The Carnival Cometh

POSTED  03 DECEMBER 2015  /  BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS  /  IN VICTORIA FALLS   TOURS & TRANSFERS

It is approaching that time of year when thoughts are attuning to Christmas and all the merry festivities it involves. Of course shortly after that the hoof flicking, rug cutting and shapeshifting extravaganza of the New Year Bonanza that is The Jameson Vic Falls Carnival rolls into town, Things to do in Victoria Falls take a bizarre night time twist in what is traditionally a ‘’daytime’’ activity hub.

The annual pilgrimage of the Southern African youth throughout it’s diaspora start heading for the Northwest corner of Zimbabwe shortly after Christmas. On their minds is clearly the burning question – ‘’what to do in Victoria Falls’’ once they get here. Understandably partying hard and the illusive prospect of romance (ok, ok – more likely a dangerous liaison), is uppermost on most febrile minds. However even the siren calls of the likeminded can become muted when arrivistes become aware of the spectacular array of world class activities in Victoria Falls.

Few true hearted folk of Africa could fail to desire to engage in a truly epic Southern African rite of passage: White-water Rafting the spectacular and egregiously mighty Zambezi river: right from the boiling pot at the very foot of the incredible Victoria Falls– deep in the heart of the rent made in the earth’s crust that is known as the Batoka gorge. 20 kms meandering through pristine primeval evolution is reason good enough – but nothing – no video, photo or go pro can ever prepare anyone for the first time their raft slips over the edge of the crease and they are about to hit the foaming rage of a grade 5 rapid in their inflatable dinghy. To have the opportunity to do this with close friends is not only a bonding experience that will last a lifetime, but is also one of the most exciting adrenaline fuelled adventures amidst the beauty of nature at its rawest, that most will ever have the privilege of enjoying.

Then of course – there is the bungee badge of honour. No-one could possibly suggest that this is for the fainthearted , and things to do in Victoria Falls don’t come any more extreme than this. Everything about the bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge is iconic. The back drop behind the jump platform, is the Victoria Falls itself – casting clouds of mist and rainbows all about, ensuring this is a truly exotic adrenaline adventure. The bridge is an African classic – the 110 year old engineering marvel that joins 2 countries Zimbabwe and Zambia, 110meteres above the border of the fast flowing Zambezi below. Being asked to step forward and curl your toes over a platform with absolutely no barrier in front of you and a big void of space below you is a seminal moment.

What to do in Victoria Falls takes on a different dynamic at New Year, but white-water rafting and bungee jumping remain 2 of the bucket list essentials of things to do in Victoria Falls for all revellers and ravers form the corners of the continent.

For more information on the Carnival go to;

http://www.vicfallscarnival.com/

Shearwater Appointed Fastjet Ticket Agents In Victoria Falls

POSTED  06 NOVEMBER 2015  /  BY SHEARWATER VICTORIA FALLS  /  IN VICTORIA FALLS / TOURS & TRANSFERS

Shearwater is proud to announce as of 01.11.15 the company was appointed as the Ticket Sales Agent in Victoria Falls for the newly operating Fastjet services between Harare and Victoria Falls.


Flights are: Every Sunday / Wednesday / Friday

Harare – Victoria Falls –  15.00 – 16.05

Victoria Falls – Harare –  16.30 – 17.35

Tickets can be booked through Shearwater Aviation Services

Town ticketing office: ticketing@shearwatervf.com  Tel: 44471 / 2 Ext 164

Airport: vfaflights2@shearwatervf.com  Tel 46141 /   0771 401 918


Shearwater is pleased with this latest development and most delighted to be involved with this innovation.

Shearwater has been pioneering new activities and services in Victoria Falls since 1982 when it became the first company in the falls to offer commercial White-water Rafting trips on the mighty Zambezi. These were obviously immensely popular as thrill seekers and adventurers flocked to the area to participate in this adrenaline fueled spectacular. Clearly they brought with them a collective spirit of adventuring passion, as the world famous bungee jump from the iconic Victoria Falls Bridge followed soon afterwards – and things to do in Victoria Falls suddenly became a lot more heartpoundingly entertaining as Victoria Falls became the adventure capital of Africa.

To white- water rafting and bungee jumping, Shearwater was soon offering upper Zambezi canoeing and kayaking trips, Game Drives in the national parks and safari excursions. One extremely popular activity within the Shearwater portfolio can be traced back to the droughts of the 1990’s, when Shearwater rescued 12 elephants facing a grim – if any – future. Shearwater has looked after them ever since and they have brought raw emotional delight to many who have enjoyed the unique Elephant Back Safari that the company organises. This is not only an extraordinary way in which to experience the quintessential African bush, but allows you the opportunity of an intimate and close up interaction with your elephant at the end of your trip – feeding the world’s largest land mammal by hand as it nimbly uses it’s trunk to take pellets from your hand.

Naturally for most a visit to Africa’s 7th wonder of the world is a must do activity and generally number 1 of top things to do in Victoria Falls and a Shearwater Guided Tour of the Falls is an excellent opportunity to be informed and entertained in equal measure about this natural phenomenon. After your tour of the falls, a stop at one of the best restaurants in Victoria Falls – The Rainforest Café, is a great opportunity to sit back and relax with a cooling drink and reflect on ‘’scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight’’.

You may then chose to actually witness what David Livingstone was referring to, and take a helicopter trip over the falls and see the breath-taking ‘’scenes’’ gazed upon by the angels. What to do in Victoria Falls is a selection process of world class activities, but be certain the range of things to do in Victoria Falls can make it a challenging process.

Hi Ho Hi Ho…..

IT’S OFF TO A GORGE HIKE WE GO

The demographic of visitors to the falls has changed over the years. 25 years ago the adrenaline buzz of White Water Rafting was the main lure for a younger generation. Now most visitors to the falls somewhat older and have put adrenaline rushes behind them. However customer feedback tells us they still want to be active and do not want weeks of indulgence and a sedentary state of near permanence.

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A GORGE HIKE IS THE PREFECT BLEND OF EXCITEMENT, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND WONDER.

  • Climb down through evolution itself 110m into the depths of the breath-taking Batoka gorge.
  • Be expertly guided over the enormous basalt boulders thrown down millennia ago.
  • Uniquely stand on dry ground with rapids swirling nearby and gaze up at the falls from below.
  • Truly encounter what it is like to be in the belly of this naturally phenomena.
  • Feel a sense of satisfaction having climbed (steep walk) back out and up to the edge of the Gorge – and behold your endeavours.

There is such a bountiful list of things to do in Victoria Falls, so many activities to take advantage of in Victoria Falls that making as selection can be challenging.

Originally people only came to gaze in wonder at the eponymous falls themselves and marvel at one of nature’s seven natural wonders, and a guided tour of the falls still remains the main attraction – the no1 thing to do in Victoria Falls. Of course the abundance of game and wildlife has also meant for a long time that this has been a major destination for those on Safari or seeking to witness first hand Africa’s astonishing range of animals, flora and fauna.

It was only a matter of time though before a mixture of curiosity and taste for adventure meant people looked into the broiling, spoiling waters of the mighty Zambezi in the gorge below the falls, and began to wonder…? Shearwater in 1985 was the original founder of commercial White Water Rafting trips over the grade 5 rapids of the Batoka gorge – and thus kick-started Victoria Falls as a new adventure destination in Africa.

Adding to the list of exciting things to do in Victoria Falls became a regular occurrence as Bungee Jumping, Canoeing, and Gorge swinging all started to gain huge popularity as new activities in Victoria Falls and making it the adventure capital of Africa.

Then in the 90’s even more activities in Victoria Falls were initiated and the list of things to do grew aver greater – and now not just a destination for adrenaline junkies keen on white knuckle white-water rafting trips or leaping head first off the iconic Victoria Falls bridge tied to a bungee rope – there were alternative less active attractions too: romantic Sunset Cruises, ballooning, Helicopter Rides and leisurely Elephant Back Safaris. The demographic started to change.

With the less adventurously inclined and generally older groups that started arriving in significant numbers to visit the falls – there was inevitably some crossovers and rubbing shoulders with the adrenaline addicts who had been coming for the last couple of decades. Inevitably this has led to the development of a hybrid activity that provides physical exertion, excitement and adventure – without the heart pumping fear of the high octane pursuits.

The Gorge Hikes allow people of all ages and abilities to have a day of fulfilling physical activity – which requires exertion without being punishing, and also a unique opportunity to do something extremely rewarding. Make your way down a very deep descent 110m into the pre historic Batoka gorge, and then be safely and expertly guided over the massive basalt boulders that the forces of nature carved out millennia ago. Stand at the foot of Falls and gaze in awe upwards at the spectacle. Feel hear and see the extraordinary, the incredible and the mighty forces of nature at work as the spray from the turbulence of the Falls rains all around you, and the roar of millions of cubic metres of Zambezi fly over the lip of the falls creating the boiling rapids ahead of you. This is really getting into the engine room of the Victoria Falls – really getting up close and personal with its might and majesty.

This is a truly exciting activity. Having been thrilled at by all the power and raw energy of the falls, you can now use some of your own, as like so many of the intrepid and famous explorers of yesteryear you use your own strength to climb (steep walk) back out of this breath taking gorge. Once back at the top, you will look back down and be overcome with a great sense of wellbeing, achievement and enthralment.

A Gorge Hike is a relative newcomer to the man things to do in Victoria Falls, but thoroughly deserves its place amongst the pantheon of great activities in Victoria Falls.

Tusker And Crew

Ask anyone what picture immediately comes into their head when you say Africa – and the vast majority will reply with – Elephant. It is the essence of the continent – huge, mysterious, exotic, powerful and fascinating. It is the icon of the continent – football teams, mascots, badges, posters, logos – you name it, the Elephant is the manifestation of Africa in so many ways. And it is the emotion of the continent – concern, affection, adoration, fear and very often at breaking point.

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Anyone coming to Africa and visiting Victoria Falls and seeking things to do in Victoria Falls, should not miss the opportunity to partake in one of the classic activities in Victoria Falls which embodies so much of the paradigm associated with the enigmatic African Elephant. Shearwater Elephant Back Safaris has been operating in Victoria Falls for over 15 years.

Our elephants are all rescue elephants from drought and being orphaned and have been accustomed to human interaction. They spend up to 8 hours a day roaming the bush as nature intended, feeding endlessly on their favourite bush fodder, as their indunas follow them throughout the day until they are led willingly back to the stables.

In between foraging at will, they will gather at the Shearwater boma, to provide a thrilling experience to all those participating in this fantastic Victoria Falls activity. Following welcoming drinks and an insightful talk from the Shearwater indunas, each elephant will mounted their favourite induna and up to 2 passengers.

An Elephant Back Safari is a then a 45 minute slow and magical ride through the bush of the Stanley and Livingstone private game reserve (home to the big 5), which provides an entirely unique elephant eye perspective on the African bush. Kudu, impala, buffalo, zebra giraffe are all regularly spotted along the ride, as your induna gives an essential education on all things elephant as you lumber along.

The ride is joyous enough. What marks out this out though, as one of the most sublime activities in Victoria Falls – one of the very best things to do in Victoria Falls, is the personal interaction one gets with the elephant at the end of the ride. Feed your elephant by hand and feel his trunk delicately pick his favourite nuts from the palm of you hand, stare straight into those huge gleaming globes of eyes and caress those silky soft Africa shaped ears – it’s an intimacy few ever get chance of and no one ever forgets.

It is challenging trying to complete the perfect itinerary of what to do when in Victoria Falls, there are so many world class activities in Victoria Falls – but an Elephant Back Safari can only be equalled at best and never beaten.

Fleet of Foot and Wheel – Shearwater 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.