi River just before the falls, and can get a feel for just how wide the river is. You also have the chance to see a magnificent arching rainbow, which stretches right over the water. From there you can move around and look down the gorge. Whilst you can’t really see the falls very well from here, you can see just how far down the water goes, and once again have the opportunity to see a few rainbows winking playfully in the spray.

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Just before the falls themselves, there is a statue of David Livingstone, the first European explorer to set eyes on the falls. A recent addition to the National Park, the statue is accompanied but a caption from Livingstone’s own records. It reads:

“The whole scene was extremely beautiful; the banks and islands dotted over the river are adorned with sylvan vegetation of great variety of colour and form…no one can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It had never been seen before by European eyes; but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.”

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You continue on to the falls and get your first proper glimpse of just what Livingstone was talking about. They are nothing short of jaw dropping. From this first spot you have the perfect vantage point to capture the falls completely unobscured. This view will leave you feeling hungry for more, and you now have the opportunity to move around and go across the bridge so that you can really get a feel for the enormity of the falls. This is when the name Mosi-ao-Tunya becomes a reality! The spray which is thrown back up after the water hits the bottom of the gorge creates vast clouds, which swirl around in the wind over the heads of any onlookers.

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Be warned…. This is not a dry affair. For any of you who may for some reason feel nostalgic for the drizzle and rain of your native land, Vic falls will make you feel right at home! Wearing one of the waterproof tunics is a must if you want your core to remain dry and is all part of the Mosi-ao-Tunya experience. You can sometimes make it all the way to the end without getting wet and then a gust of wind changes the direction of the spray and you can find yourself wondering why you bothered having a shower that morning! The unpredictability of it makes it all the more fun!

Once you have snapped away and are ready to leave, you have the opportunity to visit the curio market, which is situated near the entrance to the falls. Here you can find all manner of African souvenirs. Carved figurines, textiles, jewellery, ornaments, masks, the list is endless! All of these items are handmade at Mukuni village, the oldest settlement in Zambia, and are the chief source of income for many members of the local community. Whatever souvenir you might like, you will be sure to find it here. Just remember your luggage allowance as it is easy to go mad!

That completes your experience of Victoria Falls! For our next week we will have a look at the sunset on the mighty Zambezi river.

Bye for now!

Amy

Fantastic – I can’t wait for the next installment, thanks ever so much Amy. On that note with very little that can follow I shall bid you all a very fond farewell – have a great week, stay safe and have fun.

Cheers

emily

 

 

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