Our primary reason to visit Zimbabwe was to visit Victoria Falls, where the Zambezi River plunges over a cliff and into the Boiling Pot before flowing through a series of gorges. We stayed at the Victoria Falls River Lodge, located inside the Zambezi National Park, right on the Zambezi River. This was strategic, as we could do an excursion to the falls AND work in some game drives.

We arrived at the lodge just in time to enjoy a lovely lunch in the open-air boma. Our “tent” was enormous with two bedrooms and a plunge pool in front.  There was plumbing, a ceiling fan and A/C, and a sliding glass door which afforded an excellent view of the river.  There were a pool, spa and fitness center as well.  The bed was super comfortable!

We did an excursion to Victoria Falls. It was a thirty-minute drive from our lodge, and along the way we saw an elephant, vervet monkeys, baboons, impala, and warthogs.  The Falls were magnificent.  Although it was the dry season and the water level was lower, the falls were incredible.  Their source is a natural spring in a hill which releases a phenomenal volume of water. We saw the Devil’s Pool, a natural infinity pool, on the edge of a sheer drop. Spanning the river was the 1905 Victoria Falls Bridge.

The surrounding Zambezi National Park is home to white rhinos and elephants.