POSTED 03 NOVEMBER 2015 / BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS / IN VICTORIA FALLS / TOURS & TRANSFERS
With experiences rich and time poor for most visitors to the falls, it can become essential to have punctual, reliable and swift transfers from the airport, and even between activities. Even with a relatively short stay, you don’t want an experience of feeling rushed or a little harassed. To provide a service accessible to all visitors, that will maximise your pleasure and fulfilment, Shearwater has lunched:
All of us that work here can see that with the completion of the new airport, tourism at Victoria Falls and in Zimbabwe are set for unprecedented times. Shortly visitors will be committing to the area as their main destination, enjoying to the fullest all the incredible things to do in Victoria Falls and also enjoying some of the best safari experiences in Hwange and nearby Chobe that are possible – anywhere in the world. Then of course they can hub down to Capetown from the fantastic new airport bypassing Johannesburg altogether. That is the future we look forward to.
Meantime we realise that the dynamics at the moment are such that visitors hub to the falls, and as such invariably have little more than a couple of days in which to get the very best from what to do in Victoria Falls. This makes time even more precious than it already is. You do not want valuable time at the source of Africa’s only natural wonder of the world, to ebb away in queues, in booking offices, on slow moving buses – or the irksome prospect of waiting for other passengers who are dallying and taking all the time in the world over some minutiae.
Ensure you have a flawless and smooth experience that maximises your time in the most efficient and productive manner. It starts with arrival at the airport. Take the bus by all means, but wait in often stifling heat for the very last person to clear what can be a slow moving immigration line, who then decides on some last minute shopping, visiting the loo or to take pictures and selfies outside the airport. It all conspires to clip what may prove that all important bit of time that made the difference between you being relaxed and enjoying a trip or excursion – or, feeling harrassed hassled, in a rush and possibly missing it altogether.
A Shearwater Prestige Transfer starts paying dividends from the moment it is booked. Take some inside advice on how to ensure you clear immigration swiftly. Once through immigration your Shearwater private escort will be waiting for you with a beaming smile and ready hand to relieve you of the weight of your luggage. Follow him straight to your immaculate prestige vehicle, and after a sweaty flight and general discomfort of disembarking, immigration etc have an ‘’ahhhh’’ moment and freshen up with a clean cooling towel, as you take your seat in the car and sip a nice cold mineral water. We know exactly where you are going and will have you at the hotel, calm relaxed and ready to enjoy your stay. Better still Shearwater drivers are peoplesmiths and can provide you with all the information you need, on how to seamlessly get the most pleasure from all the things to do in Victoria Falls, and educate you on what to do in Victoria Falls depending on your length of stay, budget, age and fitness. Given that Shearwater own and operate most activities in Victoria Falls- you could not be in better hands.
If you have taken advantage of the Prestige Package, then relax in the safe knowledge you are in for the very best welcome to the Victoria falls you could wish for, don’t trouble yourself for a moment trying to readjust or think about tomorrows activities, safaris or excursions. Your private escort will arrive on schedule to transfer you to the jetty site of the Zambezi’s most luxury boat: The Zambezi Explorer. You are about to enjoy a luxuriant and beautiful cruise on the fabulous signature whilst drinking impossibly delicious cocktails and eating the most wonderful canapés. This is the time to chat in comfort and fully relaxed about tomorrow and what to do in Victoria Falls and start thinking about which of all the things to do in Victoria Falls are the ones that appeal to you most.
POSTED 28 SEPTEMBER 2015 / BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS / IN VICTORIA FALLS/ TOURS & TRANSFERS
It’s a once in a lifetime trip to Africa, the fulfillment of a long held dream, and most glorious of all you are traveling right into the interior to visit Africa’s 7th wonder of the world: Victoria Falls. Ahh Victoria Falls, it is the quintessential Africa of Livingstone, exploration and the mighty Zambezi.
You are excited not least as you have heard there are just so many things to do in Victoria Falls that your real challenge is going to be deciding on exactly what to do in Victoria Falls. You only plan on staying a couple of nights – but there is so much you want to do: a romantic sunset cruise, a guided tour of the falls, a flight of angels helicopter ride, the bridge tour (where you can watch the crazy adrenaline junkies doing the Bungee Jump or Swing off the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge), Elephant Back Safaris – you’ve even been tempted by the White Water Rafting on the grade 5 rapids of the Zambezi (right through the stunning Batoka gorge), and of course a Chobe day trip promises be a game safari of unparalled excellence.
You quickly begin to realize that in order to achieve even half of your growing wish list of what to do in Victoria Falls, means precise planning in military and minute detail as time will be at an absolute premium. What time do all the activities in Victoria Falls start, what time do they finish, how do we get from one to the other – and ensure we do it in good time – will we get ripped off by taxis – what if all the taxis are booked and we miss an activity we have paid for??????
You absolutely do not want to leave town feeling you haven’t got the best out of all the things to do in Victoria Falls – oh and my god what if we have delays at airports, at borders and just get things wrong despite all our efforts at planning the minutiae.
Relax, Stay calm, and take a deep breath, it’s all going to be fine. Firstly you have come to the right company: Shearwater. We are not only the original and longest running activity provider in Victoria Falls (since 1982), we also own and operate our activities. AND we also have the most professional and extensive tours and transfers operation in town, which completes the circle and reassures you that you are in the best hands, and that we will obviously curate an itinerary for you that achieves maximum fulfillment in the most time efficient manner. So much so that you can take your time and enjoy lunch and dinner at our signature restaurants: Rainforest Café (in the heart of the Rainforest and perfect after a guided tour of the falls) or Shearwater Café (in the heart of town).
It is our experience and wisdom gleaned over 3 decades that has led to the launch of Shearwater Prestige. There are so many great things to do in Victoria Falls, and most people are so time poor, that getting you on the fast track right from touchdown at the airport is a highly wise investment. Don’t wait for the last person to board the transfer bus, as inevitably someone gets delayed at immigration for not filling in a form correctly, or somebody else is subject to the inquisition by customs, curious about this latest hair rolling gadget! Jump straight on the red carpet after clearing immigration and into your own privately driven air conditioned vehicle. Cool down with refreshing towels and drink, as your private escort professionally drives you the 20km to town whilst giving you the low down on the town and all you need to know about your arranged (or planned itinerary). If you have opted for the prestige package, then you couldn’t be in better hands to enjoy 2 of the mandatory things to do in Victoria Falls: a sunset cruise and guided tour of the falls.
POSTED 22 SEPTEMBER 2015 / BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS / IN VICTORIA FALLS / TOURS & TRANSFERS
You have planned your possible once in a lifetime trip to Southern Africa and have ensured you are going to your desired locations, having had to narrow them down from so many worthy contenders. Understandably the African natural wonder of the world: The Victoria Falls has made the list. Now you have agreed your actual route itinerary, it is time to fill in the details. So the question arises: what to do in Victoria Falls and you start to research all the many things to do in Victoria Falls.
You begin to realise there is such a vast array of activities that all sound so appealing: Elephant Back Safaris, Zambezi sunset cruise, Guided Tour of the Falls, Flight of Angels Helicopter Flight, Historic Bridge Tour – you even get tempted by the action packed adrenaline fueled prospect of white-water rafting and bungee jumping.
Then on closer inspection of the considerable spectrum of things to do in Victoria Falls you become aware of a Chobe Day Trip. On further reading you realise that Chobe is a river in Botswana that runs along the Caprivi Strip and is a tributary of the Zambezi. It meets the Zambezi in a unique area in which the borders of 5 countries are in close proximity: Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. So much for the geography which sounds intriguing enough. But what is really unique about this area is the flood plain and what that means for game.
A Chobe Day Trips starts early – leaving Victoria Falls town around 7am, before traveling 50 odd kms to the Botswana border down the Kazangula road. You now pass through immigration and get another country’s stamp in your passport – all coordinated efficiently by the Shearwater Tours and Transfers team – the Kaza visa you purchased at the airport comes in handy here, excusing you from anymore visa fees.
The Chobe Day Trip starts with an exquisite boat safari along the Chobe where you will see huge herd of elephant, buffalo and all variety of antelope. What is so unique is that they are grazing on ‘’islands’’ which are generally flooded with water, and in order to reach them most have to swim. You may have seen elephant on previous game drives – but not swimming with trunks aloft like snorkels – and whenever have you seen so many enormous crocodiles or hippos. Game is absolutely teeming. There are also beautiful varieties of bird-life: fish eagles, kingfishers, waders, bee eaters, kites – a birders paradise.
Having had a filling lunch, you then have a game drive (on land this time) through the astonishing Chobe game reserve, and no doubt you will see herds of Elephant again – charging down to the water’s edge, but also the prospect of big cats as well: Lion, Leopard, and Cheetah.
Making final choices on what to do in Victoria Falls and deciding on the all important things to do in Victoria falls is a difficult one, but a Chobe Day Trip stands out as one of the number one things to do in Victoria falls.
Victoria Falls is a destination most visit for a 2-3 night period as part of a wider Southern African itinerary. However the sheer scale of things to do, activities to participate in, and experiences to be had means that to get the very best out of Victoria Falls, needs the careful planning of a strategic expert.
It would be utterly frustrating to leave this exquisite location, with a feeling that there is more you would like to have done, seen or experienced – but it was just difficult to fit it all in – it is very easy to succumb to a degree of information overload:
where to be when, have this visa ready, wear this type of clothing, finish this activity and be collected from here for that cruise, and your guided tour starts here, your allocated helicopter flight is at this time, and you are on an elephant back safari including a hearty breakfast at that time, your combination discount allows for this – and you need to be at the airport for your return flight by what time?
Victoria Falls is not a destination where hire of a vehicle is practical and will detract from – not add to your enjoyment here. Entrust yourself to Shearwater and experience perfect combination of a partner in logistics and owner operated activities.
To get the very best of your stay in the falls, to have a supremely enjoyable and fulfilling time, full of new experiences and participating in the very best activities, allow Shearwater to relieve you of any stress. Shearwater will not only provide you with the very best in terms of punctual reliable and comfortable transfers – from your initial collection at the airport, but also ensure you fulfil your itinerary in between in the best possible combinations according to whatever your wish list and budget happens to be.
Shearwater uniquely can achieve this, as from arriving at Victoria Falls airport, virtually everything you do here (aside from your hotel), we can orchestrate in house. We own and/or operate all the very best activities, tours and restaurants in Victoria Falls – from guided tours of the falls, white-water rafting, Chobe day trips, helicopter flights, elephant back safaris, sunset cruises – our activities tailored to our transfers and vice versa. Why have the added hassle of coordinating with different providers and different transport arrangements – tell us your desired itinerary, and from pick up to drop off we will ensure you enjoy the very best of things to do in Victoria Falls, participate in the top activities and ensure all is achieved in a smooth and efficient manner.
Our transport fleet is modern, comfortable and safe. Our drivers are extremely experienced and highly trained. They are also perfect ambassadors for Victoria Falls combining excellent customer service skills with impeccable manners, and the right amount of wit and local knowledge and insight. Organise your airport collection with us and you will happily partner us on everything else.
Allow Shearwater to be your perfect partner in logistics, experiences and activities.