| The Victoria Falls
received its World Heritage Site status in 1989.
The mighty Victoria Falls, so named by the English explorer, David Livingstone, is generally regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This majestic waterfall, one of the world's largest, is situated on the Zambezi River, which serves as the natural boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Its African name, Mosi-oa-Tunya (literally translated as the Smoke that Thunders) originates from the Kololo people who inhabited the area long before the first White man saw it.
Of these falls, Dr. David Livingstone wrote, "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." (1855)
It was to this very place that we were headed, trundling through the night in the snug comfort of our beds on Rovos Rail's Pride of Africa, lulled into contented sleepiness by the clickety-clack-clickety-clack of the wheels traversing the railway lines. Such a romantic way to travel...so much awaiting us ahead!
|The Smoke that Thunders...
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As a young child, I had spent a night there with my parents and I wanted to recapture those memories of long ago and share them with my own family who, prior to this trip, had never been there before.
|Front facade of the Victoria Falls Hotel...
|The view from the front verandah of the hotel looking towards the bridge...
|A path leads directly from the hotel to this spot - the bridge spanning the gorge links Zimbabwe to Zambia.
|Looking down into the gorge below.
|The hotel and grounds are expansive! Come and join me on a leisurely stroll...
|Here we are at the far end of where we were in the picture above.
|This is one of the inner courtyards...
|Same courtyard, but seen here from the opposite end. Main hotel on your left, administrative block to your right.
|This is the enclosed garden area adjacent to the huge swimming pool. We enjoyed most of our lunches out here.
|This is one of the other wings of the hotel, with beautiful courtyard gardens punctuating each wing of the building.
|Same area, just standing further away.
|This is a close-up of one of the courtyard gardens in this wing.
|If you arrive by car, this is the entrance to the hotel. We arrived by train. The station is immediately to your right, so a very short stroll into the hotel grounds ;)
|The entrance to the hotel. This building houses the administrative functions of the hotel and it is here that guests are checked in.
|Looking back from the inner courtyard towards the hotel check-in area. Behind us, is the main hotel.
|Evening softly casts her rosy hue and beckons all to enjoy cocktails out on the wide verandahs out front.
I think we should take a walk inside the main area of the hotel now, as there is lots to see there, too!
|Just look at that view through the open doorway ahead! This is what you see when you first step into the hotel, after you've been checked through at the administrative block.
|This is the main lounge in the original section of the hotel - we stayed here, with our upstairs rooms overlooking the view through the doors, ahead.
|One of two formal dining rooms. There are a number of options elsewhere throughout the hotel. We enjoyed a wonderful evening here!
|The lounge with the Stanley Room leading off, ahead (this is the hotel's bar). Directly behind us, is the Bulawayo Room, where Champagne cocktails are served each evening.
|The Bulawayo Room.
|Our rooms were in this section, with views of the Victoria Falls.
|The hotel has many staircases.
Now, I hear you exclaiming..."But the title of this post is the Smoke that Thunders!!! When are you going to show us more of the falls?"
Right at this moment, as it so happens...I'd merely wanted to set the scene, in the context in which we'd experienced everything. I will, however, need to do a couple of extra posts to fit in everything I'd planned to show you. For now, I'll leave you to enjoy a few of the hundreds of pictures my husband and son took of our visits to the falls...
This is a place that, once it's touched your soul, you'll always yearn to return to...the experience cannot be adequately captured in words or on camera...it truly is something each one must experience personally!
All pictures are the property of my husband, each one his own work.
I am grateful to him for allowing me to use them on this blog.