Karen’s Africa Educational Safari
If you would like to read more about my entire trip from JHB, Victoria Falls, Botswana, and Cape Town/Hermanus – you can visit my full review of all the destinations I visited and my various experiences.
One of my trips to Africa last year included an educational safari in November. Starting my trip in JHB, I then travelled to Victoria Falls, Botswana, Cape Town and Hermanus. Below is a sneak peak of my brief stay and the highlights I experienced while in Victoria Falls.
On a guided tour of the Victoria Falls with Wild Horizons:
Viewing the Falls from the Zimbabwe side, I was lucky to enough to have my own personal guide, who walked me to all points of interest, on a very leisurely walk and luckily with little to no crowds. As this was the end of the dry Season - and the rains had just started - the water levels were very low with none to be seen from the Zambia side at all. However, I was still taken aback by the most spectacular views.
While in Victoria Falls, I spent a night at Elephant Camp. I thought this camp was exceptional, and easily one of the best camps I have seen or stayed at. I was intrigued to find out that the 5-star Tented Camp also offers an elephant interaction with the orphaned elephants on the property. I was most touched by their resident cheetah, Sylvester, who was picked up as an abandoned cub and habitualised with only good intentions.
In April 2010, in the southern region of Zimbabwe, Sylvester was found abandoned after his mother was chased off, and his siblings were killed by a lion. Sylvester was hand raised and, therefore is unable to be released back into the wild. In November of 2010 the Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust was asked to care for Sylvester, who has since become an ambassador cheetah, educating both tourists to Victoria Falls, as well as, visiting school groups from around Zimbabwe.
Having said this, seeing this beautiful creature on a collar and lead almost brought tears to my eyes. However, as you can see I did pat Sylvester!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Victoria Falls. I felt like I truly was on safari instead of staying at one of the Lodges or Hotels, and just a short shuttle to the Falls. The food was excellent and the staff were extremely friendly and attentive. It was a very intimate experience as a whole; especially with my own private balcony and plunge pool, as well as, the breath-taking expansive views to watch the sunrise across the bush.