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Victoria Falls, ”thunder” of magic

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it “Mosi-oa-Tunya” — the smoke that thunders. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying abyss and tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and deadly crocodiles lurk.

The Falls are 1 708 meters wide, making them the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic metres of water plummets over the edge every minute.

Victoria Falls Zambia Zimbabwe

Remarkably preserved in it’s natural state, Victoria Falls inspires visitors, as much today, as it did David Livingstone in the 1860’s. The Falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Site, thus preserving the area from excessive commercialisation.

The river’s annual flood season is February to May with a peak in April. The spray from the falls typically rises to a height of over 400 metres (1,300 ft), and sometimes even twice as high, and is visible from up to 50 km (30 miles) away. During the flood season, however, it is impossible to see the foot of the falls and most of its face, and the walks along the cliff opposite it are in a constant shower and shrouded in mist. Close to the edge of the cliff, spray shoots upward like inverted rain, especially at Zambia’s Knife-Edge Bridge.

Livingstone (Zambia) is a historic colonial city and tourism centre for Victoria Falls lying 10 km south on the Zambezi River, and a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Falls. The Airport has connecting flights to Lusaka and Johannesburg in South Africa.

A number of activities can be undertaken. The ‘Flight of Angels’ provides a fabulous vista of the falls, the upstream river and it’s many islands and for the more adventurous there is microlighting with stunning views of the Falls.

Top 10 Intense Temptations (Part 1)

1 Pansy Island for your exclusivity

Departing from Bazaruto Archipelago, spend the day out on a deserted island. Enjoy snorkeling, a relaxing picnic on the beach for a complete escape.

Pansy Island Bazaruto Archipelago

2 Hot Air Balloon Voyage of Discovery in the Kalahari

Take advantage of this unforgettable adventure and enjoy a Hot Air Balloon ride at sunrise over the magical red dunes of the Kalahari, followed by A Champagne Breakfast.

3 Bush dinner served under the star-fille sky of the Kruger Park

After your Game drive, get close to nature and enjoy a decadent African Bush dinner lit by paraffin lanterns and candlelight. Perfect for a romantic surprise but don’t forget to look at the magical African sky.

4 The Okavango Delta by Mokoro

Go wildlife viewing on a mokoro (dug-out canoe), unique way to approach certain locations of this wetland paradise. A pure moment of serenity while gliding through the water…

5 Atasty Cellar Dinner at dinner at Singita Boulders – Sabie Sands

Experience a delicious “Wine & Dine” among the famous award-winning wines available and excite your palate, thanks to your knowledgeable sommelier!

Cellar Dinner at dinner at Singita Boulders

Botswana, walk on the wild side

Most visitors to Botswana are attracted by two very different, yet equally intriguing areas – the Okavango delta and the Kalahari Desert.

The great Kalahari Desert covers over 80% of Botswana and may appear harsh and inhospitable. Nonetheless it is to a very specialized flora and fauna. The primitive landscapes and wide horizons are intensely powerful and touch a chord with many travellers. The Kalahari is also famous for its Bushmen, or San people, traditional hunter-gatherers who are said to live the lifestyle closest of the people of the Stone Age.

makgadikgadi san - botswana

The Okavango Delta is home to one of the greatest concentration of wildlife in Africa. Fed by the Okavango River which, rather eccentrically, does not flow into the sea, this is the greatest inland river delta in the world.

The Delta is not the place for abundant big game. However, the crystal clear waters and little islets shelter and support an astoundingly rich and varied bird and plant life, and there is a multitude of smaller animals.

The ideal way to get around is the traditional mokoro, a dugout canoe, in which you may paddle your way around the tangle of waterways that form this fascinating ecological system.

Chobe National Park, an area of rolling grassland, is near to the Delta and is renowned for its vast elephant population. The enormous Makgadikgadi salt pans, once a great lake, offer flocks of rosy flamingos, herds of blue wildebeest and various antelope.

Botswana offers a great deal to travelers – a fascinating culture and eco-system exists in a very largely unspoilt country. The soft green delta, the red sands of the Kalahari, vast herds of elephant, wonderful birdlife, a rich variety of game, they are all to be found here. What you will also find is a warm welcome!

Urban oasis for the entire family !

At the V&A Waterfront, on Cape Town’s foreshore, the One & Only takes looking after it’s young guests to a whole new level !

The «Kids Only Club» (from 4 to 11 years old) offers a variety of activities and has an impressive clubhouse filled with everything from the largest gadgets, a reading area, computer room and an exclusive garden. Relax by the pool on the spa-island surrounded by palm trees while your little explorers take part in a treasure hunt in the harbour.

One and Only Hotel in Cape Town

The club also has cooking classes for your future chefs as well as African dance and singing classes that will keep your children entertained while you’re shopping up a storm at the Waterfront’s luxurious boutiques.

On the hotel’s doorstep, come and discover the marine world : From the seal watching, to a visit of the aquarium and its sharks, from a cruise on the Pirate Boat to a cultural tour of Robben Island.

It looks like to be the ideal destination for a fun-filled family holiday !

The Bushmen Contemporary Art

Rock art used to be the link between the material and the spiritual world of the Bushmen. Although they have ceased painting on the surface of rocks all together, it is no wonder that the contemporary Bushmen art again bridges a gap – this time between an ancient hunter-gatherer culture and the digital world of today.

Bushmen Dance Art

The symbols that used to appear in their ancient art still form part of their collective memory and today these ‘untouched children of nature’ emulate their pre-existing models of expression, still accessible through their dreams – to express their actual realities of modern life.

Though their contemporary art they reclaim their memory while they negotiate their modern identity. An example is their hunting experience that is once spiritual, mythological, cutural and practical. Tied closely to the hunting experience, the bow and arrow symbolizes power, autonomy, identity and self-determination.

The word peace is translated by the Bushmen to include the ideas of ‘wonderful, silence and delicious’…