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The project of re-building an abandoned lodge,formerly known as Kings Den, on the banks of the Chobe River on Namibian soil, started in August 2013; the planned completion date of the new lodge, renamed Chobe Water Villas, is July 2015.The ceiling of the main area of the lodge has been raised and the floor raised by nearly a metre, while further development is ongoing: The infinity pool is well in progress.The structures for the decking in front of the main area joining the pool have been... Read On
Posted In: Chobe
 For people on holiday anywhere in the world, enjoying a meal is part of the experience. The Chobe River now has a special dining experience to offer visitors – a new floating restaurant called ‘The Raft’. Zambezi Traveller reported in March 2014 that Brett McDonald had designs for a floating restaurant which he was planning to build during the course of the year. The Raft is now fully functional and open for business. Getting to the restaurant is an event itself as the only way... Read On
Posted In: Chobe
Dining experiences in Victoria Falls have entered a new dimension as the team behind the highly rated Rainforest Cafe and soon-to-open Shearwater Cafe have started providing al fresco dining at the home of ‘The Flight of Angels’ helipad. Not an obvious choice of location, the spot was initially requested by a major overland touring operator seeking to provide guests with an alternative to hotel dining–and it is now gaining rave reviews. Only minutes from town, but sufficiently tranquil,... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
The new Victoria Falls Conference Centre at The David Livingstone Safari Lodge& Spa officially hosted its first conference week in August. The inspiring meeting space overlooking the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park provides a stimulating and engaging venue for learning, team building and interaction. State-of-the-art facilities boast internal space of 250m², complemented with wifi and AV equipment, accommodating 280 guests in cinema-style seating, 138 guests in convention... Read On
Posted In: Livingstone
  As a new resident of Bulawayo I have to confess whole-heartedly that I am addicted to the Matopos and the surrounding countryside. Matabeleland has stolen my heart. So taking the family on a walk through history with Matabeleland Wagon Treks was a no-brainer. The Rosenfels family – Ernest and Neville (father and son) are the passionate guardians of the wagon and oxen. They are quietly spoken men proud of their family heritage. Betty and Georgina (mother and daughter-in-law) are... Read On
Posted In: Bulawayo
In the stillness of the night, the leaves and the trees are motionless as if locked into a snapshot, a faint breeze brings the steady distant roar of the mighty Victoria Falls, as if the soul of Africa is speaking out.From across the planet, travellers arrive at the Zambesi River to behold the magnificence of Victoria Falls, and to savour and enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of this friendly African town. Nam Took, an eastern fusion restaurant, adds to this cosmopolitan mix.  It... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
BY GUY COCKROFTMembers of the Hospitality Association of Zimbabwe enjoyed a site inspection of the new terminal now under construction at Victoria Falls International Airport in May, guided by airport manager Ronnie Masawi.The project is well underway, with the third and final floor of the terminal building, as well as the new 4km (60m wide) runway already nearing the final stages of construction. The runway is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014, when it will be opened in order to make... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
We last covered the proposed Batoka Gorge Hydroelectric Scheme in our March issue. Peter Roberts updates us on the developments.It was confirmed in August that Zimbabwe had paid Zambia US$40million of its debt relating to the construction of the Kariba Dam. The payment, made by the state-owned power utility company ZESA, represents over 50% of the total outstanding amount, with the remainder due to be settled by March 2014.The debt, dating from the 1960s and the breakup of the Federation of... Read On
Posted In: Victoria Falls
A leading manufacturer and erector of prefabricated buildings has secured a contract to build what amounts to a small village in Nacala-Velha, as part of a massive infrastructure development project.Kwikspace Modular Buildings will provide a 700-person camp in Nacala-Velha for an international mining company as part of the Nacala Corridor Project, currently one of the largest mining and construction developments globally. The project started in 2011 and involves the refurbishment of sections of... Read On
Posted In: Cahora & Tete
The new Nissan Patrol Y62 was launched in Livingstone at Maramba River Lodge recently. “Over six decades the Patrol has developed a reputation for reliability, performance and capability in Africa - one of the world’s toughest environments,” said a spokesman. “The all-new Patrol offers crafted luxury, innovative safety features and highly advanced technologies. The 5.6 litre V8 engine offers gains in fuel economy and lowered emissions as well as performance.”    A restyled... Read On
Posted In: Livingstone
Tim and Sabine Featherby are passionate about the Zambezi Valley and have worked at combining luxury safaris with a series of specialist workshops led by professionals in their field, on topics such as birding, photography, fly-fishing and the African elephant. Zambezi Traveller spoke to Tim Featherby about his vision and what he considers the key to a memorable African holiday.ZT:  I am intrigued by the specialist tours, which is the most popular and how long have you been offering this?... Read On
Historically Chirundu, the main regional road link between Zimbabwe and its northern neighbour Zambia across the Zambezi River, teemed with game. Wildlife is an asset for any area, especially within the landscapes, bushveld and forests of the Zambezi Valley.For decades traffic at Chirundu was light, but recently it has increased enormously as the countries to the north experience rapid economic growth. About 300 trucks now cross the bridge to and from Zambia each day, and the population of the... Read On